I have experience teaching in both introductory and upper level courses across political theory and its history, gender and sexuality studies, qualitative social science, and the history of political nonviolence.
My pedagogy is grounded in two interlocking commitments. First, I approach canonical texts in political thought and philosophy from the vantage point of themes, questions, and problems that have themselves long been viewed as incidental to the concerns of “the tradition”: for example, teaching Enlightenment social contract theory from the standpoint of migration and mobility, or with an eye toward how it imagines gendered familial life. Second, I approach texts from outside that traditional world of scholarly writing with the same close attention to conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical content that the canonical texts are usually taken to demand: for example, reading popular writing by activists with the hermeneutical seriousness necessary to examine their implicit and explicit theories of justification and critique.
Thematic courses I am particularly interested in teaching in future include:
- Language, Power, and Violence
- Liberalism before 1848
- Nonviolence: Between Conscience and Action
- Problems of Western Marxism
- Power and Selfhood in Feminist and Queer Theory
- Technology and Freedom
I am happy to supply sample syllabi upon request, or to provide further details on my areas of teaching competence, interest, and experience.