Courses I have taught:

 

Public Policy Analysis (PLS 5843)-Fall 2021 Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the practice of professional policy analysis. Policy analysts are responsible for defining and framing public problems, identifying and evaluating possible strategies for addressing problems, and recommending evidence-based solutions. The goals of this course are to provide students with an understanding of the role that analysis plays in the policymaking process, to make students critical consumers of policy analysis, and to equip students with the basic skills necessary to write and present a professional policy report. 

Public Administration Ethics (PLS 5200) -Fall 2021 Syllabus

This course reviews the theories and application of ethics in the public sector. Ethics is not simply about choosing between right and wrong; administrators are often faced with multiple choices and then they must choose the best alternative. Learning how to evaluate these alternatives is the main focus of this course. Case studies and best practices are examined to improve students' understanding of administrative ethics in public management. 

Politics in Developing Nations (CPO 4034/PLS 3863)- Fall 2019 SyllabusFall 2021 Syllabus
In this course we begin by examining the concepts of “development” and “underdevelopment.” We then discuss the various theories of (under)development, focusing on both macro and micro perspectives. Finally, we examine the critiques of the development paradigm. We focus on issues with relevance across multiple world regions, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and even Eastern Europe. In this class, students become familiar with the major theoretical debates surrounding aid and development, engage critically with these debates, and grapple with specific policy issues in developing countries.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies (WST 3015) -Spring 2021 Syllabus, Summer 2020 Syllabus

 

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In this introductory course to women's and gender studies students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical debates within the field. We examine issues that women have historically faced, such as violence, lack of political power, and lack of economic power and autonomy, utilizing various feminist lenses. We then apply feminist theories to contemporary issues and debates. While this course primarily focuses on the evolution of feminist theory within the American context, we also consider transnational activism and how feminist concepts are understood and applied around the globe.  The final project in this course is a digital feminist zine.

Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies (WST 4935) - Spring 2021 Syllabus, Fall 2020 Syllabus

This course, required for all Women’s Studies majors, is the culmination of the Women’s Studies degree. Throughout the course we explore past and present scholarship in women’s, gender, and sexualities studies to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field and highlight the relationship between feminist theory, intellectual practice, and social change. The majority of the semester is devoted to a full-length independent project on a topic of the student’s choosing. The first half of the course is dedicated to exploring feminist epistemologies and methodologies in order to help students prepare their final projects. In the second half of the course, we will be thinking about “feminist futures,” as we explore what becoming and living as a feminist means for student’s future professional and personal plans. 

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Courses I have prepared: 
 
East European Politics
 
In this survey course on post-communist Eastern Europe, we examine the political and economic developments of the region. Beginning with the period of Stalinization, we consider the fundamentals of the communist economic order. Then moving on to discussions of the political structure and state oppression. These discussions lay the foundation to examine the process of democratization and the subsequent, divergent trajectories of countries in this region post-1989. Finally, we examine contemporary issues affecting this region such as the recent turn to "illiberal democracies." While this course discusses topics applicable to a wide range of Eastern European countries, we will specifically look at examples from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Russia.  
 
Qualitative Research Methods
In this survey course on qualitative research methods, we begin by discussing the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research in the social sciences, asking what is qualitative methodology and where did it come from? We then read works employing a variety of qualitative methods including but not limited to: content analysis, various types of interviewing, comparative historical analysis, process tracing, ethnography, and discourse analysis. We examine the various ethical dilemmas and debates regarding the use of these research methods. Moreover, we distinguish between the various epistemological commitments of positivist, post-positivist, and interpretivist researchers. This course requires students to develop their own research design which will evolve throughout the duration of the course. 
Courses I have assisted with:

Special Topics: Violence Against Women (WST 3930) - Spring 2020

Introduction to Health Disparities (WST 2322 Online) - Spring 2020

Women and Leadership (WST 3371 Online) - Summer 2018