Teaching Philosophy

With the goal of providing excellent education to every student, in the classroom and as a mentor I aim to motivate students to engage with the material at hand, and to provide students with an environment that is both welcoming and demanding in order to inspire them to take responsibility for their own learning. In my courses, students develop into nuanced political thinkers, able to communicate their positions in both speech and writing. I push students to recognize the historical and personal roots of their core political beliefs, and to situate those beliefs among a rich collection of political thinkers in order that they may assess the value of their and others’ political ideas. I also encourage them to develop their ability to make analytical distinctions and apply those skills to political and other questions. I see political theory as a place where crucial skills of written and oral persuasion can be developed and to that end stress the importance of clear and focused written argument and open and collaborative discussion in the classroom.

Teaching Fields

  • Contemporary Political Theory

  • History of Political Thought

  • Multiculturalism

  • Race/Ethnic Politics

  • Jurisprudence & Legal Philosophy

  • Constitutional Law & Public Law

I am interested in teaching undergraduate courses at the introductory and advanced level in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, especially topically-focused courses in contemporary political theory and the political thought of the late modern era. For example, I would be interested in offering courses that engage students in the study of pressing contemporary questions about the nature and value of democracy and our contemporary responsibilities for past wrongs. At the graduate level, I am interested in facilitating the development of graduate students into strong scholars and teachers. I would be interested in offering courses on methodological approaches in political theory, on contemporary debates in political theory, and on important texts in historical thought. For example, I would like to teach a course that asks graduate students to practice a number of different approaches to political theory and the interpretation of text, in order to acquaint them with many possibilities for approaches to research. I would also be interested in teaching topic-focused graduate courses in contemporary theories of justice and democracy, citizenship and migration, and autonomy and freedom. In keeping with my commitment to contextual political theory, I would be especially interested in advising graduate students working on projects in contemporary political theory, particularly projects that are motivated by close attention to the way theoretical problems are manifested in practical politics.

Teaching Experience

  • York University, Glendon College

    • Winter 2019, Winter 2020: "Deliberation and Participation"

    • Fall 2018, Fall 2019: "Democracy and Representation"

  • University of California, Berkeley (as Graduate Student Instructor/Teaching Assistant)

    • Spring 2018: "Foundations of Modern Political Thought" (Daniel Lee)

    • Fall 2017: "Introduction to International Relations" (Amy Gurowitz)

    • Spring 2015: "History of Modern Political Thought" (Andrius Galisanka)

    • Spring 2014: "Special Topics in Political Theory: 20th Century" (Andrius Galisanka)

    • Spring 2013: "Introduction to Political Theory: What is Justice?" (Sarah Song)

  • Oberlin College (as Writing Associate)

    • Fall 2005, Fall 2006: "Explaining Social Power: Classical and Contemporary Theories" (Sonia Kruks)

Teaching Training and Awards

  • 08/2017: American Political Science Association Pedagogy Workshop

  • 2017: Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

  • 2013-14: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award