Teaching

My teaching focuses on both International Relations and Comparative Politics. I have offered courses titled Current World Problems (Ohio University) and the online course Democracy, Dictators, and Development (University of Oregon). In addition to these courses, I taught for 5 years at the high school level, teaching classes such as US History, US Government, Economics, Personal Development, and Microsoft Office.

My primary goal when teaching is to make my courses as meaningful and useful for my students as possible. I believe the most important thing I do in my courses is encouraging students to take ownership of their intellectual and academic growth. This alerts students to the agency they possess inside and outside of the classroom, and ultimately helps students to become more self-determined individuals. When students are given opportunities to take ownership of their learning, they are more engaged in the course and feel more confident discussing and analyzing difficult ideas and concepts. All of the methods I employ in a classroom work towards this end by setting clear expectations for the course as well as increasing student voice and student choice, which create more opportunities for authentic learning and encourage student ownership of learning. I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds and helping them to think bigger and from multiple perspectives about the world we all share.