My teaching interests include modern political thought, the political theory of (in)equality, American political thought, and political economy. As a former Classicist, I am also interested in ancient political thought and incorporating material culture and reception history into the classroom.
Below is a sample of classes that I am currently teaching or have TA'd in the past.
Adam Smith: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
(Seminar, Spring 2019) — SYLLABUS
This course is a deep exploration of his major works including The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and The Wealth of Nations (1776), as well as his lesser-known works such as the Lectures on Jurisprudence and his essays on philosophical subjects. This course will also examine the influence, legacy, and contemporary interpretations of Smith’s works. We will grapple with big questions such as, “What is the nature of virtue and morality, and how do individuals learn moral behavior?”, “What makes some societies rich and others poor?”, and “What are the political preconditions and moral consequences of economic growth?” Because the course focuses on the works of just one thinker, its methodological approach emphasizes close readings of the texts in their historical context. However, we will also draw on the approaches of contemporary political theory to understand Smith’s contribution to our understanding of key normative concepts such as justice, liberty, and equality.The goal of this course is to use the works of Adam Smith as a lens through which we can better practice PPE. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify, understand, and analyze Smith’s ideas and also critique contemporary analyses and appropriations of them.
Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx
Instructor: Alison McQueen-- Winter 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017
The Politics of Inequality
Instructor: Karen Jusko-- Spring 2015
Teaching Assistant and Head Teaching Assistant
Han van Wietmarschen, Fall 2014
Josh Cohen, Fall 2013
The American Creed and the American Vote
Co-Instructor with Allison Anoll-- June-July 2014
Hope House Summer Scholars Program
Curriculum contributor and website manager
Instructor: Susan Stephens (Classics)-- Winter 2014, Winter 2015
Election 2016--Stanford Continuing Studies Program
Instructors: Rob Reich, Jim Steyer, David Kennedy