Teaching Philosophy

As a political scientist, I believe that the goal of good teaching is to foster student engagement in politics as responsible and thoughtful citizens. Three teaching principles serve this goal. First, good teaching should help students understand the relevance of politics to their lives. Second, good teaching should improve students’ critical thinking skills. Third, good teaching should provide the students with a comfortable learning environment, in which they can freely exchange their ideas. Click to read the full teaching philosophy.


Teaching Awards

University of Nebraska system-wide 2021 Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award

University of Nebraska system-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award Presentation Video

University of Nebraska at Omaha campus-wide 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award

University of Nebraska at Omaha campus-wide Excellence in Teaching Award Presentation Video

College of Arts and Sciences college-wide 2018 Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award

From the Award Ceremony of 2018 Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award

Recent Courses Taught

Islam and Politics

Government and Politics of the Middle East

International Relations of the Middle East

Comparative International Development and Innovation

Sacred and Violent (Honors Colloquium)

Politics, Society, and Economy in Turkey (study abroad course)

Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Seminar in Comparative Politics (graduate online)

Senior Seminar