Dr. Patrick Ludolph has taken an active interest in the needs of first-year students. He teaches the major history survey courses at GGC: American, World and Western Civilization. As such, he tries to engage students with class materials through frequent discussion and a variety of assignments. Also, if you like bad poetry, he ends most weeks with a homemade limerick to help students remember some of the material. He has previously taught at Georgia State University, California Lutheran University, and as a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ludolph's research interests are in seventeenth-century England and the British Civil Wars. His dissertation was on the career of Gilbert Mabbott, a news writer, news licenser, parliamentary clerk and political agent. Ludolph is currently researching the career of one of Mabbott's contemporaries, Sir Thomas Clarges. This is to form part of a larger project on the nature of political agents in early modern England. A selection from his dissertation, "An Anatomy of the London Agent," was published in the peer-reviewed journal Parliamentary History (2014) and was awarded the journal's annual prize for best submission by a graduate student. Ludolph has also taught courses on a variety of topics in early modern and modern European history, history of Christianity, Japanese history and academic writing.