It’s Always Good To Run Into Former Students


I don’t teach graduate students, so when I run into my former undergrads at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association it always warms my heart, especially when they are doing as well as Lucy Barnhouse and Jeff Erbig.

Lucy is writing her dissertation at Fordham University on medieval hospitals.  Jeff is a Latin Americanist who is an Assistant Professor in the history department (with a joint appointment in Geography) at the University of New Mexico.

Jeff was a senior at Messiah College when Lucy was a first-year student, but when I brought them together for this photo they remembered one another.  After we dispensed with the usual pleasantries, Jeff and Lucy immediately engaged in a spirited conversation about digital mapping.  I just sat back and watched them–proudly!