Teaching Objectives and Experience

     

My primary goal is to help students depersonalize social phenomena, while simultaneously showing that sociology illuminates lived experiences in powerful ways. I aim to incubate new questions that leave students less certain about the assumptions they entered the classroom with, but also more curious and better skilled to find the answers they seek. My broad intention is to make visible the social forces and inequities that permeate daily life, showing how sociological thinking casts the world in new light. In the classroom, I meet these goals by using a diverse set of materials (films, podcasts, narrative non-fiction) and balance highly interactive lectures with hands-on activities. 


I particularly look forward to teaching courses on social inequality, social theory, the digital economy, work & labor, and globalization. At the University of Minnesota, I have been both an instructor and teaching assistant for general and substantive courses. I was employed by the Global Studies Institute to co-design a sociology of work course and have also designed a masters level course titled 'The Digital Economy: Technology, Work, and Organizations.' In 2016, I completed an in-depth practice oriented course titled 'Teaching Sociology'. Throughout my graduate career I have been invited by colleagues to give specialized guest lectures in a range of classes.

Instructor

  • New Digital Economy: Key Debates (Lifelong Learning Institute) 

  • SOC3701: Social Theory – Online.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

  • SOC 4966W: Senior Projects Seminar (Two Semesters) 

  • SOC1001: Introduction to Sociology (Discussion Section Leader)

  • SOC 3251W: Sociological Perspectives in Race, Class and Gender

  • SOC3701: Social Theory 

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