Teaching

I greatly enjoy and value teaching. I have served as a teaching assistant for three courses, have advised multiple senior theses, and have also served as a research mentor for undergraduate fellows of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. I have been a guest lecturer for courses at Harvard and the University of Cape Town. In October and November 2017, I am serving as a lecturer for the intermediate undergraduate course “Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations” at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies.

Teaching Experience

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