Professor Collins is an absolutely wonderful teacher. I learned a lot from her course and always looked forward to attending. She had an appropriate mix of lecture and discussion and was effective at including everyone in the class. Her extensive knowledge of the subject area is truly impressive. She is one of the few professors who is evidently incredibly brilliant but also very approachable.
The best part of the course was learning how to interpret primary source material -- it was challenging but very valuable as a historiographical skill which we do not get to practice much. The emphasis placed on connections between historical themes across time and national boundaries in this course is extremely valuable in understanding the history of modern Europe. The research paper in particular was very rewarding. I will absolutely try to take another course with Professor Collins.