Teaching is central to my story. I chose to leave government out of frustration with the lack of evidence in policymaking and political debate. I believe these problems are solved, in part, through teaching students to think like social scientists and apply evidence to solve problems.

I had the rare opportunity to design and teach three of my own courses to Stanford undergraduates and graduate students. To provide my students with an effective learning experience, I have spent considerable time discovering how to teach students to think about empirical and normative questions in politics. By emulating great professors and experimenting in my own courses, I have refined a teaching philosophy that emphasizes active learning, argumentation and writing, mentorship and advising, and continuous feedback and iteration.

Primary Instructor

World politics is often described as a state of war. And yet, the historical record suggests that war is the exception, not the rule. In this course, we seek to understand why relations between most states, most of the time, are defined by peace and cooperation. We will explore the causes of international conflict and how international institutions -- from formal international organizations to international law and norms -- promote cooperation and help states resolve their conflicts peacefully. Students will engage classic texts and cutting-edge research and grapple with empirical and normative questions around institutions in international relations. (syllabus)

Social scientists and policy makers increasingly operate in two completely different worlds. The purpose of this course is to help students bridge this gap. By the end of the quarter, students will be familiar with the major theoretical explanations of state behavior, instinctively assess world events from the perspective of social scientific theory, effectively identify evidence-based solutions to complex global challenges and develop policy-practitioner skills, including oral-briefing delivery and memo writing. In the final weeks of the course, we will leverage this evidence-based theory to develop policy solutions to important contemporary global challenges in policy-design labs. (syllabus)


Teaching Assistant

International Relations


Political Theory

  • Introduction to International Relations (w/ Professor James Fearon)

  • Introduction to International Relations (w/ Professor Mike Tomz)

  • Liberalism and Its Critics (w/ Dr. Brian Coyne)

  • Justice (w/ Professor Josh Cohen)