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Roy Brooks

Warren Distinguished Professor
(619) 260-4731

Office: Warren Hall 211A

Professor Roy L. Brooks served as a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia and practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, before joining the faculty in 1979. He teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, civil rights, employment discrimination and critical theory. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

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Michelle Madsen  Camacho

Michelle Madsen Camacho, PhD

Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7826

Office: Serra Hall 227

Office Hours: On ACE Fellowship Program from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. To schedule an appointment contact via e-mail.

Michelle Madsen Camacho is Chair and Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego.  She formerly held two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Diego, at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Fluent in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, her research uses theories from interdisciplinary sources including cultural studies, critical race, gender and feminist theories. Central to her work are questions of culture, power and inequality. She is affiliated faculty with the Department of Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Latin American Studies.

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Leeva Chung

Leeva Chung, PhD

(619) 260-5966

Office: Camino Hall 126F

Office Hours: Mon.: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; Tues.: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Wed.: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; and by appointment.

Leeva C. Chung, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1998. She is a professor of Communication Studies, an affiliate faculty member in Ethnic Studies, and faculty onsite coordinator for the Winter Intersession in Hong Kong. Chung has developed a unique and innovative style of teaching which has been recognized with numerous awards on campus, most recently the prestigious Davies Award for Teaching Excellence. Both her undergraduate courses and research focus on identity development, intercultural communication, and team development. She has published a co-authored textbook (with Dr. Stella-Ting-Toomey), book chapters, and research articles. Chung is actively involved in the community, specifically with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which premiered at USD in 2000. Since then, it has gained an international reputation as one of North America's leading Asian American film festivals.

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Bahar Davary

Bahar Davary

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-6864

Office: Maher Hall 287

Office Hours: T: 9:30am-10:30am, 4:00pm-5:30pm TH: 9:30am-10:30am, 4:00pm-5:30pm, W: 11:00am-12:00pm

Bahar Davary, PhD, has been a member of the faculty at USD since 2005. She is an associate professor of Religious Studies and an affiliate member of the Ethnic Studies program. Davary offers undergraduate courses on world religions, Islamic faith and practice, diversity courses and Honors courses, as well as preceptorials. She has team-taught a study abroad course Negotiating Religious Diversity in India. At the graduate level she has taught Comparative Religious Ethics at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. She will be team-teaching an Honors course, Women in Confucianism and Islam.

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Esteban del Río

Esteban del Río, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Inclusion and Diversity
(619) 260-7464

Office: Maher Hall 253

Office Hours: Contact the Center for Inclusion & Diversity (x7455) for availability and appointments.

Esteban del Río is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego and currently serves as the Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of the Center of Inclusion and Diversity. He earned a PhD in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working in the area of media and cultural studies. del Río teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Media & Conflict, and International Media.

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Orlando Espin

Orlando Espin

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4049

Office: Maher Hall 286

Office Hours: W: 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm, and by appointment.

Orlando Espín, Th.D., has been a member of the USD faculty since 1991. He is professor of systematic theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Espín has twice served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (of which he was one of the founders), and has also served on the boards of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the Hispanic Summer Program in Religion and Theology. Espín has received an honorary doctorate and an honorary professorship. He founded and was first chief editor of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. He serves on the editorial boards of several U.S., European and Latin American Journals. He is active in the San Diego Latino/a community, as well as nationally in Latino/a theological research and educational projects.

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Kay Etheridge

Kay Etheridge, DMA

Professor of Practice, Music
(619) 260-2243

Office: Camino Hall 161B

Kay Etheridge is professionally a classical pianist, music educator, piano teacher and adjudicator who has lived in San Diego since 1982.  She maintains an active performing career and each year can be heard as both soloist and chamber musician on various concert series within the southern California region.  Dr. Etheridge teaches music history, jazz history, music education, applied piano and class piano.

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Colin Fisher

Colin Fisher

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4039

Office: KIPJ 263A

Office Hours: Is on sabbatical for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

Colin Fisher has been a member of the USD history department since 2002. He teaches classes in U.S. environmental history, environmental visual culture, history of food, and history and memory, among others. He also teaches the senior thesis sequence required of all history majors. His research centers on minority cultures of nature in the United States.

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Carlton Floyd

Carlton Floyd

Associate Professor, English
(619) 260-7916

Office: Founders Hall 180C

Office Hours: Tu 2:30-3:30pm; W 2:30-5:30pm Th 2:30-3:30pm

Dr. Floyd specializes in African-American literature, mixed race and ethnic studies, identity and community, and representations of children and childhood. He has recently written for and edited a special volume on August Wilson in College Literature. Dr. Floyd has been teaching at USD since 2000.

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Michael Ichiyama

Michael Ichiyama

Associate Professor and Department Chair
(619) 260-4164

Office: Serra Hall 158

Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-12:00, 2:00-3:00 Thursday 10:00-12:00

Michael Ichiyama, PhD, has been a member of the USD faculty since 1995.  He offers undergraduate courses in the area of clinical psychology.  His primary research interests focus on college alcohol abuse prevention, the study of parental influences on college student alcohol use, and social influences on the self-concept.  Ichiyama is a licensed psychologist in California and active member of the National Register of Health Service Providers.

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Evelyn Kirkley

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4131

Office: Maher Hall 291

Office Hours: T: 9:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm, and by appointment.

