My research turns on a central argument: citizens should be more actively involved in democratic life. I develop and explore this claim through three related lines of inquiry: the political philosophy of John Dewey, the study of contemporary civic practices and the conceptual history of citizenship. Taken as a whole, my research agenda aims to develop a normative ideal of active citizenship and investigate the practices, methods and conditions for its realization. I put theoretical considerations of “what is a good citizen” into conversation with empirical research on ordinary actors’ lived experiences of citizenship. I contend that a combined theoretical and empirical approach offers a more nuanced and grounded understanding of the terrain of citizenship and civic involvement.
Democratic Theory, History of Political Thought, American Political Thought, International Relations Theory, Global Civil Society & Trans-national Activism, Youth Civic Engagement, Civic Education, Democratic Leadership, Higher Education and Public Engagement, Educational Theory, Community Partnerships, Social Movements, Qualitative/Action/Community-Based Research Methods
EDUC 2500 - Strategies for Social Change
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Examines strategies for social change locally and internationally. Critically explores a range of social change case studies including: community organizations, social movements, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, political and legal advocacy and technology. Students will develop their own proposal for a social change initiative.
INVS 2919 - Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
Examines concepts of activism, citizenship, democracy, power, and diversity through classroom discussions and participation in a local K-12 school's Public Achievement project. Through community-based partnerships, students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around controversial issues; and learn to use research and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for their solutions. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as EDUC 2919.
INVS 3302 - Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective agents of community change. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with a multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply their own life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Same as WGST 3302.
LEAD 1000 - Becoming a Leader
The foundation course will prepare students to exercise leadership in business, government and community organizations. Introduces leadership skills useful in a variety of settings including community and civic activities. Helps students to improve self awareness, understand multiple theories, recognize moral courage, build analytic and critical thinking skills and adapt leadership practices to different people and contexts. Degree credit not granted for this course and MGMT 3030.
WGST 3302 - Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective agents of community change. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with a multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply their own life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Same as INVS 3302.
global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)