Teaching

At Indiana University, I have cultivated a broad and rich teaching portfolio: designing and teaching two undergraduate courses (Introduction to American Politics and The Politics of Gender and Sexuality). Further, I have taught undergraduates high-impact research design through the Indiana Political Analysis Workshop; helped Dr. William Bianco implement an online-only version of Introduction to American Politics (one of the first online-only Political Science courses at IU); and served as Associate Instructor for Political Data Analysis — our department’s introductory quantitative methods course for PhD students.

My teaching philosophy is simple: I reject the distinction between good teaching and good research. In my research, I am a scholar of long-term partisan change in the United States. Yet as a teacher, I am a participant in the same democratic project whose hills and valleys my research explores. This means that when I teach my students Jane Mansbridge’s Why We Lost the ERA or Achen and Bartels’ Democracy for Realists, I am teaching critical thinking skills necessary for participation in democratic societies. My colleagues have recognized my pedagogical approach; in spring 2019, IU’s Department of Political Science named me Outstanding Associate Instructor for the prior academic year.


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