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 90 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.

Spring 2017

Economics 172
Issues in African Economic Development

This course will examine leading issues in development economics, with a focus on how they relate to Sub-Saharan Africa.  This course will also explore the empirical methods used to rigorously measure the impact of development and anti-poverty programs.

Economics 270B
Graduate Development Economics

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

Past Courses

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