Fall 2016 - I took a class with her on Chocolate in the Americas. (I honestly did not know that could be a class). It was a lot of fun. We always ate chocolate or some sort of snack and got points for it. I thought she was funny though I do appreciate dry humor such as her comment about how companies are not allowed to write "love" as a food ingredient. She was very kind and worked hard to ensure that the class was a positive experience for those interested in the material such as taking us to the Fowler Museum and to YRL Special Collections. She is also a fairly lenient grader. My one and only complaint was that it was annoying dealing with students chatting during a documentary or texting on their phones on full brightness. I would recommend this class for those in International and Area Studies majors, especially those in Latin American Studies. Just please take the course seriously.
She was not bad. Her lectures were sometimes interesting and other times were not. Exams were more focused on the lecture slides than in the book readings. Memorize the slides and you are guaranteed a B for sure. Do the readings and there's your A. She cancelled 4 of the lectures, 2 of them without previos notice. She cares about students and she is a very nice professor overall. Extremely unorganized though, you will notice that from day one. I do recommend her.
Prof Taub is very nice, but sooooo disorganized. I did well in the class, but only because my friend and i crammed before the test. She gives you a bunch of wikipedia facts then gives test that are essay based. She doesn't go over anything really in class. The class is somewhat interesting. I ACTUALLY TOOK INFORMATION AREA STUDIES 50