Teaching statement

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in development economics and political economy at U.C. Berkeley, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. I strive to create a classroom environment that welcomes student involvement and creativity, often pausing  to gather questions, reactions, and counter-arguments from my students. No matter how large the class, I try to turn each lecture into a dialogue. I also regularly organize the development economics seminar and the student development lunch workshop at Berkeley, and am an active advisor of Ph.D. students, having served on over 110 Ph.D. dissertation committees, supervised multiple post-doctoral researchers, and advised many undergraduate thesis projects. I am honored to have received several teaching awards at Berkeley, including the Best Graduate Advisor Award (Economics Department Graduate Economics Association, 2004-05), the Distinguished Teaching Award in the Social Sciences Division (2003-04), the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, and the 2015 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award. In 2017 I developed an open online course "Transparent and Open Social Science Research" through FutureLearn, together with Dr. Garret Christensen and other colleagues at BITSS.

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Spring 2020

Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics

This course covers leading research issues in Development Economics, with a particular focus on human capital, psychology and economics, political economy, and research design topics. It is taught at a level appropriate for Ph.D. students in Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and related fields.

Past Courses

Spring 2019
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Spring 2019
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Fall 2019
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Spring 2018
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Spring 2018
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Summer 2017
FutureLearn (Online Course)
Transparent and Open Social Science Research
Spring 2017
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Spring 2017
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Spring 2015
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Spring 2015
Economics 270D
Research Transparency Methods in the Social Sciences
Spring 2014
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Spring 2014
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Fall 2014
Economics 271
Development Economics Seminar
Spring 2013
Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics
Spring 2013
Economics 271
Development Economics Seminar
Spring 2013
Economics 174/274
Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation, with African Case Studies
Spring 2013
Ph.D. Student Development Economics Research Lunch Workshop
Fall 2013
Economics 271
Development Economics Seminar
Spring 2012
Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development
Spring 2012
Economics 215B
Graduate Political Economy