Teaching

My approach to teaching and supervision:

  • I always strive to teach a diverse curriculum. At Manchester Metropolitan, I redesigned core political philosophy modules to reflect a much broader variety of theoretical strands, and broader variety of thinkers than the philosophical canon.
  • My teaching emphasises nurturing students’ enthusiasm for the subject and their self-directed learning. I link my teaching material to contemporary issues, and real-life examples, in order to keep students engaged, and to understand the full reach of the theoretical material under discussion.
  • In seminars, I am always prepared to adapt teaching methods to the needs and challenges of the individual group, and the specific material at hand.
  • As a supervisor of undergraduate dissertations and Master’s theses, I encourage students’ interests and intuitions, helping them acquire the tools to pursue these, while determining the appropriate scope of research in order to successfully produce a dissertation within the allotted time frame.
  • Through personal experience, I am acutely aware of the specific challenges of marginalised groups within academia. As a founder and organiser of the Sussex branch of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), I have sought to better understand these, and I persistently work to create a truly inclusive study environment across social differences. 

Student feedback (spring 2022):

Selected quotes:

‘Informative, presentations were clear with well structured power points. Seminars had good discussions’. 

‘Great promotion of conversation in seminars, got a quiet group to talk – well done!’

‘I liked the content of the module because of its diverse range of perspectives.’

‘I found the feedback useful as it gave me specific targets’

Averages, on a scale from 1 to 10:

•To what extent did you find the teaching material clearly and accessibly presented in the lecture?   9 / 10

•How helpful did you find the online resources? 8 / 10

•How difficult / easy did you find it to participate in the seminars? 8.5 / 10

•How helpful did you find the essay feedback?  9 / 10

Modules taught:

Modern Political Thought I, lectures and seminars (MMU, Spring 2022): Introduction to political philosophy, covering Niccolò Machiavelli, as well as key contract theorists (i.e. Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau), and critiques of contract theory from the perspective of philosophy or race and gender (e.g. Charles Mills, and Carole Pateman). We discussed key questions in politics such as: why should I obey the state? What is political power, and how is it used? 

Modern Political Thought II, lectures and seminars (MMU, Spring 2022): Introduction to political philosophy, covering Karl Marx, Emma Goldman, Frantz Fanon, Catharine MacKinnon, Kimberlé Crenshaw, John Rawls, and Iris Marion Young. We discussed questions such as: What is injustice? Do we need the state? Is the personal political? How did the development of industrial societies transform the workings of political power?

Political Theory Since 1918, seminars (MMU, Spring 2022): We read and discussed key texts by Hannah Arendt and Pierre Bourdieu.

Society, State & Humanity, seminars (University of Sussex, Spring 2018): Introduction to political philosophy, from Aristotle, through Rousseau, Marx, Arendt, MacKinnon. We discussed how and why human beings come to form societies and political institutions,  and who we include and exclude in these practices, touching on questions about culture and identity formation.

Truth & Morality, seminars (University of Sussex, Autumn 2017): Introduction to moral philosophy. We discussed big questions in moral philosophy, touching on questions of identity and selfhood, such as  ‘What is the moral significance of love?’ and ‘Should abortion be morally permissible?’.