University of Missouri

Teaching

I typically teach the following:

Power and Money (POL SC 4750) 
This course provides an introduction to comparative political economy by focusing on the following questions. How and why do governments promote economic prosperity? Does democracy make people richer or poorer? Is it true that "money is power"? Can poor countries enjoy a stable democracy? Prerequisite: junior standing.

Comparative Political Systems (POL SC 2700)
This course provides an introduction to some major political systems in the modern world, namely those of Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, China, and Iran. In addition to surveying political life in a wide range of countries, the course focuses on three issues that arise in almost all political systems: 1) the degree to which a country is democratic versus authoritarian, and 2) the nature of a country’s political institutions, and 3) the degree to which a country is liberal versus statist.

Comparative Political Economy (POL SC 9710)
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to 'comparative political economy'—a phrase that refers broadly to the mutual interaction of political and economic phenomena in a variety of national contexts.   

Readings in Comparative Politics (POL SC 9600)
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the field of comparative politics. The focus of the course is on reading a large body of material that captures the major topics and theoretical approaches in the field.