Consulting

Bolivia/Latin America

I am available to consult on Bolivian politics, or Latin America more generally. I wrote the 2011 “Nations in Transit” Bolivia report for Freedom House, and have served as Bolivia country expert/coder for numerous research projects, including the Electoral Integrity Project, the Varieties of Democracy Project, and Global Integrity. I am also a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies, published by the US Library of Congress.

I also frequently contribute commentary on Bolivian politics to organizations like the Council of the Americas, Inter-American Dialogue, and Global Americans, as well as media outlets like The New York Times, The Atlantic, and WBEZ’s Worldview.

Pedagogy/Curriculum

My secondary research interest is on social science pedagogy, with several related publications in the “The Teacher” section of PS: Political Science & Politics, the journal of record of the American Political Science Association. I have given presentations on better integrating social science research methods into the curriculum, both within and across disciplines. I have also been involved in various aspects of curriculum review and development at several institutions, including Jackson State University and Dickinson College.

In particular, I am interested in developing robust ways to empirically evaluate course and curriculum objectives. In “We’re Off to Replace the Wizard,” my co-author (Greg Love) and I tested the effectiveness of a collaborative group constitution-designing assignment. Using a quasi-experimental design, we found that collaborative group assignments have a significant positive impact in effectively teaching abstract concepts. In a current working paper, my co-author (Cy Rosenblatt) and I analyze the result of a panel survey of students enrolled in 100-level courses at the University of Mississippi. Among our findings is evidence of a racial gap in how completing a 100-level political science course affects political efficacy, after controlling for socioeconomic and demographic factors, as well as student performance in the course.