Teaching & Supervision

Current Course Offerings

In the Summer 2021 term I am teaching:

  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, online asynchronous undergraduate lecture). Please contact me for the syllabus.

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

Teaching Experience

My teaching experience at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD level includes:

  • American Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
    • This is a fun, expansive course that examines theories of foreign policy-making and trends and important episodes in US foreign policy, from the founding of the republic to 2021. (scheduled for Fall 2021)
  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
    • This is a really interesting undergraduate lecture – one of my favorites. We explore theories of foreign policy-making and applications in a wide comparative context. We look at major contemporary cases of grand strategy, intervention, 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 examining 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 graduate seminar examines major theories and debates related to international institutions, regimes, law and organizations. (Spring 2020)
  • Introduction to International Relations (undergraduate)
    • This course examines 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 ‘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 comparative 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. In the 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 at NIU’s 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 Summer and Fall 2021 academic terms I am working remotely. 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 more broadly. I am especially excited by research that engages social IR theory and qualitative research methods. 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 two 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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