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Evelyn Kirkley

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
ekirkley@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4131

Office: Maher Hall 291

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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Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
bowman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6878

Office: Camino Hall 126E

Office Hours: Contact Dean's Office (x4545) for 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 recent publications addressing male friendships and small group communication. He was a 2012 recipient of the Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, and also received both the 2012-2013 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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Maura Giles-Watson

Maura Giles-Watson, PhD

Assistant Professor
mgileswatson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4286

Office: Founders Hall 170C

Maura Giles-Watson (PhD-English, U of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA-English, U of Massachusetts-Boston;MEd-Cross-Cultural Education, National Univ.; ALB-Classical Studies, Harvard) is an Assistant Professor of English and Keck Faculty Fellow. She teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance drama and performance culture, mythology, ancient tragedy and comedy, as well as the early British literature survey and courses in Henrician literature and culture. During her graduate studies at UNL, Maura designed curricula and taught British Literature to 1800, Linguistics, Shakespeare, and Rhetoric as Argument; during her MA program at UMass-Boston she taught composition and co-taught both Chaucer and Five British Writers. Maura's pedagogical methods are Socratic and blend interdisciplinarity (esp. in drama, music, visual arts, literature, history, and rhetoric) with progressive approaches such as mastery learning in which students are full creative participants.

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David Harnish

David Harnish

Department Chair
dharnish@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4128

Office: Camino Hall 173

David Harnish, PhD, is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and Chair of the Music Department as of 2011. He comes to USD from Bowling Green State University, where he taught for 17 years and served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean. He has traveled the world widely and twice served as faculty member on the Semester at Sea program.

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, 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, Indian music, Japanese music, Tejano conjunto music, and jass, rock, blues, bluegrass, and country musics.

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Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
jmaxim@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7636

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Juliana Maxim is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at M.I.T. in 2006.

Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013).

Her forthcoming book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965, explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.

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Vidya Nadkarni

Vidya Nadkarni

Professor, Political Science
nadkarni@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4010

Office: KIPJ 282

Office Hours: T, Th 6:45a-7:45a, 10:35a-12:05p And 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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Lisa M. Nunn

Lisa M. Nunn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
lnunn@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7427

Office: Serra Hall 220

Office Hours: TBA; or by appointment

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

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History
jlp@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2307

Office: Founders Hall 104

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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Yi Sun

Yi Sun

Associate Professor, History
ysun@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6811

Office: KIPJ 270

Office Hours: Spring 2014 TR 4:00-6:00 W 5:30-6:30

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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Preceptorial Assistants

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Caroline Knetsch

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Evergreen, CO

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Business Administration

Campus Involvement: Honors program, Residence Hall Association

Fun Fact: I have been to the original snow globe factory and met the great granddaughter of the inventor of the snow globe!

 

Quinn Taylor

Quinn Taylor

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Trophy Club, TX

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Biology major, Chemistry minor

Campus Involvement: Crew team

Fun Fact: I am the oldest of four kids in my family

 

Matt Finkelberg

Matt Finkelberg

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Glendale, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Political Science

Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, study abroad

Fun Fact: I can twerk :)

 

Alexis Dachs

Alexis Dachs

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Architecture major, Business minor

Campus Involvement: Honor Council, Kappa kappa gamma, Greek philanthropy board, Residence hall association, Ambassadors club

Fun Fact: I've been skydiving!

 

Beth Nelson

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Communications/Asian Studies majors and International Business minor

Campus Involvement: Chinese Language Union, Intervarsity, Alpha Delta Pi, Lambda Pi Eta

Fun Fact: I have crossed the 0 degrees latitude and 0 degrees longitude mark by ship!

 

Ileane Polis

Ileane Polis

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: English

Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi, Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact: I ride horses

 

Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Communications/Sociology

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Barista at Aromas

Fun Fact: I've never broken a bone.

 

Katie Quinn

Katie Quinn

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Business Administration and Marketing

Campus Involvement: Ambassador's Club, Intramural Soccer, Gamma Phi Beta Standards Chair and Chapter Delegate, Honors program, SE San Diego Tutoring

Fun Fact: McDonald's is my favorite restaurant

 

Austin Lords

Austin Lords

Preceptorial Assistant

Hometown: Stevensville, MO

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Finance, Minors in Environmental Studies and Political Science

Campus Involvement: Coaching Corps, Bull Pit, Intramural Sports

Fun Fact: I love flavor blasted Goldfish!

 

Resident Assistants

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Taryn Smith

Taryn Smith

Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Accounting

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Accounting Society

Fun Fact: The house I grew up in is closer to Olin hall than Missions A is.

 

Lucas Ilijevski

Lucas Ilijevski

Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Accounting

Campus Involvement: Accounting Society, Director of Community Service

Fun Fact: I'm 50% Macedonian

 

Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor

Resident Assistant

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Undeclared

Campus Involvement: Office of the Assistant Dean of Students

Fun Fact: I have hugged a manatee

 

Khadijah Brandon

Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Psychology and Sociology

Campus Involvement: Residential Life, Student Support Services, BSU

Fun Fact: I am from San Diego, born and raised in Linda Vista