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May C.  Fu

May C. Fu, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-2214

Office: Maher Hall 208

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

May Fu grounds her vocational praxis in student-centered pedagogies and curricula that address the self-determination of our selves, families, and communities. Her classes explore the development, intersectionality, and utility of race while also identifying how aggrieved groups call new communities, cultures, and possibilities into being. Her research interests include comparative racialized histories, social movements, womyn of color feminisms, gender and labor, and the politics of historiography. She especially seeks to connect the different knowledges that exist in grassroots, activist, and academic communities. Drawing on oral histories, she is currently writing a book that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Michelle M. Jacob

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7742

Office: Maher Hall 206

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45a.m. - 2:15p.m.

Michelle Jacob’s interdisciplinary scholarship and personal experiences are deeply intertwined.  As a member of the Yakama Nation, she understands how decolonization is an important priority for indigenous communities.  Thus, she seeks to teach and research in ways that empower communities by working towards social justice.  Her community-based research focuses on her home reservation community (in Washington State) as well as the San Diego-area, where she teaches during the academic year.  Her research areas of interest include: health, education, and decolonization.  In all efforts, she seeks to understand how indigenous peoples can be empowered to heal from wounds inflicted by colonialism.

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Jesse Mills

Jesse Mills, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7740

Office: Maher Hall 204

Office Hours: Mondays 12:30p.m. - 3:00p.m. ; Tuesdays 9:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Jesse Mills, PhD, has been an active and dedicated member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty since Fall 2006 . Developing an African American Studies curriculum, serving as a resource for campus-wide diversity efforts, and mentoring advanced undergraduate research in ethnic studies, Mills enjoys being a part of the USD learning community. Mills draws his inspiration from his esteemed colleagues in the Ethnic Studies core and affiliated faculty, and the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole.

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Mary-Rose Mueller

Associate Professor, Nursing
(619) 260-4562

Office: Hahn Nursing 205

Dr. Mary-Rose Mueller, Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Science and Research Associate in the Department of Sociology, received a BSN and MSN from University of San Diego, and an MS and PhD in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Mueller’s research interests include decision making, provider-patient relations, health communication, and health policy.

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Alberto López Pulido

Alberto López Pulido, PhD

Professor, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-4022

Office: Maher Hall 212A

Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ; Fridays 8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.

Alberto López Pulido is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He has held a leadership role as Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Inclusion and Diversity. He teaches both the introductory and advanced courses for the ethnic studies major in addition to specialized courses in Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies. His scholarly interests include the intersection of race and religion in relation to issues of social justice and as strategies for transforming communities. He has also written on the history of ethnic studies in higher education; issues of violence and deportation against immigrants; and is currently at work on a project that explores the power of music in relation to personal identity and biography.

Pulido has published a range of numerous essays in books and journals such as the Journal of Catholic Social Thought; Crosscurrents; Religion and Literature; Journal of Religion and Education; Studies in Twentieth Century Literature; CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; American Quarterly; Latino Studies Journal. He is the author of the book: Sacred World of the Penitentes and his most recent book is entitled: Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies. Pulido was mentored by the first Mexican American sociologist in the nation, Julian Samora, PhD, who had a distinguished career at the University of Notre Dame.

Alberto is the son of Velia López Pulido and the late Alberto V. Pulido who he credits for instilling within him the value of educación. Such a foundation assisted him profoundly as a first-generation college graduate. He believes deeply that education is a tool that equips students with the wisdom (sabiduría) to transform their lives and the many lives they touch.

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Diego Velasco

Lecturer, Architecture

Office: Camino Hall 43