Stanford University

Political Science, Ethics in Society, Philosophy, and Graduate School of Education

Lead Instructor

  • Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) 63: Freedom, Equality, and Difference
  • Thinking Matters, Constituting Justice (with Pamela Karlan)
  • Thinking Matters, Justice and the Constitution (with William S. Koski)
  • Political Science 35Q: Food and Politics
  • Political Science 53N: Plato and Aristotle on Justice
  • Political Science 131: Children’s Citizenship (Cross listed in Education, American Studies, Program in Human Biology, Program in Ethics in Society)
  • Political Science 133: Ethics and Politics in Public Service (Cross listed in American Studies, Program in Ethics in Society, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Urban Studies, Human Biology, Public Policy)
  • Political Science 132S: Theories of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Political Science 137R: Justice at Home and Abroad: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
  • Political Science 231S: Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Political Science 334: Research Workshop on Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • Political Science 340: Graduate Seminar on Autonomy
  • Political Science 440: Political Theory Workshop, 2008-2012, 2014-present
  • Ethics in Society 190: Honors Seminar

Stanford Summer Philosophy Discovery Institute

Founder and Co-Director

1999-2004 Created and co-direct a residential summer philosophy program for high school students.

  • Provides high school students an introduction to philosophy with the long-run goal of increasing enrollment, especially minority enrollment, in college-level philosophy courses.
  • Institute attracted applicants from across the United States and from Canada, Europe, and Asia in its first year; it has quadrupled in size since 2000, and enrolled 100 students.

Hope House Scholars Program

Co-Founder and Instructor


  • Designed and helped to implement a new program to provide Humanities courses to low income members of the communities surrounding Stanford. Course began at Hope House, a residential substance abuse facility for women in Redwood City, CA, in April 2001.
  • Awarded (with Debra Satz) the 2010 Stanford University Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, recognizing “Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to society.”

Rusk Elementary School, Houston, TX

Sixth Grade Teacher