As an educator, I frame my pedagogy around teaching 21st century skills – including communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, and teamwork – to help my students cultivate their intellectual curiosity and become thoughtful global citizens and members of their communities. I am committed to providing each student with the tools they need to meet their goals and to succeed both in and out of the classroom – students’ interests and needs vary, and my goal is to help each student become a better engaged citizen and reader of political events. I do so by maintaining an active presence in the classroom, organizing my courses to ensure that students engage meaningfully with both me and each other, and teaching to learning outcomes that address power structures and social justice in political systems. I see the best results when students know that all ideas are welcome – but that their assumptions about the world may be challenged, when they understand what is expected of them, and when they feel like active participants in their own learning.

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