During my time at Ohio State, I have had the opportunity to prepare and teach my own independent courses in both comparative politics and international relations. The goal of my teaching is to prepare students to be critical, informed, and efficacious citizens of their own country and the broader global community. My research confronts challenges to reasoned political debate and engagement, and my work as an educator is motivated by the same concerns. How can we engage in productive debate – either in the classroom or the broader political context – when politics appears marred by widespread disillusionment on the one hand and bitter divisiveness on the other? In my courses, I work to inspire considered participation and deliberation by connecting politics to students’ innate curiosity about the world, encouraging students to deconstruct reductionist political arguments, and emphasizing that our political action, as well as inaction, has wide-ranging and causally complex consequences. To accomplish these goals, I center my teaching around three core values: increasing student motivation; developing research skills; and integrating diversity, both cross-culturally and from within the classroom.
Introduction to Comparative Politics (Online): Summer & Fall 2012; Spring, Summer, & Fall 2013
Eastern European Politics: Spring & Summer 2015
American Foreign Policy: Fall 2015; Spring 2016
The most recent cumulative report from the student evaluations of instructors from my time at Ohio State is available here, and detailed reports for the two most recent courses available are available here. Additionally, many videos of my online lectures are available on my YouTube page: PoliSciPaul.