Courses Taught

You can find a list of the courses I have taught here, as well as links to syllabi () and course evaluations ().

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

175 Introduction to International Relations
Fall 2017 (face-to-face, online), Spring 2018 (face-to-face, online)

This course provides students with a general overview of international relations. Covers the historical context of international relations, and the essential concepts, ideas, actors, and phenomena to better understand global politics. Focuses on how actor interests, interactions, and institutions structure global politics.

175-001 (face-to-face)175-202 (online)
Fall 2016 • Spring 2017 • Spring 2017 online

103 Introduction to Political Science
Fall 2016 (face-to-face), Spring 2017 (face-to-face, online), Fall 2018 (face-to-face, online), Spring 2019 (face-to-face, online)

This course is a broad introduction to the systematic study of political science. Covers the basics of political thought, American government, political institutions, and international relations.

In addition to the courses listed here, as a teaching assistant I taught several discussion sections of PS 103 Introduction to Political Science in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Course evaluations are available upon request. I was the lab instructor for PS 390 Political Data Analysis (Spring 2014) and PS 500 Capstone (Fall 2014 to Spring 2016) where I taught basic quantitative analysis using SPSS and Stata. If you are a returning student looking for resources from 390 or 500 lab instruction, contact me.

Marquette University

4421 Democracy, Authoritarianism, and Totalitarianism
Spring 2019 (face-to-face)

This course examines how political science views "ideal types" of political systems. We consider normative and positive approaches to their manifestations in countries at different points in time. Topics include power, legitimacy, ruling elites, institutions, and economics. We explore political system change through different transition mechanisms. Political, economic, and social outcomes resulting from differences in regime type are compared. We assess different causal mechanisms and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to the empirical world.

2401 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Fall 2017 (face-to-face)

This introductory course offers different analytical frameworks– identity, political economy, institutions– which can be used to explore a diverse array of political phenomena. Students will consider theoretical arguments and empirical evidence, including from several in-depth country case studies, to help understand several broad questions in political science. Such questions include: why are some countries democracies, yet others are not? What explains varying levels of economic development? What explains patterns of repression and conflict? Country cases include the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Nigeria and others.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

104 Introduction to International Relations
Spring 2017 (face-to-face)

This course provides students with a general overview of global politics. Topics include developing the conceptual and theoretical tools for interpreting global politics and the workings of the international system, basic foreign policy analysis, and the identification and exploration of key actors in the international system.

Lectures and Talks

Invited Presentations

Comparative International Relations: The Islamic Republic of Iran
15 December 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Part of a series of invited talks on historical and contemporary topics in global politics for political science 175 Introduction to International Relations.

Politics of Developing Nations: The Islamic Republic of Iran
8 December 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Part of a series of invited talks on particular country-case topics for political science 106 Politics of the World's Nations.

r-logo and latex-logo

An Introduction to the Basics of LaTeX
Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Spring 2016

Periodically I give a brief introduction to LaTeX to political science graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This basic introduction is to make students aware of the benefits of LaTeX for creating professional documents, as well as learn how to create some basic elements of research documents such as tables, figures, and bibliographies. Included here are the files I use for this talk, as well as an article template for students to use.

R Tricks and Tips
Fall 2014

As part of graduate student professionalization at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I have given "R Tricks and Tips" talks, and links to the (commented) code files discussed in these talks are located below. Fell free to contact me if you are looking for additional R code, or have a problem with these files.