My teaching philosophy is underpinned by my core beliefs that public policy education should transcend disciplinary boundaries, be connected with the realities of the complex policy world, and equip future policy makers and policy analysts with problem-solving and analytical skills. I adopt a highly student-centric, inclusive, and applied teaching strategy. I was awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2018 and the prestigious university-level Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2019, for my outstanding teaching performance.
There is a natural synergy between my teaching and research. I currently offer the core module on “Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy – II”. The objective of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to comprehend and conduct policy evaluation. The focus is on rigorous quantitative impact evaluation tools. These are taught using case studies, datasets, and statistical software (Stata) that allow students to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these methods.
In addition, I offer an elective module on “Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy”, which takes a theory-practice approach on understanding and addressing two key Sustainable Development Goals: reducing poverty (Goal 1) and reducing inequality (Goal 10). It goes beyond mainstream conceptualizations of poverty and inequality such as pre-determined poverty lines and Gini index, and brings in contemporary and alternative paradigms such as multi-dimensional poverty, capability deprivation, and inequality of opportunity. It also covers new behavioral perspectives on poverty and inequality.