Understanding and Addressing Public Policy Challenges in U.S. Politics (Lead Instructor, Spring 2022)
- Syllabus (draft available by request)
Graduate-Level Quantitative Research Methods (Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2019)
Introduction to American Politics (Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2018)
Teaching Interests and Approaches
I’m excited to teach a range of courses in American politics, public policy, and research methods. Within American politics, I would be interested to teach Introduction to American Politics, Politics of Public Policy, State and Local Politics, Federalism, American Political Economy, Congress, and The Presidency. I’d also be interested to teach courses focusing on particular policy areas, especially Climate and Energy Policy and Health Policy. Finally, I’d be interested to teach a range of research design and methods courses, particularly quantitative methods.
I apply a problem-based approach to teaching. In teaching political science, I frame abstract concepts in terms of the broad problem of producing effective and just policy. This highlights the stakes of the questions being investigated and can make the material more tangible for students. In teaching quantitative methods, I similarly aim to contextualize the math of statistics as solutions to problems faced by researchers or analysts.
I believe students, especially undergraduates, tend to learn more by doing than by listening. In my sections at Berkeley, I prioritized small-group discussion of focused questions over lecturing, such that students would arrive at key concepts through their own discussion—as opposed to hearing them delivered from the front of the room. In this vein, the Spring 2022 seminar I designed prioritizes developing student writing and analysis over heavy reading loads.