My teaching centers around three principles:
- I center my teaching on a scientific approach to knowledge based on empirical analysis of conjectures derived from a rational choice framework. My students assessing leaders’ political decision-making using basic game theoretic and quantitative reasoning methods.
- One-third of instructional time in college is spent online, and students more than ever struggle to afford college, meaning many work while taking classes. My technology-driven pedagogy extensively uses lesson-delivery and assessment tools within an online learning management system, allowing students to study, access material, and take assessments according to their own schedules.
- I use simulations and games to put students in the political driver’s seat of situations, pushing critical thinking, active learning, and collaboration. For example, I earned a Grant for Instructional Technologyat Texas State to develop an online international crisis bargaining simulationfor use in my international relations and conflict courses.
Experience and interests
I have recently taught the following courses:
- Introduction to International Studies (Classroom and Online)
- Theories of International Politics (Online)
- International Conflict and Security (Classroom)
- Basic Political Institutions (Classroom)
In addition, I am interested in teaching courses on civil conflict, political and economic development, and international political economy.
I have recently attended the following teaching-centered workshops:
- Allies Training (July 2015)
- Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute (May 2015) (Scholar Database project data)
- Technology Integration Workshop (July 2014)
- Creating and Teaching an Online Course (May 2014)