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Christiane Wilke

Associate Professor


Alma Maters: New School for Social Research (PhD, MA in Political Science)
Classes Taught: LAWS 3908, LAWS 4106, LAWS 4603, LAWS 5904
Countries Traveled To: Argentina, Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa, Sweden (lived in: Germany, US)
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What is your style of teaching?
Engaged, challenging, respectful. I know that we only learn by doing things, by asking questions, by solving problems, and by arguing points ourselves.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Secondary readings (i.e. theory and scholarly writing) plus different kinds of primary sources: court decisions, novels, hearing transcripts, cartoons, ...
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Research papers. Honestly. In class we talk a lot about finding questions, approaching a topic, using theory, and building arguments. Yes, this IS exciting.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Competence, originality, arguments, evidence. I'm disappointed to see papers that simply agree with what I apparently said in class. That's not an argument...
What kind of student would love your class?
Everyone who likes to think, ask questions, and craft possible answers.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Treat your university studies as your main task, with passion, curiosity, and professionalism. And don't forget to look around and stumble over new things.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Human rights, transitional justice, history
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Publishing an academic article about ghosts.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I hope so: research. I'm on sabbatical, writing a book. Outside of the job, I play the oboe, do photography, and practice yoga.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I assume that you're in the class because you want to ask questions, not because you have or want answers. (I also assume that you will do the readings.)

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