Princeton University

Writing 154: On the Move! — Primary Instructor, Two Sections (Spring 2018), One Section (Fall 2017)

Mobility manifests itself in myriad forms in our everyday lives: when we walk to class, when we fly back home, and when use Facebook Messenger to communicate across campus or around the globe. But movement and transportation also become the focus of conflict and negotiation: borders disrupt the travel rhythms of nomadic communities, airlines define multiple classes of passengers, and the debate concerning net neutrality may fundamentally shape Internet accessibility. In this Writing Seminar, we explore what mobility can tell us about past and present societies. What effects does increased mobility have on social cohesion? How do different forms of moving through space shape the way we see the world? We begin by analyzing the movements of medieval shepherds in Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s book Montaillou and of corporate travelers in the movie Up in the Air. Next, we explore how the railroad—the nineteenth-century’s quintessential mobile technology—transformed modern America. For the research paper, students develop an original argument about mobility in a discipline of their choosing. Possible topics include travel narratives like the one by the medieval globetrotter Ibn Battutah, the fluidity of transitional spaces like the train station, the advent of technologies like Google Maps, and the contemporary refugee crisis.


History 201: A History of the World — Head Preceptor, Two Sections (Professor Jeremy Adelman, Fall 2016) 

This course explored the history of the modern world since Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire. Instead of traveling around the world introducing students to this or that "great civilization," it examined the relations between the cultures and regions that made and make up the world. In tracing the process of globalization, the course paid as much attention to the fragile and discontinuous aspects of the global past as it did to the forces that create interdependency. The course was built on edX, a digital platform that allowed Princeton students to learn and cooperate with learners from all over the world (including organized classes in refugee camps in Kenya and Jordan). Instead of a typical discussion session, I helped students tackle weekly case studies that followed a common theme throughout the semester. One precept focused on Trade and Integration, the other on Science, Medicine, and Global Health.

Selected Course Evaluations:

  • "Mr. Patrick De Oliveira did a wonderful job guiding us on how to answer the questions to the weekly assignments. He helped clarify the material as well and helped us think about the weekly question and readings in a different light."
  • "Helpful, insightful, and patient."
  • "Patrick is a wonderful teacher."


History 283: War in the Modern Western World — Head Preceptor, Two Sections (Professor David A. Bell, Spring 2013)

This lecture course provided students with a survey of war in the Western world from the Middle Ages to the present. It featured a two-prongued approach, focusing both on how military strategy and tactics have changed through time and how war has shaped and has been shaped by politics, society, and culture. Readings featured a wide array of primary and secondary sources. As head preceptor I taught two discussion sessions, grading papers and exams, and was in charge of course logistics throughout the semester.                                                                            

Selected Course Evaluations:

  • "Patrick has been the best preceptor I've had at Princeton. He is very good at leading discussions and makes precepts enjoyable to attend. Furthermore, he met with me numerous times, taking time out of his busy schedule, to discuss my paper and my general performance in the course. I had such a great experience being in Patrick's precept and would love to take another course with him."
  • "Precepts were an interesting way to engage in the week's material and consider different perspectives. Challenging questions were frequently brought up and the Patrick was very helpful in answering questions, contributing to the discussions, and raising new points to consider."
  • "I think Patrick was a good preceptor and tried to facilitate discussion. He clarified the readings for us and prepared us amply for the term paper."


Princeton Writing Center: Writing Center Fellow (2016-2017)

I am currently a Graduate Writing Center Fellow, which involves working one-on-one with student writers from a variety of disciplines. During these sessions, I apply strategies that help students focus on the macro issues that concern good academic writing.


University of Kansas

Applied English Center (2007-2008)

As an ESL conversation leader I elaborated lesson plans and led discussion groups to help students with their listening, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax skills. I also organized and led excursions that promoted cultural exchanges between foreign students and the local community.

  Marginalia, Unknown Book, Firestone Library.

Marginalia, Unknown Book, Firestone Library.