Teaching & Supervision

My teaching and supervision interests center on international relations (IR) and IR theory, international and regional organizations and governance, and qualitative and interpretive research methods.

Current Course Offerings

In the Fall 2020 term, I am teaching:

  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, online undergraduate lecture)
  • Regional Security (POLS381, online undergraduate lecture)

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

Previous Teaching Experience

My previous teaching experience includes:

  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (undergraduate lecture)
  • International Organization (graduate seminar)
  • International Organizations and Law (graduate seminar)
  • Introduction to International Relations (multiple iterations as undergraduate lecture, honors seminar, and online)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (graduate seminar)
  • Regional Security (undergraduate lecture)
  • Theories of International Relations (graduate seminar)
  • I have supervised various 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 doctoral 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 Summer and Fall 2020 semesters I am working remotely, so please email me to set up virtual meeting.

I am interested in topics that relate 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 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 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 resume or CV, transcript (unofficial is fine), and any relevant application materials (e.g. cover letter, statement of interest, proposal, etc.).

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