The overall goal of my teaching is to promote the integration of knowledge on culture and diversity across different fields of study, including psychology, evolutionary biology, sociology, and anthropology. I strive to promote critical thinking and the consolidation of knowledge, acknowledgement of the complexity and the paradoxes inherent to culture, society, and science, and to prepare students for citizenship.
Family Ethic and Cultural Diversity
FAS 370 (AFR 370)
This course emphasizes the importance of understanding multiple scientific disciplines, theories, and methods, helping you ask critical questions about what happens when different individuals and groups come together. The central premise of this course is that we need to include a diversity of perspectives to truly advance our understanding of modern society.
Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
This course provides a broad introduction to systematic reviews and meta-analyses, providing basic conceptual, methodological, logistical, and statistical tools to conduct them. Because the field is vast, the material discussed will be selective. The course is divided into three units. Unit #1 focuses on the question “Why conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses?” and provides basic elements to understand their history, reasons, possibilities, and limitations. Unit #2 addresses the question “How to conduct a systematic review?” and covers readings and tasks to begin this process. Unit #3 engages the question “How to conduct a meta-analysis?” and builds on the previous two units to engage in this method.
Culture and Biology Interplay
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of culture and biology interplay, including the main theoretical frameworks, research methods, and recent studies, as well as a discussion of the main problems and opportunities associated with this field. Because the field is vast, the material discussed is selective. The course is divided into five units: introduction, animal culture, cultural genomics, cultural neurobiology, and cultural neuroscience.