Undergraduate Teaching

My undergraduate teaching focuses on ancient political theory and associated topics in the history of political theory and political philosophy.  In 2015, I was awarded one of two annual Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prizes by the graduating class of Phi Beta Kappa students at Princeton.

In 2018-19, my undergraduate teaching was focused on a Junior Workshop on 'Political Office in Political Theory' which is limited to students enrolled as concentrators in Politics.  I have also advised a number of students on their junior and senior independent work. 

In Fall 2019, and normally every other fall semester, I will be teaching POL 301 / CLA 301 / HLS 303, newly retitled as 'Political Theory, Athens to Augustine.'  I also teach ‘Political Theory’ (POL 210) from time to time, normally in alternation with Professor Anna Stilz or another colleague.   I pioneered the teaching of this course with an optional CBLI (Community-Based Learning Initiative) component, in which students led community precepts based on the course material with community auditors and groups of high school students in Trenton, Ewing, and elsewhere in the local area. 

Other undergraduate courses that I have taught at Princeton include:

-- The Environmental Nexus (ENV 200): I was one of four faculty leading this large new interdisciplinary course in environmental studies, and was responsible for leading the track in Ethical Theory and Moral Values (ENV 200C)

--  The Fall Humanities Sequence (HUM 216 / HUM 217): Homer to Dante, as part of an interdisciplinary team; my lectures were on Herodotus, Plato’s Symposium, Livy, Tacitus, the Hebrew Bible (II), and Augustine’s Confessions

‘Science and Democracy’ (POL 404 / CHV 404)

--  ‘Greece and Rome as Political Models’ (POL 411 / CLA 411)

--  The Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values in Spring 2012 (FRS 146), on ‘Reading Plato’s Republic’.

At Princeton, 7 of the 13 total undergraduate theses that I have advised in 8 years of teaching (excluding years on leave in 2012-13 and 2017-18) have won one or more more university and/or department prizes: 

- 2016-17: Colleen O’Gorman (Politics): ‘Lessons from Emily Doe: A Survivor-Centric Approach to Sexual Assault’, awarded the New. York Herald Prize in Politics; the Suzanne Huffman Prize in Gender and Sexuality Studies; and a University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Senior Thesis Prize, awarded to one or more senior theses that make an outstanding contribution to the study of human values.

- 2016-17: Nabil Shaikh (Politics): ‘‘Global Access to End-of-Life Care: An Intrinsic Dignity-Based Theory of Holistic Health Justice’, awarded Global Health Program Senior Thesis Prize

- 2014-15:  Cameron Langford (Politics): ‘Epistemic Ecosystems: A Theory of Science Communications’, won the New York Herald Prize in Politics in 2015, established by James Gordon Bennett, and awarded to the senior who has presented the best thesis on a subject of contemporaneous interest in the domestic or foreign policy of the United States government, as well as a University Center for Human Values Senior Thesis Prize

- 2014-15: Yung In Chae (Classics): ‘The Classical Emergence of Examination’ was jointly awarded the John J. Keaney Prize for the best senior thesis in the Department of Classics

-2013-14:  Robert Lee Stone III (Politics):  ‘Socrates Satisfied: John Stuart Mill, Plato, and the Athenian Political Ideal’ won a University Center for Human Values Senior Thesis Prize for 2014, awarded to one or more senior theses that make an outstanding contribution to the study of human values.

- 2011-12:  Brian Lipshutz (Politics) ‘“An Outside Force”: Woodrow Wilson’s Critique of the Constitution, 1885-1908’ won the Stephen Whelan ’68 Senior Thesis Prize awarded by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in 2012, for the best senior thesis on a topic relating to the study of public or constitutional law.

- 2009-10:  Inae Kim (Politics): ‘Disobedience and the Good: Reviving the Good in Politics’ won the Philo Sherman Bennett Prize in Politics in 2010, for the junior or senior writing the best essay discussing the principles of free government. 

Additional to the above, I have advised Princeton senior theses in Politics on topics including Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’; the duties of scientists and of policy-makers in relation to science and public policy; negative duties in relation to the ethics of climate change; the political theory of health care for undocumented immigrants; the comparison between the Confucian Mandate of Heaven with Western social contract theories; and the relation between politics and the African-American church, with a focus on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright; in Classics on the means of creating civic cohesion practiced in ancient Athens and Sparta and envisaged in Plato’s Republic, and on the interplay between rhetoric and philosophy in Plato’s Republic, and in the Woodrow Wilson School on crowdsourcing in educational theory and policy.

I have advised Junior Papers (JPs) in Politics, Classics, and Philosophy, on topics including studies of Hayek and Soros; the relationship between Cicero and Plato; Plato’s Republic; Rousseau’s Discourse on the origins of inequality; Machiavellian republican reforms to international organizations; virtue in the political theory of the American constitution; the normative status of homeownership in public policy; and sustainable development.