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Affiliated Faculty

Program Director

James O. Gump

James O. Gump, PhD

Professor, History
(619) 260-7787

Office: KIPJ 267; SLP 409B

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00 TR 8:30-10:00 (SLP 409)

James O. Gump, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1981.  He currently serves as the Honors Program Director. In the History Department, Gump offers undergraduate courses on war and peace in the modern world, history of Africa, rise and fall of apartheid, and modern Europe.  His research focus is comparative, South African, and Native American history, with special interests in ethnic conflict, state-sponsored violence, and transitional justice.

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Christopher Adler

Christopher Adler, PhD

Professor, Music
(619) 260-7502

Office: Camino Hall / C161D

Christopher Adler, PhD, is a composer, performer and improviser. His music draws upon over a decade of research into the traditional musics of Thailand and Laos and a background in mathematics. He is a foremost performer of new and traditional music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. As Director of Composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival, pianist for the nief-norf Project and the ensemble NOISE, and co-founder of the soundON Festival of Modern Music, he is active in commissioning and performing new works, and he performs and records as an improviser on piano in many ensembles.

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Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4280

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.

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Craig B. Barkacs

Professor, Business Law
(619) 260-2387

Office: Olin Hall 318

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: By appointment

Craig Barkacs began his long and close association with the University of San Diego when he arrived as a law student in August of 1978. Upon attaining his J.D./MBA, Professor Barkacs embarked on an exciting and illustrious career spanning the legal profession, the business world, and academia. As an attorney who often represented the underdog in high-profile civil and business litigation cases, he and his law partner wife, Linda, consistently achieved outstanding results litigating opposite some of the largest and most powerful law firms in the country. As an educator, Professor Barkacs has designed and taught numerous courses on negotiation, corporate social responsibility, ethics, law, and international business, and has published extensively in those disciplines. He has been very active in teaching in USD’s study abroad programs, and in the numerous graduate programs in the School of Business at the University of San Diego. In addition, he is often sought out by the media to provide commentary on business, legal, ethical, and political issues. As a way of connecting with the broader business community and as a way keeping his skills honed and relevant, Professor Barkacs and his wife are principals in The Barkacs Group (, a business consulting firm that provides negotiation and ethics training for the private sector.

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Linda L. Barkacs

Associate Professor, Business Law
(619) 260-7876

Office: Olin Hall 111

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday: By appointment

In addition to having earned undergraduate degrees in both accounting and political science, Professor Linda Barkacs received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and subsequently passed the California Bar Exam. She became an associate at the law firm of Hinchy, Witte, Wood, Anderson & Hodges. During that time, she was involved in a number of high profile trials, including a sexual harassment case against the City of Oceanside that resulted in a $1.2 million verdict.

In 1997, Professor Barkacs and her husband, Professor Craig Barkacs, started their own law firm, Barkacs & Barkacs LLP. The firm specialized in business and civil litigation, as well as employment law. Professor Barkacs handled cases in both federal and state court and was also involved in numerous mediations and arbitrations.

In 1997, Professor Barkacs began teaching at the University of San Diego School of Business. Since then, she has designed and taught numerous courses on negotiation, law, and ethics. Professor Barkacs often teaches in USD's study abroad programs and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. She received additional training in negotiation at Harvard's Program on Negotiation, the Kellogg School at Northwestern, and Duke's CIBER program on International Negotiation. As a way of keeping her skills honed and relevant, Professor Barkacs and her husband are principals in The Barkacs Group (, a business consulting firm that provides negotiation, teams and ethics training for the private sector.

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Thomas Barton

Thomas Barton

Associate Professor, History
(619) 260-4042

Office: KIPJ 266

Office Hours: TR 12:30-2:00

Thomas W. Barton, PhD, joined the faculty in 2007. He offers a wide sweep of undergraduate courses, including The Medieval World, The Pacific World, Europe’s Discovery and Conquest of the World, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Spain, Renaissance Europe, and Historians’ Methods. His research concerns the social history of Europe and contacts between Europeans and non-Europeans in the medieval and early modern periods, with a current focus on the case of eastern Iberia and the western Mediterranean.

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Adina Batnitzky

Adina Batnitzky, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7428

Office: Serra Hall 216

Office Hours: Tues: 12:30pm -2:30pm; Wed: 2:00pm - 3:00pm; Thurs: 12:00pm-2:00pm; and by appointment.

Adina Batnitzky joined the sociology faculty in the 2011 Spring Semester.  Adina was previously a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Geography and the Environment.  She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University in the School of Geography, where she collaborated on research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Gender Equality Network.

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Lauren Benz

Lauren Benz, PhD

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4117

Office: SCST378

Lauren Benz, PhD, joined the University of San Diego in 2009 as the recipient of a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship. Her teaching interests are in the areas of general, inorganic, and physical chemistry. She strives to motivate students by incorporating fun and interactive demonstrations in class, and by connecting the course material to the real world. Lauren’s research merges the general areas of surface science and materials chemistry, and focuses on the development of an atomic-level understanding of structure-reactivity relationships.

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Can Bilsel

Can Bilsel, PhD

Professor, Architecture and Art History
(619) 260-7987

Office: Camino Hall 33A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

Can Bilsel is an architect and scholar specialized in modern architecture, museum displays and archaeological reconstructions. Bilsel received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He holds a Master of Science degree from MIT School of Architecture, and a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He joined the faculty of the University of San Diego in 2002 where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History. Dr. Bilsel is also the founding director of the University of San Diego’s Architecture Program.

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Terry H. Bird

Terry H. Bird, PhD

Associate Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4671

Office: SCST 432

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M-F: 11am-12pm *And by appointment

Terry Bird, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2005. His primary teaching responsibilities include undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in genetics and microbiology. His research is focused on elucidating the signal transduction systems used to regulate development in bacteria.

