I am a teacher, writer, and researcher located in Sonoma County. I currently teach English, government, and history in a public school environment. Helping reform the teaching of the humanities to better integrate student-led projects and tangible real-world tasks has been a persistent area of interest.
I co-authored two peer-reviewed papers with fellow academics at UC Davis (“Lessons from Action Research in Secondary History/Social Science Classrooms” and “Teaching Pluralism and Islam through Pop-Culture and Current Events: An Action Research Project”) that were presented to the American Education Research Association in 2012.
Prior to teaching, my area of study was in politics and international relations. In addition to working and studying overseas, I have written a number of essays on topics related to the field. My graduate dissertation (Norms in U.S. State-building Following the End of the Cold War) is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book.
I founded a short-lived organization while a graduate student at UC Davis called International Teacher Cooperation. We hosted an event featuring Afzal Rashid, a co-author of the Afghan Constitution, and raised money for Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. My opening remarks to the event can be seen here.
BA: Politics and Legal Studies – UC Santa Cruz
Post Graduate Diploma: International Studies – Texas A&M
Masters of Science: International and European Politics – University of Edinburgh
Single Subject Teaching Credentials: English and Social Studies – UC Davis
Masters of Education – UC Davis