Teaching

In both my teaching and research, ideas matter. Ideas shape political outcomes. Ideas matter for political development because incentives, opinions, and institutions cannot tell the whole story. Ideas matter for my students. Ideas are the keys students can use to unlock troves of new principles and concepts. By emphasizing ideas in my teaching, I try to give students the opportunity to connect their own intuitions with existing research.

I aim to give my students the tools to understand the American polity. I am less interested in teaching contemporary American politics than I am imparting an understanding of the structures and ideas that motivated past changes, animate current conditions, and will apply to future developments. I believe you cannot understand contemporary American politics without a thorough knowledge of political history and the Constitution.

College/University TA Experience

  • Constitutional Interpretation (Professor HW Perry). The University of Texas at Austin, 2020.
  • Constitutional Interpretation (Professor HW Perry). The University of Texas at Austin, 2019.
  • American Government (Online). (Professors Eric McDaniel & Daron Shaw). The University of Texas at Austin, 2019.
  • Civil Liberties (Professor HW Perry). The University of Texas at Austin, 2019.
  • The American President (Professor Bruce Buchanan). The University of Texas at Austin, 2016.
  • EU/Regional Integration (Professor Zeynep Somer-Topcu). The University of Texas at Austin, 2017.

Other Teaching Experience

  • Albuquerque Academy Summer Session, Teaching Assistant: Mock Trial and Debate, 2016.