I have taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels on topics relating to international relations, comparative politics, public policy, global health, and research methods. I currently serve on Bentley University’s Learning and Teaching Council. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I managed instructional development for online and hybrid courses in my areas of expertise at Harvard University, including the first ever Massive Open Online Course and Small Private Online Course produced for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A full list of courses I designed and taught in this capacity, alongside a full list of conventional classroom courses, is available on my C.V. A selection is included below.
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Bentley University, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023 (expected).
Northeastern University (Teaching Assistant), Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018.
Description: This course offers a broad introduction to the study of international relations – an attempt to understand the circumstances under which conflict and cooperation occur in the world. Over the course of the semester, students become familiar with the core theoretical underpinnings explaining recurring patterns in IR, develop an understanding of how to apply these theories, as well as analyze the extent to which they explain—or fail to explain—historical and current events. Students explore different ways we can analyze basic problems of international relations—conflict or cooperation—whether by studying the “big picture” of the international system, the inner workings of countries’ domestic politics, or human psychology and decision-making of individual leaders. As part of this theoretical discussion, we explore the conditions that shaped dominant IR theories themselves, and how current scholarship seeks to update and improve upon them. In this context, the course covers defining events of the 20th century, as well as a variety of contemporary topics including humanitarian interventions, trade liberalization, terrorism, environmental degradation, and global health crises.
Bentley University, Spring 2023 .
Description: This course examines mechanisms by which countries pursue cooperation in international politics. Beyond conventional intergovernmental organizations (IOs) – such as the United Nations – students examine a range of processes, regimes, laws, norms, actors, and institutions contributing to global governance. Such efforts have facilitated cooperation among states across issue areas, including defense, trade, monetary policy, environmental protection, global health, internet use, maritime security, justice, and transportation, among many others. This course addresses central questions in the study of international cooperation: Do institutions designed to facilitate cooperation actually work? What is the architecture of these institutions, and how have they changed over time? Do they help mitigate international anarchy? And how might they influence the distribution of power among countries in the world? To what extent and how do citizens participate in global governance? In examining these questions, we consider both a variety of actors in international cooperation, and how they exert influence across several policy issue areas.
POLITICS OF PANDEMICS & GLOBAL OUTBREAKS
Bentley University, Fall 2023.
Description: In this class, students develop an understanding of the actors, institutions, and processes underpinning the global governance of outbreak preparedness and response, as well as an analytical tool kit for understanding their effectiveness and limitations. We will ask what factors impede global cooperation in pandemic response—and whether these are insurmountable. What characterizes the relationships between country governments and other actors such as corporations, private philanthropy, and public-private partnerships in these endeavors? How do these policies and processes impact diverse groups and constituencies globally? And finally, what does the future hold for global governance of outbreak response? The semester begins with an examination of the social and political implications of framing global health as security issue, and a discussion of global public goods and outbreak response. From there, we progress to explore key concepts, actors, issues, and cases—with an eye toward the future as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE
Northeastern University, Spring 2019.
Description: This course covers basic statistical techniques and methods for social science, emphasizing applications of value to policymakers and researchers in the fields of political science, public policy, and international affairs. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, basic probability, binomial and normal probability distributions, hypothesis testing, differences-between-groups tests, correlation, linear regression, and multiple regression. In addition, students learn how to generate and interpret statistical analyses using SPSS. This course is taught primarily in SPSS due to software availability, with workshops introducing students to statistical programming in Stata and R.
OTHER SELECTED TEACHING
GROWTH & DECLINE OF CITIES & SUBURBS
Teaching Assistant, Northeastern University, Fall 2018.
CYBERSPACE & INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Teaching Fellow, Harvard Division of Continuing Education (online). Fall 2017, Fall 2018.
CENTRAL CHALLENGES OF AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY, STRATEGY, & THE PRESS
Course Assistant, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Fall 2012.