Our Faculty

The faculty in the College of Arts & Letters are expert scholars and teachers, who are committed to bringing excellence and experience to the classroom. Our faculty are the cornerstone of the university and critical to the mission of the College of Arts and Letters; we are proud of the extraordinary achievements of our faculty. They create a global intellectual community as they are engaged in research that serves the university, the community, and the world.

Meet some of our current faculty who make the College of Arts & Letters a great place to be:

Dr. Stuart C. Aitken is June Burnett Chair and Professor of Geography at San Diego State University, and director of the research center Youth, Environment, Society and Space (YESS). His research interests include film, critical social theory, qualitative methods, children, families and communities. Stuart’s books include The Ethnopoetics of Space: Young People’s Engagement, Activism and Aesthetics (Routledge, 2016), The Fight to Stay Put (Steiner Verlag, 2013), Young People. Border Spaces and Revolutionary Imaginations (Routledge 2011), Qualitative Geographies (Sage 2010), The Awkward Spaces of Fathering (Ashgate, 2009). Global Childhoods (Routledge 2008), Geographies of Young People (Routledge 2001), Family Fantasies and Community Space (Rutgers University Press, 1998), and Place, Space, Situation and Spectacle (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994). Â He has published over 200 articles in academic journals as well as in various edited book collections and encyclopedias. Stuart is past co-editor of The Professional Geographer and Children’s Geographies. He works with the United Nations on issues of children’s rights, labor, migration and dislocation.

Stuart Aitken

Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is professor and Chair of the Economics Department at San Diego State University, a Research Fellow at CReAM and IZA, a member of the Americas Center Advisory Council at the Atlanta Fed and the western representative of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Her areas of interest include a variety of topics in labor economics and, more specifically, international migration and remittances. Her work has been funded by the BBVA, the Hewlett Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Upjohn Institute, among other agencies. She was the 2013-2014 Border Fulbright García-Robles Scholar, served as President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists in 2014, and has held visiting positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Daniel Ares-López received his Ph.D. in Hispanic literatures and cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He specializes in Iberian cultural studies, environmental cultural studies, and literary and film eco-criticism. He is currently working in his first book project, tentatively titled Cultures of Nature and Iberian Wildlife in Twentieth-century Spain (1940-1980), in which he investigates how historical relations between humans and other lifeforms (including the scientific and intellectual discourses that framed these relations) have contributed to the configuration of modern cultures and societies in twentieth-century Spain. This project also proposes a theoretical revision of cultural studies and cultural historiography in the age of the Anthropocene from material-semiotic and socio-environmental approaches. Daniel’s publications on Iberian cultural studies, Spanish film and Latin American literature have appeared in Latin American Literary Review, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas and in the volumes Ethics of Life: Contemporary Iberian Debates and Rerouting Galician Studies: Contemporary Interventions.

Daniel Ares-Lopez

Dr. Peter Atterton is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University. He obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Essex. In addition to extensive work on Emmanuel Levinas, Dr. Atterton has written on Kantian ethics, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, psychoanalysis, human rights, and the sci-fi movie Blade Runner. His current research focuses on the philosophical implications of Darwinism, animal rights, and the empathy-altruism hypothesis. In addition to his various co-edited books: The Continental Ethics Reader (Routledge), Levinas and Buber (Duquesne), Animal Philosophy (Continuum), Radicalizing Levinas (SUNY), his articles have been published in Kant-Studien, History of the Human Sciences Journal, Inquiry, The Psychoanalytic Review, Philosophy Today, International Studies in Philosophy, and Symploke, among others. He is co-author of On Levinas (Wadsworth) and was guest editor of Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. 5. He is currently working on a book-length study of Levinas and naturalism.

Peter Atterton

Pierre Asselin is originally from Quebec City in Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Glendon College (Canada), a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His area of primary expertise is the history of American foreign relations, with a focus on East and Southeast Asia and the larger Cold War context. He is a leading authority on the Vietnam War and author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), which won the 2003 Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize; Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (University of California Press, 2013), winner of the 2013 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award; and, most recently, Vietnam’s American War: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which surveys the Vietnamese communist experience during the Vietnam War. Asselin is co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Vietnam War, Volume III: Endings (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming [2020]). He recently started work on his fourth book project, a history of the “global Vietnam War” casting the American war in Vietnam as an international political, social, and cultural phenomenon that irrevocably changed the world and served as harbinger for myriad transnational causes. He is the Dwight E. Stanford Chair in American Foreign Relations.

Pierre Asselin

Dr. Rebecca C. Bartel received her M.A. from the Colombian university, Los Andes (Political Science) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Religion). Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to tracing the realms of religion and political economy throughout the Americas. Her current book project, Card Carrying Christians, is an ethnographic account of the entanglements between Prosperity Christians and credit in Colombia, South America. Building on over a decade of professional and research experience in Colombia, Dr. Bartel considers how systems of belief and subject formation underwrite finance capitalism. She lectures on the anthropology of religion, anthropology of Christianity, religion and political economy, method and theory in the study of religion, and Latin American and Latino/a religions.

Rebecca Bartel

Professor Ed Beasley, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, studies Victorian England. His first two books looked at the backers of a pro-imperial pressure-group (Empire as the Triumph of Theory: A Study of the Founders of the Colonial Society of 1868, 2004), and how certain ways of thinking about politics and anthropology fed into British imperialism (Mid-Victorian Imperialists: British Gentlemen and the Empire of the Mind, 2005). His third book (The Victorian Reinvention of Race: New Racisms and the Problem of Grouping in the Human Sciences, 2010), looked at how social thinkers and scientists sometimes divide the peoples of the world into categories. His most recent monograph (The Chartist General: Charles James Napier, The Conquest of Sind, and Imperial Liberalism, 2016) is a biography of a nineteenth-century military officer who supported the cause of social revolution within the British Isles and imperial expansion abroad. Beasley's current book project is on nineteenth-century ideas about diabetes and its effects on the mind.

 

Matías Beverinotti received his M.A. from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, 2010) and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 2016). His research addresses the connections between recent narratives of the past and their influence on how political power is organized and legitimized during the South American “Progressive Cycle” or “Pink-Tide” (1998-Present). His current book project explores how new redemptive-historical narratives help to reconstruct hierarchical structures of power and subject formation after the 2000’s popular uprisings in South America, and how new Literature and Film productions shows its exhaustion in order to open the possibility to form new post-modern communities. His focuses include 20th and 21st century South American Literature and Film, Cultural and Political Theory, and Continental Philosophy.

