Paweł Charasz


Teaching Philosophy

The primary goal of my teaching is to equip my students with a set of analytical tools for understanding and making sense of the world around them. I transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries because I believe that learning requires a diverse set of perspectives. Imposing arbitrary categorizations that restrict it to the bounds of a single discipline deprives students of insights that reflect the breadth and complexity of the reality outside of university walls.

I view teaching as a learning opportunity both for the students and myself. Conveying ideas in the most approachable way forces one to develop a much deeper understanding of these ideas. But to me, it goes furtherI cherish teaching because I get to learn from my students. I therefore treat them as "partners" on an educational adventure and value their contributions and ideas. I strive to create an environment that allows students to express their opinions freely and respectfully, with the goal of exposing them to diverse viewpoints and allowing them to learn from the diversity of personal experiences of their peers.

Throughout my interactions with students, both in and out of the classroom, I nudge and nurture their development of critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills. I see these as universal skills that students will be able to apply readily in real life, but also ones that will enable them to become independent in acquiring, applying, and conveying knowledge. To foster this, I devise a threefold strategy:

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

POLS 1971: Political Economy of Development (Brown University, Spring 2023)

Lab Instructor

POLSCI631L: Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena (Duke University, Spring 2021)

POLSCI631L: Deductive & Analytical Approaches to Political Phenomena (Duke University, Spring 2019)

Teaching Assistant

POLSCI468S: Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Prosperity and Distribution in the Long Run (Duke University, Fall 2020)

POLSCI224: Inequality and Politics (Duke University, Fall 2018)

ECON345/554: Urban Economics (Duke University, Spring 2015)

Pedagogical Training