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Rachel Blaser

Rachel Blaser

Associate Professor
(619) 260-7736

Office: Serra Hall 120

Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 2:00pm; Thursday 12:15 - 1:15pm and 4:15 -5:15pm

Rachel Blaser, PhD, has academic interests in how humans and other animals learn. She has additional interests in photography, linguistics, and impressively color-coded data files.

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James Bolender

James Bolender, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4792

Office: SCST380

James Bolender, PhD, came to University of San Diego in 1996 after a post-doctoral experience in the department of Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as the director of USD’s Honors Program. Bolender has received more than $700,000 in grants to assist in the purchase of equipment and to support undergraduate research. Bolender was awarded the Davies Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007.

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Bradley Bond

Bradley Bond, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-2786

Office: Camino Hall 105D

Office Hours: Mon.: 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m; Wed.: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Bradley J. Bond, PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2012. Bond offers courses on media effects, communication theory, and research methods. Bond’s research focuses on the relationship between media exposure, identity, and health. His current work examines the development and maintenance of parasocial relationships and the influence of media on the sexual identities and sexual health of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents.

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Michel A. Boudrias

Michel A. Boudrias, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4794

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 267

Office Hours: M 9:30-11:30 T 9:30-11:30 & 2:30-5:30

Michel A. Boudrias, PhD,has been on the faculty since 1996 and is currently chair of the department and Chair of the university's Sustainability Task Force.  Boudrias teaches classes that cover a wide range of topics from introductory marine biology to interdisciplinary coastal environmental science to classical invertebrate zoology.  He has taught Honors courses that combine traditional classroom concepts with intense field experiences. His research projects include long-term interdisciplinary projects combining marine ecology and marine chemistry in Baja California Sur and an integrated project studying the social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism in Jamaica. 

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Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Associate Dean
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Office Hours: Contact the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office (x4545) for availability and appointments.

Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, associate professor of Communication Studies, teaches courses in human communication processes and the methods through which we obtain that knowledge about communication. He joined USD in 2007 after three years on the faculty at Boston College. Bowman’s research currently focuses on communication processes associated with intimacy and close relationships, with publications addressing male friendships and small group communication. He was the 2014-15 recipient of the National Communication Association Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, the highest teaching honor in the discipline internationally.  He was also the 2014 recipient of the national Western States Communication Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2012 recipient of the Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, and Bowman also received the 2013 Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices and USD's 2012-2013 Outstanding Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching and advising. He serves as a mentor to undergraduates in multiple capacities, particularly those students involved in student government, greek life, academic honors, and/or campus faith-based organizations.

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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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Julia Miller Cantzler

Julia Miller Cantzler, PhD, JD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-6802

Office: Serra Hall 229

Office Hours: Tues and Thurs: 2:30pm-3:30pm; Wed: 11:00am-2:00pm.

Julia Miller Cantzler joined the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego in the 2011 Fall Semester. She teaches primarily in the Crime, Justice, Law & Society concentration.  Professor Cantzler’s research examines the intersections of culture and politics, with a primary focus on international human rights, law, social movements, environmental justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Ami Carpenter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kroc School of Peace Studies

Office: KIPJ 272

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 am-12:00 Wednesdays 12:30-2:30

Ami Carpenter is an Assistant Professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego. She holds a PhD from George Mason University and has taught courses on international, community and organizational conflict prevention and resolution at George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia), National Taurida Vernatsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine), and California State University (Dominguez Hills). Dr. Carpenter worked on numerous initiatives as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and conflict resolution consultant. She currently advises the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human and Child Sex Trafficking. Her previous publications cover resilience in fragile states and violent conflict in Mexico and Central America. Her research focuses on community resilience to violence, and the criminal dimensions of political conflicts. Currently, she is researching vulnerability and resilience to conflict in Iraqi and Guatemalan communities, and the connection between transnational gangs and criminal networks in Central America.

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Brian Clack

Brian Clack, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2738

Office: Founders Hall 165A

Office Hours: TR 2:30-5:00 and by appt.

Brian R. Clack, PhD, came to USD in September 2007, having previously taught in Oxford, England. Clack’s research interests lie in the study of Wittgenstein, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of religion.

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Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy

Professor, Economics
(619) 260-7883

Office: Olin Hall 111

Stephen Conroy joined the faculty of USD in the fall of 2004 as an associate professor of Economics after spending five years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Professor Conroy has received several research and teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Educator Award (2007), Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2004), Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award (2003) and the Dyson Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2002 and 2004). 

In addition to his academic scholarship, Professor Conroy has also participated in a number of economic consulting projects for clients in the private and public sectors, especially in the area of economic base analysis and, more recently, in valuation of nonmarket assets. Professor Conroy has several years of business experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including positions with Hallmark Cards, Inc. (inventory controller), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (outreach specialist/coordinator), El Centro del Pueblo of Los Angeles (emergency services caseworker) and Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving homeless youth in Los Angeles.

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Jack Crumley

Jack Crumley, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-4086

Office: Founders Hall 169B

Office Hours: MWF 9:45-10:00 (by appt.), MW 1:20-3:00, F 1:20-2:00

He is still interested in an Honors interdisciplinary course, “Myth and Rhetoric: The Construction of Culture,” team-taught four times with Prof. Larry Williamson, a rhetorical theorist, and is currently wondering about issues in the Symposium. He also enjoys thinking about color, especially the color turquoise. As Chair for many years, he relied on the wide-ranging abilities of his Executive Assistant and the wisdom of unnamed colleagues. (He thinks he should have quit being chair many years sooner than he did.) With his friend Dr. Greg Severn, he is looking forward to the coming year for the SFR reading group, which he enjoys much more than Core-related activities and any and all administrative or governance activities. He still misses his mother and playing Cheerios golf with a special pup. He is kind to animals and even the occasional administrator. Oh, and a new pup has taught him many new games to play in the back yard.

