My goal is to help students acquire the skills to engage with the issues they care about. This means becoming familiar with a range of analytic approaches, and learning how to evaluate claims about politics for coherence and validity.
Students learn best by applying these skills. So in my elections class we run an exit poll, and students pick the questions. In 2014 we had 957 respondents! I also organize field trips, guest speakers and collaborations with other learners, e.g. students at tribal colleges across Montana.
At Carroll College I teach classes on topics such as comparative politics, elections, research methods, immigration and citizenship. I have also taught at the University of Göttingen (in Germany) and as a graduate student at UC Berkeley.
I gained a lot from volunteering to teach in San Quentin state prison through the [Prison University Project], and at the Auburn Correctional Facility through the [Cornell Prison Education Program].
(Part of our 2014 exit poll instrument)