Teaching & Supervision

Current Course Offerings

In the Fall 2022 semester, I will be teaching Introduction to International Relations (POLS285, undergraduate lecture online), Regional Security (POLS381, undergraduate lecture in-person), and International Law and Organizations (POLS682, graduate seminar in-person). If you’re a student looking for more information, please contact me for a copy of a syllabus or to answer any questions about these courses!

Details of current and future course offerings are available through the NIU Department of Political Science course webpage here

Aarie Glas and his dog, Mae, outdoors at Northern Illinois Univeristy.

Teaching Experience

Below I list my teaching experience at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD level. If you’d like a copy of a course syllabus or further information, please reach out to me!

  • Contemporary Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
    • This is a fun undergraduate lecture course – it’s one of my favorites! We explore different theories of foreign policy-making and apply them to a wide set comparative cases. We look at major – and interesting! – contemporary cases of grand strategy, military intervention, and development policies across cases of US, Russian, Chinese, British, German, and European Union foreign policy-making. (Spring 2019; Spring 2021)
  • International Organization (graduate)
    • This is a narrowly focused graduate seminar intended for students hoping to zero-in on both canonical and novel research on IGOs. We examine major theories and debates related to the origins, form, and function of international and regional organizations, with a particular focus on security issues and organizations in the Global South. (Spring 2018)
  • International Law and Organizations (graduate)
    • This wide-ranging graduate seminar examines major theories and debates related to international institutions, regimes, law, and organizations. It’s an excellent foundation for students interested in topics in IR and CP related to international cooperation and governance. (Spring 2020; Fall 2022)
  • Introduction to International Relations (undergraduate)
    • This is another one of my favorite courses at NIU. Here, we examine major theories and contemporary debates in global politics, from the role of protest and activism to affect meaningful change, to the challenges of global health and environmental governance, to how best to respond to domestic and international terrorism.
    • I have taught multiple iterations of ‘Intro to IR’ at Toronto and NIU and across different modalities, as a large undergraduate lecture, small honors seminar, and both synchronously and asynchronously online. (Summer 2016 (Toronto); Spring 2018; Fall 2019; Spring 2019; Fall 2020; Spring 2021; Summer 2021; Fall 2021; Fall 2022)
  • 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 starting work on an actionable research prospectus. (Fall 2017)
  • Regional Security (undergraduate)
    • This undergraduate lecture explores theories and debates around “regional transformations” – when, why, and how some groups of states shift from conflictual to cooperative relations (and potentially back again). We examine cases of regionalism in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and more, with a focus on political and security integration. (Fall 2018; Fall 2020; Fall 2022)
  • Theories of International Relations (graduate)
    • This is NIU’s core graduate seminar in IR theory and we center our attention on both canonical debates and recent developments in IR theory. The course has a substantive focus on questions around international security and interstate governance. It is designed to allow students to pursue research that will inform their specific graduate research projects and help prepare them for the IR candidacy exam. (Fall 2019)
  • Additional experience:
    • Each semester I supervise numerous independent studies and I have led more than 20 since 2017. These tend to center on social IR theory, Southeast Asian politics, international security and governance, and/or aspects of qualitative research methods.
    • I provide regular lectures on ASEAN and Southeast Asian regionalism at NIU and elsewhere. This includes lecturing each semester through NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ (CSEAS) team-taught Southeast Asia: Crossroads of the World and leading lectures and workshops each April through the US Department of State’s Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) hosted at NIU.
    • I regularly offer graduate seminars on “Online Teaching” for the Political Science Department’s team-taught 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 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

Since joining NIU in 2017, I have supervised or been committee member for more than 13 MA and PhD students and lead more than 20 independent studies for graduate and undergraduate students.

I am always looking to work on new projects with new students at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD level. If you are an NIU student (or student from elsewhere) looking for supervision, a committee member, or an independent study let’s chat!

Note that for the 2021-2022 academic year I am working remotely. Please email me to set up a meeting online or in person.

I am primarily interested in projects that relate to international and regional organizations, foreign policy and diplomacy (US and elsewhere), Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and/or inter-state conflict and cooperation broadly speaking. I am especially excited by research that engages social IR theory and qualitative research. I am available to supervise 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 three 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 as strong a letter as possible, I will ask that you provide me with your CV (or resume), your NIU transcript (unofficial is fine), and any relevant application materials (e.g., your cover letter, statement of interest, proposal, etc.).

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