 

Dr. Biggs is a hydrologist and watershed scientist. Research in the Biggs Lab group addresses the impact of humans on watershed processes, including the water balance, sediment budgets, and water quality. Study sites include American Samoa, Tijuana, San Diego, California's Central Valley, southern India, and the Indian Himalaya. Techniques include remote sensing of land cover, evapotranspiration, terrain (3D photo reconstruction), modelling, and fieldwork for channel geometry, streamflow, water quality, and stable isotopes.

Trent Biggs

Fernando J. Bosco is Professor of Geography and Graduate Advisor for the Joint Doctoral Program in Geography between SDSU and UCSB. He received his B.A. from Wittenberg University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Fernando works at the intersections of urban, social, and political geography, with overarching interests in issues of social justice and social change in the United States and Latin America. His research interests include the geographic dimensions of human rights movements in Argentina, social and political geographies of children and youth, geographies of food in urban contexts, emotional geographies, geographic thought, and qualitative research methods. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics and emphasizes the importance of community-based geographic research and critically engaged scholarship. He has co-edited three books and written over fifty journal articles, book chapters, policy reports and review articles.

Fernando Bosco

Dr. Edward J. Blum is professor in the History Department at San Diego State University. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He is the author and co-author of several books on religion and race throughout United States history, including Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005; reissued 2015), W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007), and The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (2012). Blum is the winner of numerous awards including the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities, and the John T. Hubbell Prize for best article published in Civil War History in 2015.

Edward J. Blum

Dr. Carruthers is Professor of Political Science, undergraduate advisor for Latin American Studies, and returns Spring 2018 as Co-Director of Sustainability. Trained in political ecology, he received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Oregon. He specializes in Mexico and Latin America, where he has studied social movements, environmental justice, agriculture, and sustainable development. He edited the book Environmental Justice in Latin America (MIT, 2008), and has published in Urban Affairs Review, Global Environmental Politics, Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Third World Quarterly and other journals, book chapters, and Spanish-language publications. His current collaborative research project with colleague Kristen Hill Maher explores inequality and place stigma in the San Diego-Tijuana border city relationship.

David Carruthers

SE Cayleff has been at SDSU since 1987. She earned her Ph.D. at Brown University in American Civilization, MA at Brown and MA at Sarah Lawrence College in Women's History and BA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Women's Studies, History and Honors. She taught at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas, 1983-87. At SDSU she teaches American Women's History, women health and healing, women and sports, Narrating Lives and Body Politics. She is the author of four books, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize: Wash and Be Healed: The Water Cure Movement and Women's Health, 1987/1992; Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias , 1995, Pulitzer Prize nominee; Babe: The Most Greatest All-Sport Athlete of All-time (2000) and Nature's Path: A History of American Naturopathic Healing, 2016. She has also co-edited two collections: Wings of Gauze: Women of Color and the Experience of Health and Illness, 1995, and Women in Culture: An Intersectional Anthology for Gender and Women's Studies,Second Edition, 2016. She is campus co-chair and co-founder of [email protected] an LGBTQ Ally Training and Social Justice Program and also directs SDSU's LGBT Studies Internship Program. Since 1995 she has mentored and directed The Young Women's Studies Club at Herbert Hoover High School... In her off time, she and her family live in Provincetown, Cape Cod Massachusetts....where she lives-eats-and-breathes the Boston Red Sox. She has a company called Wild Things that makes one-of-a-thing Outsider Art.

Susan Cayleff

Olivia Chilcote is a Luiseño person and a member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in the Ethnic & Women’s Studies Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Her research and teaching focus on the areas of interdisciplinary Native American Studies, federal Indian law and policy, Native American identity, and Native California. Professor Chilcote’s first book project investigates the politics and history of federal recognition in California and uses a case study of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. Her writing can be found in the forthcoming volume New Voices in California Indian Studies (ed. by Risling Baldy and Middleton Manning) and an update to the California edition of the Handbook of the North American Indians (Smithsonian Institution). She has also published work in Boletín: Journal of the California Missions Studies Association, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and News From Native California.

Olivia Chilcote

Dr. George Christakos (PhD, Harvard Univ) is the Birch Distinguished Professor of Geography. His teaching and research activities focus on integrative space-time modeling and prediction of interdisciplinary systems; environmental health and Temporal-GIS; medical geography and epidemiology; spatiotemporal statistics; pollution monitoring and risk analysis. He has authored/co-authored ten books and over 150 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His most recent book is Spatiotemporal Random Fields: Theory and Applications. Elsevier, New York, NY (2017). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment.

David P. Cline is an historian specializing in 20th and 21st century U.S. social movements, oral history, the digital humanities, and public history. From 2011-2017 he was Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech and Director/Associate Director of the Graduate Certificate in Public History there. Since 2013 he has also been a Lead Interviewer and Research Scholar for the Civil Rights History Project of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. David was also the Associate and Acting Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2008 to 2011. His public and digital history projects have included an augmented and virtual reality experience of a World War I battlefield site in Vauquois, France; an augmented reality iPad-accessible application that helps teach African American history and the skills of historic inquiry; major national oral history projects and local projects focusing on African American, university, and LGBTQ history; and museum and historic site exhibits. David's most recent book is From Revolution to Reconciliation: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2016) of which CHOICE recently said: "Every academic and church library should acquire this timely, important book." Nominated for the 2017 Oral History Association Book Prize, It examines the story of the Student Interracial Ministry, founded at the same time and place as its better known ally the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, but whose seminarian members wanted to not only dismantle Jim Crow in the South but also change the mainline Protestant churches' approach to racial issues. David is also the author of Creating Choice: A Community Responds to the Need for Abortion and Birth Control, 1961-1973 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), which explored community reproductive rights networks in Massachusetts prior to the Roe V. Wade decision. He is currently finishing Twice Forgotten, a book that uses oral histories to delve into the African American experience of the Korean War and to connect these to the civil rights movement.

