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. 

  • Precepts were really helpful. Yang-Yang’s slides were incredibly clear and useful, and I like that the precept was geared towards troubleshooting topics that we were clearly having issues comprehending e.g., EM algorithm. In addition, I thought office hours were a great balance of being accessible with help but prompting us to work through as much of the problem as possible on our own e.g., with board work. All in all, I know we were all incredibly grateful for all of Yang-Yang’s hard work on the class. It was definitely my best graduate student preceptor experience in my time here.
  • Being a preceptor for this course requires immense work and patience. She had this and was very kind to everyone.
  • Her slides were wonderfully useful, covered a lot of gaps from lecture. They were really an instrumental part of learning in the course.
  • Yang-Yang is a great teacher, she put an incredible amount of work into precepts and helping us to understand the material.

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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.

  • Yang-Yang was an amazing preceptor. She was patient and really wanted to make sure that we understood the material. She also helped us to break down the arguments in a logical way, and she has also been a great resource in preparation for the midterm exam and final paper.
  • Discussion was readily facilitated and in general the atmosphere was such that I felt comfortable speaking my mind.
  • The preceptor was very good at helping us understand the material. She provided charts and outlines about the weekly subjects in order to deepen our understanding.
  • Yang-Yang was truly awesome. She was very helpful and knew everything there was to know. Now I might major in politics.

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.  

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Very Applied Methods Workshop: Political Science Department, Stanford - November 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)