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Christopher Daley

Christopher Daley, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4033

Office: SCST490

Christopher J. A. Daley, PhD,  joined the faculty in 2007.  He teaches general and inorganic chemistry undergraduate courses.  His current research focus is in the areas of bioinorganic and inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on enzyme modeling and catalyst design.

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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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David De Haan

David De Haan, PhD

(619) 260-6882

Office: SCST382

David O. De Haan, PhD, came to USD in 2001 from Lyon College. He teaches technology-rich courses in analytical and environmental chemistry. His undergraduate research group is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the chemical changes occurring in clouds and aerosol. As part of this project, USD students are identifying and quantifying new, previously unknown sources of urban haze. He has worked with USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) to create a greenhouse gas inventory for San Diego County and to outline ways to meet state targets for greenhouse gas reductions by 2020.

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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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Del Dickson

Del Dickson, PhD, JD

Pre-Law Advisor
(619) 260-4013

Office: KIPJ 284

Office Hours: M/W 12:15p-2:15p F 12:15p-1:15p

Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations.  He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.

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Mary Doak

Mary Doak

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-7844

Office: Maher Hall 280A

Mary Doak, PhD, teaches courses in Christian theology.  Her specializations include liberation and political theologies, theologies of democracy and religious freedom, the goal of human life and history from a Christian perspective, and theologies of the church.  Her research focus has been on the political and practical implications of Christian faith, especially in the contemporary context of the United States.  Her current research project explores the challenges to discipleship faced by the church in the 21st century.

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Casey Dominguez

Casey Dominguez, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-7925

Office: KIPJ 285

Office Hours: W 9:30 am-2:30pm

Casey B. K. Dominguez, PhD, joined the USD Political Science faculty in 2005. Her research interests include congressional elections, political parties, campaign finance, and the presidency. She teaches upper and lower division classes on American Politics, as well as an upper division class on research methods.

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Kokila  Doshi

Kokila Doshi, PhD

(619) 260-4843

Office: Olin Hall 110

Kokila Doshi is professor of Economics in the School of Business Administration. She joined the USD in 1988. Professor Doshi has developed two new international courses in the area of Asia-Pacific Business and Development. Recently, she also introduced another course in Tourism and Travel Economics. Professor Doshi's interest in applied economics and regional development is reflected in her economic impact studies. She conducted regional economic impact analysis of the X Games, the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, and the PGA International Golf Championship. Professor Doshi has published several scholary articles in economics and business journals. Her research interests focus on the privatization of public enterprises saving rates and economic policies of the Asian-Pacific countries. Professor Doshi has served on committees and task forces administering Irvine Grants for Cultural Diversity and Improvement of Statistical Instruction.

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Halina Duraj

Halina Duraj

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7429

Office: Founders Hall 173B

Office Hours: M/W 2:30-4:30pm; Tu 4:00-5:00pm

Halina Duraj joined USD after receiving her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis. Her debut collection of short stories, The Family Cannon, won Augury Books' Editors' Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches literature and creative writing and also directs USD's Cropper Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.

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Tammy Dwyer

Tammy Dwyer, PhD

(619) 260-4030

Office: SCST439

Office Hours: Sabbatical 2014-2015

Tammy J. Dwyer, PhD,  joined the faculty at the University of San Diego in 1994. She served as chair of the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2001-2009. Dwyer is passionate about chemistry and enjoys teaching how theory and experiment blend to enhance our understanding of the physical world and of chemical phenomena. She strives to create a positive and relaxed classroom atmosphere to facilitate learning while setting high standards for her students and providing them with the tools to meet the course goals. She maintains an active research program involving undergraduates focused on using NMR spectroscopy and computational methods to study structure and dynamics in both small and large molecules.

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Emily Edmonds-Poli

Emily Edmonds-Poli

Associate Professor
(619) 260-7802

Office: KIPJ 286A

Office Hours: Dr. Edmonds-Poli is on Sabbatical until Fall 2016.

Emily Edmonds-Poli , PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2001.  Edmonds-Poli teaches classes on international relations and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on local and state level politics in Mexico, as well as decentralization and democratization in Latin America.

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Iris Engstrand

Iris Engstrand

Professor, History
(619) 260-4038

Office: KIPJ 265

Office Hours: MTW 12:00-2:00

Iris H. W. Engstrand, PhD, is a native Californian. Engstrand’s academic honors include USD’s distinguished University Professorship; the Davies Award for Faculty Achievement; Awards of Merit from the San Diego, Southern California, and California Historical Societies, Western History Association, and Orange Coast College; fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, American Philosophical Society and Huntington Library; and the California Design Award in Historic Preservation. She is a trustee of the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Maritime Museum, past president of the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch and of the Western History Association. Engstrand has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Mexico and lectures widely in both English and Spanish. She has degrees in history, with maors and minors in the fields of California, Mexico, Latin America and the Spanish Southwest history, biology and Spanish

Engstrand has recently been awarded the prestigious medal of the Order of Isabel la Católica (Isabel the Catholic -- ruler of Spain in 1492) by Juan Carlos, King of Spain, for outstanding contributions to the history of Spain in the Americas.

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Erik Fritsvold

Erik Fritsvold, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
Chair, Sociology
(619) 260-4026

Office: Serra Hall 223

Office Hours: Tues: 10:30am-12:00pm, 2:30pm-5:00pm; Thurs: 5:30pm-6:30pm; and by appointment.

An Associate Professor of Sociology: Crime, Justice, Law & Society Concentration (CJLS), Erik has been a full-time faculty member at USD in various capacities since 2005.  Broadly construed, Erik’s areas of expertise include Criminology, Law & Society, the politics of law and crime management, social theory and research methods. Substantive and research foci include: the war on drugs, underground drug markets, nontraditional street gangs, white-collar crime, social movements, eco-terrorism, the death penalty, social justice and the contentious process of attempting to balance social control and individual freedoms.  Additionally, Erik serves as the faculty advisor to the USD Surf Team.