David Cline

Clarissa Clò is Professor and Chair of the Department of European Studies, and Director of the Italian Program. Her research focuses on contemporary Italian cultural studies and her interests include migration and postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, literature, film, music, popular culture and transmedia storytelling. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Annali d’Italianistica, Diacritics, Diaspora, Forum Italicum, Italian Culture, Italica, Research in African Literatures, Transformations, The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies and California Italian Studies. She contributed to book collections such as The Cultures of Italian Migration (edited by Graziella Parati and Anthony J. Tamburri, 2011), Postcolonial Italy (edited by Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo, 2012), Nuovo Cinema Politico (edited by Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva, 2016) and Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema (edited by Loredana Di Martino and Pasquale Verdicchio, 2017). She has edited a double issue of the journal Il lettore di provincia on Italian regional studies (123/124, 2005), and co-edited with Anita Angelone a special double issue of the journal Studies in Documentary Film entitled Other Visions: Italian Documentary Cinema as Counter-Discourse (5.2/5.3, 2011). She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Italica and g/s/i and on the executive committee of the Modern Language Association’s Italian American Forum. She is on the board of the Italian American Art and Culture Association of San Diego, which produces the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Clarissa Cli

J. Angelo Corlett (PhD, University of Arizona-1992) is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics. He specializes in philosophy of law, racism and social justice (especially concerning American Indians and U.S.-born blacks), epistemology, Latino/a identity, philosophy of religion, and Plato. He has published more than 150 single-authored books and articles, including the books: Analyzing Social Knowledge (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996); Responsibility and Punishment (Kluwer/ Springer, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2014); Race, Racism, and Reparations (Cornell, 2003); Terrorism: A Philosophical Analysis (Kluwer, 2003); Interpreting Plato's Dialogues (Parmenides, 2005); Race, Rights, and Justice (Springer, 2009); The Errors of Atheism (Continuum, 2010); Heirs of Oppression (Roman & Littlefield, 2010); Interpreting Plato Socratically (Springer 2018). Several of his peer-reviewed articles are published in leading philosophy journals, including Analysis; American Philosophical Quarterly; The Classical Quarterly; International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion; Journal of Medicine and Philosophy; Journal of the Philosophy of Sport; Journal of Social Philosophy; Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy; Philosophy; Social Epistemology; The Journal of Ethics, among others. From 1996-2018, he served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the very highly respected and internationally-ranked The Journal of Ethics; An International Philosophical Review (Springer). He is the founding Executive Director of The Philosophy Laboratory and Team Ethics which have rather successful records of well-published peer-reviewed research, often in collaboration with SDSU students. His most recent published research includes his lengthy and in-depth peer-reviewed articles on “Offensiphobia” (a detailed and comprehensive philosophical refutation of offensiphobic attacks by higher educational administrators, faculty and students on the right to freedom of expression in higher education) and “Moral Responsibility and History” (why non-historical analyses of moral responsibility fail to account for standard cases of racism). His current research focuses on his newest book project: Social Knowledge.

Angelo Corlett

Aaron J. Dinkin received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He pursues research in sociolinguistics and language variation and change, focusing particularly on dialect geography and the structure of sound change in North American English. He has published research on the dialects of Upstate New York (his primary research area), New England, Philadelphia, the inland South, and Toronto, and is looking forward to adding southern California to that list.

Aaron J. Dinkin

Dr. Michael Domínguez received his a Ph.D. in Education with a graduate certificate in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at CU, Dr. Domínguez served as co-founder and director for UMAS y MEXA de CU Boulder’s Aquetza Program, focused on supporting decolonial and expansive learning for [email protected] youth and pre-service teachers through [email protected] Studies programming. Dr. Domínguez’ research interests focus on the schooling experiences of [email protected] youth: particularly issues of identity construction, socio-political development and activism, racialization, affect, and community and family ingenuity. His current work employs social-design and critical-ethnographic research methodologies to explore the ways in which [email protected] youth are constructing new identities and navigating difficult affective experiences in the diaspora of the rural southeast, and the implications of this for youth, communities, and schools nationwide. Previously a middle school teacher in North Las Vegas, NV, he is also passionate about liberatory teacher education, ethnic studies curriculum, and the emerging field of culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Michael Domínguez

Anne Donadey is Professor of French and Women’s Studies. She is the author of a book on Assia Djebar and Leïla Sebbar (two women writers from Algeria), Recasting Postcolonialism: Women Writing between Worlds (2001); co-editor of Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies (2005); editor of a special issue of L’Esprit créateur on the works of Assia Djebar (2008); co-editor of the second edition of Women in Culture: An Intersectional Anthology for Gender and Women’s Studies (2017); and editor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Assia Djebar (2017). She has also published articles on representations of the Algerian war in literature and film, on anti-racist perspectives in Women’s Studies and French cultural studies, and on the works of Rachid Bouchareb, Moufida Tlatli, Fatima Mernissi, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maryse Condé, Daniel Maximin, Azar Nafisi, Octavia E. Butler, and Gloria Anzaldúa. Her articles have appeared in journals such as PMLA, Signs, Research in African Literatures, College Literature, and Studies in French Cinema.

Gabriel Doyle is a computational psycholinguist who wants to understand why we talk the way we do. His research combines mathematical models of communication with emerging big data sources, such as Twitter conversations and e-mail databases, to create new approaches for understanding how we structure our speech and writing. His work has shown that Twitter can be used to map dialects within the United States, that the amount of information provided in a tweet trades off with how exciting and unexpected of an event it discusses, and that employees who eventually stay at or leave a company use “we” differently in their work emails. He also builds models for child language, both for analyzing the shape of parent-child conversations and determining what linguistic structure children can infer from their parents’ speech. Professor Doyle is one of the faculty affiliated with the Digital Humanities Area of Excellence.

Gabriel Doyle

Raechel Dumas received her Ph.D. in Japanese from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she specialized in modern Japanese literature and culture with emphasis on contemporary genre fiction. Her research and teaching interests include Japanese and global popular culture, trauma narratives, digital and feminist poetry, and feminist, affect, and virtual theories. She is presently working on her first book, which explores the trope of the monstrous-feminine in contemporary Japanese literary and visual culture from the vantage of the uneasy cultural politics of Japanese postmodernity.

Raechel Duman

Jill Esbenshade, Professor of Sociology, has taught at SDSU since 2001. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and is the author of Monitoring Sweatshops: Workers, Consumers, and the Global Apparel Industry. Her research focuses on governmental and corporate policy as it relates to labor and immigration issues. As a practitioner of Public Sociology, she has published numerous policy reports as well as academic articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including: sweatshops, wage theft, local anti-immigrant regulations, DNA testing of refugees, misclassification of independent contractors, and the working conditions of hotel housekeepers, restaurant employees, garment workers and taxi drivers. She teaches classes on inequality, immigration, race, labor, engaged citizenship, and field methods, with a focus on community service learning and community-based research. She serves on the boards of the Workers Rights Consortium and the Center on Policy Initiatives.

