Online Publications

The following links catalog my Op-Eds and other public-facing writing. Additional information, as well as additional publications, can be found on my CV and in the Blog Archive.


COVID-19 and the Banality of Evil,” Merion West, December 4, 2022

“‘It’s Okay, I’m a Doctor’: Recalling a #MeToo Experience,” An Injustice, September 19, 2022

Society and Historical Memory: Six Common Ways People Relate to the Past,” History News Network, September 4, 2022

Abortion and Why People are Afraid,” Rice Feminist Forum, August 3, 2022 

I Accidentally Went Two Years Without Eating Texas Brisket,” The Good Men Project, July 23, 2022


It’s Time to Talk About ‘Student Time’,” Inside HigherEd, December 1, 2021

An Irish Immigrant and Her Quests for Survival: An Interview with Novelist Lee Hutch,” Houston Review of Books, November 10, 2021

Texas Abortion Law Threatens Academic Freedom,” Inside Higher Ed, October 8, 2021

“Blackboard and the Queerphobic Learning Management System,” An Injustice, September 22, 2021

Building Classroom Community Through Dance: An Interview with Author Trevor Boffone,” The Left Gazette, September 22, 2021

Pandemic Teaching Reflections, Not All Rainbows,” Houston Review of Books, August 16, 2021

Formalized Extensions and Pedagogies of Care,” #RealCollege Blog, April 13, 2021

Inclusive Teaching Doesn’t Mean Including ‘Everyone,’” Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion, April 1, 2021

The Big Idea History Syllabus (Video Essay),” History News Network, March 14, 2021

Taking an Oath Upon the Constitution, Rather than the Bible , Merion West, February 19, 2021

Sexism, Everyday Microaggressions, and Collective Trauma,” An Injustice, February 14, 2021,

Cripnormativity: An Essay About How We Think (And Don’t Think About Disability,” The Left Gazette, February 6, 2021

People Aren’t Born Gay or Straight: Deconstructing the ‘Born This Way’ Movement A Decade After Lady Gaga’s Song,” Modern Identities, February 5, 2021

Notes on the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist (Heteronormative Ableist Theistic) Patriarchy,” The Left Gazette, February 2, 2021

When Discussing Loan Forgiveness, There’s More Than Just Student Debt,” Merion West, February 2, 2021

“‘She’s such a child!’: and Other Unfortunate Examples in the Dictionary,” The Left Gazette, January 31, 2021

I’m One of the Professors Spending Thousands of My Own Money to Teach from Home,” The Hechinger Report, January 26, 2021

‘Going A Little Unhinged’: Some Raw, Informal Thoughts About Presidential Politics,” The Good Men Project, January 13, 2021


Create Collaborative Videos to Build Historical Engagement,” History News Network, December 20, 2020,

Privilege and Childhood Possessions: Objects Effectively ‘Store’ Important, Formative Memories,” The Good Men Project, December 7, 2020

Welcoming Activities That Work,” Inside Higher Ed, September 2, 2020

Neurofibromatosis Survivor: Please Wear a Mask to Prevent COVID-19,” Cancerwise, September 1, 2020

Examining Christian End Times Rhetoric in the Time of COVID,” History News Network, August 16, 2020

Forgiveness is a Toxic Practice,” The Good Men Project, August 15, 2020

Suggestions for Teaching About Race,” Inside Higher Ed, August 12, 2020

Little Known Reasons People Think COVID-19 is a Liberal Hoax,” The Good Men Project, August 1, 2020

Not Cis. Not Trans. Genderqueer,” Queer Studies Network, July 15, 2020

While Monuments Are Being Removed, A Historian Asks Questions,” History News Network, July 3, 2020

Second Class Citizens and the Film That Never Was: UH Professor Calls on Filmmaker to Release His Documentary,” The Daily Cougar, July 1, 2020

Notes on ‘First World Problems’,” Merion West, June 29, 2020

People Really Do Get Their Civil Rights History From Movies Like The Help. The Problem With That Is Clear,” Time, June 12, 2020

You’re Not That Different from the Trans People Around You,” The Daily Cougar, February 24, 2020

The Democratic Party Talks About Race by Not Talking About Race,” Talking Point Memos, February 21, 2020

What People Still Get Wrong About Segregation,” Time, February 3, 2020

Kindergarten Goes to the University Classroom: The Educational Value of Show and Tell,” History News Network, February 2, 2020

I Asked People Why They Don’t Vote, and This Is What They Told Me,” The Conversation, January 17, 2020

The Problem with a Year of Celebrating the 19th Amendment,” The Washington Post, January 10, 2020


Creating New Connections and Conversations in the Classroom,” Inside Higher Ed, November 26, 2019

Neurofibromatosis Survivor: Snapshots from an MD Anderson Patient Who Doesn’t have Cancer,” Cancerwise, June 6, 2019

Yes, You Should Have Free Speech on Facebook,” History News Network, May 26, 2019

Trendy Chick-fil-A Boycotts Don’t Go Far Enough,” Houston Chronicle, March 28, 2019


Lawrence v. Texas,” Handbook of Texas, 2018


Guest Column: Students Should Enroll in LGBT Courses,” The Daily Cougar, April 10, 2017


19 More Lesson about Teaching,” Inside Higher Ed, April 19, 2016


Lighten Up! Why Andrew Joseph Pegoda Is so Critical of the World,” Conditionally Accepted, February 3, 2015


The Emotional Costs of Student Success,” Inside Higher Ed, October 30, 2014

It’s Andragogy, Not Pedagogy,” Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2014

Writing Intensive Classes,” Inside Higher Ed, February 7, 2014


How We Respond to Students,” Inside Higher Ed, October 9, 2013

19 Lessons About Teaching,” Inside Higher Ed, August 14, 2013


The University of Houston and Texas Southern University: Perpetuating ‘Separate but Equal’ in the Face of Brown v. Board of Education,” Houston History Magazine, 2010