Teaching

 

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.

Women in Western Political Thought

(Seminar, Spring 2020)—very tentative SYLLABUS

Much of the tradition of western political philosophy has either ignored or justified the subordination of women, despite elucidating principles of alleged universality.  This course challenges the traditional “canon” of western political thought by recovering a long—and often forgotten—history of debates, ideas, and texts written by, about, and for women. This course will feature texts written by both men and women from a wide range of historical and intellectual contexts, from philosophers and playwrights of Ancient Greece, to early modern feminist thinkers, to late-nineteenth century social activists and writers.  We will examine these texts with specific reference to the lives and status of women in society.  What is the nature of man—and woman? What does it mean for women to be political subjects and citizens? What is the proper role of women in social and political life?  And how does including women in the history of political thought shape our fundamental assumptions about doing political theory and politics?

 

Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx

Teaching Assistant
Instructor: Alison McQueen-- Winter 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017 

The Politics of Inequality

Teaching Assistant
Instructor: Karen Jusko-- Spring 2015

Justice

Teaching Assistant and Head Teaching Assistant
Instructors:
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

Ancient Athletics 

Curriculum contributor and website manager
Instructor: Susan Stephens (Classics)-- Winter 2014, Winter 2015

Election 2016--Stanford Continuing Studies Program

Course Assistant
Instructors: Rob Reich, Jim Steyer, David Kennedy