I have been teaching at the university level since 2004. Please feel free to take a look at my syllabi below.
Pedagogy. In 2014 I published an article in the Harvard Educational Review outlining my pedagogical approach to teaching undergraduate research in Geography.
As a field, the distinguishing characteristic of Geo-Humanities is that it is the meeting point of geographic thought with the creative arts. What new insights emerge by addressing geographical questions and theories with “alternative” media?
This graduate seminar introduces students to the intellectual history of the geographic discipline. It gives students an intellectual foundation necessary for practicing geography, and the chance to trial tools as they begin careers as geographers. Students learn how move through challenging, disciplinary-defining readings and gain from them what is valuable for their own research.
|Landscape Architecture Studio: Geodesign in the Desert Urban Environment|
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In this graduate design studio, students conduct the geographic research that happens “before design.” Visualizing data at the macro scale informs what is made at the micro scale in one of the world’s most sensitive and critical environments: the desert. Desertification marks one of the worldwide ecological battles of the 21st century, one for which Geodesign promises new solutions.
The guiding question for students in the upper division undergraduate class is “where does the body end and the environment begin?” Answering this question leads us on a journey through politics, religion (and other cultural attributes), industry, science, and technology.
This upper division course focuses on socio-environmental problems in the global south, specifically famine, disasters, disease epidemics, and toxic pollution. It interrogates the intensification of these problems in light of the rise of environmentalism in the global north.
Students in this introductory course learn four core geographical concepts: place, landscape, nature, and space. These core concepts are used to reflect on our experience as geographical people, and are used as tools to analyze specific places in our community.
This upper division course uses the city of Los Angeles as a laboratory to disrupt the modernist categories of nature and city. We find that nature abounds in a place that is often heralded as the concrete jungle par excellence.
In this undergraduate research and writing seminar we examine how concepts of nature have overlapped (or not) with urban theory, and the material landscape implications of these philosophical connections. In addition to a research paper, students create a Museum of the Urban Environment for their final joint project.
In this undergraduate research and writing seminar, students learn how to critically assess where their food comes from, to talk about the historical contingency of the meaning of healthy foods and diets, and to see food as a cyclical part of the natural and cultural world that has real impacts on ecological landscapes and labor regimes throughout the United States and the world.