Meet the 2020 Michael Brintnall Teaching & Learning Award Winner: John Twichell of the University of Miami

The Michael Brintnall Teaching and Learning Award supports faculty attendance at the Teaching and Learning Conference and is named in honor of former APSA Executive Director Michael Brintnall, who was deeply committed to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline.

John Twichell is a Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2015) and Lecturer of International Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, where he instructs undergraduate courses in international relations, in research methodology, and in civic engagement and internships. In addition, in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Twichell is Coordinator of the Arts and Sciences Program for Internship-Related Experiences (ASPIRE), which assists undergraduates in identifying opportunities to develop their practical skills. launched in 2016 under Dr. Twichell’s leadership, ASPIRE is developing into a network that, in cooperation with Toppel Career Center, links undergraduate students to internship opportunities in Miami, nationally, and worldwide. Dr. Twichell’s research interests are focused on development in the nations of Latin America and the Middle East, and the influence national development patterns have on regional relations. Dr. Twichell conducted his dissertation fieldwork in Latin America through research grants awarded to him by the Center for Latin American Studies and by Fulbright. Dr. Twichell also previously served as a writer and editor for the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami (2008-2013), where he contributed to numerous publications on issues of domestic and foreign policy that confront countries in the Western hemisphere.