teaching

I see teaching and research as characteristically interdependent. Being able to teach well is the ultimate test of my own grasp of theories and pushes me to think about complex ideas in terms of their most fundamental components. My central guiding principle is to train students new ways to think, not what to think. To achieve that, I focus on making basic theoretical and methodological concepts accessible to students by applying them to empirical places and situations. In addition to lectures, I find facilitating discussions a productive method to get students to critically engage with and challenge the concepts and issues that pertain to the complex nature of cities. This allows for intellectual exchanges between students, but also challenges my own understanding of the world by bringing fresh perspectives to existing arguments.

I have taught master level courses at the city university of new york: introduction to urban planning (hunter college) and researching new york city (queens college). I am also interested in teaching courses on comparative urban studies, urban theory and practice, public policy analysis, bottom-up planning, ethnicity and development, urban sociology, urban food practices, sensing cities, informal american cities, and planning studios.