Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is rooted in the radical notion that education should be viewed primarily as a tool for self-actualization. This means that, in my view, meaningful educational investments are pragmatic and encourage a bolstered sense of purpose, increased motivation, acceptance of self and others, and a strong desire for personal growth. For the sociology student, the source of this value is well-defined: a developed sociological imagination allows the individual to conceptualize events and situations as the product of past events and personal dispositions and how they interact with the overarching social structure. In turn, training in sociology helps the individual to better observe herself as an integrated part of social networks with powerful productive capacities, including the potential to understand – and perhaps improve – her own life circumstances and those of others. [Continue reading]

Professorships, Bucknell University

Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 100). Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020.
Homelessness in the American City (Sociology 223). Spring 2020.
Social Inequality (Sociology 202). Fall 2019 and Fall 2020.

Instructorships, Cornell University

Homelessness in the American City (Sociology 1140). Fall 2017.
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1101). Summer 2017.

Independent Studies Facilitated, Cornell University

On American Homelessness (Sociology 4910). Spring 2016.
On Sociality and Mental Health (Sociology 4910). Spring 2015.

Teaching Assistantships, Cornell University

Social Inequality (Sociology 2208)
Spring 2018 with Steven Alvarado and Spring 2017 with Kim Weeden
Urban Inequality (Sociology/American Studies 3380)
Fall semesters 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Kendra Bischoff
Introduction to Sociology (Sociology 1101)
Spring 2016 with Kendra Bischoff and Spring 2015 with Paromita Sanyal
Leading Teams (Graduate School of Management MBA Common Core (NCC) 5040)
Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 with Isaac Smith

Teaching Assistantship, State University Of New York College at Geneseo

Contemporary Sociological Theory (Sociology 365)
Fall 2011 with Anne Eisenberg