The goal of my teaching is to train students to learn independently. I envision my classes as workshops in which students learn by presenting their original work to an audience of their peers. Some undergraduates in my classes may later earn doctorates in political science, while others will never take another course in the social sciences. I work to ensure that both groups learn how our discipline approaches puzzles about human behavior in the political world. Encounters with theory allow students to develop a set of skills, such as analyzing data and constructing arguments, that they can apply to whatever paths they pursue. They also thereby engage as deeply as possible with the core questions that motivate political scientists.

American Road

Photo taken during cross-country trip.