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Joey Gabaldon

Joey Gabaldon

Instructor, Economics
(619) 260-5905

Office: Olin Hall 333

Joey Gabaldon joined the University of San Diego in 2002 after teaching business and economics at Mesa College, California State at San Marcos University, and San Diego State University. Professor Gabaldon received both her BA in Art (with distinction) and MBA, with an emphasis in Operations Research, from San Diego State University. Professor Gabaldon's 125-page Masters Thesis was "Predicting Superior Performing Stocks in Bull and Bear Cycles", a successful statistical forecasting method that challenged and outperformed the methods of high profile stock market traders. Professor Gabaldon did postgraduate work at United States International University in the Doctorate of Business Administration program in economics and finance. Before teaching at the universities and colleges, Professor Gabaldon worked for industry in consulting positions resulting in statistical and strategic management reports and recommendations. She also worked for San Diego Gas and Electric (now Sempra Energy Corp.) in Operations Load Research employing large databases to forecast energy needs in the Southern California region for the Public Utilities Commission. Professor Gabaldon owns and manages a large storage facility in Canada along with other real estate properties and investments in that country. She currently spends her time between the USA for teaching and Canada for business operations.

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Veronica Galvan

Veronica Galvan

Associate Professor
(619) 260-7739

Office: Serra Hall 118

Office Hours: Monday 12:15-1:45; Tuesday 1:20-3:20; Wednesday 2:00-3:20; Friday 12:10-12:40 - or by appointment

Veronica Galván, PhD, teaches a variety of courses that primarily focus on the brain and cognition. Her current research interests are human memory and some of the factors that may enhance or impair it, such as attention and stress. Galván actively works with undergraduates to conduct her research. She is also the faculty advisor for the Psychology Department’s Journal Club.

Dr. Galván wins 2014 Davies Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Florence Gillman

Florence Gillman, PhD, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4051

Office: Maher Hall 254

Office Hours: MW: 9:00am-11:30am, or by appointment.

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.

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Alan Gin

Alan Gin

Associate Professor, Economics
(619) 260-4883

Office: Olin Hall 218

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday: noon to 1 p.m. 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (until April 12)

Alan Gin is associate professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard. Professor Gin came to the University of San Diego in 1988, after having previous taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught undergraduate courses in Principles of Economics, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and the Economic Development of Asia. Graduate-level courses taught include Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, the Business Environment of Asia, and Doing Business with China. In 2001, he was awarded the USD Parents' Association Award of Excellence after being nominated by one of his students. He was voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduate business students at USD for the 2002 - 2003 academic year. Professor Gin is one of the affiliated faculty members of the University of San Diego's Real Estate Institute.

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John Glick

John Glick, PhD

Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
(619) 260-4018

Office: Serra Hall 133A

Office Hours: T 3:50-4:50pm | W 10:00-12:00pm; 2:00-3:00| R 3:50-4:50pm

John Glick, PhD has been a member of the faculty at USD since 1993.  He also currently serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Glick teaches both computer science and mathematics courses.  He does research in the areas of optimization and parallel algorithms.

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John Halaka

John Halaka, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4107

Office: Camino Hall 6

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30am - 9:00am and 5:30pm - 6:30pm

John Halaka is professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991. He is an activist artist whose creative work serves as a vehicle for meditation on personal, cultural and political concerns. He creates images and produces documentary films that raise questions, for himself as well as for the viewer, about some of the pressing issues of our time. The primary focus of his work over the past two and a half decades can be summarized as an ongoing reflection on the frailty and resilience of the human condition and the persistent search for self-realization in the face of personal and cultural self-delusion.

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David Harnish

David Harnish, PhD

Professor and Department Chair
(619) 260-4128

Office: Camino Hall - C161A

David Harnish, PhD, is ethnomusicologist, co-director of the Gamelan Ensemble, and Chair of the Music Department at USD, with former affiliations with Bowling Green State University, (professor, dean), Skidmore College and Colorado College (professor), and Semester at Sea (professor). He also serves as Academic Liaison to the Kyoto Prize Committee and has worked with renowned onnagata Tamasaburo Bando, postcolonial critic Gayatri Spivak, free jazz impresario Cecil Taylor, and foremost ballet choreographer John Neumeier.

As a scholar, he has researched music in Asia, Africa, and the United States, and is particularly interested in religion, festival, hybridity, pedagogy, composition, popular culture, sustainability and politics in music. In support of research, he has received grants from Fulbright-Hayes, National Foundation, Freeman Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, United States-Indonesia Society, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and Partnerships for Community Action. As a musician, he has extensively performed Indonesian gamelan, North Indian music, Japanese music, Tejano conjunto music, Latin rock, and jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, and country musics.

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Lawrence Hinman

Lawrence Hinman, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Philosophy

Lawrence M. Hinman joined the faculty of the department of philosophy at USD in 1975 and retired in August 2014. During the intervening years he taught over forty courses in the College, including numerous team-taught courses, and over the years a number of his class lectures have gradually taken shape as scholarly articles. His two books, Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory, 5/e and Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus, 4/e, both grew out of courses he taught regularly at USD. His research and publication has always been tightly tied to his teaching.

His Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory (Wadsworth, 2013) arose out of teaching our ethical theory course (now Phil 320) for our majors; it is now in its fifth edition. Contemporary Moral Issues (Prentice-Hall, 2012) is now in its fourth edition. He also co-edited a special issue of Stem Cell Reviews in 2005 on alternative sources of stem cell lines, which tied in with his Ethics at the Frontiers of Science. He published about forty scholarly articles and has presented papers around the world.

