Teaching

Philosophy

My teaching philosophy centers around curiosity, engagement, and inclusion. 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. Inclusion embraces differences to reap the pedagogical benefits of identity diversity and cognitive diversity. I encourage all three through intentional syllabus design, by emphasizing civil dialogue in the classroom, and by ensuring that I am available, approachable, and responsive outside the classroom.

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Experience

  • POLSCI 201: Political Institutions and Processes introduces first- and second-year students to the diverse array of formal rules, informal practices, and regularized decision-making bodies which facilitate and constrain political choice and action. We examine regime varieties as well as a host of democratic and authoritarian institutions, before turning to issues of institutional origins, persistence, and change. (Spring 2022 hybrid)

  • 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 online)

  • POLSCI 301: Program Evaluation introduces sophomores and juniors to causal inference and design-based approaches to the evaluation of social interventions and their impacts. Topics covered include simulating statistical power; experimental, natural experimental, and quasi-experimental research designs; cost-benefit analyses, and pre-analysis plans. (Fall 2020 in-person; Spring 2021 hybrid; Spring 2022 hybrid)

  • POLSCI 315: American Politics in Comparative Perspective examines the actors, institutions, and processes of American politics from an explicitly comparative and rational choice perspective. Topics covered include federalism and the states, the constitution and its interpretation, Congress and its committees, the presidency and bureaucracy, the court system, and voting and elections. (Spring 2022 hybrid)

  • 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; Spring 2021 hybrid; Fall 2021 hybrid; Spring 2022 hybrid)

  • SOSC 101: Foundational Questions in Social Science, team-taught by faculty across the social sciences, this course introduces students to big questions which have long animated social scientific research. Topics covered include families and social groups, governments and religions, markets and order, and justice and morality. (Spring 2021 hybrid)

  • 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 in-person)

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 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)

  • 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)