Teaching

Courses Taught at the University of Texas

PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY (SOC 307T)
Spring 2019, Spring 2021, Fall 2021

This course examines the social construction of crime and society’s responses to it, with a focus on punishment as a method of social control. The course begins by historicizing settler-colonial origins of the U.S. criminal punishment system. Sociological approaches to power, deviance, and social control are introduced to contextualize this history. These frameworks are then applied to various components of the modern U.S. criminal punishment system, including criminalization, policing, courts, and incarceration (including immigrant detention). Resistance, reforms, abolition, and other alternatives to these systems are explored. Special attention is paid to how power operates through punishment and (re)produces inequalities at the intersections of race, ethnicity, social class, citizen status, ability, gender, and sexuality.

Courses Assisted at the University of Texas

*INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS
GENDER/RACE/CLASS/SEXUALITY IN U.S. SOCIETY
*INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF SOCIETY
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
DEVIANCE
**SPORT AND ENGLISH SOCIETY
AMERICAN FAMILIES
SOCIOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS

*Taught discussion sections and/or labs independently
**Taught abroad in Leeds, England

Courses Assisted at Colorado College

THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

Teaching Philosophy

Sociology courses can have transformative impacts on students. My goal as an instructor is to impart frameworks that help students understand their place in the social world, interrogate structures keeping that world intact, and imagine bold alternatives. My classes apply an intersectional and historically informed lens to examine how race, gender, class, and sexuality shape access to resources and opportunities, policy regimes, cultural products, and situated knowledge. I embrace a pedagogical approach that meets students where they are and builds on their prior knowledge through readings and assignments that reflect a diversity of voices and experiences.

I have pursued a range of teaching experiences in my career, from small seminars on campus and abroad in England, to large lecture courses of 90-100 students. At the University of Texas, I teach an undergraduate course on Punishment and Society, which I designed and have taught for two semesters, both in person and online. I have also served as a teaching assistant for a variety of classes, including Gender, Race, and Class in U.S. Society; Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Social Research Methods; and the Sociology of Deviance.