Pedagogy

I believe that transformative learning often occurs when individual study is combined with peer-based activities. For this reason, my pedagogy is designed around participatory strategies that encourage social learning, such as roundtable discussions, games, online modules, and interactive research presentations that facilitate collaborative synthesis of course materials.


25311308_10155791584995449_8634314488481018114_oStudent Poster sessions at the end of the semester

37733345_10156378685760449_8578803990978887680_oCosta Rican undergraduates and Ministry of Health officials who I co-trained in applied anthropological methods to conduct the largest epidemiological survey ever to be conducted in Costa Rica and the first of its kind in the tropics

19388692_10155275533405449_7335229511522110275_oI helped develop and co-instruct the public outreach program, “Music and Spanish in the Andes Language Learning Academy” (MÁS ALLÁ), which focused on teaching language, culture, and music to high school students in central Ohio. This experiential learning opportunity served as most students’ first university encounter. Here is a fun shot taken after we ‘flipped roles’ and had our high school students teaching visiting Fulbright teachers how to play the zampoñas and sing the canto “La Paloma.” 


20645276_10155444418580449_1004321150762720831_oCourse Flyer for Global Crisis course I re-designed at Ohio State and taught as instructor

At Ohio State University, I re-designed and sole-taught capstone courses that focus on globalization and its cultural, economic, environmental, and health effects on communities in the Global South. One course was entitled “Crisis! Anthropological Perspectives of Global Issues” (taught 6 semesters) and the other “Cultural Conflicts in Developing Nations” (taught 2 semesters). The last course I taught at Ohio State covered issues related to colonialism (both historical and modern e.g. neoliberalism), linkages between political economy and health, and the effects of global environmental crises on local communities.

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Brown Bag Talk


Mentorship is also intrinsic to my pedagogy. Through my ongoing research programs in Latin America, I have mentored undergraduate and Master’s students from universities in the United States, Peru, and Costa Rica on topics relating to wastewater pollution, sustainable development, and environmental crises and policy. 

Commemorating the last day of fieldwork with undergraduate sociology and anthropology student interns from Universidad de Costa Rica who worked on the MERA Investigation. 

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