Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 291
Office Hours: M: 1:00pm-3:30pm, T: 2:00pm-5:30pm, or by appointment.
Evelyn Kirkley, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1995. She is an advisor to PRIDE, USD’s organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning undergraduate students and allies. She has also served as co-director of the Gender Studies Program and director of the Faculty and Curriculum Development Program. She teaches about the history of Christianity and other religious movements, especially in the United States. Her research focuses on alternative religious movements (often called "cults" or "sects") in the United States and intersections between religion and gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Founders Hall 114
Office Hours: Thurs.: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and by appointment.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
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.
Department Chair, Political Science and International Relations
Professor, Political Science
Office: KIPJ 259A
Office Hours: T/Th 9:15-11:15am T 4:00-5:00pm W 10:00-11:00am 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.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Office: Serra Hall 220
Office Hours: Tues: 9:00-10:00am and 3:00-4:00pm; Wed: 11:00am-1:00pm; Thur: 3:00-4:00pm; or by appointment
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.
Assistant Professor, Art History
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.
Associate Professor, History
Office: KIPJ 270
Office Hours: Fall 2014 T 11:00-12:00 R 11:00-2:00/5:30-6:30
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.
Hometown: Evergreen, CO
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!
Hometown: Trophy Club, TX
Major/Minor: Biology major, Chemistry minor
Campus Involvement: Crew team
Fun Fact: I am the oldest of four kids in my family
Hometown: Glendale, CA
Major/Minor: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, study abroad
Fun Fact: I can twerk :)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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!
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
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!
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi, Ambassadors Club
Fun Fact: I ride horses
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Barista at Aromas
Fun Fact: I've never broken a bone.
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
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
Hometown: Stevensville, MO
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!
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, Accounting Society
Fun Fact: The house I grew up in is closer to Olin hall than Missions A is.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Campus Involvement: Accounting Society, Director of Community Service
Fun Fact: I'm 50% Macedonian
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Campus Involvement: Office of the Assistant Dean of Students
Fun Fact: I have hugged a manatee