GOV 1295: Latin American Politics (Course Head: Prof. Steven Levitsky)
Examines dynamics of political and economic change in modern Latin America, focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela. Topics include the rise of populism and import-substituting industrialization, revolutions and revolutionary movements, the causes and consequences of military rule, the politics of economic reform, democratic transitions, and democratic consolidation. The course analyzes these phenomena from a variety of different theoretical perspectives, including cultural, dependency, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches. I prepared and led the discussion section component of the course, gave feedback on response papers, and graded exams.
GOV 1203: Central and Eastern European Politics (Course Head: Prof. Grzegorz Ekiert)
This course examines critical periods in Central and East European politics: the emergence and experiences of newly-restored independent states in the aftermath of the First World War, the Second World War and subsequent imposition of communist regimes, their evolution and unanticipated collapse in 1989, and finally, the on-going transitions to democracy and market economy as well as the Europeanization process. I prepared and led the discussion section component of the course, gave feedback on response papers, and graded exams.
SOC WORLD-15: The Cuban Revolution: A Self-Debate (Course Head: Prof. Jorge Domínguez)
The origins, events, personalities, and consequences of the Cuban Revolution are presented to students in a dialectical method, encouraging them to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting explanations. I prepared and led the discussion section component of the course, gave feedback on response papers, and graded exams.
GOV 1291: The Politics of Social Policy in Brazil (Course Head: Prof. Frances Hagopian)
The course explains Brazil’s complex evolution from record levels of income inequality and social unrest to high-impact innovations in social policy, participatory democracy, and bureaucratic reform, with meaningful implications for other middle-income democracies. I contributed to syllabus development, led discussion sections, and graded student papers and exams.
ECON 970-AR: The Political Economy of Inequality (Instructor)
An intensive immersion in applied economics research drawing on approaches in economic theory, econometrics, and political science. Students familiarized themselves with the academic debate on the origins of income inequality (with particular attention to education, technological change, and trade), theories of the welfare state, and on-going social policy debates. I developed the course, gave biweekly lectures, led discussion sessions, and helped each student conduct an original research project.
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