Evelyn Kirkley, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1995.  She is an advisor to PRIDE, USD’s organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning undergraduate students and allies.  She has also served as co-director of the Gender Studies Program and director of the Faculty and Curriculum Development Program.  She teaches about the history of Christianity and other religious movements, especially in the United States.  Her research focuses on alternative religious movements (often called "cults" or "sects") in the United States and intersections between religion and gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 

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Judith Liu

Judith Liu, PhD

Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-4025

Office: Serra Hall 228

Office Hours: Mon: 2:00pm-5:00pm, other times by appointment only. Mulvaney Center (CASA), SLP 320, Tues: by appointment only; Wed: 1:00pm-3:00pm, other times by appointment only.

Judith Liu has been a member of the sociology faculty since 1982. She is a Professor of Sociology, Affiliated faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Faculty Liaison for the Center for Community Service Learning.  Professor Liu has taught classical and contemporary theory, culture courses, contemporary social issues, and community organizing.  Her research focus is multicultural education, education in the People’s Republic of China, women and HIV/AIDS, political and civic responsibility, and community service-learning.

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Marcelle Maese-Cohen

Marcelle Maese-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders Hall 172C

Office Hours: W 3:00-6:00pm; Th 4:00-6:00pm; and by appointment

Marcelle Maese-Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Her research interests include the relation between social justice and literary form, decolonial feminist thought, comparative ethnic studies, human rights law, and critical theory. She is currently teaching courses on Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures and Cultures.

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Gail A. Perez

Gail A. Perez

Associate Professor, Retired; Adjunct Lecturer of English
(619) 260-7628

Office: Maher Hall 212

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm; Wednesdays 3:00-5:00pm

Gail Perez, PhD, came to the university in 1992 to teach American ethnic literature.  Since that time, she has co-founded the Ethnic Studies major and now has a joint appointment with Ethnic Studies.  She teaches courses in U.S. women of color,  multicultural California, introduction to ethnic studies, and creative writing.  She has advised MEChA, has given the Chicano Graduation Keynote, and has been nominated as a USD Woman of Impact three times.  Her research interests include pedagogy, social space and race, and literature by women of color. In 2013 Perez was awarded the esteemed Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Atreyee Phukan

Atreyee Phukan

Associate Professor, English
(619) 260-7634

Office: Founders Hall 180B

Office Hours: Dr. Phukan is on Sabbatical for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Atreyee Phukan, PhD, teaches courses in world literature and post-colonial literature. Her research interests focus on contemporary literature and theory, in particular those of the Caribbean and South Asian diaspora.

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Thomas Ehrlich Reifer

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7422

Office: Serra Hall 225

Office Hours: Mon. 3:00pm-8:00pm, drop-in or by appointment.

Dr. Reifer serves on the Gender Studies Advisory Committee and is an Associate Fellow at the Transnational Institute, a worldwide fellowship of committed scholar-activists; formerly worked at Focus on the Global South in Asia and was Associate Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) and the Program on Global Studies at UC Riverside. He is also currently a Research Associate at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems & Civilizations at Binghamton University—where he received his MA & PhD—and IROWS. His specialty is the study of large-scale, long-term social change and world-systems analysis.

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Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Professor, Psychological Sciences
Director, Center for Educational Excellence
(619) 260-4005

Office: Serra Hall 112

Office Hours: By appointment only.

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of San Diego. She has been a professor at the university since 1992. During her tenure at USD, she has also been the director of the gender studies program. She teaches courses in health psychology and biopsychology. Dr. Sgoutas-Emch has research interests in the efficacy of alternative medicine, the impact of stress, and women’s health issues.

Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is also a CO_PI on the AFFIRM grant, a four year award funded through the NSF ADVANCE program has three primary goals. It will foster an environment that understands, embraces, and supports a diverse faculty, recruit women faculty (with a particular emphasis on women of color), and support the retention and advancement of female faculty.

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Leonora Simonovis-Brown

Leonora Simonovis-Brown, PhD

Director and Assoc. Professor of Spanish
(619) 260-4139

Office: Founders 144-G

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W, 12:30-2:00; M, 9:30-11:00;

Leonora Simonovis-Brown, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture, as well as all levels of Spanish language. Her teaching and research interests deal with issues of race and gender, the role of popular music in the construction of cultural identities, social mobility, and marginality in the Pan-Caribbean region.

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Karen Teel

Karen Teel

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-4048

Office: Maher Hall 294

Office Hours: M: 1:00pm-3:00pm, W: 8:00am-10:00am, and by appointment.

Karen Teel, PhD, has been a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 2007 and an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Ethnic Studies since 2013. Her courses in Christian and, more specifically, Catholic theology invite students to consider biblical, historical, and contemporary - especially liberationist - perspectives on the essential beliefs of Christianity. Dr. Teel’s current research and teaching endeavors emphasize theological engagement with the problems of racism and white supremacy.

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Mark Woods

Mark Woods, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-6865

Office: Founders Hall 167B

Mark Wood, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1997.  In addition to teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, he has been an affiliated faculty member of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since the inception of the Master’s Program in Peace and Justice Studies in 2002.  He is also an affiliate of USD’s Ethnic Studies Program and co-chaired USD’s Gender Studies Program for four years.  Currently he is the secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.  Originally from North Dakota, Professor Woods discovered philosophy while serving in the United States Marine Corps.

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Sally Yard

Sally Yard, PhD

Professor, Art History
(619) 260-4512

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm and Thursdays 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Sally Yard, PhD, joined the faculty in 1989, and served as chair of the department of Art from 1992 through 1997. Yard writes about art since the second world war.  Her research interests stretch from the emergence of abstract expressionism in the United States to the relationship of art and its publics—whether in the contentious terrain of San Diego / Tijuana or the reflective realm of a museum garden.

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