The College of Arts and Letters would like to welcome its newest faculty members. These talented scholars will begin teaching at the start of the 2021/2022 academic year.
Meet our newest faculty members who make the College of Arts & Letters a great place
Department of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2021
JP Anderson is an assistant professor of race and public law in America with an interdisciplinary research focus on comparative criminal-legal systems, restorative and transformative justice, racial justice social movements, and the role of racism in American political development and the evolution of American criminal law. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a law, societies, and justice certificate from the University of Washington. His first book project contributes to the national debate regarding the prospects of race-conscious reform to the American criminal justice system and considers alternative pathways to achieve a more racially just society. His work has appeared in the journal Punishment and Society and is forthcoming in the journal Law and Social Inquiry. Based on his own experience as a non-traditional and first-generation student, JP is a fierce advocate for students of underrepresented identities. JP is also a professional rock musician and producer with an international audience in the hundreds of thousands, and a proud father of two.
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2021
Lashon Daley graduated with her Ph.D. in performance studies with a designated emphasis in new media from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book project, "Black Girl Lit: The Coming of (R)age Performances in Contemporary U.S. Black Girlhood Narratives, 1989-2019," charts how children's literature, film, television, and social media has helped shape our cultural understanding of what it means to be young, Black, and female in the U.S. Lashon is the 2021 Peter Lyman Graduate Fellow in new media. In 2020, she won the Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize In Poetry. In 2018, she won the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent. She is also a 2015 UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow and a 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow. As a scholar, dancer, storyteller, and choreographer, Lashon thrives on bridging communities together through movement and storytelling. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2008) and an MA in folklore (2015) from UC Berkeley. Her children’s book, "Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables," was released in February 2016.
Dustin W. Edwards
Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Ph.D., Miami University, 2016
Dustin Edwards is an incoming assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) at SDSU. His current work attends to the relationship between environmental damage and digital technologies, paying close attention to how digital infrastructures are always tethered to stories of land, settler colonialism, and resource extraction. He is at work on a book project examining these issues and has been published in journals such as Computers and Composition, enculturation, Present Tense, and Rhetoric Review, as well as in edited books such as "Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric," "Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression," and "Privacy Matters: Conversations about Surveillance within and beyond the Classroom."
Daniela Gomes da Silva
Department of Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2019
Daniela Gomes is an activist in the Afro-Brazilian and African diaspora movement and uses her work to connect people in the African diaspora. The focus of her efforts is to build international bridges to fight against racism around the globe. She received a Ph.D. in African and African diaspora studies with a certification in women and gender studies from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in cultural studies with a certification in media, information and culture by the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a B.A. in journalism from the Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. Born and raised in a poor peripheral area of São Paulo, she found inspiration in the hip hop movement to fight for new goals and perspectives. Her work can be found in publications such as "Words Beats & Life" (2015), "In This Together: Blackness, Indigeneity, and Hip-Hop" (DIO Press USA 2019), and "Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production" (Palgrave McMillan, 2016). In her book manuscript, "Hip-hop salvação: Afro-narratives of the hip-hop generation in São Paulo, Brazil or how hip-hop showed us the way out!" Dr. Gomes presents Brazilian hip-hop’s potential to work as a salvation tool — from racial alienation, conformity, lack of opportunity, etc. — for Afro-Brazilian youth within the hip-hop community in São Paulo, Brazil.
Trey "Taharka Adé" Lipscomb
Department of Africana Studies
Ph.D., Temple University, 2021
Trey “Taharka Adé” Lipscomb is a native of Mt. Vernon, Alabama. He received a B.A. in history with a minor in African American Studies from Alabama State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Africology from Temple University. His research interests are wide-ranging but include Afrocentricity, Africological historiography, Pan-Africanism, African American history and theory, DuBoisian thought, and Afrofuturism. He is actively engaged in several research projects for publication; most recently he’s crafted a treatise entitled, "Africolgoical Historiography: Primary Considerations” under review at Sage Open, as well as a book chapter, “Afrofuturism and African Philosophy of Time,” included in Aaron X. Smith’s The Afrocentric Future of Afrofuturism and to be published by University of Mississippi Press.
Department of American Indian Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2022*
Brittani R. Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northwestern California. She is an assistant professor of American Indian Studies at SDSU and a Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies with a designated emphasis in human rights at UC Davis (spring 2022). Her dissertation research focuses on Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk perspectives of visual sovereignty, memory, human and water rights on the Klamath River Basin. She is currently a board advisor for Save California Salmon, an Indigenous environmental justice nonprofit focused on water quality and fisheries restoration. Orona received her M.A. in Native American Studies from UC Davis, an M.A. in public history from California State University, Sacramento, and a B.A .in history from Humboldt State University. She is currently a 2021-2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow and formerly a 2020 Incomindios-Lippuner Indigenous Human Rights fellow, and a 2019 Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellow.
*Will start at SDSU in fall 2022.
Department of European Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2021
Kylie Sago is an assistant professor of French in the Department of European Studies at SDSU, where she teaches on the literatures, cultures, and histories of the French-speaking world prior to the nineteenth century. She holds a Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University and was previously a Digital Collections Fellow in French studies at Widener Library and Pensionnaire étrangère at the Ecole normale supérieure (Ulm). Her research explores the entanglements of literature and empire, with a focus on the French Atlantic. Her work has appeared in the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts and the edited volume "Encounters in the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy," and she assisted in editing "Revisioning French Culture" (ed. Andrew Sobanet). She is currently working on a book project that examines the role of literary adaptation in racial formation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Department of Geography
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2019
Dan Sousa was recently hired as an assistant professor in the geography department. He grew up working as a manual laborer and crew supervisor on construction sites in and around Davis, CA. He has a B.S. from UC Davis and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He received postdoctoral training at UC Santa Barbara, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Caltech, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He also has research experience at NASA Ames Research Center and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. Dan served one year as a NOAA Knauss Fellow in a California Congressional office on Capitol Hill. He has done fieldwork in over 10 countries and spent six weeks at sea on a geophysical research cruise in the waters offshore Hawai’i. He has done freelance consulting work for small and large for-profit and non-profit clients. He has a rambunctious cat that frequently interrupts video calls and a seven-month-old golden retriever puppy that, to date, has only ruined a few shoes.