Teaching Interests

History of Moral and Political Thought (especially 17th–20th century)
Contemporary Liberal and Democratic Theory (including analytical, critical, and empirical approaches)
Critical Social Theory, Critical Theories of Political Economy
American Pragmatism and Philosophy of Social Science
Interdisciplinary courses in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), Biology and Politics



Teaching Experience

Lead Instructor, McGill University

Liberal Political Theory (expected, 2019 Winter)
Philosophy, Economy, and Society (theme: "Capitalism and Democracy")

Lead Instructor, Duke University

Honors Thesis Seminar (Political Science)

Teaching Assistant, Duke University

Introduction to Political Science
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Ethics of Violence and War
Challenges of Living an Ethical Life
Introduction to Political Philosophy 


Selected Student Comments

From Capitalism and Democracy (as instructor)

"I did not consider myself a political theory sort of person before taking this class. Only while in the class did I realize how interesting the subject is, how important it can be, and how much I'd like to study it again. Dr. Bagg did an excellent job of planning course material to create a causal story / argument. Going to class each day feels like reading a paper with the thesis 'Democracy and Capitalism matter' and each class is a different author-based paragraph supporting the argument."

"This was the best course I have done in my entire degree, and it's thanks to Dr Bagg. He is passionate and engaging. His style of teaching is really good, one does not get lost in the course and he covers every inch of the material. I was very impressed by Dr. Bagg and the effort he put into this course."

"I really loved this course. It has been, week after week, a real pleasure to come to class."

"I really enjoyed this course, it has been of one the most transformative and engaging I had the chance to take at McGill. Dr. Bagg is a fascinating and committed professor, and he is very rigorous intellectually."

"This is truly an excellent course - thought provoking and really useful for any studies relating to political sciences. I found myself thinking about it constantly throughout the semester, as it related to other classes and the world around me."

"Dr. Bagg was unusually helpful and meticulous. I don’t think I’ve ever had a professor who demonstrated such meticulous attention to each individual student."

"The course was really well run. The best part was how responsive it was to feedback."

"Dr Bagg was an awesome teacher. He put so much effort into the course and it really paid off. I felt as if I always knew what was going on, coming up, and what was expected of me. He expected us to put in effort, too, which I found really helpful in order to stay focused on the course."

"Most well-organized course I've ever been a part of."

"I love Dr Bagg, he was my favourite instructor this semester because of the interesting content, his approachability and his teaching style. This was my favourite course all sem."
 

From Ethics of War (as teaching assistant)

“There was so much reading– sometimes over convoluted things. But I enjoyed section because Sam really cleared things up.” 

Best TA I’ve ever had. Excellent at facilitating discussion… I never felt like my time was wasted and I always learned a lot.”
 

From Challenges of Living an Ethical Life (as teaching assistant)

“I liked how Sam would give us thorough paper comments- I feel like this really helped improve my writing.” 

“The feedback for grading was some of the most helpful I have ever received.”

“Sam was great – he is really patient and always willing to listen.”
 

From Introuction to Political Philosophy (as teaching assistant)

“Sam Bagg was a great TA who took the time to offer comments and engage critically with the material and with us.”

“Feedback on assignments was sometimes very specific, but this taught me more about how to improve than any comments I have received from past professors. Wonderful job overall.” 

“I am appreciative of how prepared and insightful Sam always was during section– at times I felt he knew the material even better than the professor.”