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

Previous Teaching Experience

My previous 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. (Fall 2021)
  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
    • This is a really interesting undergraduate lecture exploring theories of foreign policy-making and applications in a comparative context. We examine major contemporary cases in US, Russian, Chinese, British, and German foreign policy-making and implementation. (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 international and regional organizations. (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)
    • I have taught multiple iterations of both the University of Toronto’s and NIU’s Intro to IR courses as an undergraduate lecture, small honors seminar, and both synchronously and asynchronously online. The course examines major theories and contemporary debates in IR. (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 actionable research design. (Fall 2017)
  • Regional Security (undergraduate)
    • This undergraduate lecture explores theories and debates around regional “transformation.” We examine comparative cases of regionalism from Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and more. (Fall 2018; Fall 2020)
  • Theories of International Relations (graduate)
    • This is NIU’s core graduate seminar in IR theory. We center attention on canonical debates and recent developments in IR theory with a focus on international security. (Fall 2019)
  • Additional experience:
    • Each semester I supervise numerous graduate and/or undergraduate independent studies in social IR theory, Southeast Asian politics, regional and international security, and research methods and design.
    • I provide regular lectures on ASEAN and Southeast Asian regionalism through the the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ team-taught Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World course each semester and each spring through the US Department of State’s Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) hosted at NIU each April.
    • I regularly teach seminars on “Online Teaching” in the Political Science Department’s team-taught graduate 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 qualitative and quantitative 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 to supervise undergraduate, MA, and PhD research. I am always excited to work on new projects with new students. If you are an NIU student (or student from elsewhere) looking for supervision, let’s chat!

Note that for the summer 2021 academic term I am working remotely. Please email me to set up a meeting online.

I am interested in research that relates to international and regional organizations, foreign policy and diplomacy (US and elsewhere), Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and inter-state conflict and cooperation. I am especially interested in 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 a strong letter, I will ask that you provide me with your CV (or resume), your NIU transcript (unofficial is fine), and relevant application materials (e.g. your cover letter, statement of interest, proposal, etc.).

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