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Erik Fritsvold

Erik Fritsvold, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
Chair, Sociology
(619) 260-4026

Office: Serra Hall 223

Office Hours: Tues: 9:00am-10:15am; Thurs: 9:00am-10:15am; and 4:00pm-6:30pm, and by appointment.

An Associate Professor of Sociology: Crime, Justice, Law & Society Concentration (CJLS), Erik has been a full-time faculty member at USD in various capacities since 2005.  Broadly construed, Erik’s areas of expertise include Criminology, Law & Society, the politics of law and crime management, social theory and research methods. Substantive and research foci include: the war on drugs, underground drug markets, nontraditional street gangs, white-collar crime, social movements, eco-terrorism, the death penalty, social justice and the contentious process of attempting to balance social control and individual freedoms.  Additionally, Erik serves as the faculty advisor to the USD Surf Team.

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Adina Batnitzky

Adina Batnitzky, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7428

Office: Serra Hall 216

Office Hours: Mon: 8:20am-12:20pm; Fri: 2:20pm-3:20pm

Adina Batnitzky joined the sociology faculty in the 2011 Spring Semester.  Adina was previously a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Geography and the Environment.  She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University in the School of Geography, where she collaborated on research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Gender Equality Network.

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Michelle Madsen  Camacho

Michelle Madsen Camacho, PhD

Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7826

Office: Serra Hall 227

Office Hours: On ACE Fellowship Program from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. To schedule an appointment contact via e-mail.

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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Julia Miller Cantzler

Julia Miller Cantzler, PhD, JD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-6802

Office: Serra Hall 229

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs: 9:30am-10:30am, Wed: 11:30am-2:30pm.

Julia Miller Cantzler joined the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego in the 2011 Fall Semester. She teaches primarily in the Crime, Justice, Law & Society concentration.  Professor Cantzler’s research examines the intersections of culture and politics, with a primary focus on international human rights, law, social movements, environmental justice and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Persephone D. Lewis

Professor of Practice, Sociology
Tribal Liaison
(619) 260-7707

Office: Maher Hall 259

Office Hours: Mon: 9:30am-11:30am; Wed: 1:00pm-4:00pm; and by appointment.

Persephone D. Hooper-Lewis came to the University of San Diego in Fall Semester 2014.

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Judith Liu

Judith Liu, PhD

Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-4025

Office: Serra Hall 228

Office Hours: Mon: 2:00pm-5:00pm, other times by appointment only. Mulvaney Center (CASA), SLP 320, Tues: by appointment only; Wed: 1:00pm-3:00pm, other times by appointment only.

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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Cid G. Martinez

Cid G. Martinez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-4229

Office: Serra Hall 219

Office Hours: Mon & Wed: 12:15pm-1:15pm; Tues: 11:30am-12:30pm; Thurs: 11:30am-1:30pm.

Cid G. Martínez is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, joining the Department of Sociology in Fall 2013. 

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Lisa M. Nunn

Lisa M. Nunn, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-7427

Office: Serra Hall 220

Office Hours: On Sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Lisa Michele Nunn joined the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego in 2009.  Professor Nunn teaches largely in the Department’s Social Justice concentration.  Her research areas include: Sociology of Education; Organizations; Cultural Sociology; Gender and Sexuality; Identity; Visual Sociology; and Social Psychology.

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Greg Prieto

Greg Prieto, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology
(619) 260-4027

Office: Serra Hall 226

Office Hours: Wed: 1:30pm-4:30pm Thurs: 4:00pm-5:00pm

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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Thomas Ehrlich Reifer

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliated Faculty, Ethnic Studies
(619) 260-7422

Office: Serra Hall 225

Office Hours: Mon. 3:00pm-8:00pm, drop-in 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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