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Haverford College (History)
Teachers College, Columbia University (Master's)
Stanford University (PhD)
My whole life, as person and as student, educator and publisher has involved investigating transitions, sounds, and choices. I have done this primarily as a historian and publisher, one who is well versed in all areas of the social sciences. I have had the good fortune and privilege to pursue my studies all over the world, but especially in a community in northern Ghana in West Africa. Here I conducted research for my doctorate in African History.
School is hard and I am sensitive to the fact that "book learnin'" is only one part of a student's education. Gaining self-knowledge and self-confidence is perhaps more important than knowing off the cuff the difference between the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts. I believe the words of the German poet and philosopher Novalis: “It is certain my Conviction gains infinitely, the moment another soul will believe in it.” But George Eliot does Novalis one better in her book Middlemarch: “What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.” These sayings form the framework for my teaching and tutoring.
My education has focused on cultural diversity, interdisciplinary scholarship and bringing to light the historical experiences of marginalized or relatively silenced actors on the vast stage of the past. I have Masters Degrees in International Relations with a concentration on economic and political development, and in History as part of completing my doctoral work in African History (secondary specialization: US History through Reconstruction). Throughout my teaching and academic publishing career, I have always striven to embrace as a pedagogical framework Faulkner’s famed aphorism about the past being neither past nor dead.
My work as an editor and publisher has given me a solid grounding in grammar, good writing, and communication. I can help students in these areas.
I look forward to working with, and learning from, those I tutor! My whole life, as person and as student, educator and publisher has involved investigating transitions, sounds, and choices. I have done this primarily as a historian and publisher, one who is well versed in all areas of the social sciences. I have had the good fortune and privilege to pursue my studies all over the world, but especially in a
I have advanced degrees in subjects related to anthropology. My doctorate in African History from Stanford University heavily involved training in anthropology. I conducted anthropological fieldwork in the West African country of Ghana.
My career as publisher and educator relies on communication: good writing and speaking. I have wide experience talking in public and giving presentations. For example, I regularly speak at seminars and conferences relating to publishing and editing. I regularly give lectures and presentations as part of my teaching at colleges and schools. As a Stanford PhD and former university professor, I have garnered significant experience at the lectern. For these reasons, I am qualified to tutor public speaking.