Teaching Philosophy: My goal as an educator is to encourage students to think critically. I strive to create an interactive learning environment that encourages students to actively participate and ask questions. I tailor my instruction to meet the unique needs and interests of my students, and I welcome feedback that guides the course.
Research: My research is in the communication subfield of language and social interaction (LSI), and I specifically study question-answer sequences in U.S. congressional hearings.
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that everything has a story, and my job as a teacher is to help students learn perspective taking and cause and effect to better understand the dynamics of the world. My approach is other-oriented, where students learn empathy and humility by asking, “Why is X like this? What don't I know?” rather than “What about me?”
Research: I am an experimental political psychologist researching the effects of emotions and personality on political behavior, decision-making, and memory.
Teaching Philosophy: Recent years have taught me the value of increasing scientific literacy, especially when science is tied to policy. I aim to make advancements in climate science more accessible to a broad range of students. I hope to provide students with critical thinking skills and the ability to assess information reputability.
Research: I reconstruct past climate over the current interglacial period to understand what provokes climate system changes.
Teaching Philosophy: As an instructor, I aim to 1) help students become critical thinkers who can analyze and critique concepts and methods in science; 2) encourage the development of thought-provoking scientific questions and experimental strategies to explore them; and 3) apply course material to timely, real-world scenarios to encourage student engagement.
Research: My research focuses on mitigating the effects of acute lung injury by altering macrophage phenotype with a novel compound.