I find working with students as an educator immensely rewarding.  I am dedicated to providing an applied legal research experience on salient global issues and I provide the instruction, tools and mentorship enabling student success.

WHAT:   The courses I teach are comparative and global with my teaching expertise complementing and expanding beyond my current research agenda.  My comparative and international law courses cover legal systems and constitutional law in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa and an expanding net of international courts and tribunals.  I also regularly teach a course on women’s human rights, integrating the work of socio-legal scholars with exposure to the legal doctrine and institutions in the area of international justice and development.  A sample of courses I can teach include:

  • comparative constitutional law
  • law & globalization
  • international justice
  • international courts & tribunals
  • qualitative research design for legal research
  • women’s human rights
  • international law & organization
  • legal mobilization and transnational litigation

Curious what I sound like in the classroom?  Check out this video introduction to my Women’s Human Rights course.

HOW:  Courses are structured around reading case law, learning substantive areas of law, acquisition of data and research skills and then development and presentation of original research.  I utilize cutting edge technology and community service integration in my classrooms.  From interactive websites and discussion forums to assignments enabling students to share their research through the creation of research websites and presentations.  I also regularly include a Service Learning component in my courses which enable students to concurrently volunteer in a local community organization that is related to the topic of the course, gaining first hand experience in and working to resolve the real world policy and legal challenges we discuss in the classroom.  This has included placements in the local criminal justice system (e.g. public defender’s office) to community support organizations such as Seattle Against Slavery (trafficking), Innocence Project NW (legal aid) and domestic violence shelters.

WHO: I teach classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Undergraduate students are primarily Law, Societies and Justice majors as well as Political Science and International Studies.  My graduate teaching involves PhD and JD students with a socio-legal focus from Political Science, School of Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, and Geography.  Similarly, I sit on doctoral and exam committees of students from these departments.

TAKE A PEAK INTO THE CLASSROOM:  I have also enjoyed the opportunity to teach in an innovative new online undergraduate degree completion program at the UW: Integrative Social Sciences. The program empowers individuals who had their education interrupted due to family obligations, military service or other life circumstance to finish their degree.  I had the honor of teaching a women’s human rights course in this program last year and the course website will give you a peak into my online classroom.