I am committed to quality teaching, and as part of that effort, to connecting students with research in Political Science and other fields, and practical applications to policy and political problems. I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, particularly on religion and politics and on corruption. These include classes on Religion, War and Peace; Religion and Politics; Politics of the European Union; Political Corruption; and Corruption and the Global Political Economy. At the University of Nevada, Reno, I have created a new course on the Military and Politics. I incorporate readings and perspectives from a range of fields to develop and delve into themes and questions. I participated in a year long Ford Foundation-sponsored “Difficult Dialogues: Teaching about Religion in the Classroom” initiative at Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. That faculty seminar resulted in my developing a new undergraduate course on religion and politics for spring 2009 and contributing it to the certificate program in Religion and Conflict. I won the Teacher of the Year award from ASU’s Department of Political Science for 2009. I taught regularly in the interdisciplinary Global Studies program at ASU. Under the auspices of undergraduate research fellows programs at ASU, I involved undergraduates in my research. All of my recent external grants have funded graduate students, and my co-investigators and I publish with them. My graduate seminars have ranged from field surveys to ones focusing on specialized areas, and I have successfully supervised a number of M.A. and Ph.D students. In addition, I co-organized with Charles “Chuck” North (Baylor) the first graduate workshop sponsored by the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture, in 2008, and have been on the faculty of the Graduate Workshops of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society at Chapman University since they started in 2012.
POS 652 Politics and Religion 2016 (graduate)