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Program Director

Drew M. Talley

Drew M. Talley, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-6810

Office: SCST-266

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).

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Can Bilsel

Can Bilsel, PhD

Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architecture Program.
Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
(619) 260-7987

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.

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David De Haan

David De Haan, PhD

Interim Chair, Professor
(619) 260-6882

Office: SCST382

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.

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Esteban del Río

Esteban del Río, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7464

Office: Hahn University Center 225

Office Hours: Tues.: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

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.

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Kokila  Doshi

Kokila Doshi, PhD

(619) 260-4843

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.

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Halina Duraj

Halina Duraj

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7429

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.

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Colin Fisher

Colin Fisher

Associate Professor and Chair
(619) 260-4039

Office: KIPJ 263A

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.

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Ron Kaufmann

Ron Kaufmann, PhD

Associate Professor
Marine Science Graduate Program Director
(619) 260-5904

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.


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Preceptorial Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryValerie Thorngren

Valerie Thorngren

Preceptorial Assistant
PAC Member

PA for: History of Food with Dr. Fisher

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenMaria Cachon

Maria Chacon

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Life in the Ocean with Dr. Talley

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenMithsy Hernandez

Mithsy Hernandez

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: The Environment and American Politics with Dr. Dominguez

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenCaroline Knetsch

Caroline Knetsch

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Doshi

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenLucie Olson

Lucie Olson

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: World Religions and Ecology with Dr. Nelson

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenLavanya Sridharan

Lavanya Sridharan

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: The House of the Future with Dr. Bilsel

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenRaymond Sullivan

Raymond Sullivan

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: General Chemistry with Dr. De Haan

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenEllie Swanson

Ellie Swanson

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Cultures of Food with Dr. Duraj

Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenSarah White

Sarah White

Preceptorial Assistant


PA for: Principles of Microeconomics with Dr. Doshi

Resident Assistants


Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenLucas Parelius

Lucas Parelius

Resident Assistant
Sustainability Theme Coordinator



Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenLucas PareliusShanna Florence

Shanna Florence

Resident Assistant



Emily Reimer-BarryValerie ThorngrenLucas PareliusShanna FlorenceEmily Woesle

Emily Woesle

Resident Assistant