17.804 Quantitative Methods III (Generalized Linear Models and Extensions)

TA for Prof. Teppei Yamamoto

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The third part of the Methods sequence for MIT graduate students in political science, Quantitative Methods III introduces an array of advanced statistical tools for model-based inference in political science. Topics include generalized linear models for various data types and their extensions, such as discrete choice models and multilevel models, from both frequentist and Bayesian perspectives. As the TA, I worked with Professor Teppei Yamamoto to prepare and grade weekly problem sets and manage materials, as well as leading weekly recitations summarizing lectures and assisted students with problem sets and final projects.


17.850 Political Science Scope and Methods

TA for Prof. Roger Petersen

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A required class for majors in political science, Political Science Scope and Methods introduces undergraduates to the principles of empirical and theoretical analysis in political science. The class emphasizes how political science research relates to larger themes, and how researchers confront obstacles to inference in political science. As TA, I collaborated with Professor Roger Petersen to prepare materials and grade assignments. I also conducted weekly discussion-based recitations and assisted students with formulating and completing a final research design project of their own.


17.307 American Public Policy for Washington Interns

TA for Prof. Charles Stewart III

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American Public Policy for Washington Interns is a two-term class intended to provide students participating in the MIT Washington Internship program with the background to select and complete an internship of their choosing. The class examines US policymaking, with special attention to policy in science and technology. Together with Professor Charles Stewart, I assisted undergraduates with applying for summer internships in DC over the course of the spring term, and then on their return in the fall term with formulating and completing research projects on the US policymaking process.

 

Political Methodology Lab Workshops

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The Political Methodology Lab at MIT organizes optional, periodic workshops for graduate students in political science, led by advanced students. The workshops that I put together introduced students to tools for both presenting and conducting research.

A first workshop offered an introduction to making presentations and generating dynamic reports in LaTeX. Presentations in LaTeX rely on the Beamer class, a powerful tool for assembling flexible, professional-looking slideshows that many political scientists rely on for both conferences and teaching. It can be used together with the Knitr package, which elegantly combines tools from R and LaTeX for dynamic report generation, so that researchers can tweak R code or underlying data and have their written report (or slides) automatically adopt those changes. Together, Beamer and Knitr are critical teaching tools for generating presentations and problem sets and walking students through the way theoretical statistical concepts are converted into R code for analysis.

In a subsequent workshop, I led attendees through connecting to and working with remote processes on Athena, MIT's unix-based computing facility. Athena allows users to perform time-consuming processes on remote servers. The workshop also introduced students to the unix file system, as well as some essential basic commands.