Teaching

 

Photo by Andreana Clay

Classical Theory class on the lawn of San Francisco State University.

I am an experienced teacher, having successfully taught methods, theory, globalization, and race courses at Wisconsin and San Francisco State.

I believe that students thrive  when they can build bridges between what they learn and how they live. My two substantive goals as a teacher are: 1) to help students understand that inequality is a social relation involving both domination and privilege, not just a poor people’s problem; and 2) to teach them not to overlook seemingly mundane social practices and processes through which relations of power and inequality are reproduced. To show that social stratification comes in many forms, I have had students read Weber’s “Class, Status, and Party” and discuss why the Obamas, the Trumps, and the Kardashians garner our respect or envy.

 

As a teacher-scholar, I savor those moments when students engage and show me how they have made a new connection between abstract ideas and the social issues they care about. These interactions reaffirm my commitments to teaching Sociology and mentoring students at the intersection of knowledge and lived experiences.