As Instructor of Record:

Oberlin College
Politics/Comparative American Studies 252 - The Politics of Indigeneity (Fall 2014)
This course examines the political identities and struggles for self-determination of indigenous peoples in the Americas, including the United States. We will analyze the interaction between the state and indigenous peoples, Native structures of governance, and claims of citizenship and rights by the indigenous, in transnational perspective. The course will emphasize the intersection between indigeneity and other categories of identity, particularly gender and sexuality.

University of South Florida
Political Theory 3000 - Introduction to Political Theory (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
This course examines the question “What is politics?” through the analysis of various responses to that very question, as contained in the writings of thinkers from over two thousand years of political thought, from Ancient Greece to the 20th-century United States. There is not, of course, one single, correct answer to this question, but rather different ideas—often radically different—about how human beings should organize themselves, what the purpose of politics and political arrangements is, and what the proper relationship of politics to other human institutions (such as the family and religion) is, among other issues. These ideas stem from fundamental assumptions about who human beings are, what they need, and what they desire—assumptions that are not universal and are often incompatible. Political theory is both the collection of written perspectives on what politics is and should be and the study of these unresolved (and perhaps unresolvable) debates.

Our task in this course, then, is to enter into conversation with thinkers who have engaged these complex topics—from times, places, and experiences very different from ours—in order to formulate our own reasoned answers to this central human question. Therefore, we shall attempt to develop an understanding of these various, competing perspectives through careful, close reading of the thinkers’ work. We will respond to these understandings with our own arguments, on the path to articulating our responses to the eternal question of politics.

Kenyon College
Political Science 391 – The Problem of Citizenship: From Aristotle to Arizona (Fall 2012)

This course analyzes the development of the concept of citizenship in the history of political thought. Normative theories of the individual’s relationship to his/her political community have structured notions of belonging, membership, and rights and responsibilities that have shaped the practice of citizenship. We engage the theoretical literature on conceptions of citizenship, from the Ancients to the present, focusing particularly on their implications for inclusion and exclusion in a political community.

After examining various contemporary debates in the citizenship literature, we focus on the theory and practice of American citizenship, and the struggles for access to full membership of minority groups in the United States. Specifically, we engage the limitations of the model of American citizenship in relationship to the history of the African American freedom struggle, and to the precarious political position occupied by Latinos/as and immigrants of Latin American descent in the present day.

Women's and Gender Studies 242 - Transnational Feminisms (Spring 2013)

This course will examine feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in relation to globalization and transnationalism in a variety of contexts in the U.S. and around the globe. Transnational feminist theories and methodologies destabilize Western feminisms, challenging notions of subjectivity and place, and their connections to experiences of race, class, and gender. The course builds on four key concepts: development, democratization, cultural change, and colonialism. Because transnational feminisms are represented by the development of women’s global movements, the course will consider examples of women's global networks and the ways in which they destabilized concepts like citizenship and rights. We will also examine how transnational feminisms have influenced women's productions in the fields of literature, film and visual art. Key questions include: How does the history of global feminisms affect local women's movements? What specific issues have galvanized women's movements across national and regional borders? How do feminism and critiques of colonialism and imperialism intersect? What role might feminist agendas play in addressing current global concerns? How do transnational feminisms build and sustain communities and connections to further their agendas?  

General Education 20CW — The Transformation of the American Family in the 1960s (seminar in the Freshman Cluster on Interracial Dynamics; Spring 2012)

This seminar examines the transformation of traditional ideas about the American family that began in the 1960s and which paved the way for the visibility and proliferation of once-taboo family configurations, such as mixed-race families, same-sex marriage, unmarried cohabitation, and single parenthood, among many others. We look closely at the effect that social movements in that decade—particularly the Civil Rights' movement and the women's movement—had on notions of the family, marriage, and kinship. Alongside the work of social movements, this course engages Supreme Court decisions (including Loving v. Virginia and Griswold v. Connecticut) and public policy (such as the shift in immigration policy focusing on family reunification rather than national origin) that contributed to reshaping the meaning of "family" in the United States. In addition to printed texts, we discuss feature film and television clips (from “Ozzie and Harriet” to “Mad Men”) and documentaries from and about the family in the 1960s and beyond.

As a Teaching Assistant:


Bryn Mawr College