Teaching

Meritocracy and its Critics (Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Suppose a society achieved truly equal opportunity, so that everyone could rise as far as their effort and talent would take them. Would this be a just society? Would those on top deserve their success? Should social roles, honors, and rewards be allocated according to merit? If so, how should merit be defined? To what extent is American society a meritocracy? Do universities promote opportunity or reproduce privilege? The course will explore these and other questions related to equality, mobility, and the American dream.

Taught with Michael Sandel (Anne T. and Robert M....

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Political Economy and its Future (Teaching Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Law School, Faculty of Arts and Sciences)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

The world’s economic and political order reels under mounting challenges that predate the Covid pandemic, and have deepened in its aftermath: climate change, global financial fragility, the austerity debacle, a slowdown in economic growth and productivity, the aggravation of inequality and the inadequacy of conventional responses to it, the discrediting of the Washington Consensus, the globalization backlash, the re-emergence of nationalist politics in Europe and the United States, and a contest over the meaning,...

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Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems (Head Teaching Fellow, HBS, HLS, HKS, GSD, GSE, FAS, HSPH)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

What problems do developing countries face, and how can individuals contribute to solutions rather than await the largesse of the state or other actors? Intractable problems – such as lack of access to education and healthcare, forced reliance on contaminated food, deep-seated corruption – are part of the quotidian existence of the vast majority of five of the world’s seven billion people. Developing societies suffer from what we refer to as ‘institutional voids’ that make organized activities of all sorts difficult; think of the mundane but...

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