At Syracuse University, I teach courses that cover topics in American politics, public policy, and research methodology. I instruct undergraduate courses in American
National Government and Politics, The Politics of Income Inequality, and Introduction to Political Analysis. At the graduate level, I instruct seminars in Social Welfare Policy, American Politics, and Political Parties.
I have taught undergraduate courses in American politics for over two decades. My introduction to American government course is organized around the question of whether the federal government more closely operates as a democracy, an oligarchy, or
something in between. The primary goals of this course are: to provide students a broad overview of American government, develop a cognitive skill set that will help the student
think more critically about political information, and to facilitate an interest and capacity to participate in American politics.
I earned an M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of Michigan in 2003. During my time at U of M, I studied and experimented with new pedagogues for undergraduate instruction. In addition, I taught a course to graduating seniors in teaching pedagogy and supervised students who were interning with local high school social studies teachers. I also have a B.A. in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University.
I instructed classes in Advanced Placement Government, Advanced Placement Microeconomics, and Advanced Placement Macroeconomics at Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School from 1997 – 2000.