I always said that the main reason I wanted to come to Columbia was for the incredible professors, but even then, I couldn't have imagined the privelege of having such an incredible teacher as Professor Mercer. Everyone I spoke to in the class worshipped her, and, as many often said, hoped "to one day become half the person professor Mercer is". She was funny, charming, and highly encapturing. Anyone could tell that she was thoroughly passionate about her work, as well as about the general state of affairs at Columbia. I can honestly say that Professor Mercer changed the way I see the world through her lectures on oppression, power, change, etc. Take this class, any class, with Professor Mercer if you can. It will be one of your best experiences at Columbia, guaranteed.

Workload:

Not too much. 3 essays. The first two are one page single-spaced (though dense), and the third is 3-4 double spaced. There is a final, which was graded very fairly. Professor Mercer wants to see that you've learned a lot in the course and applied her teachings to your life- as long as you can convey this, you are fine. 1 post each week on a current event. 1 in-class exam.