Politics 573 / Sociology 595: Quantitative Analysis III, Princeton - Fall 2015 (Instructor: Kosuke Imai)

Teaching Assistant. Graduate level course in applied statistical methods for social scientists, covers a variety of statistical methods including expectation maximization, variational inference, models for longitudinal data, and survival analysis. 

Links: Syllabus | Example lecture

Politics 230 / Woodrow Wilson 325: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Princeton - Spring 2015 (Instructor: Grigore Pop-Eleches

Teaching Assistant. This undergraduate course surveys institutions of government and explores the role of government in economic and social affairs in developing as well as advanced industrial countries. The overarching theme is the relationship between capitalism, democracy, and economic development. The course also provides an introduction to the comparative method.

Links: Syllabus | Example lecture

College Writing 101: English Composition, Prison Teaching Initiative, Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility - Spring 2015          

Co-Instructor. This college composition course focuses on reinforcing grammar, constructing original persuasive arguments, and literary analysis. Approximately 95 percent of all inmates in New Jersey prisons will be released. In addition to providing intellectual engagement during incarceration and improving job prospects after release, in-prison education provides a positive social network, support system, and commitment schedule that helps inmates readjust to life outside of prison. The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program and the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) draw volunteer teachers from graduate students, post-docs and faculty of Princeton University to offer college-level instruction in four New Jersey prisons. The courses are accredited by Mercer County Community College, and they count toward an associate’s degree or, if used to transfer to one of the Rutgers University campuses, toward a bachelor’s degree.  

Links: Syllabus


Understanding Contemporary Immigration through Social Science. Political Science Department, CUNY Baruch - April 17, 2019

What are some common beliefs about immigration? What does social science have to say with respect to immigrants’ effects on employment, wages, social welfare, and crime rates? How can we find out (empirically test) whether these common beliefs are true or not? Why is there a disconnect between public perceptions and scientific findings? This lecture guides undergraduate students through these questions and related discussion.

Links: Slides

Addressing Incentives to Conceal. Applied Methods Workshop, Political Science Department, Stanford - November 9, 2017 

When survey researchers study sensitive questions, we may not receive honest answers. Given privacy concerns, social desirability, even fear of physical and legal reprisals, respondents may feel pressured to give deceptive responses or even refuse to answer. This presentation gives an overview of three survey question methods – list experimentsendorsement experiments, and the randomized response technique – aimed at addressing this problem by obscuring the truthful response of individuals and thus offering privacy protection to respondents, which encourages honest responses and lower non-response rates.

Links: Slides | Project website