I greatly enjoy and value teaching. Prior to my current duties at UCSB, I served as a lecturer for an intermediate undergraduate course at Boston University, and I was a teaching assistant for three courses, advised multiple senior theses, and served as a research mentor for undergraduate fellows of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. I have also been a guest lecturer for courses at the University of Denver Korbel School, Harvard, and the University of Cape Town.
University of California, Santa Barbara
MA Committee Member
- Taylor Horton, “Filling the Fulfillment Gap: NGO Refugee Responses in a Time of Rising Populist-Nationalism,” 2019.
International Relations 367/Political Science 360: Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations
Provided an introduction to lenses of political analysis, the politics of each country in Latin America, and the history and contemporary dynamics of international relations within Latin America, and between Latin American countries and the United States.
Semester: Fall 2017
Co-taught with Professor David Scott Palmer.
Government 20: Foundations of Comparative Politics
Provides an introduction to key concepts and theoretical approaches in comparative politics. Major themes include the causes of democratization, economic development, ethnic conflict, and social revolutions; as well as the role of the state, political institutions, and civil society. Examines and critically evaluates different theoretical approaches to politics including modernization, Marxist, cultural, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches. Compares cases from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America to provide students with grounding in the basic tools of comparative analysis.
Led by Professor Steven Levitsky
Semester: Fall 2014
Government 62: Research Practice in Qualitative Methods
With the goal of preparing students to undertake original research, this course introduces students to basic principles and tools of qualitative research in the social sciences. Focus is on comparative research design and the principal tools of qualitative research. Topics examined include the pitfalls of selection bias, the logic of causal inference, measurement and conceptualization, and the potential of mixed methods. Research techniques covered are process tracing, analytic narratives, natural experiments, archival research, interviews, and ethnography.
Led by Professor Gwyneth McClendon
Semester: Spring 2015
Government 1295: Comparative Politics in Latin America
Examines dynamics of political and economic changes in modern Latin America, focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. Topics include the rise of populism and import-substituting industrialization, revolutions and revolutionary movements, the causes and consequences of military rule, the politics of economic reform, democratic transitions, and democratic consolidation. The course analyzes these phenomena from a variety of different theoretical perspectives, including cultural, dependency, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches.
Led by Professor Steven Levitsky
Semester: Spring 2014
Senior Thesis Advising
- Ben Cashin, “Post-Conflict Infrastructural Development in Côte d’Ivoire,” 2017-18
- Jason Kwon, “Interstate Rivalry and Intervention in Civil Wars,” 2015-16
- Charles Orta, “Revolutionary Development in Modern Latin America: A Comparative Analysis of Revolutionary Movements in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Peru,” 2015-16
- Delany Sisiruca, “Unintentional Benefits: United States Foreign Policy and its Effect on Public Approval of the Venezuelan Government,” 2015-16
- Chloe George, “Religious Extremism and Political Power: The Case of the Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka,” 2014-15
- Hilary Higgins, “Counter-narcotics to Counterinsurgency: Assessing the Transformation of US Intervention in Colombia: 1998-2002,” 2014-15