Teaching & Supervision

Current Course Offerings

In the Fall 2021 term I am teaching:

  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, online asynchronous undergraduate lecture). Please contact me for the syllabus.
  • Please note that I am on partial parental leave for the Fall 2021 semester.

Details of current and future course offerings are available through the NIU Department of Political Science course webpage here

Teaching Experience

Below I list my teaching experience at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD level. If you’d like a copy of a course syllabus or further information, please reach out to me!

  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
    • This is a fun undergraduate lecture course. It’s one of my favorites! We explore theories of foreign policy-making and their applications to a wide set comparative cases. We look at major – and really interesting! -contemporary cases of grand strategy, military intervention, development and more across cases of US, Russian, Chinese, British, German, and European Union foreign policy-making. (Spring 2019; Spring 2021)
  • International Organization (graduate)
    • This is a narrowly focused graduate seminar for students looking to zero-in on both canonical and novel research on IGOs. We examine major theories and debates related to the form and function of formal international and regional organizations, with a particular focus on security issues. (Spring 2018)
  • International Law and Organizations (graduate)
    • This wide-ranging graduate seminar examines major theories and debates related to international institutions, regimes, law and organizations. It’s an excellent foundation for students interested in topics in IR and CP related to international cooperation and governance. (Spring 2020)
  • Introduction to International Relations (undergraduate)
    • This is another one of my favorite courses here at NIU. We examine major theories and contemporary debates in IR, from the role of protest and activism in global politics to debates around global health and environmental governance, to questions around domestic and international terrorism.
    • I have taught multiple iterations of ‘Intro to IR’ at Toronto and NIU as an undergraduate lecture and seminar, small honors seminar, and both synchronously and asynchronously online. (Summer 2016; Spring 2018; Fall 2019; Spring 2019; Fall 2020; Spring 2021; Summer 2021; Fall 2021)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (graduate)
    • This is one of my favorite graduate seminars. In it, we explore epistemological and methodological debates and practices in political science with a focus on starting work on an actionable research prospectus. (Fall 2017)
  • Regional Security (undergraduate)
    • This undergraduate lecture explores theories and debates around “regional transformations” – when and how some groups of states shift from conflictual to cooperative relations, and potentially back again. We examine cases of regionalism in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and more with a focus on political and security integration. (Fall 2018; Fall 2020)
  • Theories of International Relations (graduate)
    • This is NIU’s core graduate seminar in IR theory, and it’s a really fun course. We center our attention on both canonical debates and recent developments in IR theory with a focus on questions of international security and governance. (Fall 2019)
  • Additional experience:
    • Each semester I supervise numerous independent studies. These tend to center on social IR theory, Southeast Asian politics, international security and governance, and/or specific aspects of research methods and design. For a list of past and current independent studies, please see my CV.
    • I provide regular lectures on ASEAN and Southeast Asian regionalism at NIU and elsewhere. This includes lecturing each semester through NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ (CSEAS) team-taught Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World and leading lectures and workshops each April through the US Department of State’s Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) hosted at NIU.
    • I teach graduate seminars each year on “Online Teaching” in the Political Science Department team-taught Professional Development course.
    • As a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, I was a teaching assistant or head teaching assistant for 25 courses in IR, comparative politics, and both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
    • In 2015 I received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga after three previous nominations.

Student Supervision

I am available, interested, and excited to supervise undergraduate, MA, and PhD research. I am always looking to work on new projects with new students. If you are an NIU student (or student from elsewhere) looking for supervision, a committee member, or an independent study let’s chat!

Note that for the Fall 2021 semester I am working remotely and on partial parental leave. Please email me to set up a meeting online or in person.

I am primarily interested in research that relates to international and regional organizations, foreign policy and diplomacy (US and elsewhere), Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and/or inter-state conflict and cooperation broadly speaking. I am especially excited by research that engages social IR theory and qualitative research. I am available to supervise research on many other topics as well. So, let’s talk! As a Faculty Associate with both the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Non-Profit and NGO Studies at NIU, I am always more than happy to work with students outside of Political Science through those centers and beyond.

Letters of Reference

If you are a current or past student of mine looking for letters of reference, I am generally more than happy to provide them. Please email me. Please give me at least three weeks notice prior to a deadline whenever possible.

If you are an undergraduate student, I normally ask that you have achieved at least a “B” in at least one course with me before agreeing to write a letter. To ensure I write as strong a letter as possible, I will ask that you provide me with your CV (or resume), your NIU transcript (unofficial is fine), and any relevant application materials (e.g. your cover letter, statement of interest, proposal, etc.).

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