Teaching

Spring 2015

PubPol 590s.15: Political Ambition

Who runs for political office in the United States? Why do they do it? What would it take to get better candidates on our ballots? This advanced seminar explores the candidate entry process in the United States. In this course, we will first take stock of the academic research on a wide range of topics, including political ambition, candidate recruitment, fundraising, elections, inequality, and representation. To get a real-world perspective, we will then work together to interview actual potential candidates in Durham County. Students will leave the course with a firm understanding of how to efficiently consume academic research and how to design and conduct stakeholder interviews. And students will leave with a clear appreciation of one of the most consequential choices a US citizen can make: the choice to run for public office.

PubPol 301: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 301 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. This course will also give you extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that activists and political scientist use every day.

Note: This course uses a "flipped-classroom" format developed for students in business, medical, and professional schools.


Fall 2014

PubPol 301: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 301 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. This course will also give you extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that activists and political scientist use every day.

Note: This course uses a "flipped-classroom" format developed for students in business, medical, and professional schools.

PubPol 814: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 814 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. This course will also give you extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that activists and political scientist use every day.

Note: This course uses a "flipped-classroom" format developed for students in business, medical, and professional schools.


Spring 2014

PubPol 301: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 301 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. This course will also give you extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that activists and political scientist use every day.

Note: This course uses a "flipped-classroom" format developed for students in business, medical, and professional schools.


Fall 2013

PubPol 814: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 814 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. This course will also give you extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that activists and political scientist use every day.

Note: This course uses a "flipped-classroom" format developed for students in business, medical, and professional schools.


Spring 2013

PubPol 301: The Politics of Public Policy

Most of your training at the Sanford School will focus on how to identify problems and how to design effective, efficient, and ethical policies to solve them. However, if you cannot persuade politicians to adopt and implement your well-designed policies, you will have little to show for your hard work. The purpose of this course is to make you a better political analyst. PubPol 301 will familiarize you with research on U.S. politics that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders.

PubPol 590s.12: The Great Recession: Hard Times and American Politics

In this advanced seminar, we will explore the economic, social, and political repercussions of the late-2000s recession. Our aims will be to understand (1) how the recession has affected Americans from different walks of life, (2) how our policymaking institutions responded to the crisis, and (3) what the government's response to the crisis can teach policymakers who care about economically vulnerable groups.


Fall 2012

PubPol 814: The Politics of the Policy-making Process

This advanced course focuses on the U.S. political process. It places a special emphasis on scholarly research that has concrete insights for reformers, political advocates, and other public policy stakeholders. Students receive extensive hands-on training with the research methods and datasets that are commonly used in the field of political science.


Spring 2012

PPS 114: Political Analysis for Public Policy

In this course, we explore the structure of political decision making in the United States. Students learn to anticipate how features of the political process can affect efforts to achieve a given policy objective. This course places a special emphasis on teaching students to communicate their political analyses effectively in writing and conversation.

PPS 264S.12: The Great Recession: Hard Times and American Politics

In this advanced seminar, we will explore the economic, social, and political repercussions of the late-2000s recession. Our aims will be to understand (1) how the recession has affected Americans from different walks of life, (2) how our policymaking institutions responded to the crisis, and (3) what the government's response to the crisis can teach policymakers who care about economically vulnerable groups.