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Women's and Gender Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Program Director

Lori Watson

Lori Watson, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director, Gender Studies
pwatson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4091

Office: Founders Hall 164

Office Hours: Sabbatical Spring 2014 and Fall 2014

Lori Watson, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2007.  She is currently associate professor of philosophy, director of the Gender Studies Program, and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

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Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
aquino@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4280

Office: Maher Hall 276D

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D., joined the USD Theology and Religious Studies faculty in 1993. Her primary areas of teaching and research are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. Currently, she serves both on national and international editorial boards of prominent theological journals.  Aquino has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Latin American and U.S. Latina feminist theologies of liberation.

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Harriet Baber, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
baber@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2749

Office: Founders Hall 165C

Harriet Baber, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982. She offers undergraduate courses on logic and contemporary analytic philosophy. Her research interests are in analytic metaphysics, philosophical theology, feminism and philosophy of economics. Baber’s interests include computers, Byzantine history, and knitting.

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Michelle Madsen  Camacho

Michelle Madsen Camacho, PhD

Professor, Sociology
Department Chair, Sociology
mcamacho@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7826

Office: Serra Hall 227

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Michelle Madsen Camacho is Chair and Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego.  She formerly held two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Diego, at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Fluent in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, her research uses theories from interdisciplinary sources including cultural studies, critical race, gender and feminist theories. Central to her work are questions of culture, power and inequality. She is affiliated faculty with the Department of Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Latin American Studies.

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Cynthia L. Caywood

Cynthia L. Caywood

Chair, Department of English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre
ccaywood@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4252

Office: Founders Hall 170B

Office Hours: Mon 8/24: 12:00-2:00pm; Wed 8/26: 2:00-3:00pm; Thur 8/27: 3:00-5:00pm.

Cynthia L. Caywood, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984.  She is currently serves as co-director of the London Summer Program.  In the English department, Caywood offers undergraduate courses on restoration and eighteenth century British literature, world drama, and women's literature and graduate courses in seventeenth and eighteenth century drama.  Her research interests include Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, and August Wilson, with special interests in British and American theatre history, stage production, and feminist theory.

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Leeva Chung

Leeva Chung, PhD

Professor
leeva@SanDiego.edu
(619) 260-5966

Office: Camino Hall 126F

Office Hours: Mon.: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.; Tues.: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Wed.: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.; and by appointment.

Leeva C. Chung, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1998. She is a professor of Communication Studies, an affiliate faculty member in Ethnic Studies, and faculty onsite coordinator for the Winter Intersession in Hong Kong. Chung has developed a unique and innovative style of teaching which has been recognized with numerous awards on campus, most recently the prestigious Davies Award for Teaching Excellence. Both her undergraduate courses and research focus on identity development, intercultural communication, and team development. She has published a co-authored textbook (with Dr. Stella-Ting-Toomey), book chapters, and research articles. Chung is actively involved in the community, specifically with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which premiered at USD in 2000. Since then, it has gained an international reputation as one of North America's leading Asian American film festivals.

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Bahar Davary

Bahar Davary

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
davary@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6864

Office: Maher Hall 287

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.

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Victoria de la Torre

Lecturer
mvdlt@aol.com
(619) 260-7843

Office: KIPJ 289

Office Hours: TR 9:15-10:00

Teresa Elston

Teresa Elston, PhD

Adjunct Instructor
telston@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4024

Office: Serra Hall 224

Office Hours: Mon-Wed-Fri: 12:15-1:15pm; or by appointment

Teresa Elston, PhD, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology. 

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Carlton Floyd

Carlton Floyd

Associate Professor, English
cfloyd@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7916

Office: Founders Hall 180C

Dr. Floyd specializes in African-American literature, mixed race and ethnic studies, identity and community, and representations of children and childhood. He has recently written for and edited a special volume on August Wilson in College Literature. Dr. Floyd has been teaching at USD since 2000.

