Teaching is about creating the conditions for thinking to take place. As the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze wrote, “We are always forced to think. Thinking is like a shove in our back. Thought is neither pleasant nor desired.” Philosophy is a foreign way of thinking for most undergraduate students in America as it is not a required part of high school curriculum. Due to this foreign and often strange way of thinking, introducing philosophical ideas and theories to undergraduate students requires patience, passion and precision.
My courses aim to weave these three approaches together. My goal is to give students the proper time explore ideas through lecture, small group work, reflection writing and through application of the ideas to popular culture and film.
Why do ideas matter? My own work beyond the boundaries of the university speaks to this very question. My Ph.D. studies took me to a unique learning environment where I was able to engage with some of today’s most influential public intellectuals and philosophers. My teaching approach is centered on the conviction that public intellectuals and philosophers influence social power and ideas do in fact change the world.
My teaching seeks to equip students with critical thinking skills which will come in handy in their careers. Philosophy requires the ability not only to think critically but to read critically. Students are challenged to engage primary philosophy texts and elaborate on the way that arguments are formed and then to apply philosophical frameworks to real-world issues.
Introduction to Philosophy: Truth and Knowledge (200 level)
Ethical Theory (300 level)
Badiou and the Political Project of Psychoanalysis (Graduate Seminar)
Global Center for Advanced Studies
Areas of Teaching
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Islam
Contemporary Continental Thought
The Philosophy of Marx
Deleuze, Gilles Logic of Sense
Badiou, Alain Being and Event
Badiou, Alain Theory of the Subject
Iqbal, Muhammad Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam