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Alan Gin

Alan Gin

Associate Professor, Economics
(619) 260-4883

Office: Olin Hall 218

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday: noon to 1 p.m. 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (until April 12)

Alan Gin is associate professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard. Professor Gin came to the University of San Diego in 1988, after having previous taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught undergraduate courses in Principles of Economics, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and the Economic Development of Asia. Graduate-level courses taught include Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, the Business Environment of Asia, and Doing Business with China. In 2001, he was awarded the USD Parents' Association Award of Excellence after being nominated by one of his students. He was voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduate business students at USD for the 2002 - 2003 academic year. Professor Gin is one of the affiliated faculty members of the University of San Diego's Real Estate Institute.

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Loredana Di Martino

Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Director of Italian/Italian Studies
Associate Professor
(619) 260-2746

Office: Founders 144-A

Office Hours: M/W, 1:00-3:30 or by appointment

Loredana Di Martino joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Italian language, culture, and literature, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Italian and Italian American studies. Previously, she held positions at Georgetown University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature, the intersection between literature and philosophy, critical theory, and cultural studies. She is also Chapter advisor for GKA (The National Italian Honor Society) and faculty advisor for USD’s Italian Language and Culture Organization (ICLO).

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Marcelle Maese-Cohen

Marcelle Maese-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders Hall 172C

Office Hours: W 8:00-11:00am; F 9:00-11:00am

Marcelle Maese-Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Her research interests include the relation between social justice and literary form, decolonial feminist thought, comparative ethnic studies, human rights law, and critical theory. She is currently teaching courses on Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures and Cultures.

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Eric Pierson

Eric Pierson, PhD

(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 124

Office Hours: Tues./Thurs.: 10:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.; Wed.: 10:00 - 12:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

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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Greg Prieto

Greg Prieto, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-4027

Office: Serra Hall 226

Office Hours: Tues-Thur: 4:00-5:00pm; Wed: 1:00-4:00pm; and by appointment

Greg Prieto joined the Sociology faculty at the University of San Diego in Fall 2013. He teaches primarily in the Law, Crime & Justice concentration. Professor Prieto's research interests lie at the intersection of race, racism, and legal violence. His primary focuses are Mexican immigration, police and Border Patrol, and social movements.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Mitch Krassin

Hometown: Black Diamond, CA

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Business Administration major and minor in Theatre Arts & Business Management

Campus Involvement: Cast member for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Quiddith Team

Fun Fact: I am able to walk on three foor high stills

Nicole Reitz

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience major and minor in Business Administration & Chemistry

Campus Involvement: Alcala Club, Dental Club, Founder's Club, Undergraduate Research, PA, & Gamma Phi Beta.

Fun Fact: I want to be a dentist!

Luke Schleier

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Accounting & Business Economics double major

Campus Involvement: Club Soccer, PA, Beta Alpha Psi, Econ Coucil

Fun Fact: Favorite USD Memory: I had a holiday dinner at my preceptors house freshman year!

Morgan Bley

Hometown: Castle Pines, CO

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Behaivoral Neuroscience

Campus Involvement: Kappa Alpha Theta, PA, Founders Club

Fun Fact: I have never had a pet before!

Luisa De Angelis

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Year: Junior

Major/Minor: Accounting & Italian Studies double major

Campus Involvement: Accounting Society, Italian Club, and Gamma Phi Beta

Fun Fact: Italian is my first language!

Annie Wright

Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan

Year: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Behaivoral Neuroscience & Pre-Physical Therapy

Campus Involvement: Pi Beta Phi, SMILE club, SSS, PA, FUSO club

Fun Fact: A favorite USD memory: I got rejected by the trolly & had to wait 30 minnutes for the next one!


Resident Assistants


Jarett Hartman

Mary Kuckertz

Taylor Coury

Lina Wallace