My teaching experience at Johns Hopkins includes designing and teaching my own course, re-designing syllabi for core curriculum courses, and acting as a teaching assistant. I have experience teaching courses for both Sociology and International Studies majors.

I received a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship to design and teach an upper level seminar, “Sociology of the Military-Industrial Complex” in 2021. (Syllabus available upon request.)

I also have significant experience as a teaching assistant for courses on theory and research methods—including Social Theory, Introduction to Social Statistics, Research Tools for Global Sociology, and a Research Practicum on Global Social Change and Development.

I was hired by the university’s Center for Educational Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic to update the content of and redesign the syllabi for the Research Tools and Research Practicum courses, to be taught more effectively in either online, in-person, or hybrid modalities.

Courses

Sociology 326: Sociology of the Military-Industrial Complex

Students will critically examine the military-industrial complex—and the social relations that constitute it—in the United States in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by drawing on works from sociology, history, political science, geography, and economics. Over the course of the semester, we will interrogate how (and by whom) war is made. In 2020, over a third of the record-breaking Department of Defense budget was earmarked for the procurement of weapons and supplies from for-profit armaments firms. Billions more flow to private companies that provide services—from security and combat to cleaning and food preparation—to the military. Over 2 million people are directly employed by the U.S. military, and countless more by its myriad private contractors. This sprawling network of private corporations, armed services, political actors, and workers constitutes the military-industrial complex. By examining this network of actors that “make war,” students will explore the social, political, and economic dimensions of U.S. militarism and their changes over time.

Cross-listed with the International Studies Program.

Re-Designed Core Courses

Sociology 265: Research Tools for Global Sociology and Development

This course will introduce students to a range of software programs that are critical for conducting social scientific research in the 21st century. Students will develop competency in the use of computer programs for statistical analysis, database management, the creation of maps and timelines, and the presentation of research reports. The course uses examples from ongoing social science faculty research projects at Johns Hopkins on global inequality, international development, and global social protest.

Cross-listed with the International Studies Program.

Sociology 325: Global Social Change and Development Research Practicum

This course will be run as a collective research project in the field of global and comparative-historical sociology, providing students with “hands on” research experience. This semester we will focus on analyzing the complex nature of the current world hegemonic crisis/breakdown by comparing the present to analogous past periods of world hegemonic crisis/breakdown. Students will gain experience in all phases of a successful research project including specifying a research question and thesis statement, conducting a literature review, designing a research strategy, data collection and analysis, and writing up and presenting the final results.

Cross-listed with the International Studies Program.