Teaching Interests and Experience
Two main goals drive all my teaching endeavors: I strive to help my students learn how to think critically and how to communicate effectively. Teaching students to be cautiously skeptical goes against the grain, but the independent and careful analysis of information it inspires can be immensely rewarding. I think it is critical to help students develop their ability to clearly communicate their thoughts through challenging discussion or written work, as our collective attention has become more scarce. To put it differently, the benefits of analytic and communicative skills diffuse widely: they are necessary not only for grappling with primary texts in political theory or for writing good seminar papers, but for understanding contemporary moral and political problems and facilitating democratic participation.
I believe these goals are best achieved through student engagement, good deliberation and discussion, a multi-method learning approach, and skills extension. A copy of my teaching statement, as well as any of my syllabi, are available upon request.
A summary of my student evaluations is available upon request.