My  undergraduate teaching duties at UCLA are split between the International Institute and Department of Geography. Below, with brief descriptions, are the two undergraduate lecture courses I teach on a yearly basis.

Introduction to international and area studies (IASTD 1): This course is designed to introduce students to the subject matter of the international studies curriculum. 

Political geography (GEOG 148):  This course is designed to introduce you to the field of political geography.

In addition to these courses I teach an annual capstone seminar for European Studies majors. Past capstone seminars have explored the Yugoslav wars of the 1990sdisplacement in Europe after WWIIforced ethnic unmixing in 20th century Central and Southeast Europe;  war and its aftermath in Bosnia; and nationalism, victimhood, and politics.

Letter of recommendation guidelines for undergraduate studentsStudents seeking a letter of recommendation should review these Letter of recommendation guidelines before emailing me.

Graduate Students

Information on UCLA’s graduate program can be found here. I welcome inquiries from potential graduate students with interests in the dynamics and effects of war, ethnic conflict, peacebuilding, humanitarianism, human rights, Southeast European politics, geopolitics, logistics and infrastructure, militarization and military studies, and police violence.

Current PhD Students

Lindsey Rogers. Interests: Police violence, sheriffs

Irma Losada Olmos. Interests: Migration, refugees, human rights, border externalization, humanitarianism

Former Students

Nour Joudah (PhD, 2022): UC President’s Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley

James Walker (PhD, 2021): Postdoc, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen Nurnberg (FAU)

Ali Hamdan (PhD, 2019): Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam

Robert Mobley (MA, 2019): Instructor, United States Air Force Academy

Nerve Macaspac (PhD, 2018): Assistant Professor, CUNY Staten Island