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)

In the Spring 2020 term, I am teaching:

Introduction to International Relations (POLS285);
International Organizations and Law (POLS682, Graduate Seminar)

Details of my current course offerings (including syllabi) are available through the NIU Department of Political Science course webpage here.  If a syllabus is missing there, please email and I will share one! 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, environmental governance and climate change, 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

If you are an NIU student (or student from elsewhere) looking for supervision or a committee member, let’s meet! Please email or stop by my office (Zulauf Hall Rm. 412). I am always open to working with students at both the graduate (MA and PhD) and undergraduate level.

In particular, I am interested in supervising research projects related to international organizations, particularly in the Global South, foreign policy and diplomacy (US and elsewhere), any number of issues concerning international security and governance, and topics exploring cooperation and conflict among states generally speaking. I am especially interested in research that engages with social international relations theory and/or qualitative research methods.

However, I am interested in and available to work on many other topics as well. For example, I am currently assisting with projects that examine US hegemony, diplomacy within the United Nations, the politics of land tenure policies in Cambodia, European political party systems, and the resilience of authoritarian regimes in Southeast and East Asia, among many others.



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