Course Evaluations

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Teaching Experience

Function Course Instructor Term
Instructor of Record Comparative Politics n/a Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2012
International Relations n/a Summer 2012
Recitation Instructor Comparative Politics Laura Paler Fall 2014
Teaching Assistant Western European Politics and Government Despina Alexiadou Fall 2011
Guest Lecturer Transatlantic Governance and Policy
  • Governance in the European Union
  • Monetary Policy
  • Trade Policy
B. Guy Peters Spring 2015
Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Systems of Governance
Lauren Perez Summer 2014
Globalization and International Politics
  • Regional Economic Integration
Ida Bastiaens Spring 2013

Introduction to International Relations

University of Pittsburgh (Summer 2012)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of world politics and international relations. In so doing, it addresses the major theoretical frameworks and actors in international relations as well as the three major areas of scholarship in world politics. As such, the course is organized into four sections. In the first section, we will build the foundation of international relations: Who are the actors in global politics? What do these actors want? Why do these actors do what they do? And, how do these actors interact? In the final three sections, we will apply the information from the first section to the three primary fields of study in international relations: conflict, international organizations, and international political economy. By the end of the semester, students will have sufficient knowledge to take advanced courses in world politics and have a preliminary understanding of each of the three areas of specialization within world politics.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2012, 2014, and 2015)

This course is designed to introduce students to comparative politics. As such, the course will cover the variety of political institutions, economic arrangements, and forms of social organization found across the globe. The course is organized into two sections. In the first we will study the theories of comparative politics. In this section, we will consider the possible array of political regimes, political institutions, development, social cleavages, and economic organization observed in the world as well as the causes and consequences of these phenomena. In the second section we will apply the substance from the first section to country case studies. The purpose of this section is to understand how these various modes of political organization function in practice and in conjunction with one another. The first set of country cases consists of Western European advanced industrial democracies (the United Kingdom, France, and Germany), as many of the theories of comparative politics were derived from the study of these countries. The second set of country cases has been chosen to study the degree to which these theories apply outside of the Western European democracies by considering a non-European advanced industrial democracy (Japan), developing countries (Mexico and Nigeria), a post-communist country (Russia), and a non-democracy (China).