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Teaching Overview

In my current position at Williams College, I teach three courses. 

1) I co-taught "Introduction to International Relations," in Fall 2018.  Syllabus here

I also designed two new courses that I taught at Williams in Spring 2019 and will teach in Spring 2020.


 2) "Security in Africa," syllabus here



Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. This course will explore this diverse region (focusing on sub-Saharan Africa) through the lens of human security which takes a broader understanding of security challenges and how they affect different individuals. This course will equip students with an understanding of security and ways to study it as well as an overview of general security debates and challenges in the region of Africa. Students in this course will be able to identify patterns and recognize similarities within sub-Saharan Africa while recognizing the differences across countries and diversity within the continent.  


There are three guiding questions that for the course:

What patterns can we identify related to security challenges in Africa?

What leads to specific security challenges in certain countries or regions in Africa?

In what ways can we describe or measure the security context across Africa?  


3) "Gender and Conflict in International Relations," syllabus here (also taught at Tufts University Fall 2017) 


This course explores gender dynamics in modern conflicts from the perspective of civilian societies, state militaries and rebel groups. The course will look at gender roles, relations, and symbols, throughout different phases of conflict including the precursors to conflict, during a conflict, and finally in the aftermath of active conflict.


The topic of gender and conflict relies on literature from several fields including political science, women’s and gender studies, sociology, and anthropology; the readings for this class will reflect that diversity. As the course title indicates, this course is grounded in the discipline of international relations, and therefore it is useful to have some background in this field. We will also use policy documents and reports from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to demonstrate the relationship between scholarship, policy, and events on the ground.


Throughout the course, we will draw on examples from case studies across the globe and these case studies will help us apply the theoretical frameworks we are using. The conflict in northern Uganda will be a case study we will use throughout the course to illustrate different themes.

For more information on my courses at Williams please visit their website.

I also have experience teaching at the graduate level. I co-taught "Internal Conflict and War" to Masters' students at The Fletcher School with Professor Richard Shultz for five years. Syllabus here

Additional Training

In the summer of 2018,  I participated in the Graduate Institute for Teaching at Tufts University to gain deeper knowledge of teaching pedagogy.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, I participated in two course design workshops and a teaching working group at Williams College. 

Invited Talks and Lectures

  • Invited Talk, “Wedded to Warfare: Forced Marriage in Armed Groups,” Stanley Kaplan Foreign Policy Program, Williams College, April 2019

  • Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, “Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: Duty of Care and Sexual Violence,” Podcast Panelist, April 2017

  • Guest lecture, “Gender and Armed Opposition Groups,” in Gender, Culture and Conflict in Humanitarian Complex Emergencies, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, December 2017

  • Guest lecture, “Gender and Non-State Armed Organizations,” in Gender Issues in World Politics, Tufts University, February 2017

  • Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) International Conference, “Protecting the Unprotected,” September 2016, Bochum Germany

  • Guest lecture, “Gender and International Relations,” in Introduction to International Relations, Boston College, February 2015

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