Professor Hinman has been deeply involved in the life of USD. He served as department chair, RRT chair, founding director of The Values Institute, co-director and co-founder of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology, and was the recipient of numerous grants from federal programs and private foundations. He founded USD’s Ethics across the Curriculum and co-founded the Stockdale Lecture on Ethics & Leadership, in both cases bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders to USD.

He has also served outside the university. He was honored as one of San Diego Magazine’s Fifty People to Watch, was a member of Jerry Sander’s transition team for mayor, served on the boards of both the American Philosophical Association and Association of Practical and Professional Philosophy.

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Mary  Hotz

Mary Hotz

Associate Professor, English
(619) 260-4576

Office: Founders Hall 171B

Office Hours: M/W 2:00-4:30pm; and by appointment

Sister Hotz is on sabbatical leave for the academic year 2013-2014.

Sister Mary Hotz, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, came to USD in 1996. She received her PhD from The University of Chicago in 1997, with a concentration in Victorian literature. Her central interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, Native American literature, and the development of the novel. Her most recent project, Literary Remains: Representations of Death and Burial in Victorian England, explores the unexpectedly central role of death and burial in Victorian England by locating corpses at the center of a surprisingly extensive range of Victorian concerns: money and law, medicine and urban architecture, social planning and folklore, religion and national identity.

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Tyler Hower

Adjunct Instructor
(619) 260-4127

Office: Founders Hall 165B

Office Hours: WF 11:15-12:15, WF 1:30-2:30 and by appt.

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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Frank G. Jacobitz

Frank G. Jacobitz

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(619) 260-7820

Office: Loma Hall 325

Dr. Frank Jacobitz pursues research that focuses on numerical simulation of fluid flow. Problems considered include turbulent and mixing processes in density stratified and rotating shear flows with geophysical applications in the atmosphere and oceans, as well as biological flows of blood in skeletal muscle and muscle fascia vessel networks.

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Gary E. Jones, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-4089

Office: Founders Hall 158A

Office Hours: MTW 2:20-4:00 and by appt.

Gary E. Jones, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1981.  He has taught a variety of courses over the years relating to ethics and health care.  His main area of research is health care policy, with an emphasis on the problem of the medically uninsured.

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Ron Kaufmann

Ron Kaufmann, PhD

Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Marine Science
(619) 260-5904

Office: SCST 274

Ron Kaufmann, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1997 and currently serves as director of the Marine Science Graduate Program.  His areas of specialization are ecology and environmental biology, and his teaching includes courses in biology, environmental studies and marine science, as well as interdisciplinary courses that are team-taught with colleagues in the humanities. Kaufmann’s scholarship focuses on biological communities and their dynamics as well as their responses to changing environmental conditions. He has studied marine communities in extreme environments such as the Antarctic and the deep ocean.


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Ken Keith

Ken Keith, PhD

Professor Emeritus
(402) 502-4473

Kenneth D. Keith, Ph.D. was a member of the full-time faculty from 1999-2012. He served as department chair from 1999 to 2007, and as Chair of the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Assembly from 2003-2005. Article - Dr. Keith reflects on his time at USD

He maintained an active research program in quality of life, much of it cross-cultural, and has been a frequent contributor to the literature on teaching of psychology. His quality of life work has been translated into numerous languages. Keith has edited or authored more than 100 scientific and professional publications, including several books. His recent work includes editing Cross-Cultural Psychology: Contemporary Themes & Perspectives (2011) and the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2013), authoring the Student Handbook to Psychology: History, Perspectives, and Applications (2012), and co-authoring Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization, and a New Moral Community (2013). His articles have appeared in such journals as Teaching of Psychology, International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, American Psychologist, American Journal of Family Therapy, Psychology Teacher Network, Contemporary Psychology, Streams of William James, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, History of Psychology, and Mental Retardation. He now makes his home in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Connie, where he continues to write and to serve as a consultant in areas related to the teaching of psychology and as a reviewer for several scientific journals.

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Evelyn Kirkley

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

Office: Maher Hall 291

Office Hours: M: 1:30pm-3:30pm, T: 2:00pm-5:00pm, 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. 

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Anne Koenig

Anne Koenig

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4046

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.

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Patricia Kowalski

Patricia Kowalski

(619) 260-4003

Office: Serra Hall 110

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-5:00 pm

Patricia Kowalski, PhD, has been at USD since 1989. She teaches courses in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She is an advisor to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Her research interests are in the area of educational psychology including student motivation to learn, student attitudes toward learning, and factors influencing student misconceptions in psychology and education. Research students regularly accompany Kowalski to the Western Psychological Association convention or the American Educational Research Association conference.

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Jeremy Kua

Jeremy Kua, PhD

Interim Chair/Associate Professor
(619) 260-7970

Office: SCST381

Jeremy Kua, PhD, teaches courses in physical chemistry, general chemistry and computational chemistry. His current research interest is investigating the dynamics of self-assembly in a variety of chemical systems.

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Marc Lampe

Professor, Social and Legal Research
(619) 260-4887

Office: Olin Hall 116

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 10 to 10:40 a.m. 2 to 3:50 p.m.

At USD, Lampe is responsible for a major catalog revision of the traditional business law course to a business practitioner oriented approach emphasizing prevention of legal problems and conflict resolution. He developed and currently co-directs the USD School of Business Community Assistance Programs (CAP) including the undergraduate and graduate internship programs and the Community Service Internship Awards. Hundreds of his students have done community service projects as part of classes. He has served on numerous committees and boards including extensive involvement in efforts to improve academic integrity. His work was instrumental in USD's adoption of the Honorable University concept. He has been a leading proponent of improving business ethics education. He has been a speaker, panelist or participant for many campus events and a volunteer for numerous community organizations. He currently serves on Boards of Directors of USD American Humanics and the Utility Consumer Action Network. He has presented papers and published articles on various ethical and legal topics pertaining to business and business education. His work has appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Legal Studies Education, the International Business Review, and other publications. In 2003 he received a University Professorship award for outstanding career contributions to USD.

