My approach to teaching engages students through inclusive, participatory learning activities that encourage students to share their unique perspectives while developing skills and knowledge to support professional success and community engagement. It is a pedagogy based on more than a decade of experience as an educator working with a diverse array of student populations, and draws on my background in theater and arts education.
My teaching has also been significantly influenced through trainings from UC Santa Cruz's Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning, where I received certificates in Course Design & Delivery and Teaching with Technology.
I have taught introductory and upper-division courses on American politics, public policy, and political history, with a focus on the causes and consequences of social and political inequalities.
Select student testimonials:
“Lectures were engaging and educational. Blend of conversation, lecture, and media were productive and interesting. Amaral was very enthusiastic, kind, helpful, and committed to facilitating discussion and individual growth. The feedback on our assignments was consistently thoughtful and instructive.”
“His enthusiasm was unmatched and it really helped me stay focused and alert throughout the 3 and a half hours, which is not an easy thing to do. David is extremely helpful with the way he breaks down difficult topics such as the history of politics, and uses videos and different visual content to support his teaching.”
“He created a class environment that invited discussion and provoked useful thought. He was very respectful and inclusive as well.”
“Very encouraging to know there are professors that genuinely have a passion for teaching.”
Instructor of Record
Society and Democracy in American Political Development, Summer 2020. (syllabus)
American Politics, Summer 2019. (syllabus)
Introduction to Legal Process; Congress, President, and the Court in American Politics; Society and Democracy in American Political Development; Latin American Politics; State and Capitalism in American Political History; Comparative Law; Security, Conflict, Violence, and War; Comparative Politics; Politics: Power, Principle, Process, and Policy; Citizenship and Action; Introduction to American Government.