Fall 2018 - Well I took PS50 with her, but that is not what I am reviewing. I am going to review PS 166, which they don't have on this website for some reason. Don't take any class with her. She's confusing, she's mean and she literally will just not answer questions half the time. The material is already complicated and then she does not present it very well. She is condescending to students as if we should know everything she knows and we are stupid if we don't. If you ask a stupid question in class, she will make sure to publicly make you feel dumb. Or, she quite literally will not answer the question. She's not a bad person though. In office hours she's kinda nice. If you know how to phrase questions the right way and if you act a certain way. If you ask her a question that is even slightly stupid, or she thinks is stupid, then she won't treat you well.
Winter 2019 - Have you ever felt like crying yourself to sleep? No well this class will do that to you. I have had a 4.0 until my senior year winter quarter and I really don't know if I'll get the grade of my choice because of this ridiculously hard grader. She's unhelpful. The material is scattered. The slides are minimal. She reads off the slides and shows us graphs but dosen't explain them. This review is for poli sci 169
Winter 2019 - Most of the reviews for Wainfan’s classes have an element of truth to them (she can be harsh on students, she’s newer to teaching and could improve, and the readings are a LOT to handle, especially if you fall behind) but to me it just seems like a lot of poli sci students love to just complain if they can’t skip class, not do the readings, and still get an easy A. This class was hard, but I felt like I learned so much about critically analyzing published academic research and critiquing methods and models used. The truth is you don’t really need to do ALL the readings but it’s helpful to be able to understand discussion about the readings during class so that you have something to say for midterm/essay/final. I also thought her slides and lectures were thoughtfully put together and intentionally relevant. She often would include articles from the week of class on current events. Most poli sci classes taught by professors who are smart/distinguished but could not care less about the class and just recycle old material and tests and essay prompts year after year; this class is not that at all, which I appreciated.