I have had a wide range of teaching experiences, ranging from International and Area Studies and Geography at UC Berkeley, to International Relations at Brown University, to supporting Haitian undergraduates in their research in Port-au-Prince. My teaching has centered on international development, humanitarianism, militarization, and social theory. This year, I am teaching a senior seminar in International Relations, "Humanitarianism in Uniform," which helps students come to an understanding of how militarization and humanitarianism are produced through one another. Before this, I designed and instructed a Capstone Seminar on "New Directions in Development Studies" looking at emergent fields in development studies such as human security, the role of China, and environmental change.
My courses combine social theory with real-world empirical problems to allow students to think about the world around them through the "lens" of different theoreticians. Using theoretical frameworks from critical human geography as well as insights on race, gender, and the politics of difference from feminist studies and critical race theory, I encourage students to think about how places are produced through global interconnections. Working one-on-one with graduate and undergraduate students, I have advised theses on topics such as borderlands, immigration, militarization, and public humanities. Through such work with students, I have also had the opportunity to develop many resources to support student writing. Whenever possible, I provide support for student research and writing by devoting a portion of regular class meetings to an element of the research and writing process.
Many of my students have gone on to work for NGOs and other development organizations, as well as pursue professional and academic graduate degrees. I see my job as equipping students with the conceptual tools to understand the institutions in which they may work, and the global problems they may confront.
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