Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


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Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


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eturiano@gradcenter.cuny.edu

PhD Program in History


The Graduate Center, City University of New York


PhD Program in History
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016




Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


eturiano@gradcenter.cuny.edu

PhD Program in History


The Graduate Center, City University of New York


PhD Program in History
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016



American History, 1607-1865


Queens College, Hist. 103


This course, which I have taught six times as the instructor of record, is an introductory survey of American history through the Civil War.

The class covers a range of themes, including politics, economics, gender, family, war, and social movements. The dramatic rise of--and struggle to destroy--American slavery permeates each of these subjects. Because the class is an introductory history course, I spend a lot of time discussing the craft and methods of history. Students are encouraged to think about how top-level political and economic changes trickle into the lives of ordinary people in complex and contingent ways.

In this class--which ranges from 35 to 55 students--I intersperse short to medium-length  lectures with guided group analyses of primary sources.

Over the course of the semester, students complete a  research paper based on a fugitive slave narrative of their choosing. Students use evidence from the narrative to engage in a relevant, ongoing scholarly debate they were introduced to in class. In preparing the paper, students complete a series of "Scaffolding Assignments" that guide their exploration and analyses of primary and secondary sources as well as their construction of an argument and narrative. The project still gives them room to write the kind of history they would want to read in a way that suits their own creative process.

Hist. 103 Student Testimonials:

“I definitely would recommend this instructor. He is a great teacher who actually cares about his students and how they are doing. If you're struggling, he will make every effort to help you do well.”
“I would recommend this instructor because he knows the material well and knows how to deliver it in an understandable way. He is also very caring and open minded.”
“I liked that the professor taught us political concepts that lead to conflicts rather than just lecture about what happened during this conflict and expect us to memorize dates and events. I also liked that there were many resources for us to turn to for more information.” 
“This professor is great, he is funny, interactive, easy to reach and connects easily with his students.”
“It was very well organized and thoroughly taught. My professor kept us on track the entire time.”
“Best professor I have ever had, most understanding professor…I had him in COVID semester, first physically, then lectures were online. I never wanted to miss his class.”