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.

(Teaching statement available upon request.)


as Instructor

Spring 2020: Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke-Kunshan University, Jiangsu province, China. As a predoctoral Global Fellow, I will teach two courses on a quarter system.

  • PUBPOL 301: Political Analysis for Public Policy (syllabus) takes a comparative approach, introducing sophomores to the actors, institutions, and processes which shape public policy in the United States and China.
  • POLSCI 209: Students in Democratic Erosion (syllabus) will examine the perceived global trend of democratic backsliding—including its causes, symptoms, and consequences—through a series of case studies from around the world.

Fall 2019: Instructor, Duke University.

  • POLSCI 264S: Democratic Erosion (syllabus) will cover ground similar to my DKU offering (see above), but the semester format will allow us both to deepen our theoretical understandings and broaden our comparative analyses of backsliding. The Duke and DKU versions of this course will be adapted from—and, in turn, contribute to—the shared curriculum of a cross-university consortium.

as Teaching Assistant

  • Fall 2018: POLSCI 116D, American Political System, Professor David Rohde. Introductory undergraduate lecture in American politics, taught from a rational choice perspective.
  • Fall 2017: POLSCI 342, Strategy and Politics, Professor Georg Vanberg. Small undergraduate lecture introducing topics from positive political theory such as Condorcet's Paradox, Arrow's Theorem, and spatial voting models.
  • Spring 2017: POLSCI 631, Introductory Game Theory, Professor Bahar Leventoğlu. Introductory graduate course in game theory covering Nash equilibrium, extensive-form games of perfect and imperfect information, and PBE.
  • Fall 2016: POLSCI 180FS, Nature of Freedom in Political Organizations, Professor Georg Vanberg. Small freshman seminar focused on core readings in constitutionalism including Hobbes, Locke, Buchanan and Tullock, and Olson.