Teaching Philosophy: Engagement and awareness
I have adopted a Socratic method for classroom engagement, encouraging vigorous debate and challenging students to engage with and discover material through conversation and personal experience. This method allows student to recognize that political ideas are fundamentally contentious and are constructed through experiences with parents, teachers, peers, and their community. Conversation and engagement capitalizes on classroom diversity by encouraging students to engage with other perspectives. In addition, I am to raise student awareness and recognition that politics is ubiquitous in our society. Prior to earning my PhD I worked for non-partisan non-profits that worked to raise public awareness about government and down ballot issues. I bring this philosophy to the classroom by encouraging students to recognize how politics shapes their daily lives and how their daily lives shape their politics. Finally, by encouraging students to participate politically through voting and civic engagement and action, I aim to develop in them a sense of political agency that they can carry into their daily lives.
Current and Past Courses
FWS: Politics in Whoville: Politics in Children's Literature
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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.
FWS: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (Offered Through German Studies, Cornell University)
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.