Currently, I serve as an assistant professor in St. Lawrence University’s Government Department, teaching undergraduate courses on international relations, asymmetric conflict, and Middle East politics and society.
Current Courses and Syllabi:
European Sephardi Experience: Emory Center for International Programs Abroad
In the past, I was a program assistance, lecturer, and trip leader for Emory University’s summer study abroad course on European Sephardi History and Culture in the summers of 2009, 2011, and 2013. We traveled throughout Europe to explore the history and legacies of Sephardic Judaism. We begin in Spain to explore their origins under Roman rule and their history under Muslim and Christian rule from 711 until their expulsion in 1492. In the first part of the course, we visit Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Barcelona, and Girona.
The second half of the course follows the routes taken by the Sepharadim through Europe following their expulsion, focusing on the legacies of Sephardi Jews from 1492 through the present day. We visit Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Athens, and Thessaloniki (Salonika).
In 2011 and 2013, I also ran the writing portion of this course, working with students in workshops, to teach the principles of writing a research paper, and one-on-one, to develop individual topics and papers.
The syllabus can be accessed here. This course was team-taught – highlighted units are mine.
My teaching career began as a scuba instructor at Emory University, where I taught in the academic scuba program as an undergraduate. We taught the following courses:
- Open Water Scuba Diver
- Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver
- Rescue Scuba Diver
And I also participated in Emory’s Instructor Training Course in 2005-2006.