Global Nuclear Politics: First Year Seminar, Northwestern University
In 2017, I received the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences/The Graduate School Teaching Fellowship through which I had the opportunity to develop and implement a first-year seminar on Global Nuclear Politics.
Course Description: Nuclear politics dominates headlines in contemporary international relations. From the growing threat of nuclear proliferation to controversies over the safety and security of nuclear weapons stockpiles to the growth of local anti-nuclear activism around the world, the conflict over nuclear energy and weaponry continues to be a major site of contestation in global politics. How can we understand the development of nuclear technology and its international and domestic consequences? What is the relationship between this technological development and politics, both local and interstate? This course will explore both the historical development of and contemporary conflicts surrounding the growth of nuclear technology. The seminar will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of nuclear politics by combining perspectives from history, sociology, and political science. We will start with an examination of nuclear technology, highlighting some technical and scientific details about nuclear energy and its potential weaponization. We will then discuss the logic of deterrence and address other logics of nuclear desire, including the military and symbolic value of nuclear weaponry. We will then move onto the global nuclear regime that governs the growth of nuclear proliferation. From a discussion of international politics, we will then turn to the way that the growth of nuclear technology affects domestic politics through a discussion of nuclear safety and anti-nuclear activism around the world. The second half of the course will use the resources of the first half of the course explore nuclear proliferation in regional contexts including Latin America, South Asia, and the Middle East. And we will close with a discussion of contemporary crises in nuclear politics and discuss prospects for the future.
Courses (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to International Relations, Ian Hurd (Fall 2013)
International Organizations, Ian Hurd (Winter 2014)
Dilemmas of American Power, Peter Slevin (Spring 2014, Spring 2016)
National Security, Marina Henke (Fall 2014)
Politics of the Middle East, Wendy Pearlman (Winter 2015)
Methods of Political Inference, Jordan Gans-Morse (Spring 2015)
Politics of Southeast Asia, Jeffrey Winters (Fall 2015)
U.S. Foreign Policy, Dan Krcmaric (Spring 2016)
Other Teaching Awards and Fellowships:
Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning, Graduate Teaching Fellow
2015 R. Barry Farrell Teaching Assistant Award Recipient