Working with Undergraduate Students

My approach to teaching is constructed around my lived experience as a learner within various settings. I draw on my early years in the British system in the Caribbean, the American educational system during my undergraduate years and the Swiss system in graduate school. These experiences inform my understanding of teaching as a primarily facilitative endeavor; one in which faculty engenders critical thinking, and encourages a connection with the material so as to master the content, all while promoting civic awareness. I believe that teaching can extend beyond the confines of the classroom and involves mentoring. I enjoy working with undergraduates and below are some of the projects that I’ve worked on with students.

California Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Panels (2020)

Undergraduate Research: Disrupting Racial, Class, and Gender Boundaries

In this session, undergraduate students who have conducted first-rate research on a range of topics including race, indigeneity, class, sex and gender demonstrate the need for an intersectional understanding of these issues, so as to unveil the underlying structures at work in our society. But, more importantly how to disrupt and challenge those very structures to create a more just world.

Panel A

  • Exploring the Sociopolitical Dynamics of COVID-19 Pandemic Coverage in the United States by Kahaan Shah & Dan Tan, Pomona College
  • Effects of Social Interaction on Negative Affect in College Students  by Devon Reynolds, Western Washington University 
  • From Diversity to Inclusion, a critical race analysis of institutional inclusivity: How have PWIs been at promoting diversity and being inclusive towards Black & Latinx students? by Quentin Jenkins Jr., Pomona College
  • Chronic Disease Disparities and Health Standards in Hawaii’s Public Schools by Casey Tokita, Western Washington University

Panel B

  • Affirmative Consent Policy and Conceptualizations of Consent for Gay Men by Jacob Richardson, CSU, Bakersfield
  • Genders Within The Intersectional Paradox by Jaize Holt, UC, Riverside
  • The OnlyFans Case: A Reexamination of Theoretical Conceptions of Pornography in the Age of Subscription-Based Social Media Platforms by Zachary von Behren, Pomona College
  • Relationships Between Racial Status and the Development of Disabilities by Cydnea Dean, UC, Riverside

Summer Projects (2020)

Exploring the sociopolitical dynamics of COVID19 pandemic coverage in the United States

Narratives and reporting have the power to change public opinion, promote specific public policy, and re-frame public discourse on a subject. This project aims to explore the sociopolitical dynamics of COVID-19 pandemic coverage in the United States. We focus on mainstream media coverage of the pandemic, exploring the ways in which narrative shifts control the public’s image of the pandemic and serve to re-entrench structures of inequality. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques, our goal is to determine, if and when a narrative shift occurs between February 1, 2020 to present, and the causes of these narrative shifts.

Students are learning the basics of qualitative research methods, how to develop a dataset within the Quirkos environment, while deepening their knowledge on structures of inequality and how they are reproduced in our society.

Students: Tan and Shah

Money and Power: The role of economic capital and the symbolic self in the rise of OnlyFans amongst gay men.

Image by rbrudolph from Pixabay

How does the monetization of the sexual and personal self, play into the symbolic reclamation of power through acquisition of capital in a heteronormative society which ties both heterosexuality and money to masculinity?

In this project, the student’s objective is to understand how the personal and sexual self are leveraged to gain capital particularly during the COVID19 pandemic.

Student: von Behren