My teaching interests center on the rather expansive topics of international relations (IR) and IR theory, international security and governance, and qualitative research methods.

Current Course Offerings

In the Fall 2019 term, I am teaching the following:

Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, Online);
Theories of International Relations (POLS680, Graduate Seminar)

Details of my current course offerings (including syllabi) are available through the NIU Department of Political Science here. Additional course information, previous syllabi, and course evaluations are all available upon request.

Previous Teaching Experience

In the past, at both NIU and the University of Toronto(*), I taught:

International Organizations (POLS686, Graduate Seminar), Spring 2018
Qualitative Methods (POLS645, Graduate Seminar), Fall 2017
Introduction to International Relations (POLS285), Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
Regional Security (POLS381), Fall 2018
Contemporary Foreign Policy (POLS384), Spring 2019
Introduction to International Relations (POLB80*), Summer 2016

While a doctoral student at the University of Toronto I worked as Head Teaching Assistant or Teaching Assistant for 25 courses. The topics of these courses include: IR theory, international security, critical security studies, comparative politics, US foreign policy, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, 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 currently serving as co-chair or committee member for a number of graduate projects (MA and PhD) and I am always open to working with students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Please reach out!

I am interested in supervising undergraduate and graduate research projects related to the role and function of international organizations, particularly in the Global South, foreign policy-making and state diplomacy, and cooperation and conflict among states generally speaking. I am especially interested in projects that engage with social IR theory and/or qualitative research methods.

If you are an NIU student looking for supervision, let’s chat! Please email or stop by my office (Zulauf Hall Rm. 412).




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