Interim Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning
Dr Catherine (Kate) Sanger is Senior Lecturer at Yale-NUS College, teaching courses for both the Global Affairs and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) majors. Her teaching interests span international relations theory, international security and law, American politics, the politics of technological-territorial discovery, and research methods. Most recently, she designed and taught ‘American Politics and the 2016 Presidential Election’, ‘Global Affairs Senior Research Capstone Course’, and ‘Conquest, Territorial Expansion, and the Foundations of International Law’.
Dr Sanger joined the College in 2014 as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Students for Cendana Residential College, one of three Residential Colleges at Yale-NUS. In 2017, she took on the new post of Deputy Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning at Yale-NUS College. In this exciting role, she works with both faculty and students to facilitate transformative student learning and powerful faculty teaching. Dr Sanger has particular responsibility for managing student learning accommodations, peer tutoring, syllabus design, and pedagogy development for junior faculty. She is especially interested in supporting faculty to develop inclusive teaching strategies for a diverse educational community.
Dr Sanger holds a PhD in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and pursued undergraduate study at Wellesley College and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a San Francisco native, enthusiastic traveller, and now resides happily in Singapore with her husband Brandon Yoder, dog Jasper, cat Persy, and their two young children Cendana and Asher.
Teaching and Learning Research Areas:
— Harnessing Diverse Classrooms for Transformative Learning
— The Relationship between Pedagogy, Motivation, and Learning
— Methods of Controlling for Prior Knowledge When Assessing Student Learning
— Integrating Equity, Justice, and Rigorous Inquiry in Higher Education
International Relations Research Areas:
— International Security, Cooperation, and Conflict
— International Law, Organisations, and Regimes
— The Politics of Technological-Territorial Discovery
— “What to Say After a Student Dies” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 24, 2017.
Research and Conference Engagement on Teaching, Learning, and Higher Ed:
— “Developing a Pedagogy of Grade-Free Learning for Higher Education” with Nancy Gleason, accepted to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual Conference, Bergen Norway (October 2018) and presented at the POD Network Annual Conference, “Leading in Times of Change,” Portland, Oregon (November 2018)
— “What is the Value of International Experiential Learning, Really?” Accepted to the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco (April 2018)
— Discussant, “The Big Picture: Tolerance, Diversity, & Assessment in Colleges & Universities” American Political Science Association Annual Convention, San Francisco (September 2017)
— What Is Going On Over There?! Teaching Contemporary American Politics to an International Classroom. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore (February 2017)
— Chair, “Interdisciplinary and Faculty-Student Collaborations in Teaching and Research” International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore (February 2017)
Research and Conference Engagement on International Relations and Politics:
— Chair and Discussant, “Mixed Methods to Study Norms and Ideas” American Political Science Association Annual Convention, San Francisco (September 2017).
— Chair, “The Power of Great Powers?” American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia (September 2016).
Discussant, “State Formation, Sovereignty, and their Obstacles” American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia (September 2016).
— Chair and Discussant, “Balancing” International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta (March 2016).
Bringing IR Scholarship to New Frontiers: How Great Powers Establish Jurisdiction Over Newly Exploitable Domains. Presented at the ISSS-ISAC Conference, George Washington University, Washington DC (October 2013).
— On the Origin of Commons: How Great Powers Forge Property Rights in New International Frontiers. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Convention, Chicago (August 2013) and International Studies Association, Annual Convention, San Francisco (April 2013).
— War, Peace, and the World Wide Web: How Is the Internet Influencing the Pathways to Inter-State War? International Studies Association, Annual Convention, San Francisco (April 2013) and the ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference, Hosted by the Triangle Institute of Security Studies, Chapel Hill, NC (October 2012).
— Book review. Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions by Elizabeth N. Saunders. Journal of Military History, January 2012.
Television and Radio Appearances:
— Television Interview, “US Mid-Term Elections and Implications for Asia” First Look Asia, Channel News Asia, Singapore. November 8, 2018.
— Television Interview, “Las Vegas Massacre” PrimeTime Asia, Channel News Asia, Singapore. October 3, 2017.
— Radio Interview, “America Decides” Evening Edition, BFM: The Business Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. November 9, 2016.
— Television Interview, “Race to the White House: Special Extended Edition” Insight News, Channel News Asia, Singapore. November 3, 2016.
— Television Interview, “America’s Presidential Election Debates” Insight News, Channel News Asia, Singapore. October 13, 2016.
— Radio Interview, “The Internet: World Impact Different Than Expected?” Virginia Insight, National Public Radio, WMRA, Harrisonburg, VA. September 20, 2012.
Invited Speaker, “What’s Happening in the World?” National Youth Council of Singapore series for youth on current events issues. (October 2016)
Invited Speaker, “Unpacking the US Presidential Election” Wellesley Club of Singapore (October 2016)
— “Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom: A Sourcebook for Yale-NUS Faculty” with other contributors, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Yale-NUS College, Singapore (January 2019)
— “Peer Tutoring Handbook” with Nancy W. Gleason and other contributors, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Yale-NUS College, Singapore (August 2018)
— “Guidelines for Peer Observation of Teaching: A Sourcebook for International Liberal Arts Learning” with Nancy W. Gleason, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Yale-NUS College, Singapore (September 2017)
“Conquest, Territorial Expansion, and International Law” AY 2018-2019
“Global Affairs Senior Capstone Research Seminar” AY 2017-18, AY 2018-2019
“American Politics and the 2016 Presidential Election” AY 2016-2017
“Neighbourhoods, Community, and Change in San Francisco” Experiential course in collaboration withAssistant Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) Nicholas Smith, AY 2016-2017