Teaching

Stanford University

As Instructor of Record

POLISCI-235A: From Cold War to New Cold War: Politics and Political Theory in Contemporary China (Autumn 2022)

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Introduction

“China lacks everything: middle managers, engineers and capital,” so wrote French political thinker Raymond Aron. That was 1950, three years after Harry Truman’s 1947 Address to Congress, which was usually considered the beginning of the Cold War, and months after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. More than seventy years later, and after a long, winding journey, China now has much more than middle managers, engineers, and capital. However, global politics seems to move towards another clash of two powerful countries with seemingly different ideological orientations as many now claim that a new Cold War is on the horizon.How did China emerge as a global power from what Aron described in 1950? And more importantly, can we, and if so, how do we, understand the rise of China with a theoretical perspective? How do theory and real politics shape each other, as manifested in the history of contemporary China? In this class, we explore answers to these questions by reading political theory against history, sociology, and political science. In every week, we read texts that reflect both the social reality and theoretical concerns of a given period in contemporary Chinese history. By so doing, we seek to make sense of both the contemporary Chinese society and the power and limits of ideas in political theory.

Indiana University, Bloomington

As Instructor of Record

POLS-Y382: Modern Political Thought (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)

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Introduction

At the beginning of 2020, it seems safe to say we are in an era of political change, both domestically and internationally. Many who live in advanced Western capitalist societies believe the problem is that the political norms of these societies are either being eroded from within or being challenged by the rise of nonliberal democratic regimes globally. Others, however, claim that the development of Western societies in the past several decades has betrayed, or at least deviated from, important modern political values, such as freedom, equality, autonomy, reason, etc. These ideas that are being heatedly debated right now originated in the upheavals of early modern Europe. The long history of modern political thought not only reflected the explosive social changes during those centuries but also fueled many of these changes. The thinkers we will read in this class, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, de Maistre, Mill, Marx, and Weber, are products of the radical transformation of their societies. In turn, their political theories inspire later generations to fight for (or against) things we value. Since these thinkers’ ideas constitute a major part of our political language today, it is important to develop an understanding of them in order to make sense of our own political world today and to think about ways of improving, or even possible alternatives to, our society.

As Teaching Assistant

POLS-Y333: Chinese Politics (Spring 2022)

POLS-Y379: Ethics and Public Policy (Spring 2019)

POLS-Y100: American Political Controversies (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)

POLS-Y105: Intro to Political Theory (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2021)

POLS-Y103: Intro to American Politics (Fall 2016)

NYU

As Teaching Assistant

POLS-UA140: Socialist Theory