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As a scholar of migration, my pedagogical focus is “the other,” e.g., a migrant, a foreign power, or a fellow citizen, and the fundamental questions regarding what is expected of us, what is needed from us, and where have we failed. My teaching is focused on empowering students to develop their intellectual voice and effectively advocate for their political perspectives, an approach which earned the award of Faculty Member of the Year at Idaho State University in 2022.


At Idaho State University, I have offered the following courses:


  • Comparative Politics

  • Threats to State Power

  • Russian Politics

  • Human Security

  • Politics of Migration

  • International Security

  • Revolution and Secession

  • Graduate Seminar: World Politics

  • Senior Seminar for Political Science

At the University of Pittsburgh, I offered the following courses:

  • Politics of Oil and Natural Resources

  • Human Security

  • International Migration in the 21st Century

  • Capstone for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies

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