Learning should be a mixture of discovery and engagement, within a framework where students gain skills in how to express themselves clearly, how to communicate effectively and openly, and how to process both the known and unknown in new ways.  I believe that classrooms are and should be treated as extensions of students’ lives – the primary job of a teacher is to help students to see how the material being taught relates to their own experiences and environments.  The most student-relevant material is that which comes into direct contact with students’ own frames of reference; for many of them, abstract ideas need a concrete platform from which to begin.  As a teacher, I seek to find a balance where the classroom is a comfortable enough environment that students are open to considering new material and perspectives they may not have previously considered.

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Introduction to Comparative Politics

(simulation-based version)

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Fall 2008, Fall 2011: UNC-CH Poli130

Politics of China

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Fall 2012: ASU Pos394, taught as "China in Transition"

The Politics of Identity in Southeast Asia

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Women & Politics in Comparative Perspective

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