- Designing American Democracy – Spring, 2018
When can Congress agree on the best policy for the country (and what does “best” even mean)? How does the electoral college affect Presidential campaigns? How does the Supreme Court choose what cases to hear? This course uses a rigorous set of tools including game theory to help students understand the structure of American government. With these tools, we will study US electoral systems, Congress, the Presidency and the executive branch, federalism, and the courts, with a focus on the challenges of group decision making and the inevitable conflicts that arise between the branches of government. Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of how rules and strategy shape U.S. democracy. No prior background in game theory is necessary for this course.
Previous Teaching Experience
- Teaching Assistant for Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis (PhD level, 2012 – 2014)
- Teaching Assistant for Decisions and Organizations (Masters level, 2014 – 2015)
- Teaching Assistant for Politics and Policy (Undergraduate level, 2013).