My teaching philosophy is centered on the balance between hands-on instruction in core subject competencies and guiding students in their own efforts to gather, analyze and present data. In this way, I aim to inspire within my students a spirit of critical inquiry and the confidence with which to pursue their curiosities beyond the scope of any individual course.

I have come to this view of education – and the role of the instructor in the learning process – through two decades of classroom experience. With Cornell University, I have served as a research and writing mentor with Cornell in Washington, a highly selective program in which Cornell students spend a semester in DC conducting original research on policy making. I have also assisted in the instruction of graduate and undergraduate courses in city planning and international development.

Beyond the university gates, I have taught everything from preschool to LSAT preparation. As the co-founder and director of curriculum at NEW HORIZONS, Shanghai’s largest English-curriculum private learning center, I built expertise in teaching high-achieving students with a range of English-language competencies.

Teaching Experience


  • Teaching Assistant, Inferential Statistics for Public Policy
  • Teaching Assistant, International Development Workshop


  • Teaching Assistant, The Global City
  • Research and Writing Tutor, Studies in Public Policy


  • Academic English Teacher (G6-12)
  • AP/IB English Preparation Instructor

Courses Prepared to Teach

I am prepared to teach courses on:

  • The history of city planning
  • Planning theory
  • Suburbanization (both in the West and globally)
  • Divided and post-conflict cities: war, peace, and (re)construction
  • Chinese urbanization
  • The authoritarian city (a comparative course on urban development in authoritarian states)
  • Urbanization in the global South


In addition, I have prepared syllabi for two courses, The Chinese City and The People and Politics of Xinjiang (available upon request).

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