Teaching

I care a lot about teaching. Social science can be used as a vehicle to develop a number of broadly useful cognitive skills, and I try to do exactly this in my classes. I strive to create “active learning” environments in which¬†lecturing is minimal or nonexistent and students wrestle with concepts in real time. I’ve been quite influenced by the Minerva Project and the philosophy that undergirds it. I am also a member of Heterodox Academy and care about creating a class environment in which all viewpoints can be discussed.

You can see some of my recent course syllabi and other materials below. If you would like more information on the things I do in class, please feel free to contact me. As a general matter, I am more than happy to share assignments, lesson plans, and so forth with anyone who might benefit from them.

Poli100: Introduction to Government in the United States

Syllabus (Fall 2017, Honors)

Poli417: Advanced Political Psychology

Syllabus (Spring 2018, Honors)

Poli711: American Political Behavior (Graduate)

Syllabus (Spring 2018)

Poli712: Public Opinion (Graduate)

Syllabus (Fall 2016)

General resources for undergraduates

This essay conveys my belief that students should take ownership of their education.
Here are my guidelines and policies for advising honors theses at UNC.

General resources for graduate students

Finishing Your Ph.D.: Advice and Guidelines for Graduate Students (Required reading for advisees)
Reflection on the academic job market