I decided to become a sociologist because of an encounter with an exceptional teacher at a pivotal moment in my life. In my own courses, I hope that students learn not just how to think critically but also what interests them and why. In addition to having been an instructor and undergraduate thesis mentor in the UCLA Sociology Department, my primary teaching experience is through the Institute for Society and Genetics, where I taught the introductory course to the Human Biology and Society major on five separate occasions. The HBS program teaches students to think about problems situated at the intersection of biology and society by drawing on ideas from a variety of disciplines including sociology, biology, anthropology, economics, history, and environmental science. My experience working in the HBS program has both made me critical of the notion that STEM students are uninterested in what the humanities and social sciences have to offer, while also convincing me that for a host of important topics (climate change, the emergence of AI, the explosion of genomic technologies), the integration of ideas from across the liberal arts is a necessary component of undergraduate education in the 21st century for students in every field.
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