Past teaching


Lecturer on Sociology/Lecturer in General Education, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

· SOCIOL1104 Sociology of Higher Education [Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020]. Research-intensive undergraduate seminar capped at 15 (enrolled 18, except in 2020 when capped at 12 for remote teaching); Teaching Excellence Award

· SOCIOL1130 Student Leadership and Service in Higher Education [Spring 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021], Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship lecture course, research-intensive (action research projects), capped at 30 (usual enrollment approximately 25); Teaching Excellence Award

· GENED1039 Higher Education: Students, Institutions and Controversies [Fall 2019, Spring 2021], Program in General Education, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. General education lecture course, research intensive (collaborative research projects), enrollment 43; Teaching Excellence Award

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Though we may think of universities and colleges as centers of learning and research, they too are the subject of teaching and burgeoning research. This course explores contemporary higher education institutions and their major issues and controversies – (1) student impact in higher education, (2) how and what students learn, (3) rising student debt, (4) admission into elite institutions, (5) (future) forms of higher education, (6) rankings and global competition for talent, (7) student activism and free speech on campus, and (8) a topic chosen by students.

Each of these themes will enable us to explore different disciplinary perspectives, their foundational concepts and approaches to study higher education. We will compare the Harvard experience to experiences at other types of higher education institutions in the US and to examples from abroad. Through personal reflection and insights from guest speakers from Harvard administration, we will look behind the scenes at Harvard student experiences. We will also seek to understand the workings of different types of higher education institutions, conducting a field visit to universities and colleges in the Boston area. And, through case study examples and speakers we will be exposed to examples and insights from international comparative higher education.

The centerpiece of this course is a collaborative capstone project that involves original research --empirical or empirical applied-- on a chosen higher education topic. We will work in research groups. Collectively these research groups constitute a GENED1039 community of practice connected through interest in higher education and committed to generating knowledge about and for improving higher education at Harvard and beyond. The capstone research projects will be showcased on to inform and inspire practice and future research.

This is an opportunity to gain perspectives on established and emerging areas of higher education research, insights into today’s changing higher education landscape, and the tools to address higher education issues. As student researchers you will develop agency to voice, critically examine and propose solutions to higher education questions you care about at Harvard and beyond. You will be prompted to step out of your moral campus to tackle higher education controversies with an open mind and with attention to arguments and evidence. You will learn how to conduct rigorous social science research across social science methodological traditions, and you will enhance your ability to critically examine trustworthiness of findings based on social science research.

· SOCIOL113 Student Activism in Global Perspective [Spring 2017], Department of Sociology, Harvard University. Research-intensive undergraduate seminar capped at 15 (enrolled 10); Teaching Excellence Award


Guest Lecturer

Management of change in universities: a conceptual framework, Course Title:  Strategic and Inclusive Management of Higher Education, Course Lead: Pusa Nastase, Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, CEU Central European University, Vienna, Austria & Open Society University Network (OSUN), Global Professional Development Program Institutions, 19 May 2021 

Student impact in higher education, HEM4230 The Economic and International/Global Dimension of Higher Education, University of Oslo (Instructor: Peter Maassen) and EPLS5100 Issues and Policies in Higher Education, University of Iowa (Dr. Cassie Barnhardt), September 2020

Student voice in quality assurance (international perspectives), EDUC-C655 Higher Education and Public Policy (Instructor: Alexander McCormick), School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington, July 2020

European Models of Higher Education; Higher Education in the European Union; The Bologna Process. ELHE7202 Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education (Instructor: Rebecca Schendel), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Fall 2019

Introduction to HE in Europe, HE and European Union Policies and Programs, European Models of Higher Education; Higher Education in the European Union; HE and The Bologna Process: establishing the European Higher Education Area, HE and Research in Europe, ELHE 7802: Regional Perspectives on Higher Education in Europe and Asia (Instructor: Hans de Wit), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Spring 2018

Who are Students in Higher Education, National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow, The Institute of Education, 2nd Intl. Summer School in Higher Education Studies, July 2014

Academic Profession, Module: Analysis of Higher Education and Innovation Policies and Research of Higher Education Reforms, Module: Research Methods, Master’s in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) (Instructor: Attila Pausits), Center for Educational Management and Higher Education Development, Danube University Krems, Austria, Spring 2014

European Higher Education ELHE7202 Comparative Higher Education Systems (Instructor: Philip Altbach), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Spring 2010, 2011, 2013

Student governments and representation in Europe, Course: Student Culture and Activism (Instructor: Philip Altbach), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Spring 2011, 2013

Europe East and West: The Challenges of Change, Course ED779 Global and Comparative Systems of Higher Education (Instructor: Philip Altbach), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Spring 2007

Student Activism in Europe after 1960s, Course: Student Culture and Activism (Instructor: Philip Altbach), Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Fall 2006