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 or speaker for courses at the University of Denver Korbel School, Georgetown, Harvard, and the University of Cape Town.

Teaching Experience

University of California, Santa Barbara

Global Studies 120: Global Ideologies and World Order  – undergraduate (syllabus: online Winter 2021; in-person Winter 2020, Fall 2019)

What are the different ideologies that have shaped global processes and lives throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries? How have these systems of political, social, and economic beliefs developed, interacted, and been challenged? How have ideologies been used to mobilize people, armed forces, and finance, for domination, emancipation, or both? This course will help you to answer these questions and to consider how different ideologies have manifested historically, how they affect contemporary life, and in what ways they may shape the future. We will examine primary source documents, academic readings, and popular press articles, as well as music and videos, to explore the ways ideologies have been conceived, and how they have been put into practice.

Global Studies 124: Global Conflict – undergraduate (syllabi: online Winter 2021, Fall 2020; in-person Winter 2020)

What distinguishes a country ‘at peace’ from one experiencing war? How do we define and explain types of violence, ranging from the interpersonal level to civil conflict, interstate war, and mass atrocities? This course will examine theories and empirical studies of conflict and violence from the local to the global, drawing on approaches from across the social sciences. We will work to understand individual and collective behavior in conflict and violent environments and how the social, political, and economic factors motivating or facilitating conflict might be altered or addressed to help build more sustainable peace. The course is highly participatory and has a mixed structure, with one interactive lecture and one session of small group and full class discussion each week.

Global Studies 224: Research Methods – graduate (syllabi: online Fall 2020; in-person Fall 2019

This course is designed to introduce students to different types of research designs and methodologies that they may encounter in academic literature and presentations or in professional settings, and that may ultimately be useful in completing their own research projects. Students will gain with a foundation to design, conduct, analyze, present, and evaluate research, and to decide if they would like to pursue more advanced training in particular methods, or to further explore methods that we do not cover, as they plan and pursue their research.

MA Committee Member

  • Molly O’Hagan, “Girls Incorporated: Violence, Athletics, and Empowerment in Preventative and Counter Violent Extremism and Anti-Gang Initiatives,” 2021.
  • Taylor Horton, “Filling the Fulfillment Gap: NGO Refugee Responses in a Time of Rising Populist-Nationalism,” 2019.

Boston University

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.

Harvard University

Government 20: Foundations of Comparative Politics

Led by Professor Steven Levitsky, Fall 2014

Government 62: Research Practice in Qualitative Methods

Led by Professor Gwyneth McClendon, Spring 2015

Government 1295: Comparative Politics in Latin America

Led by Professor Steven Levitsky, 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