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Christopher Babits

B.A. (Highest Honors), M.A., Clark University

Biography

Born and raised in Massachusetts, I attended Clark University from 2002 to 2007, earning both my Bachelor's and Master's in History.  There, I discovered a love of learning and teaching about the past.  The summer after completing my MA requirements, I was a museum educator at the Nantucket Historical Association before three years as an on-campus history teacher at the Oxford Academy, a small all-boys school in Connecticut.  At Oxford, I taught core courses like Honors U.S. History and Modern World History and a host of electives, including U.S. Culture Since WWII, American Maritime History, Economics, Caribbean Piracy, and The Civil War.  Along the way, I've also worked part-time as a research intern at the Brooklyn Historical Society, a historical researcher and curriculum coordinator at WNET/PBS, and a research associate at the New-York Historical Society.

Before coming to UT, I was enrolled in the doctoral program in The Teaching of Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.  TC was an invaluable professional experience -- I ran the MA program for one year, supervised student teachers in the field, and had the opportunity to teach at the graduate-level.  Especially important was the opportunity to design an elective about American gender.  This course covered a wide-range of gender histories while introducing students to and modeling examples of feminist pedagogy.  In addition to this, I had the opportunity to teach courses on the U.S. Constitution and civic decision making, foundations of education, and teaching methods.

My historical interests are varied, although I'm presently intrigued by the ways that the field of psychology -- and psychologists -- sought to "normalize" masculinity in the United States during the first-half of the twentieth century.  This is quite different from my research projects at Clark -- Boston's response to John Brown's raid and juvenile antislavery literature.

Interests

American masculinity; gender and sexuality; slavery and abolition; history of psychology; educational history, policy, and reform; public history; historical teaching methods
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