Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching based on student evaluations (2012; 2014)


  • Departmental Teaching Fellow (2015-2016)
  • Senior Thesis Writers’ Seminar (2015-2016)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    Head Teaching Fellow (Fall 2013)
    Teaching Fellow (Fall 2011)
    Professor: Steve Levitsky
  • Sophomore Tutorial: Democracy
    Head Teaching Fellow (Spring 2014)
    Teaching Fellow (Spring 2012; Spring 2014)
    Professors: Daniel Ziblatt (2012), Nancy Rosenblum (2012; 2014), Steve Ansolabehere (2014)

Sophomore Tutorial: Democracy (Spring 2014)

Teaching Fellow Overall: 5/5

Excerpts from comments:

Shelby was an awesome TF. Our section was the most fun and engaging section I have ever been in so far here at the College. Not only was she great at presenting the material clearly, she also actively engaged us with fun activities that reinforced the concepts.

She is the best! I won the section leader lottery!

Shelby is one of the best TFs I’ve had at Harvard. She made the sections exciting every week and really allowed each student to get out their opinions. She posed a lot of interesting questions for our class to analyze and incentivized our class to participate through fun games and prizes. She was SO great.

Shelby did an amazing job at section. She kept things interesting, tried new activities, used videos, news articles, and other multimedia related to the week. Though what I most appreciate about Shelby is that she made section very easy going so that you didn’t feel nervous about speaking up in class. The environment was very conducive for good conversation and I never worried about being judged for maybe saying something incorrect, which I think some section leaders have a huge problem with.  Whether during a section discussion or outside office hours to give help on a paper, Shelby was very good at listening to your arguments and then sharpening them to be more concise and clear. Finally, Shelby was just very eager to offer outside assistance and go above and beyond to make sure you understood the material. I am very thankful to have had her as my section leader!!!!

Sophomore Tutorial: Democracy (Spring 2012)

Teaching Fellow Overall: 4.8/5

Excerpts from comments:

Shelby was an incredible Section Leader. […] I actually looked forward to section each week and felt like I got a lot out of our discussions. Shelby is also a phenomenal teacher and made everything very clear and easy to understand. I was very lucky to have her as a Section Leader.

Great at presenting the material in an easy and fun way. Very helpful with papers and always willing to lend a hand. Helped me grow as a writer.

Shelby was truly excellent TF. She was fantastic at facilitating discussion and was great at simplifying things so that everyone could understand what was going on. I always felt like I could comfortably speak up in section because even if my comment was stupid, she would twist it in a way that encouraged discussion about what was said. She was also great at applying what we were talking about to her work experience. This allowed us to gather a real-world perspective on the course material.

Discussing course material with Shelby was a great way to synthesize information gained through readings and lecture. I think the best part about Shelby was how willing she was to help formulate ideas for paper assignments, and how accessible she was outside of class. She also tried to keep section discussions varied. I really appreciated our debates, matchmaking exercises, articles, videos and other creative teaching approaches that kept section interesting.

I loved being in Shelby’s section. She is the best TF I have ever had. She facilitated interesting discussions and brought in new material and information that made everything really applicable.

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Spring 2012)

Teaching Fellow Overall: 4.3/5

Excerpts from comments:

[…] Any effort put into the class by students was returned tenfold in her enthusiasm for leading discussion and the counterarguments that she would pose to help students develop their ideas.

Shelby is great at synthesizing all the readings from the past week and encouraging a discussion on how they relate to each other . She also knows how to mix up the section format (i.e. West Wing clips, British parliament video) to keep it interesting.

Shelby absolutely cares about teaching and was always willing to help students outside of class. She varied the format of section and adjusted her teaching after receiving our mid-term feedback. A great section leader!

Shelby is awesome! Very knowledgeable and clear in her explanations. I really appreciated her effort in bringing different mediums of learning into section […]. I also liked working with other people to make concept maps. I appreciated the non-intimidating atmosphere of section. I think it helped generate enthusiasm because people were willing to jump in more.

She was such a great section leader. She was incredibly prepared for section and was so helpful in comprehending the diverse readings while still generating discussion on topics of interest.