Teaching Philosophy

Educators play a vital role in the civic discourse and social and political development. Teaching at the collegiate level provides a unique opportunity to provide students with factual information and diverse perspectives as well as assist them in further cultivating critical thinking and professional skills. Thus, the college classroom is not only a space for obtaining knowledge but also space where students can develop an intellectual tool kit that helps them throughout their careers as they solve real-world problems and create new resources to advance society.

My teaching approach emphasizes peer-engaged learning and cultural competency to improve critical thinking skills and increase fact-based knowledge for practical application beyond the classroom. Moreover, recognizing that students have diverse interests and career trajectories, my primary goal is for students to leave my course, having gained skills that can be applied in a variety of career and professional contexts. Based on my experience, I am well-prepared to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in Public Opinion, Black Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics, Southern Politics, Survey Methods, Research Design, Multi-Methods Research, and Introduction to American Politics.

Teaching History

Amherst College

  • POSC 364: Southern Politics

  • POSC 331: Political Psychology

  • POSC 223: The Politics of Race in the U.S.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

  • Race, Ethnicity, & Quantitative Methods, Summer 2019

University of Michigan, Department of Political Science

  • POLSCI 402: Liberalism and Its Critics, Winter 2017

  • POLSCI 318: American Constitutional Politics, Fall 2016

  • POLSCI 307: American Political Thought, Post WWII, Winter 2016

  • POLSCI 320: American Chief Executive, Fall 2015