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May C.  Fu

May C. Fu, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
mfu@sandiego.edu
(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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Florence Gillman

Florence Gillman, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
gillman@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4051

Office: Maher Hall 254

Florence M. Gillman, PhD, has been a member of USD’s faculty since 1986. She  previously also served as chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Ppogram in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Gillman teaches the courses entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the World of the Bible. Her research interests include the New Testament world, women in the Pauline churches and the history of earliest Christianity.

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Michelle M. Jacob

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
mjacob@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7742

Office: Maher Hall 206

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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Evelyn Kirkley

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
ekirkley@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4131

Office: Maher Hall 291

Office Hours: M: 1:30pm-3:30pm, T: 2:00pm-5:00pm, 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. 

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Anne Koenig

Anne Koenig

Associate Professor
akoenig@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4046

Office: Serra Hall 162

Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15, Tuesday 10:45-12:00, Wednesday 9:30-12:00 or by appointment.

Anne Koenig, PhD, teaches courses such as Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Gender, and Introductory Psychology. She also has an active research program, working with students on various research projects in the areas of gender issues, stereotyping, and prejudice. Koenig’s current research is focuses on issues relating to stereotype content, role congruity theory of prejudice, and the ideologies of sex differences.

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Judith Liu

Judith Liu, PhD

Full Professor, Sociology
Acting Chair, Sociology
liuusd@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4025

Office: Serra Hall 228

Office Hours: Tues: 2:30-4:30pm; Wed (CASA SLP-320): 12:30-2:30pm; Thur: 2:30-4:00pm; Fri: 10:30am-12:00pm; or by appointment

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.

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Michele Magnin

Michele Magnin, PhD

Chair (all languages)
Director and Professor of French
mmagnin@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4063

Office: Founders 138

Office Hours: As of 9/3: T/Th, 4-5:30; W, 3-5 or e-mail for an alternate appointment

Michèle C. Magnin, PhD, has been a member of the department of Languages and Literatures since 1990. She is the director of the French section. She offers courses in literature, culture and civilization, women writers, advanced writing, and phonetics. She was director of the Faculty and Curriculum Diversity Program on campus for three years.

A native Parisian, Magnin has established strong links with the French community in San Diego. She was president of the San Diego chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Alliance Française.

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Molly McClain

Molly McClain

Professor
Interdisciplinary Humanities Program Director
mmcclain@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4044

Office: KIPJ 279

Molly McClain, PhD, serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Her work in seventeenth-century British history includes a biography of the duke and duchess of Beaufort as well as articles on Queen Mary II. She also publishes work on local history. A ninth-generation San Diegan, she co-edits The Journal of San Diego History.

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Jesse Mills

Jesse Mills, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
jessemills@sandiego.edu
(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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Kristin Moran

Kristin Moran, PhD

Professor
Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director
kmoran@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4085

Office: Camino Hall 121

Office Hours: Mon.: 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.; Tues.: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Wed.: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Kristin Moran, PhD (University of Washington), has been teaching at USD since 1999 and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Dean, Core Director overseeing the core revision process. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. Her book, Listening to Latina/o youth: Television consumption within families, critiques the tendency of mainstream media to reify and contain a Latina/o identity that is then sold back to youth in ways that limit Latino/a agency. Her research has also appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Children & Media and Learning, Media and Technology focusing on Latino-themed children’s television. She has published research comparing the presentation of local news in Spanish and English in Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism and the Journal of Borderland Studies.

She works with the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted to creating opportunities for cross border interaction for faculty and students. She served as chair of the department from 2011-2015.

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Noelle Norton

Noelle Norton

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science and International Relations
noellenorton@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4246

Office: F114

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00p W 4:00-5:00p And by appt

Noelle Norton, PhD, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Norton joined the USD faculty in 1994 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Co-Director of the Living Learning Communities program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Norton also served as department chair and USD Honors Program director from 2001-2008.

