My research interests also align with my teaching experience. Regarding political methodology, I enjoy teaching mainstream methods courses in econometrics and statistical computing. I taught two semesters as a lab instructor for my department’s graduate introductory methods course, which included instruction on how to conduct political science research using quantitative analysis. I also have had success teaching computing methods in Introduction to Political Research for undergraduate students.
I recently lead an introductory course in International Relations, and I am excited to teach courses on Comparative Politics such as political institutions, electoral behavior, public opinion, comparative political economy, and on International Relations such as international political economy, foreign economic policy, and human rights.
I have a proven track record of success in the classroom, with high teaching effectiveness scores. I have been a recipient of the Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award, and was nominated for the MU Donald K. Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Such evidence validate my teaching philosophy, which rests on three primary goals: help students develop an aptitude for critical thinking, teach students marketable career skills, and instill in students an appreciation for the science of political science.
- PS 1400 Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2017/ Instructor): [Syllabus]
This course provides students with the background and conceptual tools they need to understand contemporary international relations. Together, we will discuss the scientific study of international politics, examine major theories of international relations, and analyze topics pertaining to international security, economic security, and human security. Throughout the course, we will link the core concepts of international relations to current events, such as the economic rise of China, the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the debt crises in the European Union, and political developments in Africa. By the end of the semester, students in this course will have a clearer comprehension of international relations and analytical approaches to studying political problems.
- PS 7010 Introductory Statistics for Political Science (Fall 2015, Fall 2016/ Lab instructor for computing methods using Stata): [Syllabus]
This course provides an overview of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on applications in political science. It introduces the student to statistical techniques that are both common and useful for social science research. All political science students should be able to read and criticize statistics frequently presented in academic, media, and governmental reports. You will acquire skills at formulating measures for concepts and variables, collecting evidence, creating testable hypotheses, and using basic statistical tools to identify patterns and evaluate data. A competitive job market makes skills and experience with statistics, programming, and numerical data analysis a distinguishing asset for social science graduates. More importantly, students will acquire the writing skills necessary to produce political science research.
- PS 3000 Introduction to Political Research (Fall 2014/ Lab instructor using Stata):
This course introduces students to the philosophy and practice of political science research. There are two major goals of this course. The first is to have students become critical consumers of current political science literature. The second (more ambitious) goal is for students in this course to develop theories of politics, empirically test them, and eloquently discuss the results of their analysis. For illustrative purposes, the class provides substantive examples from several fields of political science (American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and public policy). The goals of the course are to prepare political science majors for the more analytical upper-level political science courses, to improve their research skills, and to increase their ability to make valid causal statements about political events and behaviors (Williams).