Courses taught

POLSCI 121:  World Politics

POLISCI 297: Political Violence

POLISCI 397: Gender, Conflict, and Security

LEGAL 391: Sexual Violence, Justice, and the Law


Internships in international security and foreign policy

As a resource for students, I compiled a hyper-linked list of 109 organizations that have unpaid or paid internship programs

Letters of recommendation and reference requests

To request a letter of recommendation for graduate school, law school, a professional position, or another opportunity, please email me (mloken at with the following information: the position to which you are applying (if possible, with informational links), the reference deadline, instructions on how to submit the reference, your CV or resume, and any other relevant documentation (e.g., personal statement or cover letter). I generally will write for students who have earned high marks in two or more courses with me or are thesis advisees. Please submit requests at least three weeks before the reference due date.

Resources for students

UMass Amherst writing center (appointments and online tutoring)

Writing thesis statements

Organizing academic papers

Citations and quotations