In Spring 2019, Dr. Alarian assisted a co-taught master's level course at Princeton University on Identity, Power, and Policy with Betsy Levy Paluck and Keith Wailoo.  As part of this course, Dr. Alarian led an optional Spring break trip to El Paso, Texas. This trip exposed students to issues of identity, power, and policy in the region, through meetings and discussion with particular stakeholders in the region.

At the University of Virginia, Dr. Alarian offered courses in topics spanning comparative politics and international relations. Courses at the undergraduate level cover themes of citizenship, migration, political belonging, and European crisis. All courses were also prepared for the graduate level for interested master's students in the European Studies or Religion, Politics, and Violence programs. In addition to the courses listed below, Dr. Alarian also co-taught a summer course on Immigration and the Politics of Belonging as part of the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative Program.

Graduate Courses – Princeton University

Identity, Power, and Policy (WWS 528b)

Spring 2019

This course provides an overview of how identity and power inform public policy in the U.S. and across the globe. Among the topics we examine are: immigration and identity dynamics across the globe; identity, psychology, and public policy; questions of race, ethnicity, and group identity in residential segregation; the intersections of identity concerns with drug policies, policing, and sentencing; identity and economic development in Africa and the U.S.; policymaking andIslamic identity; and the ever-evolving identity politics in the U.S. as they inform media, elections, and policymaking. In all of these realms, we will examine how issues of identity are potent factors in public affairs and public policy around the world–from international debates over citizenship to health care, and from nationalistic ethnic politics across the globe to the shaping of specific housing, health, reproductive, economic, and social policies.

Undergraduate Courses – University of Virginia

Europe in Crisis (PLIR 3500)

Syllabus – Fall 2017

The goal of this course is to identify Europe’s location and future in the current era. Students engage with the recent and growing scholarship on the European Union, political participation, and migration. The course first examines the institutional and individual components of Europe’s political and economic climate. Second, students closely follow recent events analyzing the causes, effects, and implications of multiple on-going international ‘crises’ including the Eurozone crisis, migrant crisis, referendums, and the rise and success of far-right populism. The course concludes with a discussion of the effects and implications of these crises within Europe and across the globe. 

Citizenship & Migration (PLIR 4500) 

 Syllabus – Spring 2018 

This course addresses topics of citizenship, immigration, and integration and their implications for governance, liberalism, and democracy. The course is driven by macro- and micro-considerations and divided into two components: policy and people. Throughout the course, we will compare definitions, detail change, measure effects, and engage in new research in the growing fields of citizenship and migration. At the conclusion of this course, students will successfully build upon foundational and contemporary research to move from concept, to measurement, data collection, and analysis.


Teaching Assistance – University of California, Irvine

Comparative Politics

Comparative Political Systems

Intro. to Macro-Politics

Intro. to Micro-Politics

American Politics

Latinos in US Politics

Intro. to Race & Ethnicity

Media Writing


Probability & Statistics A

Probability & Statistics B

Probability & Statistics C


Introduction to Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Guest Lectures

University of Virginia

Citizenship and Immigrant Integration

Cologne Business School

American Politics in a Comparative Perspective

UC Irvine

Comparative Economic Systems

German Politics

Latinos in US Politics

Multivariate Regression

Political Economy

Emotions in Politics (Graduate)