 

Joanne M. Ferraro (PhD UCLA, 1983), the Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, is an historian of Renaissance and early modern Europe. Her courses emphasize social and cultural history as well as sex and gender in historical perspective. A specialist in the history of marriage and the family in Italy, she has published numerous articles in the US, UK, Slovenia, and Italy, including the J of Modern History, J of Social History, and the American Historical Review (2018). She is a contributor to Charles Scribner and Sons' works on the History of the Renaissance, European Social History, and the History of Childhood. Her monograph Family and Public Life in Brescia, 1580-1650 (Cambridge, 1993; paperback 2002), reviewed in several countries, was republished in Italy as Vita privata e pubblica a Brescia (Morcelliana, 1998). Her monograph, Marriage Wars in Late Renaissance Venice (Oxford, 2001) won first prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women as well as the Helen and Howard R. Marraro prize for the best book published in any period of Italian history in 2001. In 2008 Ferraro published Nefarious Crimes, Contested Justice: Illicit Sex and Infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557-1789 with Johns Hopkins University Press andin 2012 Venice: History of the Floating City, Cambridge University Press. Ferraro has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Gladys Krieble Foundation. At SDSU she has been recognized as a Phi Beta Kappa lecturer and was the recipient of the 2010 Faculty Alumni Award (the “Monty”) for the College of Arts and Letters. She serves as President of the International Friends of the Marciana Library in Venice. Currently, she is the editor of a six-volume series on the Cultural History of Marriage from Antiquity to the Present and the volume editor for the Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age, both to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019.

Joanne Ferraro

Dr. James Gerber began his teaching career at San Diego State University in 1985. He is currently Professor of Economics, Emeritus. In addition to his position in the Economics Department, Dr. Gerber served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (2002-2009) and as Director of International Business (2009-2012) at SDSU. While Director of CLAS, he successfully obtained two federal grants recognizing the Center as a National Resource Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Gerber was one of the founding members of SDSU’s Freshman Success Program and collaborated with programs in Public Health and Public Administration to create two dual-MA programs with those departments and Latin American Studies. He received the Monty Award as Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Arts and Letters (2000) and was twice selected as one of the Top-25 faculty and staff by the President of SDSU. He is the author of International Economics, now in its 7th edition and widely used in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He is the co-author of an economic history of the US-Mexico border, Fifty Years of Change on the US-Mexico Border (2008) which was selected as book of the year by the Association of Borderlands Studies, and of numerous book chapters and academic articles on US-Mexico economic relations. He has been a visiting scholar and instructor in Mexico, Canada, and other countries.

Jim Gerber

Victoria González-Rivera has a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Indiana University, an M.A. in Latin American history from The University of New Mexico, and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She is the author of "Before the Revolution: Women's Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua, 1821-1979" (Penn State University Press, 2011). She is also the co-editor of "Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right" (Penn State University Press, 2001). She received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year in order to co-author a book tentatively titled "One Hundred Years of Nicaraguan LGBT History." In addition to her research on Nicaragua, Gonzalez-Rivera teaches courses on colonial Mexico, the history of Chicanxs in the U.S., and feminist theory.

Victoria González-Rivera

Shoshana Grossbard is professor of economics at San Diego State University, a fellow at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany, and (founding) editor of the Review of Economics of the Household published by Springer. She has published 7 books, including The Marriage Motive (2015), and over 75 journal articles and book chapters. The idea that spouses work for each other’s benefit in childcare and other household production services is at the root of her approach to the economics of marriage, time use and intra-household allocation of resources. She tweets @econoflove.

Shoshana Grossbard,

Peter C. Herman, Professor of English Literature, specializes in early modern English literature, Milton and Shakespeare in particular, and in the literature of terrorism. His books include A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature in Context (2011), Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England ( 2010), The New Milton Criticism ( 2012), and Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude ( 2005). His edited collection, Critical Contexts: Literature and Terrorism will be published this fall by Cambridge University Press, and his book, Literature and Terrorism from the Gunpowder Plot to 9/11: Representing the Unspeakable, is forthcoming from Routledge.

Peter Herman

Yetta Howard (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2010; M.A., Mills College, 2002; B.A., Boston University, 1998) is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Co-director of the LGBTQ Research Consortium at San Diego State University. Dr. Howard specializes in gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, and feminist theories of race and ethnicity. Emphasizing visual and auditory texts, her research and teaching focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American cultural studies with an investment in underground, experimental, and unpopular cultural production. Howard is the author of Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground (University of Illinois Press, 2018) and is editing a photography and essay collection, Rated RX: Sheree Rose with and after Bob Flanagan (under contract, Ohio State University Press) in collaboration with ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Some of Howard’s work appears or is forthcoming in American Literature; Social Text; Sounding Out!; TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly; The Journal of Popular Culture; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; Fiction International; On the Politics of Ugliness (Palgrave Macmillan); Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O'Brien (Live Art Development Agency); The Comics of Alison Bechdel (University Press of Mississippi); Keywords for Comics Studies (New York University Press), and she guest edited a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies on the theme “Under Pressure.” Howard is also at work on a new project, Erratic Erotics: The Sexual Politics of Discord, and is affiliated faculty with SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program, Women’s Studies Department, and M.A.L.A.S. Program. For more information, visit www.yettahoward.com 

Yetta Howard

Anh Hua received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and her MA and PhD in Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, California. Her areas of research include Asian and Black diaspora studies, cultural studies, critical race and postcolonial feminisms, and literature and film by women of color. Recently, she is interested in examining philosophical concepts such as compassion, empathy, ethics, and spirituality. She has published in the journals Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Asian Women, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, and Canadian Women's Studies and in the anthologies Diaspora, Memory, and Identity: A Search for Home and Emotion, Place and Culture. At the moment, she is working on three book projects: Diasporic Postcolonial Feminisms; Ginkgo Memories: A Chinese Diasporic Feminist Memoir; Cherries and Pear Nectar, My Love: A Collection of Poetry.

Anh Hua

Amira Jarmakani received her doctorate from Emory University in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts (Cultural Studies) with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in English with secondary teacher certification. Her most recent book, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror (NYU Press 2015), explores the crucial role of desire in understanding how the war on terror works and how it perseveres. She also authored Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S. (Palgrave Macmillan 2008), which won the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize. She has published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, American Quarterly, and Critical Arts: A South-North Journal for Cultural and Media Studies as well as chapters in Arabs in the Americas, Arab and Arab American Feminisms, and Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. She is on the board of the Arab American Studies Association and she is a past Assistant Editor for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She works in the fields of women’s and gender studies, Arab American studies, and cultural studies.

