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Courses I have Recently Taught

HONS 358: Identity. Politics.

  • This honors course takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the complexities of self and collective identities and how each informs (and transforms) political attitudes and behavior.

  • Sample slides: Racism(s)

POLS 330: Middle East Politics 

  • The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region rarely outside the international limelight, has over the past few years remained front and center on the global stage. This course will equip students with a set of historical and theoretical considerations that will allow them to more fully process the MENA’s political ebbs and flows.

  • Sample slides: WWI & Its Aftermath

POLS 395: (Special Topics) Comparative Politics of Religion

  • This course centers around a set of themes and geographically diverse case studies that examine how religion and secularism influence political outcomes.

  • Sample slides: Islam and Democracy

POLS 395: (Special Topics) Democracy and Democratic Breakdown 

  • This course tackles one of the most fundamental yet essentially contested concepts in political science: Democracy. We begin by examining different definitions and measurements, then ask how democracy may emerge, and conclude by studying the ways in which democratic orders break down.

  • Sample slides: Democratization & Modernization Theory

POLS 352: Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis

  • This course introduces students to the craft of political analysis. We will learn the fundamentals of social science research methods, with a particular emphasis on the insights we can glean from quantitative data.

  • Sample slides: Comparative Method (I)

POLS 215: Comparative and International Politics 

  • This foundational course for the major introduces students to the study of politics within and between states. We survey the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals needed to critically process both domestic and world affairs. 

  • Sample slides: IR Theory (Realism)​​​

POLS 395: (Special Topics) The Arab Uprisings 

  • This course situates the phenomenon of the Arab Uprisings within the broader context of authoritarian breakdown and democratic transitions. We will elaborate the cascade of popular protest and regime change often referred to as the "Arab Spring"–its origins, fits, starts, and falls–setting the events to date against theoretical expectations. 

  • Sample slides: Eve of the Uprisings

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