I joined the Princeton Writing Program in 2021. I teach a freshman writing seminar, Outlawed and Infamous. This is the blurb for the most recent version of the seminar.
Robin Hood famously robbed the rich to feed the poor, while cartel boss Pablo Escobar killed his rivals, built schools, and became so infamous that Netflix continues to profit from his story. Judging by their popularity, it seems many of us feel some fascination for stories about outlaws, but at what point does fascination become celebration? Who decides which crimes we retell and serialize? And if we blur the lines between champion and outlaw, what becomes of the victims? In this Writing Seminar we explore the contradictions and meaning of criminal infamy. We begin by using historical accounts of social banditry in pre-industrial societies as a lens to analyze recent cyberattacks by the leaderless, borderless hacktivist group Anonymous. Next, we interrogate how and why Australians remember Ned Kelly, the 19th-century bank robber and murderer turned national icon. For the final project, students will develop an argument about perceptions of a specific criminal(ized) figure or event. Possible topics include vigilante justice in the Watchmen universe, the criminalization and prosecution of indigenous protesters near the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and the mixed legacy of Dr. Timothy Leary, a psychedelic drug advocate who Richard Nixon called “the most dangerous man in America.”
During my doctoral studies, I taught the following undergraduate courses in the political science department at Hunter College.
View a revised syllabus for this course.
Government and Politics of Central America
American Government: A Historical Introduction
I also spent two years as a Writing Across the Curriculum fellow at CUNY. I worked with undergraduates at Hunter College and graduate students at The Graduate Center.