As philosophy

I teach to encourage intellectual curiosity and the desire to question why society works as it does. I aim to cultivate within my students an appreciation of the value, contributions and limitations of social science evidence. And I learn from teaching, and from the diverse experiences and perspectives of my students, collaborators and peers. I use a variety of teaching methods that draw upon principles of active learning to enable students to be central figures in the construction of their knowledge.

In practice


Undergraduate Courses

Gender & Global Health (Instructor): How does gender influence health across the world? This course presents leading theories and empirical evidence in the social sciences and public health to advance our understanding of gender inequities in health across diverse cultural contexts, particularly in low- and middle-income settings. With a variety of examples and case studies, we will study the influence of gender on health at the societal, communal, and individual levels.

Sociology of the Family (Graduate Teaching Assistant): This course highlights important changes in the family, both within and outside the United States, including comparisons with lower-income settings. We will explore the choices that are available to various family members as well as the constraints that often limit these choices. We will examine roles, responsibilities and obligations of family members both over the individual life course and the family life cycle.
(Instructor of Record: Dr. Kathryn Yount)

Sociology of Health and Illness (Graduate Teaching Assistant): In this course we will examine health, illness, and health care institutions as social phenomena, in four parts that move from the macro-social to the micro-social, and across cultures. (Instructor of Record: Dr. Ellen Idler)


Trainings & workshops

I have conducted workshops with government, NGOs, and multilateral agencies on how to conduct ethical and rigorous research on violence against women. Workshops include training on basic research terms and approaches, interpretation of violence against women data and considerations of study design, collection and analysis. Other previous workshops include how to conduct ethical research with hidden populations, and conducting research on sensitive health topics.

Trauma-informed yoga

In 2015, I received certification as a 200-hour therapeutic and meditative yoga instructor through the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. In partnership with an Atlanta-based non-profit organization, Centering Youth, I coordinate and teach a programme on yoga for LGBT youth and adult populations in the greater Atlanta area. I also serve as a yoga instructor for an Emory University School of Nursing trauma-informed yoga intervention for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Banner Photo Credit: Eliél Freer-Sullivan
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