Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning Center
B.A. English, University of California, Riverside
M.A. Communication, Stanford University
M.A. American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Comparative Culture, University of California, Irvine
Mailing: Box 358565, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Students teach themselves when provided the opportunity and motivation; my goal is to provide both. I seek not so much to change minds as to open them, and to teach lifelong critical and analytical skills rather than a set of facts. I rely on small-group exercises to develop students' abilities in teamwork and problem solving; rarely will they work in isolation. I also emphasize excellence in verbal and written communication.
I try to put students first; to use multiple, complementary pedagogical methods, including technology; to promote cooperation rather than competition in the classroom; to emphasize concepts rather than discrete facts; to remain flexible; to collaborate with colleagues in developing the most effective materials and methods; and to adapt to each student's and each class's particular constellation of skills and interests. I aim for an appreciation for complexity; our world is not simple. I am proud to be on a team of teachers who work hard to create educated, broad-thinking men and women.
Recent Courses Taught
As an American and ethnic studies scholar, I work mostly with the writings of ethnic American authors in their historical and cultural context. I have published a co-authored book on race and ethnicity in American texts and articles on various Asian American and African American writers, and currently am working on two book projects. One is a reader-response study of the work of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. The other is a collection of documents that put Morrison's novel, Beloved, in historical and cultural context, which I am producing in collaboration with senior seminar students.
"Hoop Dreams: Basketball in the Work of Sherman Alexie." Ethnic Studies Review, 2009.
Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts (co-edited with Audrey B. Thacker). Seattle: U of Washington P, 2007.
"Enemies in Their Own Land: The Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II." Asian American Studies: Identity, Images, Issues Past and Present. Ed. Esther Ghymn. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. 207-16.
"The Dragon Is a Lantern': Frank Chin's Counter-Hegemonic Donald Duk." 49th Parallel 6 (Autumn 2000). http://www.49thparallel.bham.ac.uk/back/issue6/goldsteinshirley.htm.
"Preacher in the Clearing: Toni Morrison at the Turn of the Millennium." Apocalypse Now: American Literature at the End of the Millennium. Ed. Kate Gale. Palmdale, CA: Red Hen, (2002).