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May C.  Fu

May C. Fu, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-2214

Office: Maher Hall 208

Office Hours: Mondays 9:00am-2:00pm

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

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Evelyn Diaz Cruz

Evelyn Diaz Cruz , MFA

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
(619) 260-7877

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.



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Mary Sue Lowery

Mary Sue Lowery, PhD

Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4078

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 482

Office Hours: W 1:20-3:30p, R 9-11a, F 10:10-11a; 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 Morse

Michael Morse, PhD

Professor, Electrical Engineering
(619) 260-6823

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.

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Atreyee Phukan

Atreyee Phukan

Associate Professor, English
(619) 260-7634

Office: Founders Hall 180B

Office Hours: T 9:00-10:00am; T/R 1:00-2:00pm; W 3:00-5:00pm; and by appointment

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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Greg Prieto

Greg Prieto

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4027

Office: Serra Hall 226

Office Hours: TBA; 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.

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Abraham Stoll

Abraham Stoll

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

Office: Founders Hall 175B

Office Hours: T/R 9:00-10:00am

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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Mike Williams

Mike Williams

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

Office: KIPJ 259A

Office Hours: MW 11:15a-12:15p T/Th 10:00a-12:00p 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).

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Zhi-Yong Yin

Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD

Professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies
(619) 260-8864

Office: Shiley Science and Technology 172

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:40am 12:10pm Wednesday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

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.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-Takahashi

Charisa Gowen-Takahashi

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Ethnic Studies with Dr. Fu

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiDiana Tenenbaum

Diana Tenebaum

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Power and Inequality in Global Perspective with Dr. Comacho

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiEmily Schumacher

Emily Schumacher

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Evolution with Dr. Gonzalez

Rachel Stein

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Introduction to Engineering with Dr. Morse

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiGeorgia Andresen

Georgia Andresen

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: The Global South with Dr. Phukan

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSofia Gonzalez Baldwin

Sofia Gonzalez Baldwin

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Modern Latin America with Dr. Serbin

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiSara Butler

Sara Butler

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Theatre and Society with Dr. Stufft

Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiAlli Chlapaty

Alli Chlapaty

Preceptorial Assistant
PAC Member


PA for: Natural Disasters with Dr. Yin

Resident Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiNiko Pascua

Niko Pascua

Resident Assistant
Social Justice Theme Coordinator



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiNiko PascuaCourtney Kant

Courtney Kant

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiNiko PascuaRyan Safar

Ryan Safar

Resident Assistant



Sloane Smith

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryCharisa Gowen-TakahashiNiko PascuaKeanu Gututala

Keanu Gututala

Resident Assistant