Teaching

Below you will find syllabi and other materials from my classes. I share them here with current and future student (note: I reserve the right to update, and do so heavily between semesters when I should be writing instead) as well as colleagues who may teach similar courses. A few caveats: Most of these classes were designed for my academic home for the last 8 years, the University of Nevada, Reno. Some were developed for other universities/colleges I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at including private research Universities (University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University), Liberal Arts Colleges (Bucknell University and Bryn Mawr College) and a regional religiously-affiliated University (St. Joseph’s University).

UNR is a land grant public research university with about 20,000 students. My department offers BAs in Political Science and International Affairs, an MA in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration, and a PhD in Political Science. I have the privilege of teaching in all of these programs, barring the MPA. Our student body is 47% minority and skews wealthier than state averages despite active First-Gen recruitment. Our 6 year graduation rate is 51%. I teach the range, from PSC 100 to PhD level seminars.

I take teaching seriously, and hold a Teaching Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning, where I also served as a Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence. I received the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2020. As part of the first generation (along with my sister) in my family to graduate from college, I seek to make my courses interesting, practical, and ‘fundamentalist’ in the original meaning of the term, focusing on core social science concepts and competencies in all courses from undergraduate through doctoral. I have worked to center equity and accessibility during my time at UNR.

PSC 408E: Labor, Economy, and Protest

Designed in support of our International Affairs major’s international economic institutions module, this course included both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The course was built not only for me to teach, but to be highly ‘modular’ for my PhD students to be able to swap in their own content and teach as Instructor of Record before going on the job market (if a student isn’t studying labor, economy, or protest, I’m probably not their dissertation chair).