Teaching

In teaching courses on comparative politics, the political economy of development, and the politics of the Middle East, I have the opportunity to tackle some of the most important questions in social science with my students. How do we define democracy, and why do countries democratize? How do political institutions affect economic growth and inequality within societies? Do natural resources help or hurt otherwise poor countries? What produces violent conflict? Why are some conflicts frozen for so long? As a teacher, my primary challenge is to make my students as excited about these questions as I am. To do so, I create learning environments which are based on the principles of mutual respect and rigor.

Resources:

Sample Upper-Level Undergraduate Syllabus: Comparative Political Economy of Development

Sample Lecture Slides: The Rise and Evolution of Hamas

Sample Handout: A Brief History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Select Comments from Former Students