At Wesleyan, I teach undergraduate-level courses on International Politics, International Political Economy, and Experiments in International Development, and advise students on their theses.
Course description coming soon.
International Political Economy
How do domestic and international politics influence the economic relations between states, and vice-versa? This course considers the role that governments and institutions play in the movement of goods, money, and people across borders. Sometimes political actors can intervene to improve the efficiency or equity of international markets, but sometimes self-interest can give rise to worse outcomes. This course explores topics such as globalization, trade, monetary relations, international institutions, debt, foreign direct investment, development, international migration, and the environment. Emphasis will be on understanding current events, including the recent trade war and Brexit.
Experiments in International Development
Do efforts to help the world’s poor actually work? What motivates wealthy countries and organizations to promote development? Are there unintended consequences of these activities? This seminar teaches the experimental method of social science research and applies it to these and related questions. Students will read examples of how social scientists have used experiments to study international development --- broadly defined --- including topics such as foreign aid, conflict and violence, international investment, elections, global governance, and migration. The course will prepare students to design and analyze their own experimental research project. It is especially appropriate for sophomores or juniors who are considering summer research or writing a thesis in government.