I teach undergraduate courses in political theory, race and politics, and American political science.
Race and the Right to Vote in the U.S. (Poli 206)
Instructor (Fall 2020)
This course, which I developed with my co-instructor as a new UNC service-learning class, focuses on race and politics in the U.S. and on American electoral institutions and voting behavior. Students volunteer with local nonprofit organizations related to racial justice and/or voting rights in the Chapel Hill and North Carolina communities. We emphasize critical reflection on volunteer work and tie our in-class discussions of institutions and the history of race to students’ service experiences. Students also create a final project on a topic of their choice; examples include interactive maps of voting districts, oral history podcasts about the intergenerational transfer of political attitudes among Black North Carolinians, and legal briefs about voter ID laws.
- Service partners:
- My co-instructor and I received an APPLES Service-Learning Course Development Grant from the Carolina Center for Public Service for the creation of this course
Modern Political Thought (Poli 271)
Instructor (Summer 2019 online), Teaching Assistant (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
This “Hobbes to Marx” course is often the only political theory class that UNC political science majors take, and I enjoy working with students grappling with abstract concepts, often for the first time. I focus on connecting centuries-old arguments to current events and contemporary debates. For example, we might discuss how Locke’s conception of property informed the development of policing as the protection of property and the enforcement of the racial caste system in the U.S.
Feminist Political Thought (Poli 265/Wgst 265)
Instructor (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
This course focuses on contemporary feminist theory. My course goals include helping students define their own feminisms and connecting theory to the “real world” through assignments like “pop feminism papers.” Students design their own final paper topics and work with the instructor on this iterative assignment to create a sophisticated final product on a topic they are passionate about. Past students have written about intersex Olympic athletes, the politics of female pleasure, and gender equity in journalism.
Introduction to Government in the United States (Poli 100)
Instructor (Fall 2018)
This course is a broad overview of U.S. political institutions and behavior. I focus on using active learning techniques, like the simulations I developed for the class, to keep students engaged and to help them connect course material to current events. For example, we might discuss public opinion polling biases through a class activity in which students make their own Instagram polls, or analyze federalism through a discussion of Medicaid expansion.
History of the Future
Instructor (Duke Talent Identification Program, Summer 2018)
Duke TIP is an academic program that offers challenging, college-level enrichment classes for middle- and high school students. I developed and taught this class, which focuses on utopian thinking and futurism. Subjects ranged from Existentialism to urban planning theory, racial politics, totalitarianism, and biopolitics. Teaching six hours a day, five and a half days a week and helping students develop high-level thinking skills to was an exciting challenge.
I have also served as the founder and leader of the UNC Political Science Graduate Student Teaching Group from Fall 2018 – present. The group is an opportunity for graduate instructors and teaching assistants to troubleshoot teaching questions, discuss research on pedagogical approaches and teaching tools, and workshop teaching statements and lesson plans.
- UNC political science graduate students interested in joining the Grad Student Teaching Group, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive meeting times and other announcements.