POLI 328B 001: The Politics of Development and Government Accountability, UBC - Fall 2019

Instructor. What political factors can help explain patterns of development -- in terms of health, education, prosperity, and security -- around the world? While there are no easy answers to this question, this course aims to equip students with the conceptual and analytic tools from a social science approach to study development. The first part of this course considers how development is conceptualized and measured, as well as the influence of historical legacies, geography, natural resources, and the role of the modern state and political institutions in determining development outcomes. The second part of this course explores contemporary development initiatives such as democratic governance, information campaigns, and other channels for citizen participation. Students should be able to understand the political drivers of development, and critically evaluate and propose development initiatives and policies considering these political factors.

POLI 423E 001 / 516D 001: The Comparative Political Economy of Development, UBC - Fall 2019

Instructor. This course provides a graduate level introduction to the comparative study of development. Why do some regions of the Global South seem to do better at “development” than others? While Asia is often viewed as developing rapidly, sub-Saharan Africa is often treated as a failure, and Latin America is commonly perceived as a mixed case. The first part of this course begins with a brief overview of how development is conceptualized and measured. We then consider and discuss existing explanations of developmental success and failure such as the influence of historical legacies, the role of the modern state and political institutions, markets and globalization, structural adjustment, and democracy versus authoritarianism. The second part of this course explores contemporary development initiatives such as democratic governance, information campaigns, and other channels for citizen participation.

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