Teaching

My teaching interests are broadly in the areas of methods, crime and punishment, inequality, family demography, and theory. Below you can find descriptions of some of my courses.


DePauw University

HONR 102. Doing the Most Good. Instructor of record, Spring 2022. How can we do the most good? This course offers a critical introduction to effective altruism, an emerging perspective on how to answer this question. Through readings in moral philosophy and social science, we will develop a toolkit for making decisions about how best to use our time and resources. We will then explore the questions that effective altruists grapple with. How should we prioritize causes like saving human lives, reducing animal suffering, or averting nuclear war? How can we make the greatest impact through our careers, our financial decisions, or our political activism? Although the course will engage theoretical issues, emphasis will be placed on the concrete implications of effective altruism for our personal choices.


Indiana Women's Prison

Incarceration and Inequality. Instructor of record, Spring 2021. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country. But incarceration is deeply divided by race, gender, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. This course will explore the patterns and consequences of U.S. mass incarceration, paying particular attention to two questions. First, how does the experience of incarceration reflect pre-existing social inequality between different groups of people? Second, how does incarceration create inequality between those who do and do not experience it? The course will explore these questions through a variety of topics. These will include: the history of U.S. incarceration; race, class, and gender inequality in imprisonment; conditions of confinement; prisoner re-entry and life after prison; and the effects of imprisonment on families and children.


University of California, Berkeley

SOC 5. Evaluation of Evidence. Instructor of record, Summer 2018. We have ever more access to information about social life, but this does not necessarily lead us to cite facts more accurately or to use facts to justify our opinions. Without trusted tools for finding meaning in social information, how do we know how to think and act responsibly? By surveying the logic and logistics of empirical social research, this course will introduce you to a set of principles and practices for finding things out about the social world. You will learn to design and implement your own basic social research projects, including asking clear questions, collecting high-quality data, using the appropriate tools to analyze data, and communicating your findings effectively. You will also learn to evaluate knowledge claims about social life by examining whether they are based on good evidence, sound reasoning, and ethical practices.

SOC102. Contemporary Sociological Theory. Teaching assistant, Spring 2015.

SOC101. Classical Sociological Theory. Teaching assistant, Fall 2014.