Joseph Harris | Asst. Professor - Sociology - Boston University | Joseph Harris teaching career
My teaching career spans four universities. I have experience teaching classes that are both large and small, receiving outstanding teaching evaluations.
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My teaching career spans four universities. I have experience teaching classes that are both large and small, directing independent studies, advising undergraduate and graduate research projects, facilitating the creation of student-led client reports and presentations, and serving on Master’s and Doctoral thesis committees. I consistently receive outstanding evaluations of my teaching by both students and peers and take student advising very seriously. In 2017, I was honored to receive the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, the College of Arts and Science’s highest teaching award.

The graduate students I work closely with are an impressive bunch and include a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow; a winner of the ASA’s Comparative and Historical Methods section Award for Best Student Paper; the graduate program’s first medical doctor (from Thailand); and a former Partners in Health staff person who serves as Research Assistant for the Lancet Commission on Reframing Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries for the World’s Poorest Billion.

At Boston University, I teach the following courses regularly:

SO 100 Principles of Sociology (Recent Rating: 4.64/5)

SO 206 Sociology of Globalization (Recent Rating: 4.36/5)

SO 215 Sociology of Health and Healthcare (Recent Rating: 4.42/5)

SO 439/839 Statebuilding and Failure in the Developing World (Recent Rating: 4.62/5)

SO 490/890 Politics of Global Health (Recent Rating: 4.88/5)

At the University of Chicago’s School of Public Policy Studies, I taught three graduate-level courses courses (Leadership in Chicago, Practical Tools for Advancing Public Policy, and Statebuilding and Failure in the Developing World). I also taught a range of short courses, including Confronting the “Big Three”: HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria; Case Studies in Development: Political Economy of Thailand; Policy Memo Writing; and Influencing Public Opinion through Op-Ed Writing, in addition to creating and directing the school’s Writing Program.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I taught an introductory sociology course (SO 211: The Sociological Enterprise). And at Princeton University, I served as Teaching Assistant for a policy workshop on Juvenile Justice, facilitating the development of a presentation and report for two clients, the state’s Attorney General and the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice system.