Amira Jarmakani

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is Professor of Geography and Director of the Urban Studies Program. She earned a BA and MA at the University of Namur in Belgium before obtaining a PhD at the University of Southern California. Pascale’s teaching and research bring together urban, economic, and political geography. She is particularly interested in socio-spatial processes of inclusion and exclusion – how place shapes livelihoods and wellbeing, and are transformed by economic, social and political activities. Her research focuses on urban geographies of food, refugee and immigrant economic integration, children and young people, and the nonprofit sector. She regularly teaches Geography of Food, Food Justice, Geography of Cities, Economic Geography, and Community-Based Geographic Research. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and co-edited two books, including “Food and Place: A Critical Exploration.”

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli

Hank Johnston is CAL Hansen Chair of Nonviolence and Peace Studies and Professor of Sociology. His research focuses on nonviolent protests in different state systems and the cultural analysis of mobilization processes. He is founding editor of Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the leading research journal in the field of protest and social movements, which has been continuously published at the SDSU department of sociology for over 20 years. He also edits the Mobilization Monograph Series on Protest and Social Movements with Routledge Books. Prof. Johnston has written or edited twelve books and has authored sixty articles and chapters. His recent books are What is a Social Movement? (Polity 2014), States and Social Movements (Polity 2012), and Violent Protest in the Neoliberal State, (with S. Sepheriades, 2011). As Hansen Chair, he has edited and contributed to the research collection, Social Movements, Nonviolent Strategies, and the State, which will be published next year by Routledge Books.

Hank Johnston

Minjeong Kim is associate professor of Sociology at San Diego State University. She received her M.A. in women’s studies and Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research areas include gender and family in the context of international migration, as well as race, gender and sexuality in the media. Kim has published articles in Social Politics, Qualitative Sociology, Sociology Compass, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies and Journal of Korean Studies. She has co-edited Global Gender Research: Transnational Perspectives (2009, Routledge, with Christine E. Bose) and is the author of Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and “Multiculturalism” in Rural South Korea (2018, University of Hawai’i Press). She is currently conducting research on Korean American communities on the U.S.-Mexico border.

 Minjeong Kim

Ron King joined the SDSU faculty in Fall 2003, having taught previously at Cornell and Tulane. His graduate degrees are from Oxford and the University of Chicago. A former Chair of the Political Science Department, he has held the Bruce E. Porteous Endowed Professorship in Political Science and has been awarded the title, “Profesor Onorific,” by the Political Science faculty at Babe?-Bolyai University in Romania.

Professor King is the author of four books, including major studies of U.S. taxation and welfare entitlement policies, three edited collections of essays, and more than 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters. He has received two Fulbright awards, and research grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. His most recent research examines the complications of democratization over time, focusing especially on the U.S. removal of the property qualification for voting and on the Romanian transition from authoritarian rule.

Ronald King,

Eve Kornfeld, Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of History, earned her B.A. at Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Harvard University. She has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature concentration, Princeton’s History and European Cultural Studies departments, and SDSU’s History, MALAS, Honors, and Arts Alive Collaborative programs. Her teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary, transnational, polyphonic, and informed by post-colonial, post-structural, gender and critical race theory. Her books were published in the Bedford Series in History and Culture of St. Martin’s Press, and her articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of American Studies, Canadian Review of American Studies, New England Journal of History, Pennsylvania History, History Teacher, and the Journal of American Culture. She served on the governing board of the American Culture Association. She received the College of Arts and Letters Excellence in Teaching Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017 and the SDSU Senate Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018.

Eve Kornfeld,

Ahmet T. Kuru received his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was a postdoctoral scholar and assistant director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion at Columbia University. Currently, he is a professor of political science and the director of Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. Kuru is the author of Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which was given the distinguished book award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and translated into Turkish and Arabic. He is also the co-editor (with Alfred Stepan) of Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey (Columbia University Press, 2012). Kuru’s publications have appeared in numerous edited books and journals such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. Kuru is now working on his new book project entitled Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison.

Ahmet T. Kuru

An associate professor of Women's Studies, Dr. Irene Lara's scholarship and creative writing-inspired by Chicana/Latina/Indigenous knowledge, Anzalduan thought, and curandera/healer feminist praxis-has been widely published. She recently co-edited Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives with Elisa Facio and Women in Culture: An Intersectional Anthology of Gender and Women's Studies, with Bonnie Kime Scott, Susan Cayleff, and Anne Donadey. Her next book, Decolonizing the Sacred, is based on in-depth interviews she conducted with Chicana "healers" of the spirituality/sexuality split.

Professor Lara loves to "femtor," that is, bring a feminist/social justice approach to teaching and supporting students as the Undergraduate Advisor and in her courses: Women's Sexuality and the Body, Women of Color in‚ the US, Gender, Race, and Class, Latinas in the Américas, Women: Myth, Ritual, and the Sacred, and Feminist Pedagogies. For the past eight years, Dr. Lara has also taught "Curandera Scholar Activism in Academia," a Faculty-Student Mentoring Program seminar.

Irene Lara

Dr. Seth Mallios is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the South Coastal Information Center at San Diego State University. An archaeologist, anthropologist, and historian, Professor Mallios received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Mallios previously served as Site Supervisor at the 1607 James Fort archaeological site in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and published extensively on early colonial English, Spanish, and Virginia Indian interactions. Since moving to San Diego in 2001, Professor Mallios has spearheaded six research projects: The San Diego Gravestone Project, The Lost Murals of San Diego State Project, The Nate Harrison Historical Archaeology Project, The Whaley House Historical Archaeology Project, The San Diego Archaeological Geographic Information System, and The Historical Archaeology of Local Rock 'n' Roll. He has published nine books, dozens of articles, and garnered nearly $2 million in over 80 extramural grants, contracts, and awards.

Seth Mallios

Angel Daniel Matos received his Ph.D. in English, with a graduate minor in Gender Studies, from the University of Notre Dame. He comes to San Diego State University from Bowdoin College, where he served as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in English. A scholar of children's and young adult literature, his primary research explores the ways in which queer experiences, histories, and emotions are shaped and narrativized in LGBTQ+ youth fiction. Dr. Matos also examines how these queer narrative and aesthetic practices foster political and affective frameworks that complicate current understandings of the young adult genre. In addition to youth literature and queer studies, his research and teaching interests include digital fan production, space and place, speculative literature, and media studies.

Angel Daniel Matos

Dr. Doreen Mattingly is Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies. In her 22 years at SDSU she has taught a total of sixteen different courses, including her popular classes on women and politics, women’s movements and activism, and globalization and development. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University, and has also taught courses in urban and cultural geography at SDSU. Dr. Mattingly’s current research investigates the US feminist movement of the 1970s, especially in its engagement with political institutions. Her most recent book A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) chronicles the political career of a feminist who served as assistant to the president for public liaison under President Jimmy Carter—at the time, the highest position a woman had ever held in the White House. Behind the scenes, Dr. Mattingly serves the university as the Vice President of the SDSU chapter of the California Faculty Association.

