During my time at Ohio State, I have served as the instructor of record for two classes, American Foreign Policy and National Security and Defense Policy, for a total of seven semesters. A brief description of these courses can be found below. Syllabi are available upon request. In addition to my work as an instructor of record, I have worked as a graduate teaching assistant for courses on game theory, international relations theory, and the causes of war.
Political Science 3310: Defense and National Security Policy
This course focuses on U.S. national security policy with a particular emphasis on civil-military relations. The goal of this class is to encourage students to grapple with important normative and political issues that are often overlooked in other classes that focus on the use of military force between states. Peter Feaver eloquently identifies the central puzzle that the study of civil-military relations attempts to address: “can we have a military strong enough to protect civilians yet not so strong as to ignore or subvert civilian direction? After all, a military that is strong enough to defend the state from its external enemies is also strong enough to seize power so as to rule for itself. But if you keep your military small and weak so it will not pose a threat to society, will it be strong enough to carry out the national security policy? How do you ride the tiger of military capability without being swallowed by it?”
Political Science 2300: American Foreign Policy
This course examines contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy. The central goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to grapple with the question: what should America’s role in a turbulent world be? Within the U.S. foreign policy community, an active debate has been raging about whether or not the U.S. should pull back its forces from around the world and return to a sort of neo-isolationism or if it should remain actively engaged in world affairs and continue to assert itself militarily and economically. The culmination of this class will require students to take a position on this central debate within U.S. foreign policy and to argue for the particular grand strategy that the United States should adopt moving forward. The course is broadly divided into two parts. The first part provides a theoretical foundation for the study of U.S. foreign policy. The second half of class applies contemporary social science research to many of the most important issues in U.S. foreign policy.