I am interested in teaching courses that explore race and ethnicity, voting rights, state politics, and and institutions in the United States. My teaching methods equip students with the skills and background necessary to identify political problems through relevant theoretical lenses and my curriculum incorporates assignments and segments of class time so that they can use critical thinking to propose solutions to these problems.
As the instructor of record, I have developed and taught two upper-division courses on voting rights and elections in the U.S. This course is designed to introduce students to voting rights theory through case law, history, and research. I incorporate readings from legal, media, policy, and social science research in order to cover the development of voting rights from the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 up until today. Students gain valuable experience evaluating the impact of electoral systems on underrepresented communities and they learn how to use GIS software to analyze and configure districting plans for local jurisdictions that address the problems that underrepresented communities face.
As a teaching apprentice, I have taught introduction level courses on Data Analysis, American Politics, International Affairs, and have taught upper-division courses on American Political Parties, American Suburbanization, and U.S. Latino Politics.
In the past, I have developed and administered thesis writing workshops for undergraduates through the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at UCLA, connecting them with resources to better evaluate literature, develop research methods, convey analytical findings, and to develop their research into a written senior thesis.