POL 346: Applied Quantitative Analysis with Santiago Olivella

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016

This course provided working knowledge of data analysis using regression models. The course emphasized connecting substantive questions with real data, thinking through a research question, and presenting results in a compelling manner. Topics included multiple regression techniques, probit and logit models for discrete outcomes, and panel data analysis. Students learned how to build and analyze a data set. Coursework relied heavily on using R to analyze real data sets. As the sole preceptor for the course, my duties included helping Professor Santiago Olivella develop problem sets and substantive applications, and providing guidance to students on their final projects, which consisted of original research and data analysis as well as the presentation of their results to the class. I also continued advising several students from this course on their junior and senior theses. Complete and unedited evaluations from this course are available upon request.

POL 345: Introduction to Quantitative Social Science with Kosuke Imai

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015

Would universal health insurance improve the health of the poor? Do patterns of arrests in US cities show evidence of racial profiling? What accounts for who votes and their choice of candidates? This course taught students how to address these and other social science questions by analyzing quantitative data. The course introduced basic principles of statistical inference and programming skills for data analysis. The goal was to provide students with the foundation necessary to analyze data in their own research and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news media, in policy reports, and in academic research. My primary duties were leading discussion sections that taught programming in R as well as the statistical concepts required for problem sets. Complete and unedited evaluations from this course are available upon request.

I was awarded the George Kateb Prize for Best Preceptor for my teaching in this course.

POL 351: The Politics of Development with Jennifer Widner

Head Preceptor, Fall 2014

This course investigated the key political drivers of human development through careful consideration of theory and comparative analysis. Topics included state-building, colonialism, ethnic conflict, global integration, multi-level governance, and global public health. Because this was an introductory course, there was large variation in their skillsets. To help students understand the research they were reading, I combined substantive discussion with short lessons in basic causal inference and research design. This included teaching students about instrumental variables designs, directed acyclic graphs, and the identifying assumptions of ordinary least squares and binomial models. Complete and unedited evaluations from this course are available upon request.