What drives me.
To study history is to learn empathy
History, especially the study of medieval and early modern subjects, allows students to explore the anxieties, beliefs, motivations and joys of people so different, yet so similar, to themselves.
Politics, religion, economics, justice, and society, explored from a distance, offer unique opportunities for students to reflect on their view of and position in the world and their relationships with others.
There is no such thing as a bad writer, only an inexperienced one
Academic writing is a language unto itself.
The notion that talented writers spring up out of the soil fully formed is a myth—good writing results from rejection, critique, encouragement and practice. None of us is perfect, and we can all improve with time and effort.
The key to an equitable society is equitable education
No one should be excluded or discouraged from the pursuit of knowledge, and every student deserves the support and accommodations required to meet their goals.
For education to be equitable, instructors must honour the brilliant diversity of their students. To me, this means working with and for students—not against them—and prioritising their educational journey and growth over arbitrary quantitative outcomes.
You are more than your degree
Grades and degrees do not define our worth as humans. Whether you are passionate about research, just need a piece of paper to qualify for a job or are simply taking courses for the joy of learning, you are worthy of support and encouragement. You matter.
Take what you need from the academy and leave what doesn't serve you.