Teaching

While I enjoy research, my real passion as a scholar is teaching. Fortunately, I have had opportunities to teach at the University of Toronto and other prominent Canadian institutions. For each of my courses, I designed the syllabus, created the assignments, delivered lectures, and interacted with students one-on-one. These have been perhaps the most rewarding experiences of my academic career.

Most recently, I was delighted to teach “Astronomical Revolutions”, a course on the historical development of astronomy and cosmology, in the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga. You can see the syllabus here.

During my PhD, I taught two courses at U of T’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST). One of these was “Scientific Revolutions I”, the IHPST’s survey course on the history of science from antiquity to the year 1800. During the course, we covered not only the developments within science, but also the effects on science of a wide range of other factors, including politics, religion, new inventions and institutions, and contact between cultures. You can see the syllabus here.

In addition, in 2015 I taught a third-year undergraduate course entitled “History of Science and Religion”. This more specialized course addressed the history and historiography of the complex science-religion relationship from antiquity to the twentieth century. You can see the syllabus here.

As a teacher, I strive to make history accessible, relevant, and enjoyable to all students, whether their academic background is in the humanities or the sciences. For more on my teaching philosophy, you can read my statement here.