In this course, we will examine the key role played by race and ethnicity across various facets of American political life. We will explore the distinct political and social identities of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and others, and how these identities translate into contrasting political beliefs and different political actions. Other topics include the interaction between race and ethnicity and employment, health policy, access to criminal justice, and educational inequalities.
How does the Supreme Court really decidecases? Are judges as activist as politicians claim? In this course, we will explore these questions by addressing how political and social forces influence American law and legal institutions, and vice versa. We will explore in depth how the legal system operates and how judges actually decidecases, using examples taken from today's headlines.
Teaching Fellow (Unevaluated). Cross-registered with the Harvard Law School. This class was an interdisciplinary look at voting, specifically focusing on points of contact between the legal scholarship on voting rights and election law and the political science literature on redistricting, voting behavior, and elections. Emphasis placed on how observed data can be, and should be, used as evidence.
Teaching Fellow (Unevaluated). Cross registered with the Harvard Law School, this course covered the major Constitutional issues involving freedom of religion. Topics covered included the relationship between the Establishment clause and the Free Exercise clause as well as underlying concepts, such as freedom, equality, non-hierarchy, separation, and neutrality.