I see teaching not only as an essential part of my identity as a scholar, but also integral to the pursuit of a more just and equitable society. As such, I am prepared to offer a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including: Immigration in America; Political Identity; Close Encounters with the State; Policing Race; American Citizenship in the 21st Century; and seminars in American Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Field Methods. In each of these courses, my primary goals would be to foster student engagement with, and critical analyses of, the scholarship and to push them to consider the practical value of that scholarship. With respect to the latter, I want students to see what those works tell us about the way the world functions — even those parts which we ourselves do not directly experience. Course titles and descriptions follow.
- Immigration in America: Are we — and what does it mean to be — a nation of immigrants? In this course, we will address these questions by exploring the political, social, and cultural responses to immigration in the United States, both historical and contemporary.
- Political Identity: What is the relationship between personal identity and politics? In this course, we will explore the role of groups, identity, and socially-constructed boundaries in contemporary American political life.
- Close Encounters with the State: What effect does direct contact with the government have on relations between civil society and the state? In this course, we will address the broader impacts of state-subject contact through the lens of three key subjects: immigrant, military veteran, and federal prisoner.
- Policing Race: How is racial identity constructed in American society and why does it matter? In this course we will address these questions by focusing on the ways in which race is policed, be it through explicit, social, or discursive power.
- American Citizenship in the 21st Century: What is the relationship between citizenship and attachment to American identity? In this class, we will explore both the roots and routes to citizenship in the United States and unpack the implications of three types of citizenship: blood, soil, and service.