- International Relations
- Comparative Politics
- Political Economy
- International Security
- Asian Regionalism
- Japanese Politics & Foreign Policy
- Relationship between Economics & Security
- Government-Business Relations
- International Business Strategy
- Research Methods & Field Research
- Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Certificate of Award (2017)
- University of California, Berkeley
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (2013-2014)
Contested Issues in Contemporary Japan
Conflict & Cooperation in Asia
Contemporary Asian Civilizations (Undergraduate)
Research Seminar in Asian Studies (Graduate)
Co-Lead Instructor, University of Washington Honors Program
- Comparing National Narratives in Japan & the United States (Study Abroad in Tokyo, Summer 2017)
This three-week interdisciplinary course explores the complex and shifting web of narratives surrounding Japanese national identity from a variety of perspectives, including history, politics, society, race, gender, age, religion, art, culture, and food. Students reflect on Japanese and American commonalities and differences relating to identity construction, both historically and currently. Students attend lectures by faculty and have opportunities to meet current students studying at Waseda University. Students are expected to maintain a research and reflective portfolio and present their final paper and reflection at the end of the program. Course components include: pre-departure readings and lectures; classroom time at National Youth Center (NYC) and Waseda University; excursions within Tokyo as well as to Hiroshima and Kyoto; readings, assignments, research, blog posts; reflection; individual check-ins with instructors; and free time for exploration.
Co-Lead Instructor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
- Advanced Security Cooperation (March-May 2017)
This five-week course educates mid-career and senior security practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific about this complex region, its many challenges, and opportunities for cooperation. The course seeks to enhance the capability of every participant in the areas of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and decision-making undertaken in complex and culturally-diverse environments. The overall aim is to enable participants to comprehend the Asia-Pacific region’s most compelling security problems and to empower cooperative solutions.
- Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (September 2016, January 2017, June 2017)
This one-week intensive course for mid-career and senior government officials from the US and Asia provides an overview of political, economic, and security issues in the Asia-Pacific, while also addressing American interests in the region. Attention is given to both historical and emerging issues.
- Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (October 2016)
This three-day intensive course brings together senior US military and civilian leaders along with ally and partner nation counterparts to discuss the complex security challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides interactive sessions in which students and faculty work together to identify and evaluate opportunities for interagency and international cooperation to improve regional security. Students critically assess the complex and dynamic security environment in the Asia-Pacific region and add to their knowledge insights about the key drivers of security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, its security architecture, and emerging trends. They build upon their senior leadership skills to advance effective human and national security governance in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lead Instructor, University of California, Berkeley
- Intro to Research Methods & Fieldwork in the Social Sciences & Humanities (Summer 2015)
This advanced undergraduate seminar course was designed specifically to support college juniors writing honors theses as part of the UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. Undergraduates conducting research for the first time face a number of challenges in navigating the process from research proposal to conference presentation to completed thesis. This course covers a wide variety of topics, including: writing a research proposal; crafting an ethical human subjects protocol; planning a successful fieldwork trip; getting to know the literature; conducting participant observation, interviews, and archival research; formulating and measuring concepts; managing data; using research-related software; articulating findings; presenting research; and getting into graduate school.
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley
- Comparative Political Economy (Fall 2015) with Professor Steven Vogel
This advanced undergraduate course examines the interaction between politics and markets, both in theory and in practice, linking classic works on political economy (Smith, Marx, List, Polanyi) with current policy debates. It emphasizes the ways in which markets are embedded in social and political institutions. We study how markets are structured in a wide range of different national settings, looking at both history and contemporary issues. We review some of the most influential works from four disciplines: Economics, Sociology, History, and Political Science. Topics include: 1) the history of industrialization, 2) the varieties of capitalism in contemporary industrialized countries, 3) the emerging economies of Latin America and East Asia, 4) the problems of development, and 5) the transition from communism to a market economy in Eastern Europe and China. We conclude the course with a review of current issues in the global economy.
- Japanese Politics (Spring 2014) with Professor Steven Vogel
This advanced undergraduate course examines the politics and policy of contemporary Japan, applying a range of theoretical perspectives to analyze both recent history and current events. After a brief historical review, we survey the core political institutions of the postwar era, examine patterns of political interaction, survey recent social changes, and analyze current debates over policy issues ranging from economic reform to constitutional revision.
- Japanese Politics (Spring 2009, Fall 2013) with Professor T.J. Pempel
This advanced undergraduate course examines Japan, the first non-Western country to industrialize and to establish the formal institutions of political democracy. By the 1930s it had developed into a predominant power in the Pacific. For more than forty years following its defeat in World War II, Japan maintained a mixture of democratic political procedures, long term one party rule, dependence on the U.S. for military security, and an effective balance between high economic growth and relative social equality, as well as low expenditures for military hardware and a strong sense of national security. Since the early 1990s, however, many of the mainstays of the previous system have collapsed; the party and electoral system have changed; the economy has been stagnant; the military has become more independent; and social problems have become more extensive. The course explores this combination of political experiences as well as the social costs and benefits attendant upon its successes.
- Graduate Pro-Seminar in Japanese Studies (Spring 2016) with Professor Steven Vogel
This graduate-level seminar for journalism students examines the study of and writing about Japan by social scientists and journalists. It surveys disciplinary perspectives on Japanese studies from Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, and covers domestic politics, the media, social change, immigration, architecture, the media, reporting in Japan, and the 3/11 earthquake and aftermath. Given the focus on the social sciences and journalism, it covers field research techniques appropriate in these fields, especially interviews and ethnographic research.
- Experiential Learning: Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017) with Professor Joel Clark
This online undergraduate course facilitates learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures and about the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions guide students through all stages of the internship experience. The course also presents a range of theories, methods, and real-world examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.