California State University Los Angeles (Political Science)
California State University Los Angeles (Master's)
I am native of Los Angeles, California. My family is originally from Guatemala before travelling and planting roots in the United States in 1976. Before returning to school after high school I worked as a tradesman and technician. As an undergraduate student I studied Film and History. I only became a Political Science major during my junior year. I am particularly interested in modern and contemporary political philosophy.
As a graduate student I specialized in political theory. By way of education, in June 2015, I received the MA in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles. With respect to my research and writing skills, my 167 page MA thesis developed a historical and theoretical analysis of the nexus of “race”, racism and political power in the United States. I am currently submitting for publication a set of journal article manuscripts offering refined theoretical analyzes of “race” and political power based on my research with a peer-reviewed European journal published by Routledge. As both a student of history and politics, I feel I am well-qualified to provide an excellent analytical frameworks for addressing key historical junctures, conflicts and events which takes into account the relationship between the exercise of political power and the cultural and psychological dimensions of social change.With respect to my organizational skills, for the past year, I have been self-employed as a private political science instructor where I coordinated weekly private instruction and tutorials to undergraduate students in foundation-level courses in Governments of the United States and California, Political Philosophy, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
By way of teaching philosophy, my tutoring mission goals are two-fold: (a) to engage with the student and challenge her/his capacity to reflect critically on the subject matter of social and political science, namely, what analytical concepts are best suited for enlightening our study of how political power is exercised in our society; how that exercise effects social change; and what are major normative concerns over that exercise; and (b) to provide the independent student with the best possible introduction to the art of producing publishable knowledge within the social sciences and the basic skill set presupposed by that enterprise. My teaching method updates a traditional one-on-one tutorial approach with a more interactive and contemporary media-based approach, which incorporates films, video clips, social media and other internet-sourced material.
By way of my personal interests: I enjoy hiking, playing piano and drums, hitting the gym, grilling and enjoying refreshments with friends during these hot LA months. Lastly, I have a morbid curiosity in contemporary American politics and do support progressive movements around the world. I am consummate people-person and I particularly enjoy working with undergraduate and graduate students. I look forward to working with you.
I am native of Los Angeles, California. My family is originally from Guatemala before travelling and planting roots in the United States in 1976. Before returning to school after high school I worked as a tradesman and technician. As an undergraduate student I studied Film and History. I only became a Political Science major during my junior year.
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