Political Economy of Africa (Government 1197)
Harvard University, Spring 2015

Head teaching fellow for class taught by Professors James Robinson and Robert Bates.

One of the salient economic and political facts about the modern world is the dire poverty of Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this course is to investigate the reasons for this and pose two questions: Why is Africa poor?  And when did it become that way? Will it stay that way or are we now finally seeing the transition to sustained economic growth in Africa?

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Government 20)
Harvard University, Fall 2014

Teaching fellow for class taught by Professor Steve Levitsky.

This course offers an introduction to major concepts and theories in comparative politics, as well as the basic tools of comparative analysis.  It examines competing theoretical approaches (Modernization, Marxist, cultural, institutionalist, and agency-centered) to four major phenomena in world politics: (1) economic development; (2) democratization; (3) revolution; and (4) ethnic conflict.  It also explores recent debates about the role of political institutions, civil society, and the state in shaping political outcomes.   These theoretical debates are examined through an analysis of cases from across the globe, including Africa (Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa), the Americas (Chile, United States), Asia (China, India, South Korea, Taiwan), Western Europe (Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden), Eastern Europe (Russia, Yugoslavia), and the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Lebanon).