Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director, Gender Studies
Office: Founders Hall 164
Office Hours: Sabbatical Spring 2014 and Fall 2014
Lori Watson, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2007. She is currently associate professor of philosophy and director of the Gender Studies Program.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 276D
Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D., joined the USD Theology and Religious Studies faculty in 1993. Her primary areas of teaching and research are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. Currently, she serves both on national and international editorial boards of prominent theological journals. Aquino has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Latin American and U.S. Latina feminist theologies of liberation.
Office: Founders Hall 165C
Harriet Baber, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses on logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Her research interests are in analytic metaphysics, philosophical theology, feminism and philosophy of economics. Baber’s interests include computers, Byzantine history, and knitting.
Department Chair, Sociology
Office: Serra Hall 227
Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
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.
Chair, Department of English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
Office: Founders Hall 170B
Office Hours: Tu/Th 10:45am-12:00pm and 2:30-3:30pm; F 10:00am-12:00pm
Cynthia L. Caywood, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984. She is currently serves as co-director of the London Summer Program. In the English department, Caywood offers undergraduate courses on restoration and eighteenth century British literature, world drama, and women's literature and graduate courses in seventeenth and eighteenth century drama. Her research interests include Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, and August Wilson, with special interests in British and American theatre history, stage production, and feminist theory.
Professor, Interim Chair, Communication Studies
Interim Director, Women's and Gender Studies
Office: Camino Hall 126F
Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.; Tues./Thurs.: 9:30 - 11:00 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.
Curatorial Director, David W. May American Indian Collection & Gallery
Office: Serra Hall 221
Office Hours: Tues-Thur: 10:40am-1:15pm; or by appointment
Alana Cordy-Collins, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1980. She is a professor of Anthropology and director of the David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery. In the Department of Anthropology, Cordy-Collins offers undergraduate courses in archaeology, shamanism, research, writing, and museology. Her research focus is the prehistoric cultures of Peru, especially the Lambayeque, Moche, and Chavín-Cupisnique. She is currently most involved in comparative studies of shamanism, especially among Circum-Polar peoples, prehistoric and contemporary. Dr. Cordy-Collins has been awarded two USD University Professorships, one research-based and the other recognition-based. She designed and organized the university’s American Indian Celebration (2002-2004).
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 287
Office Hours: TTH: 10:30am-12:00pm, or by appointment.
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.
Office: KIPJ 289
Office Hours: TR 9:15-10:00
Office: Serra Hall 224
Office Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri: 12:15-1:15pm; or by appointment
Teresa Elston, PhD, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology.
Associate Professor, English
Office: Founders Hall 180C
Office Hours: W 2:00-4:00pm in Aromas and 4:15-7:15pm in FH 180C; and by appointment
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.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 254
Office Hours: TTH: 2:00pm-3:00pm, W: 9:00am-12:00pm
Florence M. Gillman, PhD, has been a member of USD’s faculty since 1986. She previously also served as chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Ppogram in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Gillman teaches the courses entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the World of the Bible. Her research interests include the New Testament world, women in the Pauline churches and the history of earliest Christianity.
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 291
Office Hours: M: 1:00pm-3:30pm, T: 2:00pm-5:30pm, or 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.
Office: Serra Hall 162
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15, Tuesday 10:45-12:00, Wednesday 9:30-12:00 or by appointment.
Anne Koenig, PhD, teaches courses such as Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Gender, and Introductory Psychology. She also has an active research program, working with students on various research projects in the areas of gender issues, stereotyping, and prejudice. Koenig’s current research is focuses on issues relating to stereotype content, role congruity theory of prejudice, and the ideologies of sex differences.
Full Professor, Sociology
Acting Chair, Sociology
Office: Serra Hall 228
Office Hours: Tues: 2:30-4:30pm; Wed (CASA SLP-320): 12:30-2:30pm; Thur: 2:30-4:00pm; Fri: 10:30am-12:00pm; or by appointment
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.
