Teaching

Philosophy

My teaching philosophy centers around curiosity and engagement. Tapping into a student's curiosity can propel them down unanticipated paths toward new knowledge. Engagement occurs when students choose to actively cultivate knowledge through questioning, discussion, debate, and research. I aim to encourage both curiosity and engagement through intentional syllabus design, by emphasizing dialogue in the classroom, and by ensuring that I am available, approachable, and responsive outside the classroom.

Experience

  • POLSCI 301: Program Evaluation introduces sophomores to modern social scientific approaches to the evaluation of public policies, their implementation, and their impacts. Topics covered include statistical power, cost-benefit analyses, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. (Fall 2020 online; Spring 2021)

  • SOSC 101: Foundational Questions in Social Science, team-taught by faculty across the social sciences, introduces students to the types of questions posed and answers offered by various social scientific disciplines. Topics covered include families and social groups, governments and religions, markets and order, and justice and morality. (Spring 2021)

  • PUBPOL 301: Political Analysis for Public Policy takes a comparative approach to the actors, institutions, and processes which shape public policy in the United States and China. Topics covered include agenda setting, decision making, implementation, and evaluation. (Spring 2020 online; Fall 2020 online)

  • POLSCI 209: Democratic Erosion examines the perceived global trend of democratic backsliding—including its causes, symptoms, and consequences—through a series of case studies from around the world. As a writing-intensive class, students learn multiple approaches to communication, including blogging and academic essay writing. This course is adapted from—and, in turn, contributes to—the shared curriculum of a cross-university consortium. (Spring 2020)

  • POLSCI 264S: Democratic Erosion covered substantially similar ground to the DKU offering above, but a semester format enabled deeper theoretical dives and a novel online simulation exercise through the ICONS platform. (Fall 2019)

as Teaching Assistant

  • POLSCI 116D: American Political System, for Dave Rohde. Introductory undergraduate lecture in American politics, taught from a rational choice perspective. (Fall 2018)

  • POLSCI 342: Strategy and Politics, for Georg Vanberg. Small undergraduate lecture introducing topics from positive political theory such as Condorcet's Paradox, Arrow's Theorem, and spatial voting models. (Fall 2017)

  • POLSCI 631: Introductory Game Theory, for Bahar Leventoğlu. Introductory graduate course in game theory covering Nash equilibrium, extensive-form games of perfect and imperfect information, and PBE. (Spring 2017)

  • POLSCI 180FS: Nature of Freedom in Political Organizations, for Georg Vanberg. Small freshman seminar focused on core readings in constitutionalism including Hobbes, Locke, Buchanan and Tullock, and Olson. (Fall 2016)