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Interdisciplinary Humanities

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Program Director

Molly McClain

Molly McClain

Interdisciplinary Humanities Program Director
(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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Thomas Barton

Thomas Barton

Associate Professor, History
(619) 260-4042

Office: KIPJ 266

Office Hours:

Thomas W. Barton, PhD, joined the faculty in 2007. He offers a wide sweep of undergraduate courses, including The Medieval World, The Pacific World, Europe’s Discovery and Conquest of the World, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Spain, Renaissance Europe, and Historians’ Methods. His research concerns the social history of Europe and contacts between Europeans and non-Europeans in the medieval and early modern periods, with a current focus on the case of eastern Iberia and the western Mediterranean.

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Brian Clack

Brian Clack, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2738

Office: Founders Hall 165A

Brian R. Clack, PhD, came to USD in September 2007, having previously taught in Oxford, England. Clack’s research interests lie in the study of Wittgenstein, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of religion.

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Bahar Davary

Bahar Davary

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-6864

Office: Maher Hall 287

Office Hours: T: 9:30am-10:30am, 4:00pm-5:30pm TH: 9:30am-10:30am, 4:00pm-5:30pm, W: 11:00am-12:00pm

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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Kimberly Eherenman

Kimberly Eherenman, PhD

Professor, Spanish
(619) 260-4068

Office: Founders 134

Office Hours: Jan. 25-May 9: M/W/F, 11:15-12:05; M/W, 1:25-2:40 & by appointment

Kim Eherenman, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990. Her specializations include Latin American poetry, pre-Columbian literatures and cultures, colonial and nineteenth century Latin American literature, and Mexican literature. Her research focus is Latin American poetry and translation. Formerly, she served as coordinator of the Latino Studies Program, executive director of the Guadalajara Summer Program, coordinator of the Spanish Area, and chair of this department. In addition, she has served as an external program reviewer for world language and literature programs at the university level. She is also a bilingual poet whose works have appeared in literary journals nationally and abroad.

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Maura Giles-Watson

Maura Giles-Watson, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4286

Office: Founders Hall 170C

Office Hours: Tu/Th 2:20-3:50pm & 5:30-6:30pm; Wednesdays by appointment

Maura Giles-Watson (PhD-English, U of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA-English, U of Massachusetts-Boston;MEd-Cross-Cultural Education, National Univ.; ALB-Classical Studies, Harvard) is an Assistant Professor of English and Keck Faculty Fellow. She teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance drama and performance culture, mythology, ancient tragedy and comedy, as well as the early British literature survey and courses in Henrician literature and culture. During her graduate studies at UNL, Maura designed curricula and taught British Literature to 1800, Linguistics, Shakespeare, and Rhetoric as Argument; during her MA program at UMass-Boston she taught composition and co-taught both Chaucer and Five British Writers. Maura's pedagogical methods are Socratic and blend interdisciplinarity (esp. in drama, music, visual arts, literature, history, and rhetoric) with progressive approaches such as mastery learning in which students are full creative participants.

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Florence Gillman

Florence Gillman, PhD, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
(619) 260-4051

Office: Maher Hall 254

Office Hours: MW: 11:15am-12:15pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, and by appointment.

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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Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
Architecture Program Director
(619) 260-7636

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00am - 1:00pm, and by appointment

Juliana Maxim is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at M.I.T. in 2006.

Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013).

Her forthcoming book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965, explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.

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Marianne Pfau

Marianne Pfau, PhD

Professor, Music History
(619) 260-4101

Office: Camino Hall 161E

Marianne Pfau, PhD, teaches Western music history courses, with a specialization in music before 1800. Since 2007, she has directed the concert series Angelus: Sacred Early Music in Founders Chapel. Occasionally, Dr. Pfau also teaches graduate seminars at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Pfau has published extensively on Hildegard of Bingen, and edits 18th-century music for Baroque Oboe. She leads an active musical life as baroque oboist and recorder soloist, performing and recording in the US and in Europe. She often joins American Bach Soloists, Jubilate Baroque Orchestra and California Bach Society in San Francisco, Trinity Consort in Oregon, Ensemble Rebel in New York, with Musica Alta Ripa, L’Arco Baroque Orchestra Hannover, Corona Musica Kassel, Cythara Ensemble Hamburg, Accademia dell’Arcadia Poznan, and many others. As director of the ensembe Toutes Suites, she has recorded five CDs of newly discovered 18th-century music for Baroque Hautbois Band on the labels GENUIN classic in Leipzig, virtilia in Hamburg, and for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Nuremberg.

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Atreyee Phukan

Atreyee Phukan

Associate Professor, English
(619) 260-7634

Office: Founders Hall 180B

Office Hours: Dr. Phukan is on Sabbatical for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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.

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Monica Stufft

Monica Stufft, PhD

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
(619) 260-4273

Office: Camino Hall 173F

Monica Stufft is an Associate 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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Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner, PhD

Professor, Philosophy
(619) 260-2968

Office: Founders Hall 166B

Michael F. Wagner, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1980.  His administrative appointments have included chair of the Philosophy Department (1988-1998) and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities major (1987-1993, 2001-2007).  His research interests include several topic areas in Ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, in the classical Neoplatonic tradition, in the philosophy of time and science, and in Platonistic conceptions of eros and their cultural influences.

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Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Department Chair
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:30pm

Allison Wiese, an associate professor, teaches sculpture and related topics. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has also received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.

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Irene Chipurnoi  Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Professor, English
(619) 260-4118

Office: Founders Hall 180A

Office Hours: MW 11:30am-2:00pm, and by appointment

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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