Teaching Experience and Interests

Experience

Introduction to Political Analysis
Instructor of Record
Summer 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019

This is an undergraduate course in social science research methods and data analysis. We cover the scientific method; problems of research design and techniques of systematic political inquiry. By the end of this course, students have a general understanding of the use of political analysis, perform and interpret basic data analysis from summary statistics to multivariate regression analysis and display intuitive visualizations of results.

Strategies of Politics and Policy
Co-Instructor (together with Professor Hank Jenkins-Smith)
Fall 2019 & Fall 2017

This is an upper undergraduate course cross-listed as a graduate course about politics that involves the interaction of people who seek to use mechanisms of collective choice to further their goals. This course focuses on how political institutions translate the preferences of individuals into social choices. What strategies can individuals employ to influence social choices? We consider these questions through theories of individual decision making, social choice, and collective action.
As a co-instructor of this class I am responsible for the content development and delivering the lectures on decision analysis, group choice analysis, election strategies, cooperation and collective action and bureaucracies as organizations. Throughout the semester I am also responsible for organizing and facilitating graduate student panel discussions on the selected thematic areas.

Environmental Policy and Administration
Guest Lecturer, Fall 2018

Delivered two lectures at un upper undergraduate class about the role and the functions of the Executive Agencies in environmental policy and administration, in particular the role of the presidency and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Public Organizational Behavior
Guest Lecturer, Spring 2017

Served as a guest instructor for a session about economic theories of organization. The goal of the lecture and the guided discussion was to give MPA students a better understanding of the role of transaction cost and agency theory in the functions of public organizations.

Philosophy

Student empowerment through knowledge cultivation is at the core of my teaching philosophy. This philosophy is shaped by my experiences both as a student and an instructor. Being a first generation student, I felt empowered by the knowledge that my dedicated teachers had cultivated in me. Accordingly, I direct my efforts in creating this type of learning milieu for my students when I am teaching.

Interests

Here are my teaching interests in each of my subfields

Public Administration

  • Public and Non-Profit Management
  • Public Budgeting
  • Public Financial Management
  • Accountability and Performance Measurement
  • Strategic Management
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior

Public Policy

  • Policy Process Theories
  • Environmental Policy and Administration
  • Energy Policy

Research Methodology

  • Introduction to Political Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation