Teaching and Advising Recognition

2021 Recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha-Iota Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard College, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

2020 Winner, John R. Marquand Award for Excellence in Advising and Support to Harvard Undergraduates

Voted one of the favorite professors of the Class 2019, Class 2020 and Class 2021 by Harvard Yearbook Publications

Teaching Excellence Award, Facuty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University: GENED1039 (Fall 2019, Spring 2021), SOCIOL1130 (Spring 2018, 2019, 2021), SOCIOL1104 (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020), and SOCIOL113 (Spring 2017)


Teaching at Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University in 2021-2022

Fall 2021 

(Undergraduate seminar course) SOCIOL1104 Sociology of Higher Education, Wednesdays, 9:45am-11:45am ET (no section), capped at 12 (FULL - and cap extended to 16 - please check back in Fall 2022)

Pleas see former research papers and publications from this course featured on the HUSRHE platform - Harvard Undergraduate Research into Higher Education: https://husrhe.fas.harvard.edu/

SOCIOL1104 is a research-intensive seminar introducing Sociology of Higher Education. We cover major themes in this field: college impact on students, inequalities in higher education, colleges and universities as organizations, higher education politics and policies, student agency and effects of students on higher education. We read major works, tackle contemporary debates and unravel key issues and concepts in sociological study of higher education.  This Fall, the impact of COVID-19 on higher education will be our meta theme given its major effects on higher education globally.

Each of you conducts independent (conceptual, empirical or applied) research leading to a capstone paper; thus, having an opportunity to generate original knowledge on a topic of their interest. From me you get personalised advising and I connect you to othe rpeople - informal mentors - that can also help with the topic you chose to research. In pairs, you also go (via Zoom or in person) to field visits in a higher education institution or other higher education actor (e.g.,  state agency, consultancy, think-thank, edu technology company, etc. ) to get out from the Harvard bubble and learn in the field. And you do some co-teaching: at the end of each module, we get a student perspective on the module.  

My research is on student agency in higher education, and in classroom I practice what I research - how to empower you as learners, as co-producers of knowledge and empower you to design your learning environment in partnership with me and help shape our collective learning experiences. 

This course offers opportunities to gain perspectives into established and emerging areas of research into higher education and insights into today's changing higher education landscape at Harvard, in the United States and across the world.


SOCIOL92r Faculty Reserarch Assistantship (FULL - please check again in Spring 2021)



Spring 2022

(Engaged Scholarship Course) SOCIOL1130 Student Leadership and Service in Higher Education (trailer), Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00pm ET plus section, capped at 30

You can see 2018 - 2021 student projects published as a digital book "Students in Service at Harvard" in: https://scalar.fas.harvard.edu/studentpower/index.

This Undergraduate Engaged Scholarship Course specifically targets students in service and leadership roles at Harvard (e.g. student leaders in student organizations, students serving on University committees or as interns in University offices or programs, PAFs, HOCOs, UC members, Crimson, etc.). To these students it offers an opportunity to engage with scholarship from sociology of higher education to better understand and explore student agency in college contexts. Through hands-on student leadership development workshops built into the course, students will also develop skills that will help them in their roles. Students' grasp of concepts, such as university citizenship, mattering, belonging, community-building, and self-formation, is reinforced through their experiential learning in existing service and leadership roles on campus. Based on their campus role, students work on participatory action research and develop blueprint to change practice or policy.  This course challenges the traditional line of inquiry in sociology of higher education which focuses primarily on the effects of college on students. Instead, student action research projects demonstrate student agency and the impact students have on higher education communities at Harvard. 


Mindich Program

Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship at Harvard College

The Mindich Program for Engaged Scholarship (MPES) is focused on integrating academics and community engagement through innovations in teaching, learning and research. Engaged Scholarship promotes engagement across academic disciplines, diverse sectors of civic and community life, to connect academics to real-world questions, problems, and opportunities. Through courses, research, projects and partnerships, Engaged Scholarship stimulates student and faculty collaboration with community beyond the Harvard context.