My teaching and pedagogy are based on broad experience as an educator in both formal and informal settings as well as focused University pedagogy training. I hold a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado Boulder for which I completed over 50 hours of training. I also hold a certificate as a Leader in Classroom Diversity and Inclusion from the University of Arizona. My pedagogy, innovative teaching strategies, and rapport with students have been recognized with teaching excellence awards at the University and Department levels in 2014 and 2017.
As an educator, I see my role as encouraging student interests while helping them learn to articulate compelling evidence-based arguments that will translate to engaged citizenship. Broad experience outside the classroom as a field-based educator and development practitioner also influences my teaching in important ways. I served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and American Red Cross, designed and implemented grassroots educational initiatives, and participated in numerous applied community-based research projects focused on sustainable development. Having done this work in Paraguay, Mexico, Kenya, and Southern Arizona, I have studied environmental injustice operating across a broad range of geographies and cultural settings while playing an active role in efforts to create more just futures.
My pedagogy is dedicated to teaching students the critical skills, debates, and practical tools that will shape their futures as engaged citizens who seek justice and peace. Thus I draw inspiration from bell hooks’ notion that the teaching should be focused on transgressing injustices in all their forms and Paulo Freire’s notion of praxis and co-learning. Fundamentally, I see the classroom as a site for radical possibility where students can not only learn key debates and issues, but challenge established concepts and explore possible solutions to pressing problems facing society.
To date, I have designed and instructed several classes that focus on questions of socio-environmental justice, human rights, development, and political ecology. My experience spans lecture courses like Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America, advanced seminars such as Human Rights in Latin America, in addition to Power, Politics, and Deforestation in Brazil for graduate students. I have also lectured for large, introductory courses. I employ problem-oriented case studies and assignments to maximize student learning in my classes.
What follows is a list of courses I have designed and instructed in university settings. If you are interested in the syllabi for these courses, please email me and I will happily share them with you. I have not listed courses for which I was a teaching assistant.
- Human Rights in Latin America
- An undergraduate seminar. The University of Arizona.
- Introduction to Latin American Studies
- A graduate seminar designed to orient incoming cohort of MA students to Latin American Studies. The University of Arizona.
- Power, Politics, and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
- A co-convened seminar with both graduate and undergraduate students. Cross-listed with Geography and Latin American Studies. The University of Arizona.
- Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America
- An undergraduate lecture course. Cross-listed between Latin American Studies, Anthropology, and Political Science. The University of Arizona.
- *I have also taught this course as an online seven-week intensive.
- Environment and Development in South America
- A senior-level undergraduate geography course. The University of Colorado Boulder.
- Geographies of International Development
- An undergraduate geography course. The University of Colorado Boulder.