Teaching Philosophy: Engagement and awareness
I adopt a Socratic method in the lecture hall, encouraging debate and challenging students to engage with material through conversation and personal experience. This method allows student to recognize that political ideas are fundamentally contentious and constructed through daily experiences. These conversations capitalize on classroom diversity encouraging students to engage with other perspectives and recognize how lived experiences impact an individuals’ perspective on politics. By fostering individual political awareness, I hope to encourage students to participate directly in politics and develop a sense of political agency.
Current and Past Course
American Political Parties and Polarization
A course on the nature, characteristics, and history of American political parties; party organization; political campaigns and finance; nominations, elections, and electoral problems. While this course will provide students with a broad overview of the role of parties as institutions in the American system, it will specifically focus on the recent problem of partisan polarization, examining its sources and engaging students in conversations about potential solutions.
This is an introductory course in American politics. In this course, we will examine how American citizens and institutions interact in the formation of public policy. One of the goals of this course is to teach you theories that can be used to explain politics and political outcomes. In order to provide a series of practical examples for our discussions, we will examine the politics surrounding immigration issues.
This course teaches basic statistical techniques that are useful for making inferences from data and understanding research design and methodology within political science and the social sciences more broadly. By coupling training in basic statical techniques with lab time dedicated to familiarizing students with programming in R, this course aims to provide students with the tools needed to both critique and conduct research within political science. These skills are applied to replicating and critiquing articles from major journals in political science to prepare students to engage with material in upper level courses.
Politics in Whoville: Politics in Children's Literature
Since the industrial revolution, children’s literature has played a prominent role in shaping notions of citizenship and ideology. This course examines how children’s literature shaped and responded to major shifts in American political history in the 20th century, including industrialization, New Deal legislation, and the Civil Rights, Anti-War, Feminist and Environmental movements. Readings include children’s literary classics ranging from “The Little Engine that Could” to works by Dr. Seuss and corresponding academic sources pulled from diverse fields including political science, sociology, history and literary criticism. Writing assignments require students to expand their awareness of the political context of cultural materials by exploring the relationship between literary themes and shifts in conceptions of citizenship.
This course examines the thinking of these three critical scholars and its impact on western scholarship through an in depth look at their writings. Through classroom discussions, students are required to examine their personal experiences with culture and civilization with an eye to how the critiques of these scholar still apply to their lives today. Within their writing, students are asked to examine and criticize the arguments and solutions to the problems of society as advocated by Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.