Click here to see Texas A&M University’s course descriptions for political science (POLS).
602 is the introductory empirical modeling course for first-year PhD students. I lead weekly recitation sessions as well as create and grade homeworks.
There are 10 students in this class. I am using this page to host teaching materials for the time being, which are found immediately below.
September 15. Bivariate Regression.
September 22. Bivariate Uncertainty.
September 29. Monte Carlos.
October 6. Matrices in
October 13. Homework Review and OVB.
October 27. OLS the Matrix Way.
November 17. Homework Review and Monte Carlo for Serial Correlation.
This course is the “Introduction to Political Science Research” and
focuses on familiarizing students with the fundamentals of conducting
social science research, such as building causal theories and utilizing
common statistical software (
R) to evaluate hypotheses with
observational data. I held weekly recitation sessions where I elaborated
on topics discussed during lectures and demonstrated the use of
I taught two sections with a combined 50 students. The course evaluations will be published here soon, along with examples of my teaching materials.
This class, titled the “Foundations of Political Science,” is the introductory course in political science at A&M. It mainly focuses on historically important topics to the field, such as political violence and elections, without specifying common subfields like international relations (IR) or American politics (AP). There is also brief exposure to basic quantitative research methods and ideas, such as linear regression and experimental settings.
It is intended to be a writing-intensive class, with students completing 5 two-page essays throughout the semester that are graded by the teaching assistant. There are also three to four multiple-choice exams throughout the course that are typically conducted online and graded with software.
Students attend plenary lectures with the instructor of record on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Recitations, known as discussion sessions, are held on Friday’s and are taught by the teaching assistant associated with a student’s section.
I taught two sections with a combined 42 students. Here is the course evaluation for the first section, 901, and for the other section, 904. The survey items that pertain to the teaching assistant are items 8-10 (pp. 6-8) for both evaluations.
I conducted weekly recitations with 15 students. Here is the course evaluation. The survey items that correspond to the teaching assistant are 8, 9, and 10 (pp. 7-8).
I led a weekly discussion session with 18 students. Here is the course evaluation. The survey items that correspond to the teaching assistant are 8, 9, and 10 (pp. 6-8).