I gravitate toward teaching because I learned from a few great teachers. For me, teaching is two parts preparation and one part running behind the proverbial bus—all of which is shaken into a martini of mutual learning and surprise.
In addition to short lectures that provide a foundation for student learning and (for smaller classes) formal, student-led "structured discussion," my courses frequently have an embodied component where students put their research skills to work discovering lesser-known aspects of their local, vocational, or ecological surroundings. I emphasize the need to rethink current habits of thought and action toward the more-than-human world and marginalized human communities.
I follow the reflective practices of India and the West that link world-understanding to self-understanding in order to expand students' perception, sensitivity, and personal authority.
Classes taught (Click for Syllabus):
- Medical Ethics/Bioethics (Fall 2020)
- Applied Indian Philosophy (Fall 2020)
- Asian Philosophies: Buddhism & Jainism
- Philosophy of Religions
- Animal Ethics and Religions
- Introduction to Indian Traditions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism
- Bioethics and Indian Traditions
- India, Consciousness, and Science
- Chanting and Social Change in the Indian Traditions
- Ecology and the Indian Traditions
- Introduction to Jainism
- Introduction to Sikhism
- History and Philosophy of Yoga
- Global Perspectives: What is Justice?
- Women and Religion
- Islam and Judaism
- Reflections: Queer Theory and Nonviolent Movements
- Introduction to Liberal Arts
Public Class Projects
- Applied Jainism Video Summaries: A Possible Jain Response to a Contemporary Ethical Issue (UC Irvine)
- Exhibit: Eating Plants: Vegetarian Stories from the Heartland (Monmouth College)
- Exhibit: Structures of Striving: Jainism and Nonviolence in Temple Architecture (Rice U)
- Digital Stories (1-2 min. each): History and Philosophy of Yoga (Monmouth College)
- Website: The Unofficial Monmouth College Tour (Monmouth College)
- Film List: Women and Religion (approx. 45 films)
- Research Posters: Samples from Introduction to Jainism, 2016 (Rice U)
A selection of events, exhibits, and conferences I have overseen can be found here.
View some of our course experiences below: