I have enjoyed teaching or assisting teaching a number of courses across a range of subjects. My teaching philosophy uses the science of learning through active learning to promote the tradition of critical inquiry of a liberal education with a rigorous engagement with a course’s substantive material. I have sought out and adopted a number of assignments to enhance my teaching. For instance, a journal assignment allows students to try out new ideas, grapple with difficult passages, raise questions, and develop a habit of focused writing. To assist students with their papers, I compiled a list of writing suggestions.  A summary of my teaching evaluations indicate that students find my teaching effective. For those interested in learning more about the science of education, I recommend, Brown, McDaniel, and Roediger’s Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Below is a list of courses I have taught.

For Students

I compiled a list of writing suggestions that may be useful to you. Regarding citations, I recommend making the initial small investment of time to set up a (free) citation software program such as Zotero (which I use) or Menedely. It will save you time and prevent frustration.


  • Global Environmental Politics and Ethics
  • Global Conflict in The Modern Era
  • Just War Theory and International Relations
  • Thesis and Methods in International Relations Research

Graduate Instructor:

  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice is an upper level seminar I developed which examines leading philosophical justifications of human rights and considers social science explanations for why people commit human rights violations. (PDF of Human Rights Syllabus)
  • Survey of Western Political Thought is an introductory course that examines political thought from Socrates to the end of the 20th century. (PDF of Survey of Western Political Thought Syllabus)

Teaching Assistant:

  • Environmental Political Theory
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Global Issues and International Affairs
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Survey of Western Political Thought

Internship Coordinator:

  • CU in DC Summer Internship Program