I am a dedicated and energetic teacher, and enjoy teaching a diverse selection of courses. At the undergraduate level, my classes have ranged from a 25-student writing intensive course in Religion and Society to a 400 student Introduction to Sociology. My all-time favorite undergraduate course is my 80 student S100: Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology. I am often rewarded by students telling me that I have forever changed the way that they understand how “to do” sociology after taking S100.
Working with graduate students – whether teaching the required research methods course for my department, advising them on their research or collaborating with them on mine – is truly one of my greatest privileges and pleasures. My students have been successful at studying a wide variety of religions in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Religion in a women’s prison (Rachel Ellis – University of Missouri- St. Louis this fall)
- Progressive religious political organizing in Chicago (Kristin Geraty – North Central College)
- Religion’s role in family formation (Patricia Tevington – Penn Sociology Graduate Student)
- The New Sanctuary Movement in New York City (Grace Yukich – Quinnipiac University)
- The gendered costs of polygamy among Muslim Converts in the US (Aliya Rao – Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University)
- A strict Christian fundamentalist group whose members reject all modern medicine (Lindsay Glassman – Penn Sociology).
Sociology 604 – Graduate Research Methods: S604 is a general research methods course designed to introduce graduate students to the variety of methods sociologists use to pursue research, the relative advantages and disadvantages of those methods, the logics of good research design, and the relationship between argument and evidence.
Sociology 100 – Introduction to Social Research: S100 is a general research methods designed to introduce undergraduates to the variety of methods social scientists use to pursue research. S100 fulfills the school’s quantitative requirement and is required or accepted for a host of interdisciplinary majors, including HSOC and Communications, as well as sociology.
Sociology 239 – Religion and Society: S239 is an undergraduate elective course that begins with the prominent theories in the sociology of religion and then requires students to apply those theories to empirical cases.
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