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I was born and raised in Leeds, United Kingdom, completed my undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master’s of Public Policy and Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.

Outside of work I love spending time with my wonderful wife Lauren and lovely 8 year-old daughter Delilah. I also enjoy playing guitar, swimming, football (soccer!), and cooking. I am originally from Leeds, UK.  

My Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I aim to foster a passion for learning, facilitate critical thinking, and encourage technical excellence. I believe that we all have an innate desire to learn about and understand the world around us. However, the challenge for teachers is to tap into that desire, which can manifest in very different ways for each individual. We all bring a diverse set of beliefs and worldviews to the classroom. I come from another country – the United Kingdom – which helps me to provide an international perspective. Moreover, I grew up in a multi-cultural, predominantly Afro-Caribbean community (there were also many Indian Sikhs and Pakistani Muslims), which taught me the importance of respecting other people’s traditions and cultural sensitivities. I also aim to facilitate critical thinking. Being able to think critically is an invaluable skill for anyone and is a tool that can be used to succeed in a variety of occupations. I believe that technical excellence is one of the facets that differentiates academia from other industries, whether this applies to theory, research methods or communications skills. I have been very fortunate to have worked with Professors who place a primacy on writing and communications skills, and I am greatly inspired by those efforts to provide consistent, extensive and constructive feedback to students on their written work and presentations through other media. I believe this approach, while requiring a greater time commitment, is a critical way to encourage students to reach their fullest potential. Moreover, I believe this approach fosters a culture of engagement and critical reflection.

Delilah at my parent's allotment in Leeds (2013)

Delilah at my parent's allotment in Leeds (2013)