Teaching Interests and Goals
I have a passion for political theory because the discipline encourages students to think about how and why ideas matter for their own lives as well as to develop an awareness of how those ideas affect others in society. I strive to teach students to think for themselves and clearly articulate those ideas to others in their speaking and writing so that they can use these skills in any profession they choose.
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students learn to exercise good judgment. I try to accomplish this goal in four ways: I aim to help students think broadly across a variety of subjects and world-views, learn to think for themselves, develop their imagination, and apply their thinking to practical problems and their everyday lives.
I am interested in teaching in the history of political thought and political theory, but especially modern political thought. I am also interested in developing seminars on the history of political economy, morality and commercial society, democratic theory, and citizenship and judgment. In the field of American politics, I am prepared to teach introductory courses on American politics and constitutional law.
HIST 112 Western Civilization I (Fall 2017)
POLEC 200 Foundations of Political Economy (Fall 2017)
POSC 2801 Justice and Power: Introduction to Political Philosophy (Spring 2017)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
PS 201 Democratic Ideas (Spring 2017)
ILS 205 Western Culture: Political, Economic & Social Thought I (Fall 2014)
•Guest Lectures: “Augustine and the problem of Amor-Sui for Political Life”; “All you Need is Love: Augustine and Aquinas on Christian Virtue”; “Introduction to the Course: Three Kinds of Virtue”
ILS 206 Western Culture: Political, Economic & Social Thought II (Spring 2014)
•Guest Lectures: “Liberty is not License, Rights Mean Responsibilities: Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France”
POL 470 The First Amendment (Fall 2013)
PS 506 Economic Inequality in Modern Political Thought (Spring 2017)
“Adam Smith on the Poor Law”
POL 471 Civil Liberties, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Summer 2012; Summer 2013)
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