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Curtis Loer

Curtis Loer, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4129

Office: SCST 437

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M: 2-4pm T: 8-10am Th: 11am-2pm

Curtis Loer, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1997, as the Fletcher Jones Chair in Biology. His teaching and research interests are in cell-molecular biology, particularly in the development and function of the nervous system. He is also especially interested in promoting undergraduate research, having long served in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program and on the organizing committee of USD's annual student reasearch conference "Creative Collaborations."

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Daniel López-Pérez

Daniel López-Pérez, PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture
(619) 260-7415

Office: Camino Hall 7A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

Daniel López-Pérez is an Associate Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. Dr. López-Pérez’s scholarship specializes in architectural design research and the historiography of modern architecture. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University with honors, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. His Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton studies the tall-building as a contested historiographical artifact through a composite discourse that examines the simultaneous innovations that took place in its practice, history, theory and criticism.

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Mary Sue Lowery

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4078

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 482

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M: 1:30-3:30pm T: 2-4pm Th: 9-10am *And by appointment

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1990. She teaches preparatory courses for biology majors, as well as biological oceanography and interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses. Lowery is a comparative biologist with particular interest in the effect of endurance swimming on the development of muscle in juvenile marine fishes.

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Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4081

Office: SCST 434

Office Hours: Fall 2015: M: 1:30-3:30pm T: 9-11am W:2-3pm

Michael Mayer, PhD, came to USD in 1994 and teaches general biological topics and more specialized courses in botany and evolutionary biology. He conducts research in plant systematics, which is essentially the study of plant diversity. It involves deciphering the evolutionary relationships among plants, and then using these patterns to infer the processes by which plants evolve, speciate, and produce new lineages. Mayer has conducted several projects involving plants of the southern California landscape, and maintains collaborations with colleagues at San Diego State University and the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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Molly McClain

Molly McClain

Interdisciplinary Humanities Program Director
(619) 260-4044

Office: KIPJ 279

Office Hours: M 3:00-6:00 TR 11:00-12:00

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.

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Brad Melekian

Brad Melekian

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-2902

Office: Founders Hall 171A

Office Hours: Prof. Melekian is on leave until January 2016.

Brad Melekian has been a member of the USD English Department since 2008. As an adjunct professor of English, Melekian teaches courses in introductory composition and literature and creative writing. A working writer as well as a teacher, Melekian's fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting work appears in many prominent national and international publications.

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Kristin Moran

Kristin Moran, PhD

Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director
(619) 260-4085

Office: Camino Hall 121

Office Hours: Mon.: 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.; Tues.: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Wed.: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Kristin Moran, PhD (University of Washington), has been teaching at USD since 1999 and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director overseeing the core revision process. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. Her book, Listening to Latina/o youth: Television consumption within families, critiques the tendency of mainstream media to reify and contain a Latina/o identity that is then sold back to youth in ways that limit Latino/a agency. Her research has also appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Children & Media and Learning, Media and Technology focusing on Latino-themed children’s television. She has published research comparing the presentation of local news in Spanish and English in Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism and the Journal of Borderland Studies.

She works with the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted to creating opportunities for cross border interaction for faculty and students. She served as chair of the department from 2011-2015.

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Vidya Nadkarni

Vidya Nadkarni

Department Chair, Political Science and International Relations
Professor, Political Science
(619) 260-4010

Office: KIPJ 259A

Office Hours: T-9:15a-11:45a and 4:30p-5:30p Th-9:15a-11:45a And Monday afternoon by appt.

Vidya Nadkarni, PhD, joined USD’s faculty in 1990. Nadkarni teaches courses in the area of international relations and foreign policy. Her research interests center on the foreign policies of resurgent (Russia) and aspiring (China, India) global powers.

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Lance E. Nelson

Lance E. Nelson

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4054

Office: Maher Hall 277

Office Hours: MW: 3:00pm-5:00pm, TTH: 2:15pm-3:45pm, immediately after class, or by appointment.

Lance E. Nelson, PhD, is professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  He teaches courses in world religions and religious traditions of Asia.  Nelson’s research specialization is in Hindu religious history, focusing on classical systems of Hindu theology and the relation between Hindu religious practice and environmental concern.

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Noelle Norton

Noelle Norton

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science and International Relations
(619) 260-4246

Office: F114

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.

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Lisa M. Nunn

Lisa M. Nunn, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7427

Office: Serra Hall 220

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Lisa Michele Nunn joined the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego in 2009.  Professor Nunn teaches largely in the Department’s Social Justice concentration.  Her research areas include: Sociology of Education; Organizations; Cultural Sociology; Gender and Sexuality; Identity; Visual Sociology; and Social Psychology.

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Bethany O'Shea

Bethany O'Shea, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4243

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 273

Office Hours: W 12:30-3:30 F 12:30-2:30

Bethany O'Shea, PhD, teaches courses in environmental geology, earth science, and geochemistry of ocean and continental waters. All of these courses use the environment as a natural laboratory and include interactive problem solving and thought provoking learning techniques. Dr. O'Shea is interested in the cycling of metals, nutrients, and contaminants in the environment; specifically controls on the movement and distribution of trace elements in groundwater, lakes, and sediments. She welcomes the opportunity to teach and mentor students interested in the earth, marine, and environmental sciences.

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Roger Pace

Roger Pace, PhD

Department Chair
(619) 260-4059

Office: Camino Hall 126B

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; Mon./Wed.: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Thurs.: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Roger C. Pace, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1987.  He is a professor of Communication Studies and also currently serves as the director of the basic speech courses.   He teaches courses in communication theory and organizational communication.  Pace’s research interests are group and organizational decision making and the effects of emerging technologies on communication patterns and outcomes.  He is the former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Faculty Senate.

