I believe that university education in economics can help people to make better decisions in their personal lives. As a political economist who researches the effect of voter information on the quality of policy outcomes, I also recognize the importance of teaching the next generation of pundits and writers what makes for sound economic policy. Students should leave my classes able to evaluate empirical claims, able to apply the tools of economic analysis to real decisions, and able to deliberate between conflicting economic arguments. In short, I want my students to learn to use economics rather than to learn about economics.
This dedication to effective instruction is why I won the 2017 Rendig Fels Teaching Award, and why I was selected to be one of Vanderbilt’s few grad student instructors for summer 2018 (You can view my syllabus here) . I have also completed Vanderbilt’s Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT) program, which provides formal training in course design and effective teaching. I also have a 5 star rating on Wyzant based on over 600 reviews, a site where I have provided over 1,600 hours of one-on-one instruction.