Since starting my first formal teaching position in 2001, I have spent seven years teaching in settings as diverse as the needs and backgrounds of my students. These experiences include field-based instruction of middle school to undergraduate students in temperate rainforest and intertidal environments in Canada, teaching oceanography to middle and high school educators in classrooms and aboard research ships in Hawaii, and designing and conducting laboratory-based experiments with high school and undergraduate students.
This fall (2016), I am teaching Climate Change and Security, a graduate seminar that examines the complex relationships between climate change and security. Primary research articles and policy reports help students parse claims about linkages between such critical issues as drought and armed violence, sea level rise and human displacement, and sea ice melting and energy production, among others.
I’m excited to announce that next spring (2017), I’ll be offering a new hybrid lecture/seminar course to upper-level undergraduates. Extracting Labor: Capitalism and the Environment invites students examine how our capitalist political economy mediates the relationship between human labor and the non-built environment. Students will conduct case studies of extractive industries to interrogate the ways that we sustain ourselves through our work and our consumption of natural resources.
I also offer a course on The Politics of Water, a graduate seminar that surveys major debates about water governance at multiple scales. Through primary journal articles and popular news pieces, students critically examine the political dimensions of a range of issues, including water as a human right, the privatization and commodification of water, international hydropolitics, and human vulnerability to water hazards.