I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University. I study comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on democratization, migration and citizenship,
urban politics, and the media. I have a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa and research affiliation with the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of
My dissertation "Symbolic Inclusion: The Politics of Diaspora Voting" investigates the conditions under which states enfranchise or exclude citizens living outside of their home country. Data collection for this project, including extensive fieldwork in South Africa, has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the Yale Council on African Studies.
Prior to attending Yale, I worked as a researcher and producer for documentary films and advocacy campaigns. These films covered a wide range of political and social issues around the world, including truth commissions, electoral revolutions, and genetic testing. I hold an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University.
Senior Thesis Consultant: Designed and taught workshops on research design and writing, provided feedback on drafts, met individually with students to provide support and guidance.
Writing Intensive Discussion Section Leader: Led weekly seminar section for 14 writing intensive students. Facilitated discussions integrating course material (lectures and readings) with instruction for writing effective political science papers. Met individually with each student throughout the semester (approx. 40 meetings) for personalized guidance on writing structure and style. Graded three papers and final exam.
Head Teaching Fellow: Organized 230 students into 6 writing-intensive (WR) and 10 non-WR discussion sections; Coordinated weekly meetings with 11 additional teaching fellows from five different departments; Created discussion section plans, grading workflows, essay rubrics and exam questions.
Discussion Section Leader: Led weekly discussion sections, held office hours, graded exams, and guest lectured for undergraduate course on states, regimes, and conflict.
Grader: Held office hours, graded exams and papers, and guest lectured for undergraduate/graduate course on peacekeeping, reconstruction, and transitional justice.
Best teaching fellow I've ever had at Yale and it's not even close. Beth cares so much about her students, puts so much effort and energy into section, leads good discussions (especially in review for midterm and final exams), and is a quick/helpful/responsive grader. Really, really excellent overall. I don't have any suggestions, but hope that she continues leading sections in the Political Science dept. at Yale in coming years. Wow, was this a good section!
I thought that Beth was very helpful in section. She clearly knew the material and did a great job of teaching it and applying it during section. I especially appreciated her working with me outside of class for my papers. I can say confidently that she has helped me improve my writing exponentially.
Beth is the best TA I’ve had at Yale. She comes prepared with activities to make section enjoyable. She follows up on questions/comments after section. Beth is just all around wonderful and I am so fortunate to have had the chance to work with and learn from her.
Beth was an incredible TA and was the best part of this course by far. She was approachable, encouraging, helpful, enthusiastic, and dedicated. I feel very lucky to have had her as a TF.