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Ethnic Studies



Department Chair

Jesse Mills

Jesse Mills, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7740

Office: Maher Hall 204

Office Hours: Mondays 12:30p.m. - 3:00p.m. ; Tuesdays 9:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Jesse Mills, PhD, has been an active and dedicated member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty since Fall 2006 . Developing an African American Studies curriculum, serving as a resource for campus-wide diversity efforts, and mentoring advanced undergraduate research in ethnic studies, Mills enjoys being a part of the USD learning community. Mills draws his inspiration from his esteemed colleagues in the Ethnic Studies core and affiliated faculty, and the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole.

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May C.  Fu

May C. Fu, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-2214

Office: Maher Hall 208

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

May Fu grounds her vocational praxis in student-centered pedagogies and curricula that address the self-determination of our selves, families, and communities. Her classes explore the development, intersectionality, and utility of race while also identifying how aggrieved groups call new communities, cultures, and possibilities into being. Her research interests include comparative racialized histories, social movements, womyn of color feminisms, gender and labor, and the politics of historiography. She especially seeks to connect the different knowledges that exist in grassroots, activist, and academic communities. Drawing on oral histories, she is currently writing a book that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Michelle M. Jacob

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7742

Office: Maher Hall 206

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45a.m. - 2:15p.m.

Michelle Jacob’s interdisciplinary scholarship and personal experiences are deeply intertwined.  As a member of the Yakama Nation, she understands how decolonization is an important priority for indigenous communities.  Thus, she seeks to teach and research in ways that empower communities by working towards social justice.  Her community-based research focuses on her home reservation community (in Washington State) as well as the San Diego-area, where she teaches during the academic year.  Her research areas of interest include: health, education, and decolonization.  In all efforts, she seeks to understand how indigenous peoples can be empowered to heal from wounds inflicted by colonialism.

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Alberto López Pulido

Alberto López Pulido, PhD

Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-4022

Office: Maher Hall 212A

Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ; Fridays 8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.

Alberto López Pulido grew up along la frontera of San Diego-Tijuana where he learned a great deal about culture and tradition in a bicultural, bilingual and binational world. His greatest influences in life has been his mother and grandfather who taught him the deep values of holistic education through their modeling and consejos of becoming gente educada and believing in the value of amor al prójimo. Alberto is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mexican American Graduate Studies Program that was established by Professor Julian Samora. Alberto has numerous publications in the area of Chicano Religions, Higher Education and Border Studies. His first book was a revisionist history of Los Hermanos Penitentes of New Mexico entitled: The Sacred World of the Penitentes and speaks of their values and legacy as a living sacred community in the history of the American Southwest. His second book entitled: Moving Beyond Borders is an edited volume that examines the intellectual life of Julian Samora and his impact on Chicano Studies. It speaks to the history of Chicano Studies in higher education and to the strategies and challenges of an intellectual pioneer and first Chicano Sociologist in the nation.

Alberto is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with his directorial debut of Everything Comes From the Streets – A History of Lowriding in San Diego California and the borderlands. Everything Comes From the Streets was awarded First place @ the Barrio Film Festival and a distinguished Remi Award @ WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival. The documentary also premiered @ Cine+Mas Film Festival in San Francisco, CineFestival, San Antonio; Watsonville Film Festival ; and Ethnografilm International Film Festival, Paris, France. It secured two television Broadcasts: KPBS, San Diego, and KQED “Truly California” Series– San Francisco. Alberto has come to recognize the inherent value of contemplative practices within an ethnic studies pedagogy that empower the stories and lives of students of color in higher education along with the knowledge and truths that arise from the community from where these students come from. He continues to present and publish on this critical topic.

Alberto's work has been featured in Laura Rendón's work on Sentipensante scholarship and pedagogy. Alberto is currently working on a book and related articles that examine the evolution of community knowledge and expressions as a form of preservation and resistance in the history of Chicano Park in the historic barrio of Logan Heights. He is founding chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.

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