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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
Assistant Professor
(619) 260-2746

Office: Founders 144-A

Office Hours: M/W, 12:00-2:00 & 4:00-4:30 as well as by appointment

Loredana Di Martino joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Italian language, culture and literature. Previously, she held positions at Georgetown University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature, in particular on modernism, postmodernism, and the relationship between contemporary forms of poetic and philosophical realism. She has also worked on language pedagogy and teaching with technology.

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Marcelle Maese-Cohen

Marcelle Maese-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders Hall 172C

Office Hours: Tu 2:00-4:00pm; W 3:30-6:30pm; and by appointment

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

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 105D

Office Hours: Tues./Thurs.: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.; Wed.: 12:00 - 3:00 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

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 Crime, Justice, Law & Society concentration. Professor Prieto’s research interests lie at the intersection of race, racism and legal violence. His primary focuses are immigration, police, law & society, and social movements. In his research, he seeks to bridge the community and the academy by embedding his work in local struggles for the rights, resources, and dignity of marginalized communities.

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Preceptorial Assistants


Mitch Krassin

Nicole Reitz

Luke Schleier

Morgan Bley

Luisa De Angelis

Annie Wright



Resident Assistants


Jarett Hartman

Mary Kuckertz

Sofia Torra