I have four goals when I teach. First, that students learn how to think. Second, that students understand the substantive material. Third, that students make connections between their lives and politics. Fourth, that students apply what they learn through writing, research, and community engagement. I plan each course, and each class day within it, with these goals in mind.
A full statement of my teaching philosophy and course syllabi are available upon request.
At Duke University, I teach an upper division course, “Congress and the President” and an introductory course, “Introduction to Political Science.” At the University of Texas at Austin, I served as the Government department’s first Director of Undergraduate Research, where I mentored undergraduates participating in a yearlong research course and founded the department’s annual undergraduate research poster session to raise the visibility of undergraduate research on campus. In addition to teaching courses at Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin, I have served as a TA for courses in public policy, American politics, and Texas politics.
I enjoy teaching where theory intersects with practical politics. Based on the nature of my experience and training, I am well-suited to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in institutions (Congress, Presidency, Supreme Court, Bureaucracy), decision-making in democratic institutions, public choice, information processing in organizations, agenda-setting, public policy, political parties, early American political thought, and American political development; as well as methods courses in research design and implementation, measurement, data visualization, and writing as a social scientist. I am especially interested in the opportunity to teach multidisciplinary courses at the intersections between institutions and political theory, as well as specialized courses, such as Polarization in Congress or the Greek and Roman Foundations of American Political Institutions.