Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 291
Office Hours: T: 9am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 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.
Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 130A/ST 481
Lisa Baird, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1988. In addition to teaching in the preparatory courses for biology majors, she teaches classes in plant physiology, electron microscopy and the senior seminar. Baird is a developmental plant physiologist with particular interest in plant stress responses to pathogens and insect predation and how these responses can be modulated by plant growth regulators.
Assistant Professor, New Media
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm; or by appointment
Victoria Fu, MFA, teaches New Media courses at USD about film, video and time-based art. She previously taught Media/New Practices in the Department of Art at American University and is a visual artist who works in moving images, photography and drawing. Her work has been exhibited at De Appel, Amsterdam; Zona Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea; Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador; Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York; among others. She has worked on curatorial and editorial projects for Éditions Centre Pompidou, Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné, Afterall Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, USC Fisher Gallery, Otis College of Art+Design and the Musée d’Orsay. She is co-founder of ARTOFFICE.org, an organization established in 2006 dedicated to artists' film and video. Recipient of a 2008 Art Matters Grant, she was a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and artist-in-residence at Skowhegan and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
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.
Office: Serra Hall 133C
Perla Myers has been a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department since 1999. She enjoys teaching classes at all undergraduate levels: core mathematics classes, mathematics classes for the Mathematics major, and mathematics classes for future and in-service elementary and secondary school teachers. Professor Myers’ most recent work involves the improvement of the mathematical education of teachers.
Professor, Political Science
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.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Office: Serra Hall 220
Office Hours: Mon: 2:00-4:00pm; Thur: 7:45-10:45am; 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.
Assistant Professor, Art History
Office: Founders Hall 104
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm and Tuesdays 10:30am - 11:30am
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: Spring 2013 Tues 1:30- 3:30 Thurs 1:30-4:30
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.