Pedro de la Torre III

Pedro D.

Bloomfield, NJ

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Pedro delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2013

How did producing plutonium for nuclear weapons in the 40's make the future of a huge chunk of land in Eastern Washington State a political, technical, cultural, and scientific problem for generations to come--potentially even longer than human beings have existed?

This is the question I spent years researching, and on which I wrote my dissertation. As you can see, I am interested in how people, politics, and technologies relate in VERY messy ways to places and environments. I am also interested in the ways societies have created problems that hard to even wrap your head around, let along "solve" (or, in this case, "cleanup").

I want to help you get as excited about the questions raised by anthropology, sociology, geography, history, and other social sciences/social studies as I am. I want to help make sure it doesn't seem like a pointless task, like just memorizing dates or the names of capital cities. I want to help you put what you need to learn in the context of big questions, interesting stories, and the problems and issues you see in your own experiences.

I have taught students at the college level, and have worked on after school educational programs for high school students. I've also been involved in popular education efforts, and training for student activists. Most recently, I taught college seniors writing their theses, which had to be 60-100 page original research projects, so I'd also love to help you with writing papers of any kind!

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Experience

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

I was the primary instructor for students writing their senior thesis in "Science and Technology Studies" and "Sustainability Studies." This involved both groups lessons and one-on-one mentoring, with instruction focusing on research design, conducting and writing a literature review, and composition.

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Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

I led discussion sections and graded assignments for "Environment and Politics" and "Science, Technology, and Society." Both classes consisted primarily of first year students, and were writing intensive courses. Environment and Politics focused on understanding political debates around sustainability, and focused on understanding the different perspectives of stakeholders on issues like climate change, environmental justice, and nuclear power. Science, Technology, and Society focused on the creation, governance, and consequences of science and technology, asking questions like: What is technological steering, and what should it look like? How does science either exacerbate, ameliorate, or embody social inequality in particular cases?

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Advocacy Senior Associate, Campus Progress
Nov 2005 - Aug 2010
Center for American Progress

Education

Science and Technology Studies, PhD
Aug 2012 - May 2017
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Anthropology, M.A.
Aug 2010 - May 2012
New School for Social Research
Sociology, B.A.
Aug 2002 - May 2005
University of Texas--Austin
Psychology (switched majors, transferred)
Aug 2000 - May 2002
University of Houston, Honors College

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

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Claudia Jun 15, 2017
Social Sciences · Online

Pedro's wide range of knowledge in the social sciences field and his critical pedagogy approach really enhanced my understanding of these often difficult concepts. As an instructor, Pedro was super patient in helping me relate theoretical concepts to real life examples and helped me formulate critical thought in science and technology studies, anthropology, and environmental justice. I definitely recommend Pedro because he cares about his students, is very down to earth, and is engaging!

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Claudia Jun 15, 2017
Social Sciences · Online

Pedro's wide range of knowledge in the social sciences field and his critical pedagogy approach really enhanced my understanding of these often difficult concepts. As an instructor, Pedro was super patient in helping me relate theoretical concepts to real life examples and helped me formulate critical thought in science and technology studies, anthropology, and environmental justice. I definitely recommend Pedro because he cares about his students, is very down to earth, and is engaging!

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