My teaching is centered on fostering research skills in students. In qualitative methods courses, I actively involve students in research. I require students to write a research paper, motivating them to explore their interests and helping them develop the skills to design and implement research. I assign weekly memos, breaking down the different components of the final paper and making space in class for students to workshop each component. As a teacher, I believe that collaboration and creative engagement with ideas bring the best insights.
In quantitative methods courses, I require students to work with real datasets. In using these datasets, students learn to connect sociological ideas, statistical methods, and software. They develop a tacit knowledge of statistical modeling they would not be able to achieve through textbook learning. I find that students learn coding best within a spirit of collegiality and generosity. I foster this environment by encouraging students to code in front of the class, to troubleshoot collectively, and to think inventively about how methods can be implemented in software.
Selected teaching experience:
- “The Global Politics of Data,” International Studies Program, Northwestern University (2020 Fall)
- “Statistical Learning in R”, Research Computing Services, Northwestern University (2020 Summer Data Science Workshops)
- “Statistical Modeling in R”, Research Computing Services, Northwestern University (2019 Summer Data Science Workshops)
- Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods II, Sociology Department, Northwestern University (Prof. Julia Behrman, 2020 Spring)
- Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I, Sociology Department, Northwestern University (Prof. Christine Percheski, 2020 Winter)
- Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Software, Sociology Department, Northwestern University (Prof. Jean Clipperton, 2019 Fall)
- Math Camp for incoming graduate students, Sociology Department, Northwestern University (Prof. Jean Clipperton, 2019 Summer)
For a full list of teaching experiences, see my CV.