Ben Holtzman Benjamin Holtzman Brown History

New York City Planning Commission, Plan for New York City: Brooklyn (1969)

My goal is for students to become informed interpreters of history. I endeavor to accomplish this while also disrupting the attitude with which students commonly approach the subject: a sense of inevitability about history’s path.

 

My teaching interests encompass a range of topics including Post-Civil War U.S. History, Political History, Race and Class, History of Capitalism,  Metropolitan History, Social Movements, and Oral/Public History. As a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, I teach history courses that introduce students to academic writing and thinking. During the 2017-2018 academic year, I taught a course I designed entitled “Race, Inequality, and Justice in Metropolitan American History." In the prior academic year, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown where I taught two undergraduate I developed: “Politics and Culture in the U.S. Since 1945" and “Race and Inequality in Metropolitan America from Urbanization to #blacklivesmatter.” 

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