Robert U. Nagel

Robert U. Nagel


My teaching approach rests on three fundamental pillars: equity, interaction, and collaboration. I aim to create an inclusive atmosphere in which students actively participate, think independently, contribute frequently, collaborate, and challenge each other. Fundamental to this is students’ recognition of each other as equals. On this basis, I encourage students to engage in dialogue that reflects both their different perspectives and their shared experiences enabling them to learn from and with each other. Putting equality and inclusion at the center of my teaching enables students to pose critical questions, mature intellectually, and challenge hierarchies.

I consider it my responsibility as an instructor and mentor to offer my students the same high level of support and enthusiasm that my professors and mentors have shown me throughout my academic career. I particularly enjoy mentoring students and helping them develop their research skills. I believe teaching is a privilege and a responsibility - one I take seriously. If you want to know more about what I teach and how, please get in touch I'm happy to send you my teaching statement and syllabi.

In the fall of 2020, together with S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, I taught an undergraduate international relations class at Georgetown University:

  • IPOL 319 - 'Gender, International Peace and Security'

Before starting my postdoc at Georgetown, I was an adjunct professor at Clark University teaching 'Africa & the World' and 'Comparative Politics of Women.'

  • PSC 103 - 'Africa & the World'
  • PSC 208 - 'Comparative Politics of Women'

During my PhD at the University of Kent, I was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course on quantitative methods as well as an undergraduate course on research design and mixed methods with a particular focus on process tracing. I taught undergraduate student seminars on mixed-method research design and quantitative methods.

  • PO 657 - Political Analysis & Research
  • PO 661 - Fact, Evidence, Knowledge and Power

Additionally, I have given guest lectures and invited talks at:

  • Harvard University (2018)
  • Northeastern University (2019)
  • Williams College (2019, 2020)
  • IESEG School of Management (2021)
  • University of Glasgow (2021)
  • Dakota State University (2021)
  • University of Saskatchewan (2021)
  • University of Stirling (2021)
  • University of Amsterdam (2021)
  • Swedish Defence University (2021)
  • Seton Hall University (2021)
  • Centre College (2021)
  • University of Maryland (2021)