I currently teach a seminar course at Notre Dame on state politics and government in the U.S. In the past, I’ve led weekly discussion classes for courses across a broad range of political science subfields, including two sections of Introduction to American Politics, three sections of Introduction to Comparative Politics, and one section of Introduction to International Relations. During the Fall 2019 semester, I served as a teaching assistant for two graduate-level courses on quantitative methodology, Math for Political Scientists in the Political Science Department and Quantitative Methods I in the Keough School of Global Affairs. In addition to this, I’ve also closely mentored a number undergraduate students by employing them as paid research assistants.
I’ve also participated in extensive pedagogical training, ranging from short workshops offered by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at Notre Dame to a longer, more intensive course on using film effectively in teaching.
Below are descriptions for courses I’ve instructed.
Spring 2020: State Government & Politics
Although the majority of American policymaking happens at the subnational level, most of us know very little about what happens in our state capitals. This is concerning given the size and scope of state governments in the U.S., which tax and spend in the billions of dollars and create policies that affect our lives in very tangible ways. For example: California, if it were a country, would have the 5th largest economy in the world, with its $3 trillion GDP exceeding that of the UK, India, France, and Italy. Still, our schools, media, and popular political discourse focus overwhelmingly on national and international politics, minimizing the importance of subnational government.
This course examines the politics and policymaking of state-level governments in the U.S. by focusing on the offices (such as governors and legislators) and intervening institutions (e.g. campaigns & elections, interest groups, and direct democracy) within them. This class is structured to familiarize students with the unique governmental challenges and features of the American states, as well as to provide them with the analytical insight and methodological capabilities to critically engage with political questions in the future.