Country: United States (New York)
I'm a PhD student in the political science department at the University at Albany, SUNY. My dissertation examines why states support rebel groups through network analysis, event history, and other quantitative methods. I have over four years of teaching experience as a teaching assistant and one semester as an instructor. Prior to graduate school, I worked in human rights advocacy for three years. I received my B.A. in International Relations from American University in 2011.
Networks And Politics
Middle East & North African Politics
Research Methods & Research Design
Terrorism And Insurgency
The learning curve on how to become a Teaching Assistant (TA) can be rather steep. In this paper, the authors explore three areas they wish they were advised in prior to beginning their teaching careers. The lessons are centered on balancing expectations and responsibilities in the following areas: 1) prioritizing their own work and research over teaching and vice versa, 2) the dual role of instructor and mentor, and 3) adapting prepared lesson plans when unexpected circumstances arise. The authors are three doctoral students in political science with approximately three years of teaching experience each. As such, they offer a unique perspective: each are settled into their position as TA but remember the challenges they faced while on the path to this role.
In this piece, I discuss Iran recruiting Afghan Shiite to fight in militias in the Syrian Civil War. I consider the potential domestic effects in Afghanistan as well as broader regional effects for Iran.
With my coauthors, we offer some advice for those preparing for the new academic year, specifically: how to manage competing roles of student, instructor, and mentor, balancing preparation and flexibility, and fostering student investment in subject matter.