About Mr. Etzler

Education: Master of Arts in History, Sonoma State University, 2007.

Concentration: Modern Europe, Early Modern Europe

Courses Taught:

HIST 101 - Western Civilization I 

HIST 102 - Western Civilization II

History of Philosophy

American Film History

World Geography


Consumer Education

Selected Scholarship:

"Unintended Consequences: The Encumbered Estates Act, Land, and Irish Nationalism" (Open Source Article, 2006).

"Everyone with a Radio Listens: Radio Free Europe and its Bulgarian Audience" (Rohnert Park, CA: Sonoma State University, 2007).


I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I have lived in Illinois since 2007. I also have lived in the San Francisco bay area and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. As an undergraduate at Sonoma State University I focused on American History and European History. I also studied Political Science. I have an interest in political philosophy, economic theory, and comparative government. I am particularly fascinated by the "great ideas and grand schemes" of the 20th century, and how that has translated into economics, politics and government today. I also held a FLAS Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in 2006. There I was part of Pitt's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature. As a part of this program, I had the opportunity to study at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria. I have an extensive background in European History with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the 20th century. I have written and presented research on the development of political and national identity in the modern age. This school year (2017-18) will be my fourth year teaching at Western High School. I love being a part of the Western community and I am passionate about teaching and learning in general.