Before starting my graduate studies I taught at a Beninese school as a Peace Corps volunteer. During my two years as a middle school teacher, I gained an appreciation for working with students that I carry with me today. I believe that effective pedagogy involves cultivating an environment where students can succeed. Paramount to this goal is providing appropriate opportunities to challenge students and preparing engaging activities and materials.

During my time at UCSD, I have valued working with students, introducing them to new subjects, and helping them successfully complete research projects. I have taught three courses as the instructor of record: Data Analytics for the Social Sciences and, on two separate occasions, the Politics of Food in a Global Economy. Across these courses, 100 percent of students recommend both the class and me as an instructor. Teaching materials for these courses, including syllabi and lecture slides, are available on separate course pages.

In recognition of my enthusiasm for working with students, I was awarded the Political Science Department’s TA Excellence Award in 2020. In assisted courses where I have led discussions or lab sessions, 91 percent of students say they would recommend me as an instructor. Below I provide student evaluations from courses where I have had significant interaction with students.

Summary of Student Evaluations