Teaching

My teaching is inseparable from a larger intellectual project to understand concepts of value and structures of desire that shape communities both present and past. In the community that is the college classroom, I recognize all participants as teachers and learners, while fostering interpretive skills that prepare students to gain confidence as creators of knowledge, themselves.

I have been recognized twice as a Prize Teaching Fellow, a university-wide honor awarded to 10-15 graduate teachers nominated for their excellence in pedagogy and classroom instruction.

At Yale University, I have taught courses listed or cross-listed in the Departments of Religious Studies; American Studies; Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Recent courses include Religion and Ethnography (Spring 2019, Yale University, instructor of record); Religion and Capitalism (Fall 2018, Yale University, instructor of record); Religion and Society (Fall 2017, Yale University, co-taught with Kathryn Lofton); U.S. Lesbian and Gay History (Fall 2016, Yale University, teaching fellow). Additionally, I have worked for five years as an undergraduate writing tutor in Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Beyond the formal university classroom, I collaborate with Tina Pippin as a co-producer of Nothing Never Happens: A Radical Pedagogy Podcast. Each month, a new episode of this podcast explores questions of power and authority, popular education, radical pedagogical theory, and transformative teaching in conversation with teachers and learners breaking new ground in these areas.