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.


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