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
download syllabus (Fall 2020)
download syllabus (Spring 2021 – coming soon)
I have taught American Foreign Policy several times. The Fall version of the course focuses more on the policymaking aspects of U.S. foreign policy by looking at not just what the President does but also the other branches of government, the media, interest groups, with a discussion on foreign policy decision-making using the Second Persian Gulf conflict as a critical case to explore the different theories.

In the Spring 2021 version, I plan to focus more on tools of statecraft while highlighting key foreign policy challenges for the Biden Administration as well as ongoing challenges – both past and present – in U.S. foreign policy.

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

European Politics (Fall 2020) — download syllabus
For my class on European Politics, I focus on the political systems of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. Time permitting, I also spend a week talking about Poland and Sweden. The focus on this iteration of the course centered around Euroscepticism and populist parties/movements in the countries studied. The syllabus was designed for in-person/hybrid delivery. I used Hancock et al. 2019 as the primary textbook and supplemented with additional readings.

Homeland Security (Fall 2020) — download syllabus
This course explores four key issue areas that involve the Department of Homeland Security: election security/integrity; terrorism, counterterrorism, CVE; cybersecurity/terror/war; and immigration/migration and border control. I spend 3-4 weeks on each area where I present the “operational” side of the issue (what DHS does and how it sees the issue), the empirical aspects of the issue (aspects the government may ignore/overlook/downplay), challenges faced by the government in addressing this issue, and, where permitting, solutions and evaluations to improving government policy. The syllabus has been designed for a 14-week asynchronous course but could easily be adapted for in-person or hybrid teaching mode. Course involved students working on creating shared documents for grading using Slack.

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.