Teaching

My teaching philosophy is attentive to a diversity of perspectives, is committed to issues of justice and ethics, and prioritizes experiential learning. I design my syllabi to engage with a wide variety of voices and disciplines culled from academic articles and books, clips from television and YouTube, blog and opinion pieces, films, art works, and social media. This diverse selection helps students see how different arguments, issues, and approaches presented in the academic material are manifested in the public sphere. I also highlight and challenge issues of power in knowledge production by moving past canonical texts of political science to include the voices of women, non-Western scholars, and marginalized groups, as well as perspectives from anthropology, critical theory, religious studies, and other disciplines. In the classroom, I encourage excellence in research, writing, and speaking, while also incorporating interactive and engaged learning through group debates, peer-to-peer writing and editing activities, as well as interview and observation exercises.

In addition to the courses listed below, I have given guest lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on issues related to religion, humanitarianism, development, peacebuilding, and gender.

Courses Offered

  • Comparative Politics (Spring 2018)
  • International Relations (Fall 2015)
  • Introduction to International Studies (Fall 2017)
  • Religion and Global Politics (Fall 2017; Spring 2016)
  • Religion and Politics in the Middle East (Spring 2015; Summer 2013)
  • Religion, Gender, and Peacebuilding (Spring 2018)
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences (Spring 2018)
  • Senior Thesis (Fall 2017)