Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Office: Maher Hall 208
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30a.m.-2:00p.m.
May Fu grounds her vocational praxis in student-centered pedagogies and curricula that address the self-determination of our selves, families, and communities. Her classes explore the development, intersectionality, and utility of race while also identifying how aggrieved groups call new communities, cultures, and possibilities into being. Her research interests include comparative racialized histories, social movements, womyn of color feminisms, gender and labor, and the politics of historiography. She especially seeks to connect the different knowledges that exist in grassroots, activist, and academic communities. Drawing on oral histories, she is currently writing a book that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 176
Office Hours: and by appointment
Evelyn Diaz Cruz is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies with experience in writing, directing, and acting. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Professor Cruz's study and practice of theatre is focused on empowering communities by addressing issues of social justice through art. Her non-traditional approach to theatre garnered her the KPBS 2008 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Award for her contributions to the San Diego community. She is the recipient of USD's 2009 Innovations in Experiential Education Award. She is a member of the Los Angeles Association of Playwrights and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 482
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.
Professor, Electrical Engineering
Office: Loma Hall 215
Michael Morse was born in New York, received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1981 and 1982. He went on to get his Ph.D. at age 24 from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1985. After 18 long months in industry, Professor Morse joined the Electrical Engineering Faculty of Auburn University in 1987. During his first year as an academic he won both an NSF and IEEE initiation grant. (He declined the IEEE grant.) During his three years at Auburn he published on the topics of speech recognition from signals secondary to speech and electrical stimulation. At Auburn, Professor Morse advised five students to Master's degrees and developed a successful consultancy in the area of electric shock injury and electromechanical product failure. He has testified as an expert witness in both state and federal court on several occasions. In 1990 Professor Morse received a patent for an electrical stimulation system using parallel processing architecture. Also in 1990, Morse joined the faculty of electrical engineering at the University of San Diego. In the years that have ensued Professor Morse has received tenure, been promoted to associate professor and is active in teaching, research, and consulting. His ongoing research includes studying pathways followed by current during an electrical accident and analyzing the potential for injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Professor Morse has taught a broad array of classes but enjoys computer design classes and classes that focus on the interface between man and man's technology. Professor Morse rounded out his interest in technology and the law by pursuing and completing a law degree at USD Law School. After degree completion in 1999, Professor Morse passed the California bar and was licensed before the start of the new millennium. His legal interests currently include technology, academic, and civil rights law. Professor Morse weaves his legal knowledge into his teaching on a regular basis. Currently Professor Morse continues his involvement in teaching, research and consulting.
Office: Serra Hall 226
Office Hours: Tues-Thur: 4:00-5:00pm; Wed: 1:00-4:00pm; and by appointment
Greg Prieto joined the Sociology faculty at the University of San Diego in Fall 2013. He teaches primarily in the Crime, Justice, Law & Society concentration. Professor Prieto’s research interests lie at the intersection of race, racism and legal violence. His primary focuses are immigration, police, law & society, and social movements. In his research, he seeks to bridge the community and the academy by embedding his work in local struggles for the rights, resources, and dignity of marginalized communities.
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
Office: Founders Hall 175B
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.
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Office: KIPJ 286B
Office Hours: M/W 9-11am T 10-11am And by appt.
J. Michael Williams, J.D., PhD, is an alumnus of the University of San Diego (1992) and has been a member of the faculty since 1999. He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. 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).
Office Hours: T 10-12 W 1:30-3:30 F 1:30-2:30
Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD, came to USD in 2003 after teaching at Georgia State University in Atlanta for 12 years. He offers classes in hydrology, climatology, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing. His research focus is hydroclimatology, with special interests in recent and past climate variations and the impact on hydrological systems and water resources in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau.
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Major/Minor: Ethnic Studies & International Relations
Campus Involvement: PA Program, USD Mortar Board, University Ministry’s RCIA Program, and trying to create an organization on campus.
Fun Fact: I’ve never been on an airplane or been out of the country, yet I’m an International Relations major. Hmm…
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Campus Involvement: __________
Fun Fact: __________
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Campus Involvement: Social Justice PA and a member of Society of Women Engineers.
Fun Fact: I can speak Croatian pretty well!
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: E-Board for American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Ambassadors Club, and the Honors Program.
Fun Fact: I speak three languages and play three instruments. I like drawing and painting, and iced tea lemonade. My friends say I would be house Tyrell in the Game of Thrones. Still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts!
Hometown: Downey, CA
Major/Minor: English, Minor in Biology
Campus Involvement: Associated Students, Accapella, YDU, Sig Ep
Fun Fact: I have an immaculate voice.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Major/Minor: Business Administration, Minor in Ethnic Studies and Peace & Justice Studies
Campus Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Women’s Center, University Ministry
Fun Fact: I'm a huge San Jose Sharks fan!
Hometown: Wilmington, MA
Major/Minor: Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Campus Involvement: Alcalá Club, Preceptorial Assistant, Water Brigades, University Ministry and Net Impact
Fun Fact: I'm PADI Open Water Scuba Certified!
Emma von Tscharner
Hometown: Denver, CO
Major/Minor: Theatre, Minor in Leadership and Communication
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Theatre, Women's Ensemble, University Ministry, Ambassadors, ASTRA Service Choir, Founders Chapel Choir, Writing Center Tutor
Fun Fact: Both my parents went to USD and got married!
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Major/Minor: Ethnic Studies, Psychology
Campus Involvement: RA, Theme Coordinator, VP Programming for Panhellenic Council, Kappa Delta Sorority, Student Worker in Residential Life
Fun Fact: My long-term goal is to be able to retire early and live on a farm full of miniature-horses
Hometown: Acampo, CA
Campus Involvement: RA, Philanthropy Chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Student Worker in UC Ops
Fun Fact: I consider chocolate a priority in life
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Major/Minor: Ethnic Studies, International Relations
Campus Involvement: RA, VP Member Education for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Changemaker Student Committee (Marketing), Greek Disciplinary Board, Peer Review Board
Fun Fact: I'm terrified of bugs
Hometown: Wenatchee, WA
Major/Minor: Marine Biology, German
Campus Involvement: RA, Associated Students
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Campus Involvement: RA, Founders Chapel, and Theater work "here and there"
Fun Fact: I'm arguably the fastest dishwasher in Southwest Ohio