My role as a teacher is to help students develop a toolkit that will enable them to identify and analyze key patterns in today’s world. My teaching has two aims: First, I am committed to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in my students. Second, I encourage students to be engaged in their community and to connect theories to real world experiences through a sociological lens. Students hone these critical skills in my classes by taking part in experiential activities that take them beyond the comforts of the classroom, connecting their lives to the broader social structures in the diverse communities in which we live. I invite students to participate in hands-on activities that make them aware of their surrounding environment, spotlighting needs, biases, and privileges. In this way students develop and apply their skillsets beyond the discipline of sociology as informed and engaged members of society.
As a teacher-scholar, I am deeply committed to teaching. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I developed syllabi for courses on Globalization & International Development; Community & Environmental Sociology; and Environment, Natural Resources & Society and worked as a teaching assistant for five different courses, including: Gender and Rural Work, Introduction to Latin America, Race & Ethnicity, Marriage & Family, and Sociology of Law. As an Academic Director for the School for International Training, I developed and taught a field research course to undergraduates studying abroad in Chile.
I am prepared to teach courses in the areas of political economy, environmental sociology, international & community development, social movements, inequality, qualitative methods, gender, labor, agri-food systems, and rural sociology. Here is an example of a course I am developing: Food, Power, and Place in the Americas