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Teaching

Since arriving at the College of William and Mary in 1987, I have taught more than a dozen different courses, mostly centering on American national institutions and public policy. I often attempt to integrate into these classes my research interests in legislatures and my practical experience working as a staff person to a bipartisan congressional committee. In addition, my courses generally feature elaborate simulation exercises and guest presentations by visiting policy practitioners from Washington. The goal is to combine academic and more applied perspectives on contemporary American government. I also like to integrate into my classes assignments that involve video production.  The University Teaching Project at William and Mary recently ran a feature about one of these assignments.

Courses that I have taught over the past few years include the following (with links to the relevant explanatory memos).

Legislative Processes  (campaign ad assignment)  (simulation exercise)

Introduction to Public Policy

The U.S. Congress  (seminar paper assignment)

Freshman Seminar: American Political Institutions

Freshman Seminar: American Political Development

Game Theory and Politics

On occasion, I also teach courses about introductory American government, political parties, the American presidency, undergraduate research methods, and a graduate seminar (masters in public policy analysis) about the political environment of the policy-making process. Moreover, I regularly supervise honors theses and independent studies in government and public policy. Interested students should clevanatwm.edu contact me by email.

Undergraduate Research

An important aspect of my teaching focuses on collaborative research with William and Mary students. Over the past few years, I have coauthored almost two dozen papers with undergraduate students at the College, all of which have been presented at major academic conferences and/or published in journals or edited volumes. About three dozen of these students have been able to attend the relevant conference and participate in the formal presentation. In part through the efforts of the Roy R. Charles Center, the College of William and Mary has emerged as a national leader in promoting collaborate research between faculty members and undergraduate students. Interested students should consult the Charles Center website for information about funding and scholarship opportunities.