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Ronald Pachence

Ronald Pachence

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-2758

Office: Maher Hall 281

Office Hours: By appointment.

Ron Pachence, PhD, joined the faculty in 1981. He has served as department chair, founding director of the Institute for Christian Ministries, and director of graduate programs in the department. He is active in shared governance, having served on numerous committees and as chair of the University Senate. His teaching expertise is in the areas of Catholic theology and world religions. Pachence is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Turkey) and a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia.

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Cameron Parker

Cameron Parker, PhD

Professor, Mathematics
(619) 260-7956

Office: Serra Hall 148

Office Hours: M 1:30-3:00pm| T 9:00-10:00am| W1:30-3:00pm| F 9:00-10:00am

Cameron Parker, PhD, has been at USD since 2003.  In addition to his teaching and research, Parker is the Math Area Coordinator and has served in the Arts and Sciences Faculty Academic Assembly.  He co-organizes the Math Modeling Club and serves as an advisor for the Math Modeling Team.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History
(619) 260-2307

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45pm - 1:45pm and Thursdays 12:45pm - 3:45pm

Jessica Patterson, PhD, combines interests in Asian languages and comparative religion with training in the history and theory of art. Her research focuses on the art and architecture of East and Southeast Asia, emphasizing the cultural collisions and intersections that characterized the nineteenth century. 

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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: Wednesdays 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

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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Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Office Hours: Retired

Linda L. Peterson, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1985.  She routinely teaches classes in thehHistory of medieval philosophy and the philosophy of human nature.  Her research area of specialization is in the history of medieval philosophy with particular emphasis on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her research focus also includes philosophy of religion and metaphysics.

Peterson enjoys traveling and has traveled extensively including trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.  She particularly enjoys visiting cites of interest to the history of medieval philosophy.  She has traveled throughout Italy, visiting the birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas and the monastery where he died. 

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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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Eric Pierson

Eric Pierson, PhD

(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 124

Office Hours: Tues./Thurs.: 10:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.; Wed.: 10:00 - 12:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

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.

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Erin Prickett

Erin Prickett

Honors Program Coordinator
(619) 260-7847

Office: SLP 410

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 11:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Erin Prickett returned to the Communication Studies department as faculty in Spring 2015. Since 2011, Prickett also has been at the Honors office, where she coordinates the Honors Program and serves as the main point of contact for questions from parents, students, faculty, and staff regarding the program.

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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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Thomas Ehrlich Reifer

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, PhD

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

Office: Serra Hall 225

Office Hours: Tues and Thurs: 7:00pm-8:00pm 101D-04&05; Wed: 7:45am-10:45am 301-01, 7:00am-12:00pm

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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Emily Reimer-Barry

Emily Reimer-Barry

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Office: Maher Hall 279

Office Hours: MWF: 10:00am-11:00am, T: 10:00am-12:00pm

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.

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Nathalie Reyns

Nathalie Reyns, PhD

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4096

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 277

Office Hours: M 9:00-2:00

Nathalie Reyns, PhD, teaches core and upper division courses in oceanography, marine ecology and how humans impact the oceans. Reyns’ research interests focus on identifying the factors that influence the dispersal of marine organisms, to better understand the population dynamics of these organisms and the implications for fisheries management and marine conservation. Reyns is also very interested in advancing marine science education and improving ocean literacy, and regularly provides research opportunities for undergraduate students.

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Fred Miller Robinson

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD

Professor, English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
(619) 260-2239

Office: Founders Hall 175C

Office Hours: M/W 1:00-2:30pm; T/R 4:00-5:00pm

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD, served as chair of the English Department from 1991 until 2005.  From 2005-06 he was interim director of the Theatre Arts program, and from 2009 he has served as the chair of the Music Department.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in modern literature, including Modern Poetry, Modern Drama, Narrative Theory and Writing Autobiography, and a text course in modern drama to the USD/Old Globe MFA students.  His research focus has shifted from comic theory to cultural studies: a social history of The Man in the Bowler Hat and, currently, the interculture of Ireland and the U.S. Robinson also taught for a year (each) at the Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

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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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Daniel Sheehan

Daniel Sheehan, PhD

(619) 260-4095

Office: SCST-281

Office Hours: MWF 2:30-3:30 R 11:00-3:00

Daniel Sheehan has been a member of the faculty at USD since 1989 and is Professor of Physics.  His research interests include the second law of thermodynamics, retrocausation, nanotechnology, plantary formation, and plasma physics.

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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: M/W, 11:00-1:00; F, 12:00-1:00

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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Avi Spiegel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations
(619) 260- 2907

Office: KIPJ 273

Office Hours: T 12:00-2:30p Th 12:00-2:30p

Avi Spiegel specializes in Middle Eastern and North African politics. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego, and a Fellow at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a doctorate from Oxford University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a law degree from NYU. He has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Ali Pachachi Scholar of the Modern Middle East at Oxford, a Frederick Sheldon Fellow at Harvard, and a Fulbright Scholar and Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He contributes regularly to Foreign Policy and Huffington Post and has also appeared, on television, as a Middle East Analyst for Al Jazeera English. His writing has also been published in, among others, the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and The American Interest. His current book project offers a rare, close-up look at young Islamist activists -- at who they are and how battles brewing between them will shape the future of the Arab world. More information is available at

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Susannah Stern

Susannah Stern, PhD

(619) 260-7814

Office: Camino Hall 126A

Office Hours: Wed./Fri.: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.; Fri.: 1:30 - 3:30 p.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.

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Abraham Stoll

Abraham Stoll

Professor, English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
(619) 260-7535

Office: Founders Hall 175B

Office Hours: M 10:00-11:00am; Th 2:00-4:00pm; and by appointment

Abraham Stoll, PhD, specializes in Renaissance and early modern literature, particularly the literature of seventeenth-century England. His recent book, Milton and Monotheism, is on the poetry and theology of John Milton. He also edited the five-volume edition of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Currently, he is working on a study of conscience in the early modern period. Stoll has taught at the University of San Diego since 2000, and was visiting professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2006-07.

