Teaching philosophy

I enjoy teaching and mentoring. I love to witness those aha! moments when students grasp a new way of looking at seemingly intractable development challenges and policy dilemmas. I particularly enjoy seeing students strengthen their skills in making well-supported arguments, both in writing and in lively classroom discussions. I seek to nurture students’ curiosity and passion for lifelong learning and to support them in cultivating competence and confidence in asking, and attempting to answer, complex questions. Students know that I am eager to discuss with them the issues we are discussing in class as well as their broader academic and career concerns. I have benefitted enormously from having wonderful teachers and mentors in my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to give back by making sure that my classes are valuable learning experiences and that students know that my door is open when they have questions about a class project, want guidance about opportunities, or need a letter of recommendation. In short, students know I am available and interested in their well-being and success.

Courses taught

Health, Development, and Human Rights

Feeding the World: The Politics, Economics, and Sociology of Food and Nutrition

Food: Perspectives on Production, Consumption, and Health (with Service Learning)

International Political Economy

Globalization and the Politics of Development

Social Science Research Methods

Student comments from International Political Economy course evaluations

Encouraging critical thinking:

  • “I loved being exposed to different viewpoints.”
  • The most effective part of the course was “the readings that presented many sides to an argument.”
  • “The course opened my eyes to the complexities of the world market.”
  • “The class widened my perspective.”

Effective class format:

  • “Course was very well organized.”
  • “Exam formats were great.”
  • The most effective parts of the course were “the open discussions and debates.”
  • “The readings and the lectures worked great together.”
  • The most effective part of the course was “discussions of current events with tie-ins to historical occurrences.”

Instructor effectiveness:

  • “Bridle is so far one of the best instructors I have had as an international relations major, and we should get more professors that are of her caliber.”
  • “Excellent class; the instructor was very helpful in explaining difficult concepts. Made for a great learning experience.”
  • “There need to be more courses like this at UCD.”
  • “Everyone should take this course no matter what major.”
  • “I really enjoyed this class—felt like it was worth my tuition.”
  • The instructor “really pushed the class to work hard and learn a lot.”