Teaching

Based on my research experience and methodological training, I really look forward to teaching a variety of introductory and upper-level undergraduate general courses such as Introduction to International Relations (sample syllabus available upon request), region-specific courses such as China and the World (sample syllabi available upon request), U.S. Foreign Policies (sample syllabus available upon request), East Asian Societies (sample syllabus available upon request), as well as methods courses such as Introduction to Research Methods, Formal Theory, or Data Analysis and Visualization in Political Science.

My TA experiences at USC make it clear to me that there’s nothing more rewarding than informing, engaging, inspiring, and empowering students with knowledge about East Asia, especially when many of today’s pressing societal and security questions are from the region: the politics of the two Koreas, Japan, and China, the US-China relations, the South China Sea, and the environmental crises. There is clearly a major disconnect between the recognition that Asia is increasingly becoming important and the lack of expertise on Asia itself. It’s been incredibly rewarding to help the young generations understand not only how, but also why, the U.S. and the international system interacts in its current ways as a teaching assistant previously, and I would be thrilled to have the chance to design my own courses in achieving these goals.

I embrace a student-centered teaching philosophy. I believe that we can foster active and interactive learnings, in both large and small lecture settings. As my teaching evaluation shows, I regularly used news clips, television satire, case studies, student-led discussions and presentations to stimulate a fun environment, where students can apply abstract IR concepts to real-world issues by earnestly engaging in the process.

Moreover, I consciously seek to develop and maintain a relationship of trust and understanding with my students beyond just explaining lecture materials. As a graduate student leader at USC’ Security and Political Economy Lab, a lab that focuses particularly on recruiting and serving female, minority, and first-generation students, I worked closely with students who aspire to apply for graduate programs and offered them as much academic guidance as I can. These students were from a wide range of fields – International Relations, Economics – and of different ethnic backgrounds – Chinese, Korean, African American, Hispanic.

As the first woman in my family to pursue a graduate degree, I have come to recognize how education can be a tool of empowerment and leadership. Originally from China, I treasure my personal immigration experience, and developed important sensitivity to and positive sympathy with students coming from different socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. I am committed to fostering inclusive, diverse classrooms and creating the conditions for every student to thrive in higher education. Students from underrepresented communities do not necessarily enter university with the institutional knowledge that advantages students who are familiar with the system. Thus, I would pay special attention to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and have one-on-one meetings with them early in the semester to ensure that they are aware of all the resources available to them, and to establish a relationship where they can feel comfortable coming to me with any concerns.

Instructor, International Politics of East Asia Spring 2021

School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Teaching Assistant, POIR 611: Introduction to Regression Analysis Spring 2017

Political Science and International Relations Program, USC

Instructor: Pablo Barberá

  • Hold weekly review sessions for graduate and master students enrolled in this class

Teaching Assistant, POIR 610: Research Design Fall 2016

Political Science and International Relations Program, USC

Instructor: James Lo

  • Hold weekly review sessions for graduate students enrolled in this class

Teaching Assistant, IR 213: The Global Economy Spring 2016

School of International Relations, USC

Instructor: Benjamin Graham

Teaching Assistant, IR 210: International Relations: Introductory Analysis Fall 2015, Fall 2014

School of International Relations, USC

Instructor: Daniel C. Lynch

Teaching Assistant, IR 210: Introductory Theory and Analysis in Int’l Relations Spring 2015

School of International Relations, USC

Instructor: Steven Lamy