Classes


The following consists of courses I have taught or am prepared to teach.

Methods of Political Research

Methods of Political Research

This course is about the science in political science! It is intended to introduce students to the concepts and methods of political science research in an effort to train them to become producers, not merely consumers, of data-driven analysis and scientific knowledge. It covers both introductory quantitative methods (univariate, bivariate, and some multivariate analyses), as well as the most often used qualitative methods in the discipline.

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American Government

American Government

This introductory / survey course examines the values, processes, institutions and participants that characterize political activity in the U.S. It covers the U.S. political system, its development over the past two centuries, how it operates today, as well as addresses significant contemporary trends and problems. This is the most fundamental course in the field.

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Courts and Politics

Courts and Politics
(Judicial Process)

This course focuses on U.S. legal systems, emphasizing the role of courts and judges in administering justice and making law. The course uses popular media to capture major issues related to the U.S. judiciary. At the end of the course, students will be more familiar with the judiciary as one of the three major branches of the U.S. government, both on the national and the state levels.

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Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law

A Socratic examination of the U.S. Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court in the American political system; major themes include: separation of powers, judicial review, federalism, legislative powers, civil rights and liberties, rights of criminal defendants and discrimination. I teach this class as a preview of law school, using a case brief method.

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

A survey of the criminal justice system from arrests to appeals with emphasis on major problems and dilemmas, such as capital punishment, plea bargaining, searches and seizures, police brutality, social movement attempts to reform the criminal justice system, and other contemporary issues. Special attention will be given to court decisions defining the rights of defendants and the practical realities of criminal law in Louisiana.

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LGBT Politics

LGBT Politics

This course cover the history of sexuality, political/social movements for equality, the impact of changing public opinion, major court rulings, and political issues affecting the LGBT community and their allies, including but not limited to: the repeal of anti-sodomy laws; same-sex marriage; transgender visibility and contemporary issues; military service; the HIV/AIDS epidemic; same-sex couple adoption; homelessness; poverty; bullying; violence; and policy responses to LGBT issues over time.

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Minority Politics

Minority Politics

This course explores how racial and ethnic minorities organize effectively and press their demands through the American political system. We will focus on the political behavior of minority citizens, the relative strength and effect of these groups in elections and elected office, and the legal and constitutional issues that affect (racial and ethnic) minority groups.

Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics

This course will examine how religion and religious institutions affect political outcomes and vice versa. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and evaluating social-scientific theories regarding the influence of religion on politics. We will spend significant time discussing the role court decisions and changing laws affect and perpetuate a separation of church and state.

Media and Politics

Media and Politics

We will learn about the media's political role in society; how they act or fail to act as a watchdog for citizens; and how they may influence public opinion and citizen activism in the United States. We will examine biases in the media, the media's influence on campaigns and elections, and the media's role in war and revolution outside the United States.

Pre Law Advising

Pre-Law Advising

I work with students who are interested in attending law school or are interested in a career in the judicial/legal field. Through one-on-one meetings, we discuss how to prepare academically, how to apply to law shcool, where to apply, and how to get a job after graduation.