Selected teaching materials
I highly value progressive assignments that create multiple opportunities for feedback and revision. For example, I assign a progressive case study in Politics of Development and a progressive review article in Political Science Research. The sequential nature of these assignments encourages students to develop their ideas and refine their writing over time. In a similar spirit, I give iterative exams in Political Science Research.
I organize my courses around intriguing empirical puzzles. For example, I devote one week during Introduction to Comparative Politics to the puzzle "Why do some countries provide many social services and others only a few?". The puzzle succinctly demonstrates the topic's significance, and usefully frames the subsequent discussion of political ideology and welfare states.
In all of my classes, I provide focus questions to accompany significant reading assignments. For example, here are the focus questions that accompany Hegemony and Culture, by David Laitin, in Religion and Politics in the Developing World. Focus questions create an extra layer of accountability and offer a guide to help students interpret what they read.
Finally, I invite you to read a syllabus for Politics of Development that I have annotated to describe my approach to teaching.