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 Order: How 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 World: How 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 Security: This 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, China’s maritime ambitions and the recent US pivot to Asia. Undergraduate lecture.
International Institutions: Past, Present and Future: International 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 Taiwan: Tibet, 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 China: This 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