My research strongly informs my teaching, because I see the study of human rights as the study of improving the human condition. Engaging, accessible education for everyone is a key component of this improvement. Without access to information and the skills necessary for understanding it, it is incredibly difficult to know what our rights are, much less to press for change. It is therefore my duty and my joy to make my class content accessible and engaging to students from all backgrounds and to connect the theories of our field to real-world events and dilemmas, so that all of my students can leave my classroom better prepared to interact meaningfully with the world—and hopefully make it a better place in the process.
In this vein, I am currently involved in an effort with Chad Clay to redesign the way we teach classes about human rights. In the long run, this will lead to a class where students are not only instructed about human rights but are also placed in simulations where they must make decisions about whether and how to respect and protect these rights. Such a course design lets them experience, on a smaller scale, the pressures and trade-offs experienced by policy makers and other government actors when they make decisions. In 2018, we began with the right to be free from torture, for which I designed a decision-making simulation on the use of various interrogation tactics in an anti-terror operation, entitled “Tick, Tick, Boom.” Future projects will add in other categories of rights.
Classes and Presentations
Instructor, University of Georgia
Adjunct, Piedmont College
Research Methods (Fall 2019)
Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia
Introduction to American Government (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
“Tick, Tick, Boom: Simulating the Ticking Time Bomb.” Violent Political Conflict, University of Georgia. 27 November 2018.
“Tick, Tick, Boom: Simulating the Ticking Time Bomb.” Human Rights, University of Georgia. 30 October 2018.
“Naming and Shaming: When It Works (and Why).” Human Rights, University of Georgia. 27 July 2018.
“Women’s Rights: Policy and Practice.” Human Rights, University of Georgia. 20 July 2018.
“Why Aren’t All Countries Developed? A Tale of Colonialism, Resource Wealth, and the Resource Curse.” University of Georgia. 3 April 2018.
“Spatial Statistics in R.” Spatial Statistics Workshop, University of Georgia. 5 November 2016.
“Tick, Tick, Boom: Simulating Decision-Making in a Human Rights Context.” Poster to be presented at University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference. 10 April 2019.
“Accessible Course Content: Tips for Notes, Guides, and Presentation Slides.” With Jeffrey Robert, Spring Teaching Symposium, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. 2 February 2019.
“Getting Students to Talk.” With Yachao Li and Heidi Hadley, TA Orientation, University of Georgia. 9 August 2018.
Interdisciplinary Teaching Certificate, University of Georgia (in progress)
CIRTL Scholar Certificate (in progress)
International Studies Association Pedagogy Conference and Graduate Assistant Training. 15 November 2018.
Graduate School Portfolio Program, University of Georgia. 14 September 2018.
LGBT Safe Space Training, University of Georgia. Fall 2018.
Got Your 6—Veteran Support Training, University of Georgia. Fall 2018.
Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Georgia. 2019.
Christopher S. Allen Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. University of Georgia, Department of International Affairs. 2018
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. University of Georgia. 2018.
Future Faculty Fellow. University of Georgia. 2018-2019.