90840: The Media & American Politics
Spring 2024 (Upcoming)
This half-semester public-policy course explores the intricate relationship between media and politics in contemporary America and grapples with the influence of mass and social media on Americans' political attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Course content covers the power of media to persuade, the extent to which media outlets are ideologically slanted, and the role of new information technologies. This course further considers how the media's stewardship of American democracy evolved over time. The media is ever-changing, and as such, this course is designed to raise questions that may not have clear or easy answers.
84351/84651: Bias, Objectivity, and The Media's Role in Politics
For decades, the pursuit of objectivity has guided media coverage, with organizations striving to present politics in a neutral, unbiased, and balanced manner. However, this modern development in media coverage has not been without its criticisms. This half-semester course offers an exploration of the evolution of news media in the United States, spanning from its foundation to the era of objective journalism and beyond. This information is accompanied by a critical examination of contemporary media dynamics. From filter bubbles and echo chambers to bias and slant, we will delve into the challenges that underpin the media’s coverage of politics. Students will consider questions like what topics get covered by the news and who is exposed to this information? Is objective media truly unbiased, and what do choices about newsworthy politics signal about power in politics? Throughout the course, we will navigate these questions and more as we strive to understand some of the effects of media on politics.
POL 327: Mass Media, Social Media, and American Politics
Preceptor, Head Preceptor
Instructor: Andrew Guess
Fall 2017; Fall 2020
This upper-level politics course introduces students to current research on the role of both mass media and social media in American politics, as well as the influence of media on American political attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Course content addresses the nature of news and news-making organizations, the role of news media in electoral campaigns, the influence of media on elite behavior, political advertising, and the use of social media to facilitate collective action.
POL 505: Experimental Methods in Political Science
Instructor: Leonard Wantchekon
This graduate-level course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical features of experimental political sciences, with a special emphasis on natural and field experiments. Content in the course was divided into methodological instruction, design, field experience. As a preceptor, I assisted students with questions regarding replication projects and experimental design in their work. I also helped contribute to the course syllabus.
POL 330: Electing the President, Voter Psychology and Candidate Strategy
Instructor: Markus Prior
This upper-level politics course examines how election campaigns affect voters. The primary focus of the class is on the nature of modern election campaigns and their impact on people's political reasoning and voting behavior. The class presents an overview of explanations for people's voting decisions, from stable long-term factors (such as partisan identification) to short-term term influences of the campaign and media coverage. Moreover, It illustrates that people's political behavior is best understood by examining those factors at different electoral levels, in different communication environments, and for different groups of people.
POL 981: Junior Independent Work, Plenary Sessions
Preceptor, Head Preceptor
Instructor: Nolan McCarty
Fall 2019, Fall 2021
This upper-level course is designed to introduce students to common concepts and methods used in political science research and to facilitate the development of an independent research project. The course covers numerous concepts related to research design, including the scientific method, qualitative and quantitative data, case selection, process tracing, experiments, survey design, and statistical analyses. Precepts for the class are a point of instruction where students can discuss the concepts addressed in the online lectures each week and practice applying the concepts to their own research.
Future Faculty Program Participant
Carnegie Mellon's Future Faculty Program helps graduate students and post-doctoral fellows develop and document their teaching skills in preparation for a faculty career. Participants in this program learn the principles of effective course design and pedagogy through seminars, receive feedback on their teaching through teaching feedback consultations, and apply what they have learned in completing a course & syllabus design project and a statement of teaching philosophy project.programming.
PPIA Junior Summer Institute
Introductory Statistics Tutor
Princeton's Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Insitute (JSI) is a program offered to rising college seniors at U.S. accredited universities who demonstrate academic aptitude and a passion for policy. The goal of JSI is to prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds -- including underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and students from families with lower socioeconomic status -- for graduate study and careers in public policy. As a tutor, I provided consulting hours where I assisted students with their questions regarding introductory statistics and R programming.
McGraw Center Teaching Transcript Recipient
The Teaching Transcript Program provides Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to develop as self-reflective teachers who identify what they want students to learn and then create strategies to promote and assess that learning. The program includes workshops on a wide range of issues related to teaching and academic careers, lunchtime discussions with faculty who are distinguished teachers, and a teaching observation. It culminates with the preparation of an original course syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy.