(Picture: From a Center for International Security Studies crisis simulation. During five one-hour rounds, attendees from the U.S. Naval Academy, West Point and the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs practiced formulating strategy as members of military or executive country teams.)
As preceptor* at Princeton University, I have thought the following courses:
- Quantitative Analysis I (PhD level), Fall 2016.
The foundations of data analysis and the first course in the politics PhD quantitative methods sequence at Princeton. Topics: events, sample spaces, probability distributions, conditional expectations, various k-variate distributions, Bayesian inference, MCMC, Gibbs sampling. With Professor John Londregan.
I’ve found that mid-semester feedback a helpful tool to calibrate my teaching. An example form is available here.
As Student Fellow at the International Center for Security Studies, I have participated in the following as part of the Strategic Education Initiative:
- Crisis Simulation, Fall 2015: Adviser to the Japan Military Team in crisis simulation centered on nuclear proliferation in North-East Asia.
- Grand Strategy Simulation, Spring 2016: Control cell, China Team
- Crisis Simulation, Fall 2016: Adviser to the Iran Executive Team in crisis simulation centered on instability in South Asia.
In all simulations, students were a mix of West Point cadets, Naval Academy midshipmen, Woodrow Wilson School MPP and MPA students, as well as some undergraduate students.
Together with Audrey Wong and Bella X. Wang, I am in 2016-2017 organizing the Security Studies Colloquium. This series brings scholars working at the intersection of social science and policy to Princeton to speak about their work in a small seminar attended by graduate students and faculty. The series’ goal is “to bring in speakers whose work demonstrates the value of using rigorous social science to inform debate over pressing policy issues.”
*Preceptor: Preceptor is the term used for graduate students assisting faculty in teaching at Princeton. A typical division of labor for PhD-level courses is two lectures per week held by the faculty member, and one “precept” session done by the preceptor. Both the faculty member and the preceptor hold office hours and take part in grading.