Teaching

Course Description Dates
Introduction to Philosophy (Bard Prison Initiative) This introductory course covers topics in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. As a writing-intensive course, it also introduces students to the conventions of philosophical writing. Spring 2017 Syllabus
First Year Seminar (Bard College / Bard Prison Initiative) FYSem is a required course for all Bard freshmen. It is a reading- and writing-intensive course with a strong focus on the classics of Western literature and philosophy. Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
Economic Debates (Bard Prison Initiative) An introduction to economics for non-economists that balances between teaching economic concepts and methods, and examining philosophical and methodological debates about economics. Spring 2016
History of Economic Thought / Economic History (AUCA: ECO 107, ECO 108, ECO 110) This is a combined course in economic history and history of economic thought required for economics majors at AUCA. I focused on the theme of inequality—between countries, classes, and individuals. The economic history portion of the course focused on the Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression, while the Economic Thought portion focused on Adam Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, Friedman, and Piketty. Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
History and Philosophy of Science (AUCA: NTR 105) This is an introductory course taken by most students at AUCA. I taught three units: Astronomy and Cosmology (Aristotle, Ptolemy, Islamic astronomy, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton), The Germ Theory of Disease, and Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Fall 2014, Spring 2015
First Year Seminar (AUCA: FYS 100/ FYS 211) This is a writing-intensive, seminar-based literature, philosophy, and academic writing course taken by all incoming students at AUCA. It is based on Bard’s First Year Seminar. We explored a wide range of texts including Plato’s Republic, Confucius’ Analects, Orwell’s Animal Farm, Dostoevsky’s “Grand Inquisitor”, Arendt’s “Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship”, and Shelly’s Frankenstein. Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
History and Philosophy of Science (University of Toronto: HPS 100) This is an introductory course that can be taken as a science or humanities credit. I organized this course around three “controversial” areas of science: evolutionary theory, global warming, and the Efficient Market Hypothesis. Students wrote and responded to blog posts, using HPS concepts to engage with present-day debates. 2011

Teaching Assistantships (University of Toronto)

  • 2012 – HPS 200 “Science and Values”
  • 2011 – HPS 250 “Introductory Philosophy of Science”
  • 2009 – HPS 100 “Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science”
  • 2008 – HPS 255 “History of Evolutionary Biology II”
  • 2008 – HPS 253 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”