Director and Professor of French
Academic Director, Paris Program
Office: Founders 138
Office Hours: T/Th, 2:30-4:00; W 3:00-5:00 as well as by appointment
Michèle C. Magnin, PhD, has been a member of the department of Languages and Literatures since 1990. She is the director of the French section. She offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, women writers, advanced writing, and phonetics. She was director of the Faculty and Curriculum Diversity Program on campus for three years.
A native Parisian, Magnin has established strong links with the French community in San Diego. She was president of the San Diego chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Alliance Française.
Interdisciplinary Humanities Program Director
Office: KIPJ 279
Office Hours: T 1:30-3:30, R 1:30-4:00
Molly McClain, PhD, serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Her work in seventeenth-century British history includes a biography of the duke and duchess of Beaufort as well as articles on Queen Mary II. She also publishes work on local history. A ninth-generation San Diegan, she co-edits The Journal of San Diego History.
Chair & Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Office: Maher Hall 204
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.; Wednesdays 10:00a.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.
Department Chair, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 126B
Office Hours: On sabbatical Spring 2015
Kristin C. Moran, PhD, joined the Communication Studies department in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor and became a permanent faculty member in 2001. Moran offers courses focused on media studies. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. She serves as the university’s representative to the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted to cross border interaction and demystifying stereotypes through ethical communication and she works closely with USD’s Trans-Border Institute. She currently serves as Chair of the department.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00p W 4:00-5:00p And by appt
Noelle Norton, PhD, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Norton joined the USD faculty in 1994 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Co-Director of the Living Learning Communities program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Norton also served as department chair and USD Honors Program director from 2001-2008.
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 258
Office Hours: On Sabbatical 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Susie Paulik Babka specializes in the relationship between theological aesthetics and doctrines of the trinity and incarnation. She has published on these areas as well as explorations of popular culture and Christology, examining the meaning of kenosis in Christology, as well as the relationship between kenosis (self-emptying) and sunyata in Buddhist-Christian studies. A forthcoming monograph is Through the Dark Field of the Other: Exploring the Doctrine of the Incarnation in Visual Art, from Liturgical Press. Other research, teaching and speaking areas include: aesthetics as a medium for interreligious dialogue; the problem of catastrophic suffering; feminist and liberation theologies, especially in relation to artistic expression; film and media studies and religion; the relation between science and religion. Dr. Babka has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Theological Union before coming to the University of San Diego in 2007, excited to participate in Mother Hill’s legacy of providing USD with a mission that intertwines Beauty with Justice. Where Beauty draws us out of ourselves toward something deeper, Justice refers to the practical work of transforming this world into the world intended by God: a world that celebrates the dignity and inherent interdependence of every human being with each other and all creation.
Associate Professor, English/ Ethnic Studies
Office: Maher Hall 212
Office Hours: W 2:00-5:00pm in Maher 212; and by appointment
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.
Associate Professor, Spanish
Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi
Office: Founders 144-C
Office Hours: M/W, 12:00-2:30
Amanda L. Petersen has been a member of the faculty since 2008. She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literatures and cultures courses. Her areas of expertise include 20th and 21st century Latin American women authors and Latin American literature, with an emphasis on Mexican narrative. Her research interests focus on the literary representations of gender and violence in contemporary Mexican short stories by female authors.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 105D
Office Hours: TBA
Eric Pierson, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign while pursuing his PhD He served as chair of the department between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011.
Professor, Ethnic Studies
Office: Maher Hall 212A
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30p.m. - 5:30p.m.; Wednesdays 8:00a.m. - 9:00a.m.; Fridays 8:00a.m. - 9:00a.m.
Alberto López Pulido is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He has held a leadership role as Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Inclusion and Diversity. He teaches both the introductory and advanced courses for the ethnic studies major in addition to specialized courses in Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies. His scholarly interests include the intersection of race and religion in relation to issues of social justice and as strategies for transforming communities. He has also written on the history of ethnic studies in higher education; issues of violence and deportation against immigrants; and is currently at work on a project that explores the power of music in relation to personal identity and biography.
