PhD Modern British History, University of Missouri
MA European History, Northern Illinois University
BA History, Northern Illinois University
Alan primarily teaches Honors courses which focus on social and intellectual history. His courses have included The Idea of the Nation in Modern European History, The Idea of Progress in History, Bandits!, Turmoil, Tragedy and Triumph: Europeans in the Twentieth Century, and The Age of Revolution, 1642-1815. His research focuses on how cultural representations of Jews were used to criticize the development of political and economic liberalism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Alan’s current project examines how the popular journalist, William Cobbett (1763-1835) evoked anti-Jewish stereotypes in an effort to discredit advocates of British capitalism. Alan also coordinates and provides information for scholarship programs for the Honors College. When not working, Alan enjoys his time with his family. He also likes to listen to and play music. Alan has been playing guitar since the 4th grade.