My experience as an ethnographer working outside of the United States has heavily influenced my teaching methods. In all of my courses I challenge students to think comparatively and at different geographic scales and to consider lived experience and situated logics in explaining and understanding broader social, political, and economic phenomena.
I am particularly passionate about training students to think about qualitative research from an intersectional and embodied perspective, which I believe prepares them to engage in ethical research, care for themselves throughout the research process, and produce more honest accounts of how scholarly knowledge is produced. My work on sexual harassment and sexualization of field workers has helped me to realize the importance of discussing these experiences, and researchers’ embodied experiences more broadly, in the classroom.
At the undergraduate level, I have taught core courses like Introduction to Sociology and Crime and Deviance as well as special topics courses, such as Policing the Americas. At the graduate level, I have experience teaching theory and methods, as well as courses on crime and violence and law and order in Latin America.