approach to teaching

Nothing compares with the fun and excitement of engaging students and helping them to explore new ideas.  In graduate school I discovered a passion for teaching.  I believe students learn best with an enthusiastic instructor who can make course material relevant and convey information through multiple teaching methods.  A dedication to student learning and inclusive teaching characterize my work as a teacher.


POL 326: Constitutional Difficulties in the Age of Trump with Keith E.  Whittington

Preceptor, Fall 2019

The unexpected election of Donald Trump in the fall of 2016 has ushered in a host of debates about less familiar features of the U.S. Constitution. A political outsider and populist, President Trump has pushed on inherited constitutional practices and assumptions. In an era of highly polarized politics, his opponents have likewise made innovative use of constitutional institutions and powers. The Trump presidency has generated unusual concerns about the stability and robustness of the American constitutional system. This course will try to make sense of those concerns and the constitutional debates of the past two years.


POL 241/ WWS 312: International Relations with Andrew Moravcsik

Preceptor, Spring 2018

This course is an introduction to the causes and nature of international conflict and cooperation. We critically examine various theories of international politics by drawing on examples drawn from international security, economic and legal affairs across different historical eras from 10,000 BC to the present. Topics include the causes of war, the pursuit of economic prosperity, the sources of international order and its breakdown, and the rise of challenges to national sovereignty, and such contemporary issues as international environmental politics, human rights promotion, global terrorism, and the future of US foreign policy.

POL 388: Causes of War with Gary Bass

Preceptor, Fall 2019

Why do states and peoples go to war? Conversely, how can war be avoided? This course surveys some of the most important explanations--including human nature, the anarchic international system, domestic politics, economics, technology, nationalism and terrorism--and evaluates them in light of historical wars, and of crises resolved short of war. Cases include the Peloponnesian War, the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, World War II, the Cuban missile crisis, ex-Yugoslavia's wars, and September 11.