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Michael A. Edwards
Cambridge, MA  02139
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Massachusetts Certification
Initial Licensure
— Secondary School History (expected May 2017)
— Secondary School Political Science/Political Philosophy (expected May 2017)
— SEI Endorsement (expected May 2017)

MTELs Passed
— Communication & Literacy, History, and Political Science/Political Philosophy (2015)


Tufts University, Medford, MA (Expected May 2017)
— Masters of Arts in Teaching
— Focus: Secondary School History
— Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC) Fellowship

University of California, San Diego (2003)
— Master of Arts in Political Science
— Major Field: International Relations; Minor Field: Comparative Politics

Rice University, Houston, TX (2000)
— Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science


Student Teacher, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA (2016-present)
Mentor: Marlin Kann

  • Co-taught two AP US history classes.
    • In school 3-4 days per week September through December, and every day starting in January.
    • Responsibilities slowly grew, and was regularly taking the lead in class by February.
    • Collaborated closely on lesson planning, assessment preparation, and grading.
    • Experience leading discussion, lecturing, and floating between groups to give guidance.
  • Observed more than a dozen different teachers, looking particularly for lesson ideas, student relationship building, and classroom management strategies.
    • Mostly observed World II (CP and Honors) and US History I (CP and Honors)
    • Also observed numerous history electives and other classes throughout the school

Volunteer Tutor, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA (2015-2016)

  • After school tutoring twice per week, in US History or whatever subject was needed on that day.
  • College counseling once per week helping a senior with his application and scholarship essays, and a junior with her SAT/ACT prep.

Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego (2001-2004)
Taught discussion sections, graded papers and exams, assisted students with coursework

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • The Presidency
  • Vietnam: The Politics of Intervention
  • Freedom and Discipline: 20th Century Political Thought
  • Government and Politics of the Middle East



Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well  (2010-2015)
Co-authored with Danny Oppenheimer (Assoc. Professor of Psychology at Princeton; now at UCLA). Published by MIT Press.

Wrote and marketed a book that addresses a perceived contradiction of democracy: voters and politicians are inherently poor decision makers and yet democracies provide quantifiably better outcomes for their citizens than other forms of government

  • The book uses plain language to explain different types of social science research and how it relates to American government and elections
  • Primary author on most chapters covering political concepts, including gerrymandering, polling, the Electoral College, and the differences between democracies and autocracies
  • Provided anecdotes and historical examples throughout the entire book
  • Edited the book for accuracy, grammar and a single, consistent, easily understandable voice

Book Reception

  • Received a favorable review in The Washington Post which found it “very suitable for general audiences and introductory classes in political science” (May 9, 2012)
  • Selected as all-school reading by Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, CT)
    • Assigned to all high school students, faculty, and staff
    • Led classroom and small group discussions during campus visit
  • Recommended for undergraduate libraries by “Choice: Reviews for Academic Libraries”
  • Book held by 957 libraries worldwide according to
  • Interviewed by Dallas Morning News (April 20, 2012) and Boston Globe (Nov 12, 2014)

Other Book Projects (2013-2016)

  • Gerrymandering Book for MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge Series
    • Researched and submitted book proposal for a short introductory text
  • Untitled History of Technology Book
    • Researched book about how military success defines the general perception of the “progress” and “success” of empires and civilizations

Huffington Post (2012-2013)
Wrote op-eds featuring non-partisan political analysis during and after the 2012 presidential election.  Article on eliminating the Electoral College received more than 400 comments on Huffington Post and more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.  (2005-2013)
Wrote blog focusing on current events with emphasis on politics and media.

  • Wrote 2-4 articles per week, on average
  • Designed layout and maintained website



D. Oppenheimer, Mike Edwards. Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn’t Work at All Works So Well. MIT Press; Cambridge, MA. 2012.

Mike Edwards, D. Oppenheimer, “Why Greece’s ‘Suicidal’ Referendum Is Still a Good Idea.”
— Originally published by Zocalo Public Square on July 2, 2015
— Republished by (July 6, 2015) and (July 8, 2015)

Mike Edwards“Stop the Debates.”  Huffington Post, October 18, 2012.

Mike Edwards, D. Oppenheimer.  “Eliminate the Electoral College.”  Huffington Post, Sept. 27, 2012.