Teaching Assistant

Click here to see Texas A&M University’s course descriptions for political science (POLS).

POLS 602

602 is the introductory empirical modeling course for first-year PhD students. I lead weekly recitation sessions as well as create and grade homeworks.

Fall 2023

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 8. Introduction to and R. Introduction to LaTeX. Introduction to R Markdown.

September 15. Bivariate Regression.

September 22. Bivariate Uncertainty.

September 29. Monte Carlos.

October 6. Matrices in R.

October 13. Homework Review and OVB.

October 27. OLS the Matrix Way.

November 10. Simulating and Diagnosing Heteroskedasticity and Serial Correlation.

November 17. Homework Review and Monte Carlo for Serial Correlation.

POLS 209

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 R.

Spring 2023

I taught two sections with a combined 50 students. The course evaluations will be published here soon, along with examples of my teaching materials.

POLS 200

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.

Fall 2022

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.

Spring 2022

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).

Fall 2021

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).