At the end of every course I teach, I quote Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s famous dictum to my students: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” I hope to empower students to speak out and subvert gender/sex, racial, and economic injustices in strategic and compelling ways. To accomplish these goals, I stimulate critical thinking in the classroom by presenting complex texts and challenging students to understand not only the best version of any argument but to appreciate the context of the production and circulation of that argument. That said, I firmly believe that good critique must be grounded in the service of making the world a more just and equitable place. As a result, I expect students to balance criticism and generosity in the texts we read as well as in in-class discussions.
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