Teaching

In addition to core courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics, the following is a selection of more specialized undergraduate and graduate courses I am prepared to teach.

Power Politics, Language and International OrderHow does order emerge in an international environment that lacks a central authority? What causes certain systems of order to break down over time? How do individual states react to these changes in real time? In this course we will examine the relationship between power politics, language and the evolution of the international system.  Upper division undergraduate/ graduate seminar.      *Syllabus available upon request 

China and the WorldHow does China view its place in the world and why does that matter? This course will examine major trends in Chinese foreign relations from its traumatic entry into the western international system in the late 19th century, to Mao’s promotion of world revolution in the Cold War and current ambitions under the leadership of Xi Jinping. Students will develop an understanding of how Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics are intimately intertwined with the China’s evolving relationship with the international community.  Upper division undergraduate/ graduate seminar.                             *Syllabus available upon request 

Whose International Relations?How are international affairs experienced by countries outside of “the West” and who are not great powers? In a world where there are many competing narratives on the same events including the Cold War, the War on Terror and economic development, this course provides students with analytical tools for examining international politics from the viewpoint of countries on the “periphery” and considers what political science has to gain from unconventional perspectives.  Upper division undergraduate/ graduate seminar.

Asia-Pacific SecurityThis course examines how the Asia-Pacific has emerged as a region of critical importance to international security. Students will engage with theoretical, historical and policy approaches for assessing the prospects of conflict and cooperation in the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. Specific topics covered will include: nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula, the legacy of Japan’s unresolved WWII past and China’s maritime ambitions.  Undergraduate lecture.  

International Institutions: Past, Present and FutureInternational institutions promise to promote world peace, economic prosperity and social progress, but do they work? In this course students will examine the origins of contemporary international organizations (including the UN, IMF, World Bank, ASEAN, NATO and AU), changing global circumstances and evolving transnational threats that undermine their effectiveness and prospects for reform. Students will develop a foundation for understanding the far-reaching implications and immense challenges of global governance.  Undergraduate lecture. 

Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and TaiwanTibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan represent four of the most controversial and sensitive issues in contemporary Chinese politics. This course will examine how these far-flung peripheries of “Greater China” have come to occupy central roles in China’s national identity at home and abroad. Students will develop their own understandings of what these diverse regions can tell us about the future of China itself.  Upper division undergraduate/ graduate seminar.

The Rise of ChinaThis course focuses on unpacking the complexity of China’s dramatic rise to international prominence in the 21st century. To do so, we will examine five aspects of China’s contemporary status: economic influence, military capabilities, technological advancement, social stability and international image. Students will develop a foundation for understanding the far-reaching implications and immense challenges of Chinese global leadership.  Undergraduate lecture.                                                                                          *Syllabus available upon request 

Previous Teaching Experience                                                                                            Teaching Assistant                                                                                                     

China and the World                                                                                                             Faculty Instructor: Allen Carlson, Cornell University, Spring 2016

China Transnationalized                                                                                                      Faculty Instructor: Allen Carlson, Cornell University, Fall 2015

The Causes of War                                                                                                               Faculty Instructor: Christopher Way, Cornell University, Spring 2014 & Spring 2012

Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies                                                                          Faculty Instructor: Richard Maas, Cornell University, Fall 2013

Introduction to International Relations                                                                        Faculty Instructor: Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University, Fall 2011

LTWA way to libraryPhoto credit: A. Cheney, 2014. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India.

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