Teaching, December 2011

Teaching Approach

My goal in the classroom is to help students cultivate a critical awareness of the subject matter so they can consider problems from viewpoints other than their own and are able to discuss them in a reasoned manner.  To approach this ideal, I believe the classroom should be a space in which students are encouraged to critically analyze multiple perspectives on important topics.  As such, it is important that students are given the opportunity not only to read texts that are in dialogue with one another, but also discuss and debate those different arguments with their peers and the instructor.  These core skills are important for students regardless of career path because they provide the foundation for engaged and informed citizenship.

In 2018 I was awarded a UCD College of Social Sciences & Law Teaching and Learning Award, which was based on student nomination and application materials assessed by a college level committee.

Undergraduate Courses

Contemporary Authoritarianism

Introduction to Asian Politics

Transitional Justice

Foundations of Contemporary Politics

Master’s Level Courses

Politics of Human Rights

Security Studies

Dissidents & Human Rights Defenders

Peace & Conflict Studies

Courses as Teaching Assistant

Human Rights & Human Wrongs

Rise and Fall of World Communism

Introduction to Peace Studies

Other Teaching Experience

I was involved with debate for a decade and a half.  As a consultant for the non-profit International Debate Education Association (IDEA) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), I taught debate in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and have developed an appreciation for the ways in which debate can empower individuals to make arguments that are important to them.  I have seen how debating can help people develop the critical capacities to be better students, writers, speakers, and thinkers.