I am interested in teaching courses in sociological theory and research methods, sociology of religion and nonreligion, urban and community studies, and gender and sexuality studies. You can read more below about the courses I’ve taught already.
I am also a Writing Consultant at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Writing. UMN students can schedule free appointments to work with me or any other consultant on any type of writing at any stage.
Cities and Social Change
In this writing intensive course, students learn about the history and sociology of urbanization in the United States and across the globe, and they undertake their own urban research projects to better understand implications of urbanization in the cities they live in. Weekly topics include suburbanization, segregation, gentrification, and globalization.
Introduction to Sociology
This course is often the first place that students learn about sociological thinking and methods, and the version that I’ve developed focuses on intersectionality, social stratification, and the ways that structural and geographic locations intersect to shape social outcomes. The course also focuses on teaching students to be informed consumers of social science and shows students the various ways that sociological perspectives inform the current events and pressing social issues they care about.
Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
This course provides an introduction to gender and women’s studies from an historical and sociological perspective. After introducing students to major concepts and theories in gender and sexuality studies, we spend four weeks reading and discussing the history and waves of feminism in the United States. Students also learn about the ways that major institutions in American society are gendered, including media, education, family, and religion.
I have not formally taught this course yet, but I helped my advisor, Penny Edgell, develop a version of this course that she taught and I helped run as a Teaching Assistant. The course asks students to critically examine the changing landscape of religion and nonreligion in the United States, placing contemporary American atheism, agnosticism, and humanism in sociological and historical context.