As a dual degree PhD candidate, my research and teaching is guided by an interdisciplinary perspective. Within my research, I study how identity and lived experience interacts with institutions to provide political representation and create policy. Similarly, I recognize that my students come from a wide range of backgrounds with different life experiences. Aware of my students’ diverse backgrounds, I administer a first day questionnaire to gauge my students’ background knowledge and their goals for the class. Generally, I find that they are up-to-date on current events and I use their familiarity with everyday politics to introduce them to academic theory.
Integrating academic scholarship with current events also allows me to use a multitude of teaching strategies to engage students with different learning styles. I lecture to cover core concepts, but also use classroom discussion and group activities to engage students. I encourage debate around public policy and ask students to question the way politics and government is presented to them in the media. In my courses, I want my students to have a firm grasp on the core concepts of American politics, while also being able to apply those concepts to their daily lives.
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In the Summer of 2016, I taught PLSC 428: Gender & Politics. This upper-level course provides an overview to the field of gender and politics by examining the influence of gender in politics as well as how politics influences issues related to gender. For more information about this course, including the syllabus and sample exercises, click here.
In the Summer of 2017, I taught PLSC 490: Policy Making & Evaluation. In this upper-level course, students learn about the factors that determine policy success and failure and become familiar with methods of policy evaluation. For more information about this course, including the syllabus and sample exercises, click here.
In the Spring of 2016, I completed the Penn State Course in College Teaching through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. While at Penn State, I have also been a Teaching Assistant for two semesters of PLSC 001: Introduction to American Government & Politics.