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I am a certified Green Teacher by American University's Green Teaching Program. This means that I am committed to implementing environmentally friendly measures in my courses. All my courses taught in the 2023-2024 academic year are Certified Green Courses by American University's Green Teaching Program. 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Awards & Fellowships:

 

Nominated by students for American Unviersity's Achievement Award, Outstanding Mentorship of Student Research and/or Creative Work, 2022-2023

 

Department of Political Science Best Graduate Student Teacher Award, University of Florida, 2020

 

Madelyn Lockhart Graduate Student Teaching Fellowship, University of Florida, 2020-2021

 

Vada Yeoman’s Fellowship, Center for Gender Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, University of Florida, 2019

 

Courses I Have Taught:

 

Frameworks of Comparative and Regional Studies (SIS 672)

This course introduces students to the diverse theories, concepts, and debates in Comparative Politics and related fields. It includes research on state formation, political and economic development, nationalism, democratization, repression, and contentious politics. Students are introduced to the broad theoretical approaches scholars take to understand and explain political outcomes, including cultural, economic, historical, and institutional theories. Students read and critically discuss a range of comparative scholarship and are introduced to various methodologies of comparative analysis. The course guides students in analyzing scholarship in comparative politics through class discussion, writing book reviews, and constructing a comparative case study analysis of their own.

Challenges to European Governance and Policy (SIS 676)

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical problems of integration and the institutions and governance of the European Union (EU), focusing in turn on the institutional structures, policymaking processes, and representative politics as well as the problems for political identity and democratic legitimacy at the European and domestic levels. The course considers the ways member-states have influenced the construction of the EU as both an economic and political entity, as well as the ways the EU has affected the economies and polities of its member-states. Beginning with a historical discussion of the construction of European governance following World War II, the course then examines the institutions of the EU and “Europeanization.” We then shift to a focus on the challenges of European governance in which we discuss the growing far-right and authoritarianism at the domestic level, Euroscepticism, Roma rights, migration, the rise of the “anti-gender” movement, challenges to the EU’s environmental policy and climate change, and the economic and security challenges brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While we talk about Western Europe in this course, we are more interested in that which challenges the EU from its periphery and its center. Thus, this course focuses heavily on an examination of European governance from the perspective of Central and Eastern European states and actors. 

Advanced International Studies Research - Feminist Methods and Gender-based Research in International Studies (SISU 306)

This course will focus on feminist methodologies for students interested in conducting gender-based research using qualitative data in international studies. Scholars of international studies have developed varied feminist approaches to conducting social research. These approaches share three distinct features: (1) they take seriously the role of gender in power relations; (2) they take seriously the positionality of the researcher vis-à-vis the research; and (3) they ask questions intended to complicate dominant understandings of politics and promote social change. While the research methodology taught in this course takes the concept of gender as central to inquiries of the social and political worlds, it is not confined to questions purely about “women” but rather extends broadly to questions about gender relations, sexuality and power, discourses, intersecting identities, and power hierarchies. The course begins by surveying various feminist approaches to gender-based research, including feminist empiricism, standpoint, and grounded theory approaches. Students will then develop a research question, literature review, and research design for their independent research projects. As students research their individual projects, we will also review examples of feminist ethnography, interviewing, and textual analysis in international studies. By the end of the course, students will have produced an independent, scholarly research project and a presentation.

Introduction to International Studies Research (SISU 206)

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. 

Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture in International Studies (SISU 260)

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 Policy Analysis (PLS 5843)

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)​

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)
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)

 

Click HERE to see student's digital feminist zines from summer 2020 and spring 2021 archived by the University of Florida Libraries.

 

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)

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 Assisted With:

Special Topics: Violence Against Women (WST 3930) 

Introduction to Health Disparities (WST 2322)

Women and Leadership (WST 3371)
 
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