The overall philosophical interest that guides my teaching is the cultural production of identity and knowledge. I consider the classroom a forum for students (including myself) to develop our understanding of the material conditions through which ideas about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and nationality are constructed and construed in various cultures and at various times. Interrogating the seductive logic and imagery of American popular culture requires us to take on the difficult tasks of dismantling assumptions, negotiating difference, practicing diplomacy, imagining alternatives, and creating equity. My teaching philosophy, however, is founded on my own version of the three R's: responsibility, reciprocity, and respect. These touchstones are not only vital for good teaching and even better learning, they are transferable to the world beyond the classroom as well.