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CAS New Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences welcomes ten new tenure-track faculty

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The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to welcome ten new tenure track faculty. These new faculty bring with them a variety of experiences and expertise in their fields. With this expertise they help to expand the courses of study offered to students in the College. This comes at a time when the College of Arts and Sciences is increasing major and minor options to provide students with greater opportunities both inside and out of the classroom. These new faculty are also leaders in their research fields, and increase research opportunities for undergraduate students on campus.

CAS New Faculty

These new faculty bring with them a variety of experiences and expertise in their fields. With this expertise they help to expand the courses of study offered to students in the College.

Rae M. Anderson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Physics

Rae Anderson is the newest faculty member in the Physics department. Her research is in single-molecule biophysics, studying the regulatory proteins associated with the HIV virus. She will continue her research and experiments in the biophysics of DNA and is excited to share this research with her students. Full Faculty Bio

Lauren Benz, Ph.D. – Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemisty

Lauren Benz is a Clare Boothe Luce professor funded by the Luce Foundation to encourage women to study science, mathematics and engineering. Her research, considered cutting-edge, looks at using nanoporous frameworks for gas storage and pollution remediation that will lead to new energy sources. Full Faculty Bio

Pavlo Bosyy, M.F.A. – Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Pavlo Bosyy is the newest faculty member to join the Undergraduate Theatre Arts and Performance Studies department. His research and artistic activity focus on theatre design and direction, history of theatre and design and research for museum exhibits. He has designed, directed and performed in over 80 projects at regional and academic theatres in the Ukraine and the United States. Full Faculty Bio

Ray Chambers, B.S. – Assistant Professor and Head of Acting at The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program

Ray Chambers joins the Graduate Theatre program after nearly two decades as an Associate Artist with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival working as an actor, writer, instructor and Director of the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program. During this time he also held an endowed chair position with the University of Alabama. Prior to his work at the University of Alabama, Chambers trained at the Old Globe and has starred and held title roles in a variety of regional performances, including starting in plays with The Old Globe Theatre. Full Faculty Bio

May C. Fu, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies (not pictured above)

May Fu is the most recent faculty to join the Ethnic Studies Department. Her teaching and research interests include self-determination of families and communities, with a focus on how aggrieved groups create new communities and cultures. She is working on a book that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Full Faculty Bio

Aaron Gross, M.Th. – Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Aaron Gross is a historian of religions with a focus on modern and contemporary Jewish traditions. His doctoral studies focus on the significance of “the question of the animal” in the study of religion when considering contemporary Jewish and South Asian food practices. He co-chairs the Consultation on Animals and Religion at the American Academy of Religion. Full Faculty Bio

Rebecca Ingram, M.A. – Assistant Professor of Languages and Literatures

Rebecca Ingram is the newest faculty member to join Languages and Literatures and will be teaching Spanish courses. Her doctoral research focused on cooking and culinary discourses in modern Spain, specifically investigating how cookbooks frame the intersection of gender, social class, and modernization in early twentieth-century Spain. Full Faculty Bio

Louis Komjathy, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Louis Komjathy joins the department of Theology and Religious Studies as a scholar of Daoism, Chinese religions and comparative religious studies. He serves as founding co-chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and as founding co-director of the Center for Daoist Studies. Full Faculty Bio

Daniel Lopez-Perez, M.S. – Assistant Professor of Architecture

Daniel Lopez-Perez comes to the Department of Art as the first full time, tenure track architecture faculty member at USD. His doctoral studies focus on the theme of the skyscraper as an artifact that triggers the writing and rewriting of many histories. He is currently co-editing a book on the function of form, resulting from a two-year research seminar with Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Actar in Barcelona. Full Faculty Bio

Lisa M. Nunn, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Sociology

Lisa Nunn is the newest faculty member to join the Department of Sociology. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation research concerning high school education. She will be teaching courses in community, urbanization, and culture. Full Faculty Bio

-Lyndsey Scully