I deeply value the undergraduate education I received at a small liberal arts college and strive to build a similar environment in the classroom. In particular, I seek to 1) foster an inclusive environment where students feel comfortable speaking up and asking questions and 2) teach students to tie material from the course to other, more familiar aspects of their life, which increases their learning and retention.
Rational Choice and Political Theory | Spring 2024 (University of Richmond) | syllabus
This course provides an introduction to rational choice theory and its applications in the political realm. In particular, we will use tools from decision theory, game theory, and social choice theory (modeling individual, strategic, and collective choice, respectively) to analyze how agents (in this case: voters, politicians, etc.) behave. Throughout the course, we will use insights from these models to discuss normative questions regarding the design of political institutions, as well as public policy.
Principles of Microeconomics | Fall 2023 (University of Richmond) | syllabus
This course is an introduction to the study of microeconomics. Microeconomics examines how individual agents (e.g., people, households, organizations, and businesses) make decisions when faced with scarce resources. One can apply these models of decision-making to understand individuals' behavior in a variety of contexts, making microeconomics a useful "toolkit" for students with a diverse range of interests. This course will emphasize the application of economic concepts to current issues throughout the semester. In addition, students will gain insight into the ways that markets function, the role of government in markets, and some of the limitations of market-based analysis.
Intermediate Microeconomics | Summer 2019, Summer 2020 (Vanderbilt University) | syllabus
In this course, we will formally analyze how both individuals and firms make optimal choices under constraints (affordability, technological capacity, etc.). After studying each side of the market's behavior separately, we will combine the two to inspect market equilibrium and how it is affected by various changes.