Doreen Mattingly

Since 1999, Glen McClish has been Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University. He has published articles and reviews in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, College English, The Journal of Communication and Religion, The Journal of Teaching Writing, Rhetorica, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Composition Studies, and Communication Education. In addition, he has edited a composition textbook and several instructors’ manuals. His scholarly interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American rhetoric (with a particular emphasis on African American discourse), as well as composition and communication pedagogy. He has served as President of the California State University English Council and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Chair of the CSU English Placement Test Development Committee, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Rhetoric Society of America. Since 2000, he has worked with local school districts and community colleges to improve college readiness. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the SDSU Senate and as Chair of the Committee on Committees. In addition, he has served as a Member at Large of the Senate Executive Committee and as a member of task forces dedicated to serving commuting students, improving recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, improving course evaluations, and examining class size. He is currently President of SDSU’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter (Nu of California).

Glen McClish

Hilary McMillan joins the Department of Geography as an Associate Professor of Water Resources. Hilary received her PhD in 2006 in Hydrology from the University of Cambridge, UK, and has since worked at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Christchurch, NZ, as a Hydrological Scientist. Her research addresses the question of how large-scale watershed hydrology dynamics arise from multiscale water interactions with soils, plants, people and landscape. Her current interests include how to make hydrological predictions on a national or continental scale, and the design of “hydrological signatures”: targeted data analyses that evaluate a single hypothesis about watershed function. Hilary is Chair of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences flagship project ‘Panta Rhei: Hydrology, Society and Change’, where she coordinates 400+ scientists from across the globe in an initiative to understand the interfaces between water and society.

Hilary McMillan

Khaleel Mohammed was born in Guyana, South America. He studied classical Islamic law at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After completing an MA (The Jewish and Christian Influences on Islamic Eschatology) at Concordia University, Montreal, he pursued a Ph.D. in Islamic law at McGill University. After completing Kraft-Hiatt fellowship at Brandeis University, he came to San Diego in 2003. As a specialist in Abrahamic Religions, he has published several journal and encyclopedia articles. He co-edited "Coming to Terms with the Qur'an" along with Andrew Rippin. His last publication was "King David in the Muslim Tradition" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

Khaleel Mohammed

Peter A. Nelson is Coast Miwok and a tribal citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria whose traditional territory is located in Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, California. Trained in the field of North American archaeology, he specializes in collaborative and community-based research that serves Native American communities and enriches academic scholarship. Professor Nelson received his B.A. in Anthropology and English from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Nelson has directed archaeological and heritage management projects in California and conducted research in both field and museum settings in Washington, California, New York, and Washington, D.C. His research focuses on methods for indigenous archaeology and community engagement, the management and study of tribal cultural resources with community research partners, traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous landscape management, and California Indian resistance to and refusal of Spanish, Mexican and American settler colonialism.

Peter Nelson

A notorious Mexican-American literature professor, public intellectual, artist, and sometime troublemaker, William Nericcio was born in the fabled "Streets of Laredo," Texas, or at Mercy Hospital, at any rate, in 1961. For thirteen years he labored under the watchful, at times sinister, eyes of sisters, brothers, and priests at Blessed Sacrament Elementary and St. Augustine High School--no doubt this contributes to the rumors that he was "raised by nuns" that makes its way around the internets. With an undergraduate degree in English honors from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA/PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, Nericcio now works as the Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University--these postings followed a stint as an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut from 1988 to 1991 after his years freezing in Ithaca, New York (it also follows on his years as a bartender in Austin, Texas at the famous Cactus Cafe and defunct Texas Tavern).

Nericcio is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals including Camera Obscura, Americas Review, Spring, the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and Mosaic. In 2007, The University of Texas Press published his American Library Association award-winning cultural studies volume Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. His next book, Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race is presently in development. He is also the author of two edited collections (Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California and The Hurt Business: Oliver Mayer's Early Works [+] PLUS) for San Diego State University Press.

William Nericcio

Originally from New York City, Angel Nieves holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Studies from Cornell University (2001). He comes to SDSU from Hamilton College, where he was director of American Studies and Cinema and Media Studies and co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative. Nieves' scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and technology in the U.S. and South Africa. He is an award winning teacher and mentor. He teaches courses in digital history, urban history and the histories of race, gender, sexuality and space in the U.S. and the global South, including Apartheid-era South Africa. Professor Nieves is one of the faculty affiliated with the Digital Humanities Area of Excellence.

Angel David Nieves

Dr. O’Leary received his A.B. in Geography from U.C. Riverside in 1971, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA. His research interests include physical geography, biogeography and vegetation ecology (particularly of Mediterranean-type ecosystems) with special emphasis upon spatial and temporal patterns of species diversity, community composition, post-disturbance resilience, and habitat preferences of species. He also has expertise in methods of vegetation analysis (vegetation mapping, field sampling techniques, statistical analysis, and remote sensing) as well as conservation planning. In 2002 he was awarded the campus-wide SDSU Senate Excellence in Teaching Award and conferred the title ‘Senate Distinguished Professor’.

John O'Leary

Cezar M. Ornatowski (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1991) is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and associate faculty in the Master of Science program in Homeland Security. His research interests include political rhetoric, rhetoric and political transformation (esp. in Central/Eastern Europe); totalitarian and democratic rhetorics, extremist rhetorics; visual rhetoric, strategic communication, and professional communication. His publications include co-edited anthology Foundations for Teaching Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Program Design (Ablex 1997) and Rhetorics of 1989: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transition (Taylor and Francis 2015, special volume of Advances in the History of Rhetoric), articles in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Iowa Journal of Communication, Forum Artis Rhetoricae (Poland), Relazioni Internazionali (Italy), African Yearbook of Rhetoric (South Africa), Journal for the Study of Religion (South Africa), and other journals, as well as chapters in numerous anthologies. He was Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1999. He is also Honorary Fellow of the Center for Rhetoric Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and has been named “Distinguished Fellow of the Collegium of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry” by the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Cezar M. Ornatowski,

Ramona Pérez is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American studies. Dr. Pérez has worked for more than 25 years on migration and health among Mexican migrants to the US, race/ethnicity/gender identity politics and empowerment, and the reformulation of community among migrants in the US. Her current work focuses on binational family composition, the transmission of identity between mothers and children, shifts in culinary food practices and nutrition, and migrant youth in the context of deportation and survival. Her publications are in English and Spanish and can be found in journals and manuscripts in anthropology, geography, public health, social work, criminal justice, and medicine. Dr. Pérez serves on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (2013-2016; 2017-2019) and was the President of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2009 to 2012). She received her B.A. from San Diego State University in 1992 (Go Aztecs!), her M.A. (1995) and her Ph.D. (1997) from the University of California, Riverside.

