Drew Talley, PhD, teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Graduate Statistics and Experimental Design, and Life in the Ocean. His overall research focuses on understanding connectivity across habitat boundaries, and assessing how that interdependence between systems changes with anthropogenic influence both locally (e.g., through habitat loss) and globally (e.g., through climate change).
Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architecture Program.
Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
Office: Camino Hall 33A
Can Bilsel is an architect and scholar specialized in modern architecture, museum displays and archaeological reconstructions. Bilsel received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He holds a Master of Science degree from MIT School of Architecture, and a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He joined the faculty of the University of San Diego in 2002 where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History. Dr. Bilsel is also the founding director of the University of San Diego’s Architecture Program.
David O. De Haan, PhD, came to USD in 2001 from Lyon College. He teaches technology-rich courses in analytical and environmental chemistry. His undergraduate research group is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the chemical changes occurring in clouds and aerosol. As part of this project, USD students are identifying and quantifying new, previously unknown sources of urban haze. He has worked with USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) to create a greenhouse gas inventory for San Diego County and to outline ways to meet state targets for greenhouse gas reductions by 2020.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Office: Maher Hall 253
Office Hours: TBA
Esteban del Río is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego and currently serves as the Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of the Center of Inclusion and Diversity. He earned a PhD in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working in the area of media and cultural studies. del Río teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Media & Conflict, and International Media.
Office: Olin Hall 110
Kokila Doshi is professor of Economics in the School of Business Administration. She joined the USD in 1988. Professor Doshi has developed two new international courses in the area of Asia-Pacific Business and Development. Recently, she also introduced another course in Tourism and Travel Economics. Professor Doshi's interest in applied economics and regional development is reflected in her economic impact studies. She conducted regional economic impact analysis of the X Games, the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, and the PGA International Golf Championship. Professor Doshi has published several scholary articles in economics and business journals. Her research interests focus on the privatization of public enterprises saving rates and economic policies of the Asian-Pacific countries. Professor Doshi has served on committees and task forces administering Irvine Grants for Cultural Diversity and Improvement of Statistical Instruction.
Office: Founders Hall 173B
Halina Duraj joined USD after receiving her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.A. in creative writing from the University of California, Davis. Her debut collection of short stories, The Family Cannon, won Augury Books' Editors' Prize and was published in 2014. She teaches literature and creative writing and also directs USD's Cropper Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series.
Associate Professor and Chair
Office: KIPJ 263A
Office Hours: Fall 2014 TR 4:05-5:00 W 12:00-4:00
Colin Fisher has been a member of the USD history department since 2002. He teaches classes in U.S. environmental history, environmental visual culture, history of food, and history and memory, among others. He also teaches the senior thesis sequence required of all history majors. His research centers on minority cultures of nature in the United States.
Marine Science Graduate Program Director
Office: Shiley Science and Technology 274
Ron Kaufmann, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1997 and currently serves as director of the Marine Science Graduate Program. His areas of specialization are ecology and environmental biology, and his teaching includes courses in biology, environmental studies and marine science, as well as interdisciplinary courses that are team-taught with colleagues in the humanities. Kaufmann’s scholarship focuses on biological communities and their dynamics as well as their responses to changing environmental conditions. He has studied marine communities in extreme environments such as the Antarctic and the deep ocean.
Hometown: North Bend, WA
Major/Minor: Biochemistry major, Biology Minor.
Campus Involvement: I'm a member of the Ambassador's Club, as well as the Science, Faith, and Reason Club.
Fun Fact: I can ride a unicycle backwards (and forwards too).
Hometown: Ripon, CA
Major/Minor: Business Economics, minor in Marketing and Philosophy
Campus Involvement: Alcalá Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Economics Council
Fun Fact: I have run a half marathon.
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies and Spanish double major
Campus Involvement: PAC, Outdoor Adventures Guide, Biology lab technician assistant, SIBC project leader, Honors Program, Sustainability Club
Fun Fact: I went scuba diving with sharks in Panama.
Hometown: San Carlos, CA
Major/Minor: History and Political Science
Campus Involvement: Panhellenic Council, College Republicans and Students for Life
Fun Fact: I travelled Vietnam this summer
Hometown: La Crescenta, CA
Major/Minor: Communication Studies
Campus Involvement: USDtv Chief of Staff and Producer/editor, Ambassadors Club, Intramural Soccer, PA :)
Fun Fact: I have been to the castle that the Disney Castle is based off of, the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. There was definitely a mural of Bambi inside.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Major/Minor: Economics, minors in Law and Ethics and Business Administration
Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Club Soccer, Ambassadors Club, German Club
Fun Fact: I played club soccer for 16 years and won 6 state championships.
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA
Major/Minor: English, Environmental Studies minor
Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Ambassador's club, Student Alumni Association
Fun Fact: I was personally victimized by Regina George.
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Major/Minor: Architecture major, Art History minor
Campus Involvement: Founders Chapel Choir, Basement Society, Students for Life, Work-Study student for the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History
Fun Fact: I can sound like a siren (the kind on firetrucks and police cars)
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: English/Art History
Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta Sorority, University Ministry & Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Residential Hall Association, Emerging Leaders, and I work in the SLIC!
Fun Fact: I have an irrational obsession with the South Eastern United States.
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Campus Involvement: Coaching Corps, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Black Student Union, Residential Hall Association and Intramurals.
Fun Fact: I love High School Musical
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN
Campus Involvement: Black Student Union, Alcalá Club, USD Acapella
Fun Fact: I modeled for a Target car seat ad as a baby
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Mathematics
Campus Involvement: Founders Chapel Choir, Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Youth to College tutor (CASA)
Fun Fact: My dream job is to be a Disney Imagineer!