Courses Taught:

Leader Psychology and International Relations


Description: Recently, interest in the role of leaders in foreign policy decision-making and IR scholarship resurfaced. The original question 'Do leaders matter?' was supplanted by a flurry of new questions - including most importantly: 'How much and in what ways do leaders matter?' This course seeks to answer this question by exploring a variety of theories and approaches. Through investigating how leaders matter, students develop a greater understanding of IR and a grasp on one of the primary sources of variation in foreign policy decision-making and behavior.



American Foreign Policy


Description: This course is designed as an overview of the history, sources of, and debates within, American Foreign Policy. First, we briefly examine the history of the United States' foreign policy. Second, we extensively review the various actors involved in and sources of American foreign policy. Finally, we explore contemporary issues in American Foreign Policy.



Political Psychology


Description: This course is designed to be a broad overview of the field of political psychology. Political psychology is both a "field" in and of itself, as well as a family of approaches used in other fields of political science. At its core, political psychology is concerned with the causes, dynamics, and consequences of human thinking and action in the context of politics. The goal of the course will be to review, discuss and evaluate historically important classics in political psychology as well as contemporary contributions and controversies.