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Teaching

I enjoy creative approaches to teaching, especially hands-on activities that emphasize the science of political science and revise-and-resubmit projects that help students to develop marketable thinking and writing skills. In 2017, the Vanderbilt Dept. of Political Science named me the Erwin C. Hargrove Outstanding Teaching Assistant; and, in 2018, the College of Arts & Science named me the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, across all departments.


Political Participation
& Elections

Instructor of record
Fall 2019 (SMC)

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POSC 314 is an upper-level elective that introduces students: 1) to theories of participation, voter turnout, and social capital; and, 2) to electoral reforms intended to address the participation crisis. We also attend to the question of whether more democracy is the answer.


Democratic Decline
& Renewal 

Instructor of record
Fall 2019 (SMC)

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POSC 151 is a critical thinking seminar (CTS) for first-year students. This course introduces them: 1) to democracy as an ideal and as a reality; and, 2) to renewal via institutional reform. We also investigate claims that the Trump era has led to a democratic decline.


Mass Media &
Public Opinion

Instructor of record
Fall 2019 (SMC)

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POSC 313 is an upper-level elective that introduces students: 1) to the sources of political beliefs and attitudes; and, 2) to the media as a participant in elections and governance. We also attend to survey methods and the concept of ideological thinking.


Campaigns &
Elections

Instructor of record
Fall 2018 (VU)

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PSCI 3893 was the department's inaugural edition of an omnibus, guided independent study that paired class lecture and discussion with an immersive 2018-campaign internship experience and a revise-and-resubmit paper project.


Comparative Electoral Politics

Instructor of record
Summer 2016 & 2017 (VU)

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I designed and taught this course for the Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA). This course introduced students: 1) to the scientific exploration of political phenomena via entry-level causal inference; and, 2) to electoral systems, their effects, and their selection.