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Susie Paulik Babka

Susie Paulik Babka

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
sbabka@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2754

Office: Maher Hall 258

Office Hours: MWF: 1:00pm-2:00pm, TTH: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Susie Paulik Babka specializes in the relationship between theological aesthetics and doctrines of the trinity and incarnation. She has published on these areas as well as explorations of popular culture and Christology, examining the meaning of kenosis in Christology, as well as the relationship between kenosis (self-emptying) and sunyata in Buddhist-Christian studies. A forthcoming monograph is Through the Dark Field of the Other: Exploring the Doctrine of the Incarnation in Visual Art, from Liturgical Press. Other research, teaching and speaking areas include: aesthetics as a medium for interreligious dialogue; the problem of catastrophic suffering; feminist and liberation theologies, especially in relation to artistic expression; film and media studies and religion; the relation between science and religion. Dr. Babka has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Catholic Theological Union before coming to the University of San Diego in 2007, excited to participate in Mother Hill’s legacy of providing USD with a mission that intertwines Beauty with Justice. Where Beauty draws us out of ourselves toward something deeper, Justice refers to the practical work of transforming this world into the world intended by God: a world that celebrates the dignity and inherent interdependence of every human being with each other and all creation.

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Gail A. Perez

Gail A. Perez

Associate Professor, Retired; Adjunct Lecturer of English
gperez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7628

Office: Maher Hall 212

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Gail Perez, PhD, came to the university in 1992 to teach American ethnic literature.  Since that time, she has co-founded the Ethnic Studies major and now has a joint appointment with Ethnic Studies.  She teaches courses in U.S. women of color,  multicultural California, introduction to ethnic studies, and creative writing.  She has advised MEChA, has given the Chicano Graduation Keynote, and has been nominated as a USD Woman of Impact three times.  Her research interests include pedagogy, social space and race, and literature by women of color. In 2013 Perez was awarded the esteemed Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.

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Amanda L. Petersen

Amanda L. Petersen, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
apetersen@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4237

Office: Founders 144-C

Office Hours: None; on sabbatical until Fall 2016. (In her absence, advisees will consult with Dr. Simonovis-Brown.)

Amanda L. Petersen, PhD, joined the faculty in 2008. Affiliated with Latin American Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs, she teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture with an emphasis on Mexican studies. She also teaches all levels of Spanish language. A specialist in Latin American women authors, her research interests center on the difficulty of representing issues of gender and violence, in particular in contemporary Mexican short narratives by women authors. Her lines of investigation include spectrality, gender, visual culture, and border studies.

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Eric Pierson

Eric Pierson, PhD

Professor
epierson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 124

Office Hours: TBA

Eric Pierson, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign while pursuing his PhD He served as chair of the department between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011.

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Alberto López Pulido

Alberto López Pulido, PhD

Professor, Ethnic Studies
apulido@sandiego.edu
(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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Barbara Quinn

Director
bquinn@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4785

Office: Maher Hall 280B

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
reifer@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7422

Office: Serra Hall 225

Office Hours: Tues: 2:30-7:30pm; or by appointment

Dr. Reifer serves on the Gender Studies Advisory Committee and is an Associate Fellow at the Transnational Institute, a worldwide fellowship of committed scholar-activists; formerly worked at Focus on the Global South in Asia and was Associate Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) and the Program on Global Studies at UC Riverside. He is also currently a Research Associate at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems & Civilizations at Binghamton University—where he received his MA & PhD—and IROWS. His specialty is the study of large-scale, long-term social change and world-systems analysis.

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Emily Reimer-Barry

Emily Reimer-Barry

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
erb@sandiego.edu

Office: Maher Hall 279

Office Hours: MWF: 10:00am-11:00am, T: 10:00am-12:00pm

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D, has been a member of the Theology and Religious Studies faculty since 2008. She teaches undergraduate courses in Catholic theology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women’s experiences of HIV/AIDS, cross-cultural analysis of gender roles and marriage traditions, ethnography and ethical methodology, and the intersection of public health and Catholic social teachings.

