Aaron Whelchel’s research focuses on the diffusion of educational innovations in and outside of the nineteenth-century British Empire. He received his PhD from Washington State University in 2011 with his dissertation “The Schoolmaster is Abroad”: The Diffusion of Educational Innovations in the Nineteenth Century British Empire. His other research interests include the history of public education, the portrayal of world history in popular culture, and new pedagogical techniques for teaching world history. He has taught a variety of world history courses, including Roots of Contemporary Issues, at the WSU Vancouver campus since 2012. He is also an Academic Advisor for History and General Studies students and served as the president of the Northwest World History Association from 2012-15. For more, see Dr. Whelchel’s curriculum vitae and most recent Roots of Contemporary Issues syllabus.