Teaching

I have been a lecturer and TA for undergraduate courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am also instructor of two online courses for an accredited masters degree program offered by the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.


Undergraduate Teaching

STS 201: Where Science & Technology Meet Society

Lecturer, UW-Madison

What is science? What, if anything, is special about the way that scientists and engineers generate knowledge? Rarely do we have the opportunity to reflect on why it is that we are taught to know in this way. This course identifies and questions common (but often unstated) assumptions about what science is and how it works, with the aim of revealing the connections between the STEM fields and our social, cultural, economic, and political lives.

The first unit introduces central ideas in Science and Technology Studies (STS), a field that use perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to analyze STEM. We will examine whether the scientific method is an accurate description of how science and technology development operate in practice, and if not, what kinds of descriptions might be put in their place. We examine how culture, economics, and politics interact with science and technology development. We will ask who benefits from how particular research agendas or new technologies are designed, and who bears the risks of living with uncertain science or dangerous technologies. The final unit explores how societies can engage with controversial issues in STEM. After exploring the rationales for and barriers to involving non-scientists in decision-making, we will collectively choose several controversial current topics to explore in depth (such as stem cell research, digital media and copyright, or bioterrorism), and one of these topics will be the basis for an in-class exercise in participatory science policy. This course is aimed at students with backgrounds in either the sciences or the humanities who want to think more critically about the interactions between of science, technology, and society. It will allow students in the STEM fields to reflect on the implications of their work for society, and students in the humanities and social sciences will develop a better understanding of how to study STEM as a social activity. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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SOC 125: Contemporary American Society

Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison

What kind of country do we live in? This course provides an extended answer to this question. It also explores the implications of that answer for understanding, and making progress in solving, some of the social problems that confront America today.

This course provides an extended answer to the question of What kind of a society is the United States? It also explores the implications of that answer for understanding and making progress on solving some of the problems that confront America today. Our discussion revolves around five key values that most Americans believe this society should realize: 1. Freedom: the idea that members of the society should be able, to the greatest degree possible, to live their lives as they wish; 2. Prosperity: the idea that the society’s economy should generate the highest possible standard of living; 3. Efficiency: the idea that the economy should be maximally precise in allocating product to needs and wants, and maximally efficient in productive use of scarce resources; 4. Fairness: the idea that members of the society should enjoy equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to make something of their lives; 5. Democracy: the idea that public decisions should reflect the collective will of equal citizens, not powerful and privileged elites. Our basic question is: To what degree does contemporary American society realize these values and how might it do a better job? A second but important question for us is: How do social scientists go about answering such questions.

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Graduate Teaching


FIN 512 – The Political Economy of Money and Banking

Lecturer (online), University of Nicosia – Cyprus

The main objective of the course is to provide a critical study of money and banking. What is money? Where did it come from? How do economists of different schools treat money in their theories and models? Where do these theories fall flat? We also consider sociological and anthropological approaches to money and banking, and look at newer topics related to digital currencies.

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DFIN 535- Blockchain Technology and the Developing World

Lecturer (online), University of Nicosia – Cyprus

The main objective of the course is to provide a critical study of how the under-development of financial and institutional systems in developing countries may be hindering growth and understand if there are opportunities for digital currency-based models to accelerate/leapfrog phases of development