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Monica Stufft

Monica Stufft, PhD

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
(619) 260-4273

Office: Camino Hall 173F

Office Hours: Monday 2:00-4:30 pm Tuesday/Thursday 10:45-12:00 pm Or by appointment.

Monica Stufft is an Associate 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.

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Yi Sun

Yi Sun

Chair and Associate Professor, History
Director, Asian Studies Program
(619) 260-6811

Office: KIPJ 270

Office Hours: M 10:00-12:00/1:00-4:00 T 9:30-10:00/4:00-5:00 R 1:30-2:00/4:00-5:00 F 11:00-12:15

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.

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Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4600 x.4921

Office: Maher Hall 295

Office Hours: MW: 10:30am-12:30pm, T: 10:30am-11:30am

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.

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Stefan Vander Elst

Stefan Vander Elst

Associate Professor
(619) 260-2946

Office: Founders Hall 173C

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

Dr. Vander Elst received his PhD from Princeton University in 2006. Following a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Dr. Vander Elst began teaching at USD in 2009. He specializes in Middle English literature, especially Chaucer and fourteenth-century English romance, literature, rhetoric, and propaganda of the later crusades, and literary representations of medieval politics.

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Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2968

Office: Founders Hall 166B

Office Hours: MW 10:00-11:00, MW 1:30-3:00

Michael F. Wagner, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  His administrative appointments have included chair of the Philosophy Department (1988-1998) and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities major (1987-1993, 2001-2007).  His research interests include several topic areas in Ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, in the classical Neoplatonic tradition, in the philosophy of time and science, and in Platonistic conceptions of eros and their cultural influences.

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Lori Watson

Lori Watson, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Chair, Department of Philosophy
(619) 260-4091

Office: Founders Hall 163B

Office Hours: MW 12:00-2:30

Lori Watson, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2007.  She is currently associate professor of philosophy, director of the Gender Studies Program, and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

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Irene Chipurnoi  Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Professor, English
(619) 260-4118

Office: Founders Hall 180A

Office Hours: M/W 11:30am-2:00pm; and by appointment

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.

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Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
(619) 260-4012

Office: KIPJ 286B

Office Hours: T/Th-2:30p-4:00p W-11:30a-1:30p And by appt.

Mike Williams, J.D., PhD, is an alumnus of the University of San Diego (1992) and has been teaching at USD since 1999. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and he is the Director of the Changemaker Hub. Williams offers undergraduate courses on introduction to political science, comparative politics, politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and politics in South Africa. His research focuses on African politics, with special interests in democratization, indigenous political structures, local governance, rule of law, the courts and constitutionalism. He has published numerous articles and one book on the chieftaincy in South Africa - Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy: Political Legitimacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010). He offers a study abroad immersion experience to South Africa every summer where USD students collaborate with high school students in the village of Makuleke in South Africa.

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Larry Williamson

Larry Williamson, PhD

(619) 260-4060

Office: Camino Hall 120

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.; and by appointment.

Larry Williamson, PhD, began building the Communication Studies department at USD in 1982, and chaired the department from 1985 to 1993. He is a rhetorical critic, and has applied this perspective to the examination of various types of popular texts over the last 26 years. His teaching interests are eclectic and range across subjects like semantics, rhetorical theory, media criticism, and legal communication.

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Randy Willoughby

Randy Willoughby, PhD

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director of Master of Arts in International Relations Program
(619) 260-4014

Office: KIPJ 258

Office Hours: M-Th-1:00p-2:15p

Randy Willoughby, Ph.D, has been on the USD faculty since 1988 and teaches course on comparative politics and international security. His undergraduate education began at the University of California at Irvine and concluded at UCLA. His graduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley, preceded by a year of study in Paris, and including a year working in the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, a year teaching at the University of Santa Clara, and two years participating on a research project at the University of California at San Diego.

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Barbara Withers, PhD

Professor of Management Science
(619) 260-2380

Office: Olin Hall 320

Barbara E. Withers is professor of Operations and Project Management in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, San Diego, California. Professor Withers has been a university professor since 1989. In addition, she has over 15 years experience working in business and government. She served as regional economist for the Municipality of Anchorage (Alaska) and worked in a variety of construction management roles for ARCO Alaska Inc. at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska. Professor Withers research interests are in the areas of quality management and quality systems, especially international quality systems and standards.

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Mark Woods

Mark Woods, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-6865

Office: Founders Hall 167B

Office Hours: M 2:00-3:30, T 2:00-3:30, W 1:00-3:30 and by appt.

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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Jennifer Zwolinski

Jennifer Zwolinski

Associate Professor
(619) 260-4218

Office: Serra Hall 154C

Office Hours: MWF 11:15am-12:55pm

Jennifer Zwolinski has been a member of the faculty since 2001. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology. In the Psychological Sciences Department, Professor Zwolinski offers undergraduate courses in a variety of areas including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Her research focus examines biopsychosocial factors associated with social/relational aggression and victimization, with an emphasis on ostracism.

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Matt Zwolinski

Matt Zwolinski, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-4094

Office: Founders Hall 167A

Office Hours: TR 9:30-10:30, TR 12:15-1:45

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, specializes in Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics. He is a co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy, editor of Arguing About Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2014) and author, with John Tomasi, of A Brief History of Libertarianism (forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2015). He regularly teaches courses in ethics, business ethics, social ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. His primary research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, law, and economics, with two specific areas of focus. The first involves the proper understanding and normative status of liberty and political libertarianism. The second has to do with the nature and moral significance of exploitation for individual ethics and political institutions.

PHIL 332 Business Ethics Syllabus (Fall 2014)

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