Teaching

“…the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up” (February 1936)

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale, teaching “Ideas and Presidential Power: From the Founding to Trump” in the Fall 2020 semester and “Congress: How Legislating Works” in the Spring 2021 semester. I have also taught “Ideas of Representation in American Political Development” in the Fall 2019 semester. Previously, I served as a Teaching Fellow at Yale during the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2018-19 academic years, and I have completed the Certificate of College Teaching Preparation from the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning.

The 2016 election and its aftermath have been the backdrop of my time teaching. Experiencing the previous few years in politics with my students has profoundly influenced my attitude towards teaching. I believe my role as a teacher is to help my students find their voice – an informed voice, to be sure, but their voice. I have helped my students express their views and process the news by providing them with more knowledge and tools to analyze politics. This may be an incredibly small way to try to improve the world on my part, but I nonetheless see it as the appropriate and vital role for a teacher of college students.

My teaching interests broadly include American politics and political institutions, American Political Development, American Political Thought, and Archival Methods. Below, I provide my teaching experience, teaching evaluations, and some sample syllabi for proposed courses.

 

Courses at Yale

Instructor of Record

PLSC 201: Ideas and Presidential Power: From the Founding to Trump (Fall 2020). Syllabus.

PLSC 226: Congress: How Legislating Works (Spring 2021, Spring 2020). Syllabus. Teaching Evaluations.

PLSC 225: Ideas of Representation in American Political Development (Fall 2019). Syllabus. Teaching Evaluations.

Teaching Fellow

PLSC 214: Politics of U.S. Public Policy (Spring 2019).

PLSC 318: Lincoln’s Statecraft and Rhetoric (Grader with optional discussion section for Fall 2018, TF for Spring 2016). Teaching Evaluations 2018 & 2016.

PLSC 113: Intro to American Politics (Spring 2017, Fall 2015). Teaching Evaluations 20172015.

PLSC 205: Law, Leadership, and the Political Development of the American Presidency (Fall 2016). Teaching Evaluations.

 

Other Syllabi Drafts

Intro to American Politics: Foundations, Institutions, and Behavior

The American Presidency: Executive Power, Institutional Development, Leadership, and Representation

American Political Development: Understanding Political Change over Time

Race and American Political Development

American Political Thought: From the Founding to the Present

Politics and Public Policy: Concepts and Contemporary Challenges

Political Leadership: Grappling with an Elusive Concept

Bureaucracy and Public Administration: Politics, Expertise, and Democracy

Archival Methods: Historical Research in Political Science