Teaching Philosophy

Teaching and mentorship are vital to my work as an interdisciplinary social scientist. As a teacher, I draw on my interests and experience to foster three qualities in students: appreciation for how social environments shape individual and organizational practices; constructive skepticism in the face of received wisdom; and a sense of how to ask and answer a clear, crisp question. These qualities represent, for me, what it means to think sociologically, and they have motivated my approach to teaching throughout my academic career.


Classes Taught

Human Ecology (Rutgers University)


Environmental Change: Theory, Research and Writing

Politics of Environmental Issues

Sustainable Food: Politics, Policy and Ethics

Research Methods


Sociology (University of Michigan)


Statistics for Graduate Students II

Introduction to Sociology

Social Theory

Introduction to Statistics (instructor of record)

Economic Sociology


Environmental Studies and Public Policy (Princeton University)


Ethics and the Environment

Ethics and Public Policy


Mentorship and Advising

I have also worked intensively with students outside the classroom, in order to facillitate their academic and personal success during their undergraduate studies.


Rutgers University


Research Supervisor for students in the Rutgers Honors College

Faculty Mentor for the Rutgers-SEBS Equal Opportunity Program


University of Michigan


Academic Advisor and Preceptor, Undergraduate Honors Program

Graduate Fellow, Undergraduate Honors Program


Princeton University


Facillitator, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

Graduate Student Advisor, Community-Based Learning Initiative

Writing Partner, Undergraduate Writing Program