 

Jessica Pressman is a scholar of 20th and 21st-century experimental literature, digital literature, and media theory. She is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, where she also directs SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative (dh.sdsu.edu). Pressman is the author of Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (Oxford UP, 2014), co-author,with Mark C. Marino and Jeremy Douglass, of Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa UP, 2015), and co-editor, with N. Katherine Hayles, of Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in a Postprint Era (Minnesota UP, 2013). Pressman is Associate Editor of American Fiction for Contemporary Literature, Articles Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly, and a Board Member for Dichtung-Digital. She is a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She was Assistant Professor of English at Yale University (2008-2012) and Visiting Scholar at UCSD (2012-2014) before joining the faculty at SDSU. Her full CV can be found at www.jessicapressman.com

Jessica Pressman

Dr. John Putman received his Ph. D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2000 and his B.A. in History from San Diego State University. He is a historian of the modern American West (late 19th and 20th centuries), particularly California and the Pacific coast states. Dr. Putman is the author of Class and Gender Politics in Progressive Era Seattle (University of Nevada Press, 2008) and has published articles in the Pacific Historical Review and the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. His current project, Fairs of the Far West: Pacific Coast Expositions and the Selling of a New West is currently under consideration for publication. In addition to more traditional history courses, Dr. Putman also teaches a course entitled, Star Trek, Culture and History and has published a book chapter on Star Trek and terrorism and an article on teaching with Star Trek for The History Teacher. Since 2015 Dr. Putman has also served as Director of SDSU’s International Business Program.

John Putman

Kristin Rebien holds M.A. degrees in German Studies and Political Science from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University. Prior to coming to SDSU in 2006 she taught German language, literature, and culture at Princeton University. Her research examines the interface between German literature and politics, philosophy, and the visual arts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published articles on iconic postwar writers including Heinrich Böll, Paul Celan, Johannes Bobrowski, and Lutz Seiler; on literary institutions, such as Gruppe 47 and the Ingeborg Bachmann Preis; on theories of reading; and on the aesthetics and politics of early post-World War II literature. Her recent focus has been on German-language writers who have contributed to transnational and global debates from the 1950s to the present.

Kristin Rebien

Erin P. Riley (Ph.D. 2005 – University of Georgia) is a Professor of Anthropology. Drawing from primatology, conservation ecology, and sociocultural and environmental anthropology, her research focuses on primate behavioral and ecological flexibility in the face of anthropogenic change and the conservation implications of the ecological and cultural interconnections between human and nonhuman primates. With notable publications in American Anthropologist, Evolutionary Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, Current Zoology, and Oryx, Dr. Riley’s work spearheaded the field of “ethnoprimatology” – the study of the multifaceted ways the histories, ecologies, lives, and livelihoods of humans and primates intersect. In 2017, her co-edited volume (with Kerry Dore and Agustín Fuentes) titled “Ethnoprimatology: A Practical Guide to Research on the Human-Primate Interface” was published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Riley is also interested in the ethics of primate research, and was a leading member of an international steering committee that produced the Code of Best Practices for Field Primatology. Dr. Riley’s field research on the interface between humans and macaques (Macaca spp.) in Indonesia and Florida has been funded by the National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the American Institute for Indonesian Studies. In 2018, she will join the Board of Directors for the American Society of Primatologists. For more information, visit www.erinpriley.com.

Erin Riley

Erika Robb Larkins received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on violence and inequality in urban settings. Her first book, The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil (U California Press 2015), explores the political economy of spectacular violence in one of Rio’s most famous favelas. Dr. Larkins is presently working on a second book examining the private security industry in Brazil. She is also the director of the J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program on Brazil.

Erika Robb Larkins

Esther Rothblum received her B.A. from Smith College, her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University, and her post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-social epidemiology from Yale University. She is editor of the Journal of Lesbian Studies as well as the new journal Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Her research and writing have focused on LGBT relationships and mental health as well as the stigma of weight. She has edited 27 books, including Lesbian Friendships, Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia, Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians, Lesbians in Academia, and Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians. She was president of Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues) of the American Psychological Association, and is a Fellow of seven divisions of APA.

Esther Rothblum

Casey Roulette is a biological anthropologist and director of the Department of Anthropology’s Human Biology Laboratory. Dr. Roulette specializes in evolutionary and cultural approaches to substance use and health, and much of his research examines substance use within the larger context of the human use of plant defensive compounds. His theoretical perspective draws on a range of disciplines, including behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, ethnobotany, and ethnopharmacology. Dr. Roulette conducts research in Sub-Saharan Africa among Congo Basin foragers and East African pastoralists where he has investigated a range of topics including cannabis and tobacco use, traditional psychoactive substances and medicines, age and sex differences in drug use, self-medication, parasitic and infectious diseases, cultural transmission, and health interventions.

Casey Roulette

Lauren Schmidt is a Hispanic linguist who studies the acquisition of Spanish phonology and sociolinguistic variation by second language learners. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from Indiana University, and her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Florida. Using phonetic acoustic analyses and psycholinguistic research methods, Dr. Schmidt studies the acquisition of contextual, stylistic and dialectal phonetic variation by adult learners of Spanish. Her current research projects focus on the effects of regional and social phonetic variation on speech perception and processing, as well the development of language attitudes by second language learners of Spanish.

Lauren B. Schmidt

Ronnee Schreiber is Professor and Chair of Political Science at San Diego State University. She has published widely on women and politics, and her book, Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, has been reviewed extensively. Her recent projects include examining how motherhood and ideology intersect in politics, the status of conservative feminism, and how women fare in electoral politics. She earned her PhD from Rutgers University.

Ronnee Schrieber

Mathias Schulze is the director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center and will be a professor of German Language and Literature in the Department of European Studies. He was born in Finsterwalde in Germany. He did his teacher training for German and Russian in Leipzig (Germany) and Kaluga (Russia) and got his PhD in Language Engineering (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST). For ten years, Mat worked at universities in Sunderland and Manchester (England) and for sixteen years at the University of Waterloo, where he was the director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies. He is the co-editor of the CALICO Journal (on computer-assisted language learning (CALL). CALL is also his main area of research. He has published on ICALL, which is the application of Artificial Intelligence to CALL, and on online language learning. His research interests are in language education and social bilingualism.

