My approach to teaching involves careful, concept-driven planning and a balanced approach to assessment that ensures that every student can succeed. All of my courses address social inequalities in their content regardless of the specific topic. As a facilitator, I place power and inequality at the center of discussions in ways that do not place undue burden on students from marginalized backgrounds. I use technology to bring diverse perspectives and expert voices into the classroom. In addition, I seek to cultivate a sense of critical citizenship among students by using case studies that are immediately relevant to their lives.
At C.U. Boulder, I am currently teaching Social Construction of Sexuality, a large, lecture-based undergraduate course.
At U.C. Berkeley, I gathered a wealth of teaching experience as lead instructor and teaching assistant. I received a university-wide Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2013. I developed and taught three courses:
- Seminar in Cultural Production (Spring 2018 and Fall 2015). This discussion-based course unpacks institutional and critical perspectives on the arts and media, focusing on a different industry or field every week. Students develop a research paper on a topic they select from the weekly lessons.
- Sociology of Culture, an upper-division elective course (Summer 2016). The course introduces core concepts in the contemporary sociology of culture, including cultural capital, authenticity, ideology, and institutionalization. In evaluations, students praise the course’s engaging material and clear, organized lectures.
- Sexual Cultures, a survey course in the sociology of sexuality (Summer 2015). Topics include the social construction of identity, LGBT movements, global transmission of Western sexual identity categories, and the institutional risk factors for sexual assault on college campuses. Students gave this course high marks in their evaluations, citing helpful discussions and informative readings.
I served as teaching assistant for five courses at Berkeley, planning and conducting discussion sessions that met twice a week. Courses include Economic Sociology, Contemporary and Classical Social Theory, and Evaluation of Evidence. Students consistently praised my clear and well-organized lessons and my helpful and encouraging demeanor, both in the classroom and in office hours.
I actively seek out opportunities to mentor students. I am currently supervising a graduate teaching assistant and advising an undergraduate honors thesis project at C.U. Boulder; in the past, I volunteered as an honors thesis mentor at U.C. Berkeley.