Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is influenced by critical, feminist, and engaged pedagogies that consider the classroom as one of the most radical spaces of possibility in the academy. I encourage my students to think of the classroom as a 'transgressive' space (following bell hooks) where they feel free to challenge established ideas, concepts, and theories and experiment with new ways of seeing, thinking, and knowing.

In all my classrooms, I strive to challenge and support my students in pursuing the following learning objectives: 1) to develop their sociological imagination by reflecting critically on how their personal experiences of power and privilege shape their understanding of wider society; 2) to question the everyday, including the categories, classifications, and assumptions that they take for granted; and 3) to think historically by recognizing how our knowledges of the past and present are mutually constitutive and co-evolving.

Courses Taught 

Clark University
GEOG 136 Gender and Environment (Offered every Fall)
GEOG 201 Taste, Culture, Power (Offered every Spring)
GEOG 310 Qualitative Research Methods (Offered every other Spring)

Cornell University
DSOC 1200 Sugar, Caffeine, and the Global Economy (Spring 2018)
DSOC/FGSS 3230 Gender & Global Change (TA, Fall 2017)
DSOC 2050 International Development (TA, Spring 2017)
DSOC 6940 Contested Global Landscapes (TA, Spring 2014)