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Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Professor, Psychological Sciences
Director, Center for Educational Excellence
emch@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4005

Office: Serra Hall 112

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30 pm

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of San Diego. She has been a professor at the university since 1992. During her tenure at USD, she has also been the director of the gender studies program. She teaches courses in health psychology and biopsychology. Dr. Sgoutas-Emch has research interests in the efficacy of alternative medicine, the impact of stress, and women’s health issues.

Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is also a CO_PI on the AFFIRM grant, a four year award funded through the NSF ADVANCE program has three primary goals. It will foster an environment that understands, embraces, and supports a diverse faculty, recruit women faculty (with a particular emphasis on women of color), and support the retention and advancement of female faculty.

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Susannah Stern

Susannah Stern, PhD

Professor
susannahstern@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7814

Office: Camino Hall 126A

Office Hours: Wed./Fri.: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.; Fri.: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

Susannah Stern PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2004, after teaching at Boston College for four years. Stern offers courses that investigate the role of media in contemporary life, particularly as they involve children, adolescents, and women, as well as courses on research methods.  Stern's research focuses on electronic media and youth culture, and she has conducted extensive research on the Internet as a site for cultural consumption and self-expression.

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Monica Stufft

Monica Stufft, PhD

Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
mostufft@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4273

Office: Camino Hall 180B

Office Hours: Dr. Stufft is on sabbatical this semester.

Monica Stufft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in Theatre and Performance Studies and is involved in production work, both as a director and dramaturg. Her specializations include popular culture, theatre historiography as well as cultural, gender, and performance theory. Her research focus is on the intersections of performance and pedagogy in the classroom with a particular interest in the theoretical and philosophical implications of collaboration and collaborative theatre making.

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Yi Sun

Yi Sun

Associate Professor, History
ysun@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6811

Office: KIPJ 270

Office Hours: T 1:30-5:30, R 1:15-2:15

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.

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Deborah Sundmacher

Deborah Sundmacher

Professor of Practice of English and ESL Coordinator
deborah1@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4600 x2127

Office: Founders Hall 170A

After graduating from the University of San Diego with a Masters degree in Literature, Professor Sundmacher started teaching in the English Department.  Since 1999, she has also team taught in the Honors Program,  and in the  Liberal Studies and Gender Studies Departments.  Currently, she is the Director of the Writing Center.   Her literary interests are in contemporary  fiction, with a special focus on feminist issues.
Professor Sundmacher has a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her first career out of college was as a copywriter in the Advertising industry, where she earned a number of awards for her creative work.

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Karen Teel

Karen Teel

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
karenteel@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4048

Office: Maher Hall 294

Office Hours: MW: 10:00am-12:00pm, or by appointment.

Karen Teel, PhD, has been a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies since 2007 and an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Ethnic Studies since 2013. Her courses in Christian and, more specifically, Catholic theology invite students to consider biblical, historical, and contemporary - especially liberationist - perspectives on the essential beliefs of Christianity. Dr. Teel’s current research and teaching endeavors emphasize theological engagement with the problems of racism and white supremacy.

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Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
tsomo@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4600 x.4921

Office: Maher Hall 295

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.

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Irene Chipurnoi  Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Professor, English
iwillms@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4118

Office: Founders Hall 180A

Irene Williams, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982.  She offers undergraduate courses in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. literature, modern European literature, and literature of genocide and occupation.  Her research focus is nineteenth-century U.S./New England literature.

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Mark Woods

Mark Woods

Associate Professor, Philosophy
mwoods@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6865

Office: Founders Hall 167B

Mark Wood, PhD, has been teaching at USD since 1997.  In addition to teaching undergraduate philosophy courses, he has been an affiliated faculty member of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since the inception of the Master’s Program in Peace and Justice Studies in 2002.  He is also an affiliate of USD’s Ethnic Studies Program and co-chaired USD’s Gender Studies Program for four years.  Currently he is the secretary of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.  Originally from North Dakota, Professor Woods discovered philosophy while serving in the United States Marine Corps.

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