Teaching & Supervision

Current Course Offerings

In the Fall 2020 term, I am teaching:

  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, online undergraduate lecture). Fall 2020 syllabus (pdf).
  • Regional Security (POLS381, online undergraduate lecture). Fall 2020 syllabus (pdf).

Details of current and future course offerings (often including syllabi) are available through the NIU Department of Political Science course webpage here.  If a syllabus is missing there, please email me and I will share it.

Previous Teaching Experience

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

  • Contemporary Foreign Policy
    • undergraduate lecture exploring theories of foreign policy-making and applications within a comparative context, including cases of contemporary US, Russian, Chinese, British, and German foreign policy-making
  • International Organization
    • graduate seminar examining major theories and debates related to the form and function of international and regional organizations
  • International Organizations and Law
    • graduate seminar examining major theories and debates related to international institutions, regimes, law and organizations
  • Introduction to International Relations
    • multiple iterations as undergraduate lecture, honors seminar, and online, examining major theories and contemporary debates in IR
  • Qualitative Research Methods
    • graduate seminar exploring epistemological and methodological debates and practices in political science with a focus on practical research design
  • Regional Security
    • undergraduate lecture examining theories and debates around regional transformation through comparative cases of regionalism including Western Europe, the North Atlantic, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America
  • Theories of International Relations
    • NIU’s core graduate seminar in IR, examining canonical debates and developments in IR theory
  • Additional experience:
    • I have supervised numerous graduate and undergraduate independent studies in IR theory, Southeast Asian politics, 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 and 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 Fall 2020 semester I am working remotely. Please email me to set up a virtual meeting.

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 with relevant application materials (e.g. cover letter, statement of interest, proposal, etc.).

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