Mathias Schulze

Anthropology Professor Elisa (EJ) Sobo received her in 1990 from UCSD. Prior to joining SDSU in 2005, Dr. Sobo worked for the Veterans Healthcare Administration and, before that, for Children’s Hospital San Diego. Currently President of the Society for Medical Anthropology, Dr. Sobo’s research most recently concerns (a) parent use of cannabis as medicine for intractably ill children, (b) vaccine hesitancy or caution, and (c) and the intersection of education and health. Her work has been supported by federal agencies such as the NIH and AHRQ; state and regional agencies such as California's DHS; and private organizations such as Aetna and Procter & Gamble. Her most recent articles appear in Social Science & Medicine, Medical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Education & Health. Recent books include Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach; The Cultural Context of Health, Illness and Medicine; and Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research: A Practical Field Guide. Dr. Sobo is on several journal editorial boards and co-edits the Rutgers University Press Childhood Studies book series.

Elisa Sobo

Joseph Stramondo's research examines how social and political forces shape the institutions and practices of bio-medicine in morally significant ways. This broad area of scholarly interest has motivated several complimentary threads of research that run through bioethics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of disability, social-political philosophy, normative ethics, and moral psychology. His writing appears or is forthcoming in journals such as: The Hastings Center Report, the Kennedy Institute for Ethics Journal, Cambridge Quarterly for Healthcare Ethics, the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and Social Philosophy Today. He also has chapters forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability, The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy, and Disability in American Life: an Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies. Previously, he was appointed as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University.

 Joseph Stamondo

Kate Swanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada. Swanson has wide ranging interests but currently focuses on migration in Latin America and the U.S./Mexico border region. She is the author of three books, including ‘Begging as a Path to Progress: Indigenous Women and Children and the Struggle for Ecuador’s Urban Spaces,’ (University of Georgia Press, 2010). She has published her work in a variety of journals including: Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Antipode; Gender, Place & Culture; Environmental Management;and Urban Geography. Her teaching largely focuses on critical social and environmental issues around the world.

Kate Swanson

Drew Thomases received his M.A. (2008), M. Phil. (2012), and Ph.D. (2015) in religious studies from Columbia University. His work focuses on the anthropology of religion in North India—more specifically, Hindu pilgrimage and practice—though he is broadly interested in tourism, globalization, environmentalism, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion. His dissertation analyzes the dynamics of religion and tourism in the pilgrimage site of Pushkar, Rajasthan. Drew’s research has been funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the Fulbright IIE, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

Drew Thomases

Dr. Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is a Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Founding Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). His research interests are in Big Data, Human Dynamics, Social Media, Visualization, and Internet GIS. He has served on two U.S. National Academy of Science Research Committees in 2007 and 2013. Tsou has been served as the PI in multiple large research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (over $3 million during the last five years). He also received multiple funding from NASA, US-Forest Services, City of San Diego, and other agencies. In Spring 2014, Tsou established a new research center, Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, a transdisciplinary research area of excellence at San Diego State University to integrate research works from GIScience, Public Health, Social Science, Sociology, and Communication.

Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou,

Kim Twist received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. Her area of expertise is European politics, and in particular, in how mainstream and extreme parties interact with voters and with each other. Her book manuscript explains why mainstream parties form governments with far-right parties. Dr. Twist's other research interests include experimental methods, design and measurement issues, voting behavior, the European Union, and public opinion and immigration. She has been awarded numerous grants for her research, including from the National Science Foundation, and has been recognized for teaching excellence by both UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.

Kim Twist

Isaac Ullah is a computational archaeologist who employs GIS and simulation modeling to understand the long-term dynamics of humans and the Earth System. Dr. Ullah is particularly interested in the social and environmental changes surrounding the advent of farming and animal husbandry. His focus is on Mediterranean and other semi-arid landscapes, and he conducts fieldwork in Jordan, Italy, and Kazakhstan. His field work includes survey for and excavation of early agricultural sites as well as geoarchaeological analyses of anthropogenic landscapes. His specialties include landscape evolution, complex adaptive systems science, computational methods, geospatial analysis, and imagery analysis.

Isaac Ullah

Sandra A. Wawrytko, Ph.D., B.A. Knox College; M.A. & Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis in Philosophy; Director, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies, Professor, Department of Philosophy; specialization: Buddhist and Daoist epistemology and aesthetics in the context of neuroscience; recent additions to the curriculum: PHIL 565 Global Aesthetics and AS480 Asian Models of Leadership; recent publications: “Buddhist Nondualism: Deconstructing Gender and Other Delusions of the Discriminating Mind,” Chinese Philosophy and Gender Studies (Bloomsbury, 2016); “The Interpenetration of Art and Philosophy in East Asian Poetry: The Metaphysical Threat to the Platonic Hierarchy,” The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, 32; 1, 2014, 31-50; Editor, Asian Thought and Culture series, Peter Lang (more than 60 volumes in print); forthcoming "The Epistemology and Process of Buddhist Nondualism: The Philosophical Challenge of Egalitarianism in Chinese Buddhism," Dao Companion to Chinese Buddhist Philosophy (Springer), editor and contributor.

Roy Whitaker is an Assistant Professor of American Religious Diversity at San Diego State University. Holding Master’s degrees from Harvard University (2002) and Princeton Theological Seminary (2000), he obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University (2014). His research pushes beyond traditional topics in African American Religious Studies by examining the way in which African Americans construct and navigate their religious and racial identity outside a Black Church context. He is particularly interested in Comparative Religion, Atheist and Humanist Studies, and Hip Hop Religious Studies. He is presently researching and writing on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the age of religious pluralism, and Hip Hop as an indigenous religious category.

Roy Whitaker

Zheng-sheng Zhang is Professor of Chinese in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages. He obtained his BA in English from Capital Normal University in Beijing and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Ohio State University. His research interests include the structure of the Chinese language, language pedagogy and technology for language teaching and research. His recent linguistic research investigates stylistic variation in written Chinese, using corpus and statistical methods. His monograph Dimensions of Variation in Written Chinese has just been published by Routledge of UK. He has coauthored Introduction to Chinese Natural Language Processing (Wong et al. 2010). He has also compiled a series of teacher handbooks for Integrated Chinese, the most widely used textbook in US. From 2009 to 2016, he was Editor of Chinese as a Second Language, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association.

Zheng-sheng Zhang