I teach a range of courses that focus on political development and change linking broad trajectories of state-building, democratisation and development with micro-foundations of politics in the Global South. A general feature in my teaching and course design is to encourage students to examine contemporary and post-colonial narratives and practices of governance through a critical lens and for students to engage with these processes through in-depth case studies.
Undergraduate level: For the past three years, I have taught a 3rd year undergraduate course the Politics of Peace after Civil War that investigates the contested processes of peace-making and governance after the end of armed conflict, through the lens of domestic and localised political processes of mobilisation, participation and governance, rather than by looking at international interventions. I also convene and teach 2nd year courses including Democracy, Autocracy and the State and War and Peace. The former covers topics such as post-colonial state-building and legacies, autocracies and autocratic governance, and regime change and democratisation (+democratic reversal).
At postgraduate level, I have been programme director for several programmes related to fields of development, conflict and peace studies. I teach and convene modules that cover topics such as political mobilisation and protest, international interventions and development, the politics of liberation, rebel governance, and gender and conflict/peace. The MA courses I teach and convene are generally team-taught, which means that students benefit from a range of insights and perspectives.
I also enjoy teaching research methods including ethnography, interview, fieldwork practice and research ethics
I welcome PhD projects related to my areas of expertise. For more information on PhD application process at the University of York, please look here.