courses i teach

SA303: Sexuality, Everyday Lives, and Social Policy in Developing Countries 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Instructor: Dr. Timothy Hildebrandt

Lent Terms 2019, 2020

My office hours (book via email): Fridays 12-1pm in OLD. 2.31.

Four years after the master’s level version of this course changed my outlook on LGBT+ realities and research, I’m so fortunate to be back as the GTA for the undergraduate seminar. This was my favourite course during my masters degree, and after focusing on Canada and Britain for the past few years in my research I’m looking forward to going back to my masters work on developing countries to teach this seminar.

LPS-PP201: Policy Innovation in Contemporary China: From ‘Big Society’ to Social Credit Scores

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Lecturer: Dr. Timothy Hildebrandt

Summer Term 2019

LSE-Peking University Summer School (Beijing)

SA201: Research Methods for Social Policy

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Lecturers: Dr. Amanda Sheely and Dr. Hayley Jones

Michaelmas Term 2018

My office hours (book via email): Fridays 12-1pm in OLD. 2.31.

After many summers teaching in Beijing, this will be the first LSE course I will GTA that is based in London! I’m very excited to be bringing my qualitative field research experience to my seminar teaching for the qualitative methods portion of this course.

LPS-SA301: From NGOs to Social Enterprises: Chinese Social Organisations in Local and Global Governance

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Lecturer: Dr. Timothy Hildebrandt

Summer Terms 2015, 2016, & 2018

LSE-Peking University Summer School (Beijing)

I've had the pleasure to be the graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for this summer course since its launch in 2015 when I had just finished my masters dissertation research on domestic lesbian and gay NGOs, Christian INGOs, and organisational adaptation in the authoritarian Chinese context. In the span of two weeks, this course explores the political, economic, and social context within which NGOs and other social organisations have emerged in China; it looks at how these organisations have come to not only coexist with the state, but how they have become important players in implementing and even filling in gaps in government social policy—a role which ultimately helps to strengthen the authoritarian state. The course regularly attracts a diverse class mix of highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry professionals. 

As the GTA for the course, I work closely with Tim Hildebrandt, the instructor; I write the final exam questions, and mark the mid-term essays and final exams. But the largest part of my GTA portfolio is designing and teaching the seminars. I bring to the seminars my expertise in organisational, institutional, and social movement theories, and am largely responsible for teaching the theory components of the course in greater detail following from what is introduced in the lectures.

Over the two-week course, I guide a diverse class of undergraduates, grad students, and industry professionals to a good grasp of central tenets of organisational, civil society, and social movement theories, and political economy.

In my second year of teaching the seminars for the course, I experimented (to impressive results!) with using case studies to teach theory in the tight two-week time frame. The idea was to provide more concrete examples (thereby demonstrating real world applicability) to illustrate the different theories and the links between them. In a large-group exercise, we would collectively map out on the blackboard what a relevant case study scenario might look like through the lenses of different theoretical perspectives— how these theoretically-informed narratives might then differ and how they might overlap and share similarities, and what each perspective brings to the table analytically. 

This course consistently receives the highest student evaluation ratings for seminar and lecture teaching. You can read some of the fantastic student feedback here, along with more info about the course. 

I'm humbled and excited to be returning as GTA for the 2018 summer session.