Classes Taught

At the University of Louisville I teach classes on Authoritarianism, Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Political Islam, and Political Violence.

Life Under Authoritarianism (POLS552)

  • This interdisciplinary honors course provides a political science-based overview of authoritarian regimes, and then uses works of literature by authors living in contemporary and historical authoritarian countries to provide insights into how ordinary citizens conceptualize and experience life these regimes (Spring 2019).

Comparative Politics (POLS202)

  • This lower division course provides a broad overview of the field of comparative politics, focusing on state formation, nationalism, political economy, authoritarianism and democratization, and political violence (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019).

Introduction to Middle East Politics (POLS355)

  • This course serves as an introduction to Middle East politics, with an emphasis on statebuilding, regional and international relations, political economy, and authoritarianism and democracy (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018).

Political Islam (POLS399)

  • This course is an in-depth examination of Islamist political parties and organizations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, encompassing questions of Islamist moderation, regime-opposition relations, why citizens vote for Islamist parties, and the role of women in the Islamist movement (Spring 2017, Spring 2018).

Political Violence (POLS399)

  • This course examines the phenomena of political violence short of interstate war. ┬áStudents will read broadly about why civil wars, terrorist campaigns, and insurgencies begin, persist, and end (Fall 2017).