My teaching interests include American political institutions, electoral processes, political behavior, public administration, and public policy. I have also been responsible for my department’s methodology course, which I have designed to cover the entire research process–from finding a question through research design and data gathering to statistical analysis and finally presenting the results in a public setting.
The syllabi below come from the courses that I have taught while at Pacific, but I have taught a number of other courses not shown below at other institutions (e.g., political parties, public policy, and organization theory). My C.V. contains the full list of courses that I have taught.
Departmental Course Syllabi
California Politics: 2013
In addition to the above departmental courses, I have regularly participated in the Pacific Seminars (PACS) program at UOP. PACS is an interdisciplinary, three-semester sequence of courses required of all incoming freshman. (Transfer students only take the last course.) PACS 1 and PACS 2 are taken during the freshman year and jointly examine the question, “What is the good life?” From 2008-2013, PACS 1 used a common syllabus for all sections, with all of the students engaging the same set of readings. For 2014, faculty were offered a common syllabus but were also encouraged to create their own version of the course, which I chose to do. PACS 2 is a more discipline-specific examination of one of the themes/ideas introduced in PACS 1. PACS 3 explores different ethical perspectives and asks students to develop an ethical autobiography.
Pacific Seminar 1: Zombies and the Good Life: 2014