TEACHING

While at UNC, I have had the opportunity to serve as both a teaching assistant and an instructor-of-record for a number of courses. As a result, I have designed three courses, two of which I have taught, both in small class-settings. As a result, I am prepared to teach courses on American political institutions, such as the U.S. Congress and the Presidency, as well as introductory American government courses, and courses on U.S. parties and elections. I list the courses that I have experience teaching below. To access my teaching statement, click here. To view evidence of my teaching effectiveness, including syllabi and student evaluations, click here.

Assembly Hall

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • POLI 200: The President, Congress, and Public Policy (Fall 2019; Fall 2020; Spring 2021)

    • This course will serve as an analysis of the roles and influence of the president, the Congress, and other participants in the making of national policy. More specifically, in this course we will discuss the origins and development of the U.S. Congress, the office of the President of the United States, congressional and presidential elections, the legislative process, and the interaction of the executive and legislative branches and its impact on the making of public policy. At the completion of this course, students will  have gained an understanding of the policy process in America, as well as a deeper understanding of the institution of the United States Congress and the presidency.

  • POLI 100: Introduction to American Politics (Spring 2020)

    • This course is an introduction to American politics at the college level that is intended to serve both majors and non-majors. In this course we will discuss the origins of the current governmental system in America, political institutions, political behavior, and how theories of American government apply to current events and problems the government and citizens face today. The goals for this course are as follows: 1) for students to identify and solve collective action problems that arise in the American system of government; 2) for students to think critically about the institutional design of the American system; 3) for students to develop vital skills required for informed political discourse; 4) for students to develop an understanding of political behavior and patterns in the United States.

  • Planned Course: POLI 208: Political Parties and Elections

    • The purpose of this course is to provoke critical thinking about the role of political parties and elections in the American democratic system of government. We will survey academic theories of parties and elections, and seek to assess how well these theories fit the daily political realities we observe. There are three goals for students in this course. The first is for students to obtain a better understanding of political parties, elections, and their place within American democracy. The second is to develop the critical thinking and writing skills that are an integral part of a liberal arts education. The final goal of this course is for students to develop important debate and conversational skills that allow for open-minded, meaningful dialogue about politics with respect for viewpoint diversity.