Teaching

Check out an active learning exercise for online teaching (for this COVID-19 times) I constructed for helping students think about institutional design. I have several others, and I will post them here shortly.

Course Syllabi:

American Foreign Policy (Fall 2019) — download syllabus
My course on American Foreign Policy focuses on how foreign policy is developed and how systemic explanations for US foreign policy often fail to explain the choices made by US policymakers. The course is divided into three units: systemic and domestic sources of foreign policy, theories of foreign policy decision-making, and statecraft using a series of critical cases and current foreign policy challenges.

A six-week summer version of the syllabus is also available for download.

European Politics (Fall 2020) — in progress

Homeland Security (Fall 2020) — in progress

International Organizations (Spring 2020) — download syllabus
This class has been designed for use with the iClicker system (special note that I adapted the use of iClickers for my course from Dr. Emily Ritter’s syllabus on International Organizations) with a focus on class participation and student engagement, reading, one online project where students create lecture videos on key international organizations/regimes, midterm, and a final exam.

NB: I adapted my face-to-face version of International Organizations for asynchronous delivery using Slack, YouTube video lectures, and discussion activities. Please see my guide on using Slack in the classroom (coming soon).

Introduction to American Politics (Summer 2019) — download syllabus (coming soon)
During the summer 2019, I had the opportunity to teach an online version of Introduction to American Politics. The syllabus is designed for a six-week course but could easily be adapted for a semester length, as well.

Research and Writing Seminar (undergraduates) — download syllabus
This course teaches students in the social sciences the in’s and out’s of positivist research by helping students develop research questions, construct theories, and generate hypotheses as well as how to do literature reviews and other aspects of a research design. Students construct a research design in small parts over the course of the semester with the opportunity to revise and resubmit as needed.