Dr. Power values teaching depth of knowledge. He facilitates this goal in a number of ways. In his classes, students learn to engage with the fundamental concepts and ideas of texts and articles. They learn to think critically and creatively. Dr. Power aims to cultivate an environment where students think about the “big picture” of academic research.


Teaching and research are inseparable. The connections between research and teaching help students to learn how to evaluate and produce social scientific evidence. It encourages them to engage with theoretical and empirical work so they can learn how to assess research at multiple levels of analysis. In the classes he teaches, beyond learning how to deconstruct knowledge and to question received wisdom, students must also learn how to construct balanced evidence-based arguments from their readings of core texts and articles, develop ways to evaluate research, and to advance academic knowledge through critical and creative thinking. Moreover, in all his lectures and seminars, students learn to think beyond the specifics of each academic study or idea and to locate these central issues within a broad context. Readings in his courses often pull from across the social sciences, from researchers located throughout the world, to inform critical and creative debates on core topics of social, cultural, moral, and political interest.


When he works with students, Dr. Power instills in them a focus on the “big picture”, to conduct research and make arguments that are groundbreaking, where they are not afraid to follow the argument where it leads.


Teaching experience

Assistant Professor

  • Social Psychology: University of Copenhagen (Autumn, 2019; Spring, 2020)

  • Community Psychology: University of Copenhagen (Spring, 2020)                                                              

  • Qualitative Methods: University of Copenhagen (Spring, 2020)             



  • Methods that Matter for the Social Sciences, Spring, 2018; Winter, 2019: The University of Chicago

  • Remembering & Imagining in Human Development, Winter, 2018; Spring, 2019: The University of Chicago

  • Political Psychology: Rallies, Riots, Revolutions, Fall, 2017; Winter, 2019: The University of Chicago

  • Mind in Context, Spring, 2016; 2018; 2019: The University of Chicago

  • The Cultural Psychology of Violence, Summer 2015: The American University of Paris

  • Mind, 2014-2015: The University of Chicago (Intern lecturer)                                                                                                        

Teaching assistant

  • Cultural Psychology Fall, 2013 (undergraduate) & Fall, 2014 (graduate): The University of Chicago

  • Power & Influence in Organizations, Fall, 2013; Winter, 2015; Spring, 2016; Spring, 2017; Winter, 2018 (MBA): Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago

  • Managerial Decision Making, Winter, 2018: Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago

  • Strategies & Processes of Negotiation, Fall, 2018: Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago

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