The same concerns with how memory shapes citizens’ subjectivity and capacities for action that motivate my research are also central to my teaching. As memory studies scholars have long argued, remembering is not simply about recalling facts. It is also a process of learning to recognize the forces that shape our lifeworlds and developing the capabilities to intervene into them. Learning the piano, for example, is less about remembering the individual keys that comprise a chord than it is about how to play a sonata. With that in mind, my overarching goal as a teacher is to frame my classes around memorable lessons; that is, lessons that increase students’ abilities to productively think about and act upon the world they live in. 

Teaching Awards:

2016    Engaged Learning Arts and Sciences Teaching Grant. Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College.

2015    Human Rights Graduate Prize Lectureship. Human Rights Department, The University of Chicago.

 2012    Starr Prize Lectureship. Department of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

Self-Designed Courses:

  • Introduction to Anthropology. Knox College, Fall 2017.
  • Anthropology of Crime in Latin America. Bard College, Spring 2017. Syllabus.
  • Doing Ethnography: Methods, Morals, and the Making of Good Anthropology. Bard College, Spring 2017. Syllabus.
  • The Anthropology of Death: Four-Field Approaches. Bard College, Fall 2017. Syllabus.
  • Science, Technology, Democracy. Bard College, Fall 2017. Syllabus.
  • Political Anthropology. Bard College, Fall 2017. Syllabus.
  • MA Thesis Proposal Workshop. The University of Chicago, Winter 2016.
  • Human Rights in (Post-)Conflict Settings (with Erin McFee). The University of Chicago, Winter 2015.
  • Ethnographic Methods. The University of Chicago, Spring 2012.

© Jonah Rubin 2017