Faculty note: Eric Morgan publication

Eric J. Morgan, associate professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, recently published an article, “Imagined Histories: Biography, Fiction, and the Challenges of Historical Imagination,” in the Fall 2016 issue of the Teaching History: A Journal of Methods.  The article explores teaching 20th century U.S. history through the use of biography, both real and imagined. In the course, students crafted imagined biographies based on primary source research which, in the words of one student, “forced us to focus in immense detail on a certain period and gave us free rein to place our created character in the time period. It allowed us, instead of retelling someone’s life, to research in more detail about the period.”