I think Professor Velez is an excellent professor and seminar instructor. The materials we discussed seemed to be well selected and applicable to current political concerns/topics. Professor Velez was well prepared for each class and was successful in facilitating group discussions (I even participated, which I rarely do in other classes). This is in part because he has the ability to make each student's contribution seem important and insightful and never makes you feel stupid for an objectively incorrect answer. This is also true for the discussion leader assignment (you lead the discussion for one of the studies during the semester). Instead of leaving you floundering if no one participates in your presentation, Professor Velez is really helpful in engaging the class. I usually prefer lectures, but I genuinely looked forward to this class each week and would highly recommend the seminar, especially if it is taught by Professor Velez.