Pedagogical Training

During the 2019-2020 AY, I served as the Columbia University Political Science department's Lead Teaching Fellow through the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning. I also completed the Center's Teaching Development Program through which I attended and contributed to a series of pedagogical workshops on topics such as active learning, inclusive teaching, syllabus design, and grading and feedback. As Lead Teaching Fellow, I served as a liaison between the Political Science department and the Center for Teaching and Learning. In this role, I advised other teaching assistants in the department about how to improve the effectiveness of their teaching as well as hosted pedagogical workshops in the department.

My first pedagogical workshop focused on how to utilize case studies, such as those that I have published through the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to help students understand and apply complex concepts. These cases can be found under the Research tab above. My second workshop outlined how to use innovative pedagogical approaches more broadly, and I created this resource for students to utilize as a reference.

Teaching Experience

At Columbia, I have served as a teaching assistant for the following courses:

Governing the Global Economy (with Nikhar Gaikwad, Fall 2017; Spring 2019; Fall 2019; Fall 2020 via Zoom)

  • Student Population: Undergraduate

  • Responsibilities: Weekly discussion sections; guest lecture; grading

  • Course Description: Who governs the world economy? Why do countries succeed or fail to cooperate in setting their economic policies? When and how do international institutions help countries cooperate? When and why do countries adopt good and bad economic policies? This course examines how domestic and international politics determine how the global economy is governed. We will study the politics of trade, international investment, monetary, immigration, and environmental policies to answer these questions. The course will approach each topic by examining alternative theoretical approaches and evaluate these theories using historical and contemporary evidence. There will be an emphasis on applying concepts through the analysis of policy-relevant case studies designed specifically for this course.

Theories of International Relations (with Jack Snyder, Fall 2018)

  • Student Population: Graduate

  • Responsibilities: Weekly discussion sections; grading

  • Course Description: Focal topics include issues and problems in theory of international politics; systems theories and the current international system; the domestic sources of foreign policy and theories of decision making; transnational forces, the balance of power, and alliances.

Introduction to International Politics (with Katelyn Jones, Spring 2018)

  • Student Population: Undergraduate

  • Responsibilities: Weekly discussion sections; guest lecture; grading

  • Course Description: This course is an introduction to international politics. It surveys major issues in international relations post-World War II from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Some of the topics we will cover include: the causes of interstate war; ethnic conflict; foreign policy decision-making; economic development; the North-South gap; international trade; globalization; economic interdependence; the environment; population; the UN and other international organizations; and international law. Rather than focus extensively on specific countries, we will focus on countries’ relations with each other.

Teaching Evaluations

Teaching Demonstration

This teaching demonstration is a guest "mini lecture" that I recorded with Lindsay Dolan (Wesleyan University) for her International Organizations course. In it, we discuss IO proliferation and inter-organizational cooperation.