Teaching

My teaching philosophy is based on a simple premise: to teach students how to think critically. Theory based, critical, and informed thinking, I believe is a skill that can be enhanced in the classroom by motivating students to become active participants in their education through the analysis and discussion of materials. Accountability and clear expectations are also key components of my teaching philosophy. Over the past years I have come to realize that if students know from the outset what are my expectations and what they can expect from me then classroom dynamics
tend to be more fluid.

My style is laid-back, focused, disciplined and based on mutual respect. I use the assigned readings as background materials to guide and inform lecture and class discussions. I tend to encourage students to work in groups inside and outside the classroom, which forces them to talk to each other about the materials and therefore to think about the content.

Currrent Teaching

  • Fall2015

    Introduction to Public Policy

    Undergraduate Upper Division

  • Fall2015

    Introduction to American Politics

    Undergraduate

  • Fall2015

    Faculty Advisor for LULAC Council at the University of Houston

  • Fall2015

    Faculty Advisor for Political Science Grad. Student Association

Teaching History

  • Present2008

    Latino Politics

    Undergraduate Upper Division

  • Present2008

    Introduction to Research Methods

    Undergraduate Upper Division

  • Present2009

    Quantitative Methods for Policy Research and Evaluation

    Graduate - Master on Public Administration

  • Present2013

    Introduction to American Government

    Undergraduate

  • Fall2009

    Political Psychology

    Graduate Seminar

  • Fall2013

    Seminar on Causal Inference

    Graduate

  • Fall2014

    Seminar on Immigration Policy in the U.S.

    Graduate

  • Fall2014

    Seminar on Immigration Policy in the U.S.

    Graduate