9th Grade

History/Humanities

At Moses Brown, ninth grade history begins with armor clanking in the Middle Ages and ends with the sound of German boots marching into Poland.  The countries of western Europe were the crossroads of global economic development and exploration.  From the Silk Road to North America, a significant increase in global activity connected peoples across continents as never before.

This global convergence ushered in a period of European dominance around the world, marking the dawn of modern society. While Europe’s ascent created the mold of how to become an industrialized, militarized, and imperialist power, it borrowed much from Asian and Muslim societies as it honed its maritime and military technology. Students investigate the factors that led to Europe’s emergence as the leading economic, political and military power, its effects on the peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and the social costs of these developments.

Students write well-structured analytical essays, demonstrating command of the form, including a conclusion derived from presented evidence.  They construct logical arguments supported by primary sources from multiple perspectives, and analyze cause-and-effect relationships.

Students practice these skills over and over as they examine Ming China, the Ottoman Empire, 15th- and 16th-century Spanish and Portuguese exploration, the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, 19th-century China and Japan, 19th-century European imperialism in Africa, WWI and the Treaty of Versailles, and finally the Interwar Years.  In every class, they review current events and identify patterns in past events than can inform their understanding of the present.

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Faculty

Gara Field

Interim Head of Upper School/Dir. of Global Education

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Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Beth Lantz

Director of Student Life

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Beth Lantz

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
Simmons College – M.A.
Framingham State University – M.Ed.

Elena Mansolillo

Upper School Humanities

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Elena Mansolillo

Providence College – B.A.
Providence College – M.A.
Southern New England School of Law – J.D.

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Upper School Humanities and Upper School Humanities Department Chair

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Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

Yale University – B.A.

Kelena Reid

Upper School History and Psychology

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Kelena Reid

Wesleyan University – B.A.
Harvard Divinity School – M.T.S.
Rutgers University – Ph.D.

Jennifer Stewart

Upper School Humanities and Senior Dean

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Jennifer Stewart

University of Chicago – B.A.
University of Chicago – M.A.

Kelly Joseph

Upper School Humanities

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Kelly Joseph

College of the Holy Cross – B.A.
New York University – M.A.

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