I currently teach in the Politics Department at Oberlin College & Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Previously, I taught for several years at Eugene Lang College, The New School’s liberal arts college in New York City. There I taught in the Global Studies, Politics, First-Year Writing, and Social Science Fellowship programs. I have also taught courses in post-communist Europe, at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and at the Univerzita Jana Amose Komenského in Prague.
The Politics of Oil. Extractive industries—especially the oil industry—play an outsized role in domestic and international politics. This course focuses primarily on the colonial and neocolonial politics of oil: oil wars, the resource curse, and the power of transnational corporations. It then explores the links between (literal) resource extraction and the (figurative) extraction of value from the economy through practices like futures trading, data mining, and the patenting of genomes and indigenous knowledges.
Post-Soviet Politics. This course will survey the post-Soviet politics of Russia and its neighbors in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. While covering core topics such as the economic transition from socialism to capitalism, democratic backsliding and “Putinism,” the politics of oil & gas production and transport, and contested national borders and identities, we will pay special attention to the undercurrents of resistance that occur in the shadow of contemporary Great Power politics.
Other Courses Taught
- Queer Comparative Politics
- Theater and Politics
- Global Capitalism: Corporate Citizens and Shareholder States
- The Resource Curse (comparative politics seminar)
- Global Economies (introduction to Global Political Economy)
- The Nation-State and Its Discontents (introduction to Comparative Politics)
- History of Economics (Erasmus program)
- The Ends of the Earth (First-Year Writing course in political ecology)
- Undergraduate Research Methods Workshop (Social Science Fellowship program)
- Global Studies Thesis Seminar (co-taught with department chair)
- Graduate Research Methods Practicum (Politics, Economics and Philosophy M.A. program)
- Comparative and International Political Economy
- Russian and post-communist politics
- Autocracy and Democracy
- Global energy and sustainability politics
- Qualitative research methods / philosophy of social science
- History and theory of capitalism
- Political ecology
- Anarchism in theory and historical practice