Teaching & Supervision

Current Course Offerings

In the Spring 2021 term, I am teaching:

  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, online undergraduate lecture). Syllabus (pdf).
  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (POLS384, online undergraduate lecture). Syllabus (pdf).

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International Organizations and Law (graduate)
    • This graduate seminar examines major theories and debates related to international institutions, regimes, law and organizations.
  • Introduction to International Relations (undergraduate)
    • I have taught multiple iterations of NIU’s Intro to IR course as an undergraduate lecture, small honors seminar, and online. The course examines major theories and contemporary debates in IR
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional experience:
    • I have supervised numerous graduate and undergraduate independent studies in IR theory, Southeast Asian politics, regional and international security, and research methods.
    • 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 2020-21 academic year 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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