Teaching & Research Portfolio
RESEARCH & WRITING SAMPLES
The below essays offer a sample of my work over the past ten years. Each, I believe, offers a new perspective on an existing issue, and cover broad areas in policy studies, political science, and political history.
- Interjurisdictional Conflict and Cooperation Between Transit Authorities:
A Case Study of the Washington, D.C. Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
(2016) My doctoral dissertation, an examination of of the development of DC's new Silver Line, a collaboration between two transit authorities. Deals with topics of urbanization, transportation, intergovernmental relations, public administration, and finance, among others. Full text now available on ProQuest, abstract available to download here.
- Theoretical Underpinnings of High-Speed Rail in the US
(2012) This paper began as an idea for my dissertation, until I was convinced it could not hold up for 300+ pages; turns out that 20 was just right. Brings together many of my interests, including megalopolitanization and regional transportation. I argue that neither Republicans nor Democrats have gotten rail transit in the US "right," and the problem needs a different path of attack. I'm quite proud of this one.
- Collective Memory and Strategic Calculation: Hungary in 1956 and the Spirit of 1848
(2007) This was actually an undergraduate thesis, but I still stand by the analysis, which disputes the conventional narrative about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. I argue that Hungarian revolutionaries, while certainly hoping to succeed, were acting entirely outside of a success/failure framework, and were instead embodying what they perceived as the "spirit" of the Hungarian nation; for this reason, America's role in encouraging the revolution and then declining to provide support cannot be blamed for its failure.
Each of the syllabi below has been taught -- none are "prospective" -- at a variety of regional universities since 2013, and several of them have been taught at more than one institution.
- POLI 440: Urban Politics
My "flagship" course, a history and topics class dealing with American cities and urban regions. Deals extensively, but certainly not exclusively, with issues of race and class.
- POLI 443: Urban Problems and Policy Analysis
Condenses the history section of the above course and adds an introduction to the policymaking process, then has a greater emphasis on policy analysis throughout the rest of the course.
- CCJS 498: The Politics of Criminal Justice
A course that explores the political context of criminal justice in the United States, bringing together several of my disparate interests into a cohesive whole.
- ASIA 300: Introduction to Chinese Politics
A brief survey of Chinese history with a special emphasis on the Maoist period, followed by an examination of the Chinese governing system and the special challenges faced by the PRC. Makes heavy use of media and online assignments.
- GVPT 409: Globalization and the Future of Politics
An update toe the first class I ever taught, Issues of Global Citizenship, at Quinnipiac University in 2009. In this iteration, global political, urban, and social processes are contextualized and explored through the lens of individual responsibility and action.
- POLI 300: Quantitative Methodologies in Political Science
I never wanted to touch statistics again, much less teach it. Who knew it could be so rewarding, even enjoyable? Focuses on providing practical skills in (1) research ethics, (2) electronically-assisted survey design, (3) GIS, and (4) multiple regression analysis in Microsoft Excel.
- POLI 349: Environmental Policy
The same policymaking process introduction as offered in POLI 443, above, but followed by a different set of topics on which to practice policy analysis: environmental issues and challenges. Includes a psychological and political analysis of the debate over climate change.
- POLI 101: American Federal Government
An exciting first for me, teaching an introductory PoliSci course, and at a local college, no less! While this may be farther afield from my core interests, it is a singular pleasure -- and weighty responsibility -- to be in a position to lay the groundwork for students' understanding of the fundamentals of politics and political systems.
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