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.

In Spring 2019, Dr. Alarian will be assisting a co-taught master's level course at Princeton University on Identity, Power, and Policy with Betsy Levy Paluck and Keith Wailoo


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)