Sample syllabus for a graduate-level course on inter-group relations [PDF]
Course Description: The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the study of intergroup relations. Readings will be drawn from both American and Comparative politics, and is designed to be a course for graduate students who have completed a "core" course in either subfield. Readings will also be drawn from economics, social psychology, and sociology. The focus of the course will be intergroup relations as it pertains to race and ethnicity, but will draw from other instances of group behavior along lines of class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and partisanship. Empirical papers will be largely causal in nature and focus on recent work that uses natural, lab, survey, and eld experiments. Therefore, it is also recommended that students have taken a graduate-level causal inference course.
The course will be divided into three sections. The first part will focus on definitions of identity and intergroup behavior, major theoretical approaches to the study of the relationship between and among groups, and issues pertaining to the measurement of these concepts. Next, we will turn our attention to how identities and groups are constructed and the consequences of group membership on individual-level attitudes and behavior. Lastly, we will examine the conditions under which contact between groups leads to positive or negative outcomes.
Teaching Assistant for POL-UA 850 Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science (Spring 2020)
Course Description: This class introduces students to some of the techniques used in the study of quantitative social science. Part of this task is conceptual: helping students to think sensibly and systematically about causality and inference. To this end, students learn about how to apply the principles of experimental design to non-experimental data. But part of the task is practical, too: students learn a 'toolbox' of methods---including programming for data analysis---that will enable them to execute their plans.
Teaching Assistant for POL-UA 300 Power and Politics in America (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019)
Course Description: A survey of national political institutions and behavior in the United States, which introduces students to a variety of analytical concepts and approaches useful for the study of domestic politics. Concepts typically covered include public goods and collective action; preference aggregation and the median voter theorem; delegation, representation, and accountability; agenda control; inter-branch bargaining; and the mechanisms of private influence on public policy.