Teaching

In recent years I have taught classes on civil and international conflict, Africa politics, climate change, international relations theory, foreign policy, international organizations, the politics of development, and political methodology. Information about these courses including syllabi are available from the links below.

From February to June 2021 I am teaching a small honours seminar, Civilian Protection in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones. This is a new class for me, and I am really excited to see how it goes.

In 2020, I taught Environment, Human Security, and Conflict as a hybrid class. I posted all my videos as weekly playlists on the course page along with my lecture slides, outlines, and workshop activities. I received a 2020 Dean’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence award for my work for this class.

I have also uploaded all my slides from my 2012 graduate maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) class on the class page. They start with the intuition behind and assumptions underlying each type of model before giving hands-on examples in Stata. I found this approach very useful when I was learning these models, and I hope others find them useful as well.

Over the years I have created a number of resources for my students and tutors including guides for writing literature reviews and research proposals. I have collected a number of these resources on my teaching resources page.

Finally, for an introductory course on international relations I used to teach I developed a semester-long simulation centered on the ongoing Syrian conflict. In 2017 I won a college teaching award for the simulation design, and I published an article with Dr. Jessica Genauer describing it in more detail. This article outlines the costs and benefits of simulation design options towards encouraging students’ understanding of international relations concepts, and it proposes a course plan for tightly integrating lectures, readings, assessment, and simulation, regardless of class size or length. You can find the paper at the journal here. If your institution does not subscript to PS, do let me know.

Australian National University

Undergraduate

Civilian Protection in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones (POLS4021) 2021(S1)

Conflict and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (POLS3040) 2019, 2021(S2)

Environment, human security, and conflict (POLS3033) 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

Introduction to International Relations (POLS1005) 2015-2018

International Relations Theory (POLS3017) 2015-2017

University of New Orleans

Graduate

Maximum Likelihood Estimation (POLI 6003) 2010, 2012 (course page)

Civil Conflict (POLI 6990)  2010, 2012

International Conflict (POLI 6885)  2009, 2011

American Foreign Policy (POLI 6245) 2011

Undergraduate/Graduate (cross-listed)

Concepts and Patterns of International Politics (POLI 4800) 2012

Conflict and Diplomacy (POLI 4885)  2010, 2012

International Organizations (POLI 4820) 2010, 2012

Politics of Developing Areas (POLI 4710) 2009, 2011

Dangers of Globalization (POLI 4990) 2011

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Undergraduate

Poverty and Conflict (PLSC 486T) 2008

Political Economy of Civil War (PLSC 389G) 2008

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