I am passionate about teaching. My goal is to provide students with a set of concepts and tools to make sense of the world of politics. I aim to do so by engaging them actively in the process of learning and by encouraging them to apply what they’ve learned to new scenarios. 

I am interested in teaching a variety of courses in political theory, Canadian politics, and public policy. I have designed and taught several undergraduate courses at both Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia (UBC). These courses regularly span theory and practice. Where possible, I design assignments that allow me to mentor students as they work on a topic of interest over the course of the semester, with structured opportunities for feedback along the way. Some sample syllabi are available below. 

McKay_Introduction to PT Syllabus.pdf

Introduction to Political Theory

Democratic Theory Syllabus_2023.pdf

Democratic Theory

Political Theory of Work Syllabus_2023.pdf

Work and Labour in Political Theory


Bureaucracy and Public Service in Political Theory

I also have considerable experience in designing experiential learning activities. For several years, I was a facilitator for the Institute for Future Legislators (IFL) at UBC and I've contributed to the planning and execution of the IFL Program at Toronto Metropolitan University. I was also previously the coordinator of the Teaching Assistant Training program for the Department of Political Science at UBC.