Paraphrasing Antonio Gramsci, I believe that all humans are sociologists, even if relatively few are culturally validated with a title. My pedagogical approach implements this ideal through the active participation of my students in the communities within which they are embedded. I have taught in an array of diverse environments, from the vibrant dynamism of East Los Angeles to the sacrosanct halls of Notre Dame. At each stop I cultivate the students’ sociological imagination through engagement with the social problems in their local community. In addition to researching and writing on local issues, I typically require that my students complete a service-learning project. Students in my introductory sociology course at Indiana University-South Bend, for instance, wrote a research paper on poverty and homelessness in the Michiana region in conjunction with volunteering at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Similarly, students in my introductory criminology course at Notre Dame learned first-hand about the perils of prisoner reentry at the Dismas House, which provides transitional lodging and support for individuals released from incarceration.
In the future I intend to design and instruct courses on American Indian rights and Native-white relations which involve student immersion in Indigenous cultures and communities.
Social Movements-University of Southern Maine (2017)
Classical Sociological Theory-California State University, Los Angeles (2014)
Introduction to Criminology-Notre Dame (2013)
Introduction to Sociology-Indiana University, South Bend (2012 & 2013); University of Southern Maine (2017)
I have also TA’d numerous courses in political science and received a teaching award while doing so (see CV).