Associate Professor, History
Office: KIPJ 270
Office Hours: Spring 2014 TR 4:00-6:00 W 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.
Office: Camino Hall 142L
Office Hours: Mon 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Tue 1:15pm - 2:15pm; Wed 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Christopher Adler, PhD, is a composer, performer and improviser. His music draws upon over a decade of research into the traditional musics of Thailand and Laos and a background in mathematics. He is a foremost performer of new and traditional music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. As pianist and composer-in-residence with NOISE and co-founder of the soundON Festival of Modern Music he is active in commissioning and performing new works, and he performs and records as an improviser on piano in many ensembles.
Director of Chinese
Office: Founders 120
Office Hours: T/Th, 1:30-3:00
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 287
Office Hours: T: 10:30am-12:00pm, W: 10:30am-12:00pm, or by appointment.
Bahar Davary, PhD, has been a member of the faculty at USD since 2005. She is an associate professor of Religious Studies and an affiliate member of the Ethnic Studies program. Davary offers undergraduate courses on world religions, Islamic faith and practice, diversity courses and Honors courses, as well as preceptorials. She has team-taught a study abroad course Negotiating Religious Diversity in India. At the graduate level she has taught Comparative Religious Ethics at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. She will be team-teaching an Honors course, Women in Confucianism and Islam.
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: 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.
Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Program Director, Contemplative Studies
Office: Maher Hall 282
Office Hours: MW: 12:30pm-2pm, T: 10am-12pm in Aroma's, or by appointment.
A member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 2009, Louis Komjathy, PhD, is a teacher-scholar of Daoism, Chinese religions, and comparative religious studies with an emphasis on contemplative practice and mystical experience. In addition to his departmental and university commitments, he is founding co-director of the Center for Daoist Studies, founding co-chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion, and founding co-chair of the Contemplative Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Full Professor, Sociology
Acting Chair, Theology & Religious Studies
Office: Serra Hall 228
Office Hours: TBA
Judith Liu has been a member of the sociology faculty since 1982. She is a Professor of Sociology, Affiliated faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Faculty Liaison for the Center for Community Service Learning. Professor Liu has taught classical and contemporary theory, culture courses, contemporary social issues, and community organizing. Her research focus is multicultural education, education in the People’s Republic of China, women and HIV/AIDS, political and civic responsibility, and community service-learning.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Office: Maher Hall 277
Office Hours: MW: 3:00pm-5:00pm, TTH: 2:15pm-3:45pm, immediately after class, or by appointment.
Lance E. Nelson, PhD, is professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He teaches courses in world religions and religious traditions of Asia. Nelson’s research specialization is in Hindu religious history, focusing on classical systems of Hindu theology and the relation between Hindu religious practice and environmental concern.
Associate Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Office: KIPJ Suite 113, Rm 117
Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00p Wednesday 4:00-5:30p Thursday 10:30a-12:00p or by appointment
Lee Ann Otto, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984. She is a professor in the department of Political Science and International Relations and has served as the associate dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since its inauguration in 2007. Otto is also the director of USD’s Masters Program in Peace and Justice Studies. She teaches courses on Chinese politics, Japanese politics, revolutionary change, and the law of the sea at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research focuses on Chinese policies relating to the war on terror and their impact on Uyghurs and other minority groups within China. She is a former recipient of USD’s University Professorship award.
Assistant Professor, Art History
Office: Founders Hall 104
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12pm - 2pm, Thursdays 1pm - 2pm
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, English
Office: Founders Hall 180B
Office Hours: T 9:00-10:00am; T/R 1:00-2:00pm; W 3:00-5:00pm; and by appointment
Atreyee Phukan, PhD, teaches courses in world literature and post-colonial literature. Her research interests focus on contemporary literature and theory, in particular those of the Caribbean and South Asian diaspora.
Office: Founders Hall 166C
Ann Pirruccello has been teaching at USD since 1992 and is professor of philosophy. She offers courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Critical Comparative Philosophy, and special topics courses in Asian and contemporary continental philosophy. Her research embraces philosophies of liberation in continental and Asian thought, metaphilosophical problems related to globalization, and comparative philosophy.
Director of Japanese
Office: Founders 120
Office Hours: T/Th, 12:05-1:30 or by appt.
Hiroko Takagi has taught lower and upper-division courses here since 1990. Her specialization is Japanese pedagogy and instructional technology. Her recent research focus has been on motivation in elementary foreign language classes.
Office: Founders 120
Office Hours: T, 4:30-5:30
Professor Takahashi teaches elementary and intermediate Japanese at USD and also runs a small, private school in San Diego. Since 2003, he has volunteered to teach Japanese at a high school in Mongolia for one month every summer. He does this because he believes that a sound education is necessary to prepare Mongolia's future leaders. Studying abroad is an enrichment opportunity that most cannot afford, however, about 100 of these students have been able to study at universities in both Japan and the U.S. with the help of scholarships awarded to them by the schools.
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4600 x.4921
Office: Maher Hall 295
Office Hours: MW: 10:30am-12:30pm T: 10:30am-11:30am, or by appointment.
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a specialist in Buddhist studies, has taught at USD since 2000. She offers classes in Buddhist Thought and Culture, World Religions, Comparative Religious Ethics, Religious and Political Identities in the Global Community, and Negotiating Religious Diversity in India. Her research interests include women in Buddhism, death and dying, Buddhist feminist ethics, Buddhism and bioethics, religion and politics, and Buddhist transnationalism. She integrates scholarship and social activism through the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women and Jamyang Foundation, an innovative education project for women in developing countries, with 15 schools in the Indian Himalayas, Bangladesh, and Laos.