Pulido has published a range of numerous essays in books and journals such as the Journal of Catholic Social Thought; Crosscurrents; Religion and Literature; Journal of Religion and Education; Studies in Twentieth Century Literature; CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; American Quarterly; Latino Studies Journal. He is the author of the book: Sacred World of the Penitentes and his most recent book is entitled: Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies. Pulido was mentored by the first Mexican American sociologist in the nation, Julian Samora, PhD, who had a distinguished career at the University of Notre Dame.
Alberto is the son of Velia López Pulido and the late Alberto V. Pulido who he credits for instilling within him the value of educación. Such a foundation assisted him profoundly as a first-generation college graduate. He believes deeply that education is a tool that equips students with the wisdom (sabiduría) to transform their lives and the many lives they touch.
Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
Office: Serra Hall 225
Office Hours: Tues: 2:30-7:30pm; 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.
Professor, Psychological Sciences
Director, Center for Educational Excellence
Office: Serra Hall 112
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30 pm
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.
Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Camino Hall 126A
Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Fri.: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; and by appointment.
Susannah Stern PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2004, after teaching at Boston College for four years. Stern offers courses that investigate the role of media in contemporary life, particularly as they involve children, adolescents, and women, as well as courses on research methods. Stern's research focuses on electronic media and youth culture, and she has conducted extensive research on the Internet as a site for cultural consumption and self-expression.
Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 180B
Office Hours: Dr. Stufft is on sabbatical this semester.
Monica Stufft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in Theatre and Performance Studies and is involved in production work, both as a director and dramaturg. Her specializations include popular culture, theatre historiography as well as cultural, gender, and performance theory. Her research focus is on the intersections of performance and pedagogy in the classroom with a particular interest in the theoretical and philosophical implications of collaboration and collaborative theatre making.
Associate Professor, History
Office: KIPJ 270
Office Hours: T 1:30-5:30, R 1:15-2:15
Yi Sun, PhD, has been a member of the History Department at USD since fall 1997. She teaches a number of undergraduate courses on East Asian history and U.S.-East Asia Relations. Currently she also serves as the coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor program. Her research interests include Chinese women and modernization, Sino-American relations, and globalization. She has served on the executive board of several academic organizations, including the AsiaNetwork, Chinese Historians in the United States and the Association of Third World Studies, and presently is the associate editor of the Asian section for the Journal of Third World Studies.
Director, Writing Center
(619) 260-4600 x4144
Office: Founders Hall 171A
Office Hours: Tu/Th 11:30am-1:00pm
After graduating from the University of San Diego with a Masters degree in Literature, Professor Sundmacher started teaching in the English Department. Since 1999, she has also team taught in the Honors Program, and in the Liberal Studies and Gender Studies Departments. Currently, she is the Director of the Writing Center. Her literary interests are in contemporary fiction, with a special focus on feminist issues.
Professor Sundmacher has a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her first career out of college was as a copywriter in the Advertising industry, where she earned a number of awards for her creative work.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4600 x.4921
Office: Maher Hall 295
Office Hours: On Sabbatical Spring 2015.
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a specialist in Buddhist studies, has taught at USD since 2000. She offers classes in Buddhist Thought and Culture, World Religions, Comparative Religious Ethics, Religious and Political Identities in the Global Community, and Negotiating Religious Diversity in India. Her research interests include women in Buddhism, death and dying, Buddhist feminist ethics, Buddhism and bioethics, religion and politics, and Buddhist transnationalism. She integrates scholarship and social activism through the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and Jamyang Foundation, an innovative education project for women in developing countries, with 15 schools in the Indian Himalayas, Bangladesh, and Laos.
Office: Founders Hall 180A
Office Hours: Dr. Williams is on Sabbatical for Spring 2015 semester.
Irene Williams, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. literature, modern European literature, and literature of genocide and occupation. Her research focus is nineteenth-century U.S./New England literature.
Associate Professor, Philosophy
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.