Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
How can we explain the many violent conflicts around the world today? What is the lived experience of people in conflict-affected contexts? What can international and local actors do to build peace? These are just some of the many questions that undergraduate students will tackle in this introduction to peace and conflict studies. Students will become familiar with theoretical perspectives, real-world examples, and analytical skills to better understand, critically evaluate, and respond to contemporary issues related to peace and conflict. See the fall 2018 syllabus here (fall 2017 syllabus) and learn more about my approach here.
This is the core course for the NYU undergraduate minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

2018 PACS students at our crisis simulation

Qualitative Methods

This course provides an intensive introduction to qualitative methods used in comparative education and the social sciences in international settings. It includes training in research design (e.g., ethnography, case studies), data collection methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews; observations), and analysis most commonly associated with qualitative research. See the fall 2018 syllabus here.

International Education Doctoral Seminar
The International Education Doctoral Seminar brings together doctoral students and their experiences from across the IE program through authoring papers, serving as discussants for other another’s work, oral presentations, and targeted workshops. Students work with me, and with each other, on strengthening academic research, writing and critical thinking skills, building the foundations of a dissertation proposal, and developing and sharing academic and professional techniques, skills, and experiences while building a community of peers committed to international education and to each other’s success in the doctoral program. The flexibility of the seminar supports variation in targeted goals for the course and individual students each semester. More on the seminar’s structure and requirements can be found in the fall 2018 syllabus

International Development and Education in Accra, Ghana
Study Abroad in Ghana: May 29-June 10, 2017. See the syllabus here.

Our class at Independence Square in Accra

Learn more about interning in Ghana after the class and see the syllabus for the largely online accompanying professional development course here. See here for some of the outstanding contributions and opportunities of the 2017 cohort.

Students at a school in Accra


A school in Accra


Other recent courses:

International Development and Education
Why are so many around the world still so poor? What, if anything, can the West do about it? How does education factor in? This course introduces graduate students to some of the most important normative, theoretical, empirical, and practical questions in international development today and encourages them to critically and analytically engage with them (fall 2016 syllabus). Learn more about our 2016 class project for Syrian refugees and Tanzanian primary school children, here and about one student’s post-class commitment to international development, here.

Political Issues in International Education


Kenya May 2009 127
My students and I on safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya