As a teacher, I am eager to inspire a new generation of critical thinkers who ask important questions and act as good citizens whatever their pursuits. This requires both active engagement and attention to diversity of thought. In the classroom, I encourage students to learn and to challenge established theories by assigning readings from the academic literature and requiring direct engagement with qualitative and quantitative data sources. My approach to learning is also built on humility and pragmatism. I acknowledge students’ diverse styles of learning by combining lecture with visual aids, film and art, hands-on activities, and open debate.
Here is a sample of courses I have taught or plan to teach in the future:
Politics of Authoritarianism (CPO 4053)
This course is designed to help students understand the causes and consequences of authoritarian regimes, particularly in the post-Cold War (1989-present) period. Throughout the semester, students explore three broad questions: (1) What are authoritarian regimes and how have they evolved over time? (2) Why does authoritarianism develop and persist in some parts of the world? (3) What are the effects of authoritarianism on various aspects of global politics? Students also spend a significant amount of time discussing and thinking about the most effective ways to analyze politics under authoritarianism, from in-depth case studies to comparisons of a few regimes to cross-national trends using large statistical datasets.