My philosophy of teaching is fundamentally interdisciplinary. As a film historian, I begin with the assumption that learning about the past is key to understanding the ways in which people, power, and culture interact in our world today. In the classroom I look to combine this historical awareness with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including cultural studies, film and media theory, and the critical analysis of class, race, gender, and sexuality. This approach has enabled me to teach in a variety of institutional contexts over the last several years. I’ve taught small seminars and large lecture courses, freshman introductions, upper level undergraduate classes, and individual independent studies. I’ve done so in departments ranging from film studies, American studies, Africana studies, history, and gender studies.