At University of Southern California
I mainly teach advanced classes in political institutions , POSC360: Comparative Political Institutions and POSC469: Electoral Institutions and Reforms.
Comparative Political Institutions
This class focuses on institutions and processes of advanced industrial societies; political culture, interest articulation and aggregation, and the governmental process. This course takes students through the design, maintenance, and reform of political institutions in contemporary democracies, from legislatures and bureaucracies, to simple behavioral norms. Political institutions influence the behavior of voters and politicians, and ultimately the policy outcomes we observe. By the end of the semester, students will understand the importance of institutional design in shaping political and social outcomes, but also its limitations.
Electoral Institutions and Reforms
Would America's polarization and intense partisanship be alleviated if we reformed its electoral institutions? Under what circumstances do other countries change institutions? And what differences in politics and policies do we expect to observe if electoral institutions are altered? This seminar introduces students to the field of comparative electoral systems to help them answer these important questions. The course consists of three parts: the first gives students a broad introduction to the field of formal political institutions and the unique challenges we encounter when we study a phenomenon theorized as both a cause and consequence. The second covers various theories of electoral system choice, demonstrating the rich, ongoing debate on the topic. The last section introduces students to the various consequences of electoral system choice, such as polarization and economic inequality.
At New York University
The NYU Politics Department awarded me the 2021 Teaching Excellence Award for my work teaching introductory level political science classes. I was also the department's nominee for the 2021 university-wide Outstanding Teaching Award.