Teaching

My teaching experience and interests range widely. For the past two years, I have taught in the Classics of Social and Political Thought sequence at the University of Chicago, designed to introduce first- and second-year undergraduates to the problems and approaches of social theory from Plato to Beauvoir. Links to my syllabi can be found here: [Spring 2015] [Winter 2016]

In the spring of 2017, I will teach a course of my own design entitled “Islamic Political Thought in the Global Era.” In previous years, I assistant-taught a survey course on the history of the modern Middle East within the University’s Islamic History and Society sequence, as well as a first-year undergraduate seminar on Readings in World Literature within the Humanities sequence.

As a Fellow with the Chicago Center for Teaching, I have helped to design and lead a four-part workshop on “Fundamentals of Teaching in the Humanities.” I’m also a coordinator of the Race & Pedagogy Working Group, dedicated to cultivating new pedagogical tools and approaches for teaching about race across the disciplines. I occasionally write about pedagogy for the GradHacker blog at Inside Higher Ed.

All of my courses emphasize the cultivation of effective writing techniques, which I teach using scaffolded assignments and other methods honed through my experience as an instructor of Academic and Professional Writing with the University of Chicago Writing Program. My guide to academic essay-writing for students is available here: [Guide to Writing, Revising, and Submitting Essays]

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