My teaching is predominantly in Social Theory: I teach Soc 212: Classical Social Theory, Soc 335: Themes in Contemporary Social Theory, and Soc 461: Sociology of Art (as well as Soc 100: Introductory Sociology). If you're interested in taking one of my classes, you can find more information about current and upcoming classes under the Courses tab above, and syllabi/outlines are under Undergraduate Programs on the department website. Student reviews of my courses have included 'by far the most difficult class I have ever taken,' 'love his cat,' and 'has an accent.'
In all courses above Soc 100, I take a classical liberal arts approach modelled on the style of teaching encouraged in Chicago's Core Curriculum. My goal is to prepare students to be independent learners, capable of close, critical understanding of complex ideas, and of expressing themselves clearly, coherently, and persuasively. I emphasize logical argumentation, well-structured writing, and the use of hendiatris. We study original texts rather than using a textbook, and classroom work requires extensive small-group discussion as students puzzle through ideas for themselves. The Faculty of Arts' centre for teaching asked me to talk about my approach to teaching for a short video, which you can watch here.
I currently work with graduate students looking at parallels between Adorno and Derrida, and on philosophical suicide. I am open to supervising students with clearly-defined theoretical and philosophical questions. I do not supervise any empirical work, but I am happy to provide a theoretical perspective as a committee member on empirically-oriented work. I am open to serve on examination committees for projects concerning social justice, ethics, phenomenological sociology, sociology of art, and any interdisciplinary project connecting social theory, art, and/or philosophical problems. In addition, my Soc 461 class is also cross-listed as Soc 503: Sociology of Art for theoretically-inclined graduate students.