The College of Arts and Letters would like to welcome its newest faculty members. These eight talented scholars will begin teaching at the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Meet our newest faculty members who make the College of Arts & Letters a great place
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2017
Rosalva Alamillo is a sociolinguist specializing in Spanish as a heritage language.
She received her Ph.D. in Spanish with a concentration on Hispanic Linguistics from
The University of Houston. Dr. Alamillo holds an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from
New Mexico State University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad Autónoma de
Chihuahua. Her research and teaching interests include the acquisition of Spanish
as a second and as a heritage language; the intersection of the social environment,
language acquisition and language use; linguistic outcomes due to language contact;
and language pedagogies. She is currently researching linguistic convergence from
English into Spanish in nominal phrases in U.S. bilingual speakers. Her publications
have appeared at Applied Linguistics Studies Journal (Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada) and American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism.
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 2013
Raj Chetty specializes in Caribbean literature across English, Spanish, and French,
with a focus on black and African diaspora. His current project, titled “On Refusal and Recognition”: Disparate Blackness in Dominican Literary Culture, studies blackness in Dominican literary and expressive cultures from the 1940s through
the present. The book analyzes street and popular theater, baseball and literature,
1960s literary and cultural journals and groups, and includes studies of Aída Cartagena Portalatín, Junot Díaz,
Jacques Viau Renaud, and Frank and Reynaldo Disla. It is under advance contract with
SUNY Press’s “Afro-Latinx Futures” series. He is also working on a second book, The Entry of the Chorus: Theatrical Legacies of C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins, which focuses on James’s two Haitian Revolution plays, their revisions between the
1930s and 1960s, and the varied productions of the latter play across the 1980s, 1990s,
and 2000s in England, Trinidad, Barbados, and New York.
Department of Women’s Studies
Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2016
Catherine Clune-Taylor (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor of Feminist Science and Technology Studies. In addition to a Ph.D. in Philosophy, she has a BMSc in Immunology and Microbiology. She teaches and writes in the fields (and at the intersections) of feminist theory, philosophy of gender and sexuality, philosophy of science (esp. philosophy of biology and medicine), critical disability studies, and bioethics. She is at work on a book critically exploring the science, ethics, and biopolitics underwriting all contemporary medical efforts which aim at securing “cisgendered futures” for minors, which includes both the management of intersex conditions under the “Disorders of Sex Development” treatment model, and the treatment of trans kids with so-called “conversion therapies”. Clune-Taylor has published articles in PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, the American Journal of Public Health, and Hypatia (Forthcoming 2019). Before joining SDSU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2016
Diana Leong is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include environmental justice, Black literature and culture, and the environmental humanities (e.g. posthumanism, science and technology studies, animal studies, new materialisms). She is currently completing a monograph, Against Wind and Tide: Toward a Slave Ship Ecology, that theorizes the slave ship as a site for the material and imaginative convergence of environmental justice and abolitionism. Her work has also appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, Electronic Book Review, and the Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature.
Department of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2018
Dr. Nicole Mathwich is an archaeologist whose research explores how the Columbian Exchange shifted the relationships of humans, landscapes, and animals during the colonial period through zooarchaeology, social networks, stable isotopes, and historical documents. Dr. Mathwich received her BS from Santa Clara University, and her MA and PhD from the University of Arizona. Previously, she managed the zooarchaeological reference collections at the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the Southwest. Over the past 7 years, her work in southern Arizona and northern Sonora examined how livestock and ranching affected Indigenous peoples of the Southwest. She is currently researching Indigenous water storage and landscape management changed during the Spanish colonial period using stable isotopes, and continues to work on zooarchaeological projects on Pimería Alta colonial sites, U.S. Calvary horses, and passerine birds in Little Colorado Pueblo III sites. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
Department of Geography
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2017
Amy Quandt is a human ecologist and environmental social scientist specializing in the intersections of environmental conservation and rural livelihoods. Before coming to SDSU, Dr. Quandt was working as the global coordinator for the Land-Potential Knowledge System Project, which works to increase access to biophysical information about their land for smallholder farmers globally through the LandPKS app. Her research and teaching interests include agroforestry, agriculture, mobile phone technologies, community-based conservation, climate change adaptation, social-ecological resilience, and mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) research. She has spent significant time conducting field work in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Thailand. Dr. Quandt's work has recently been published in the journals Environmental Science and Policy, Climatic Change, World Development, and Ecology and Society. She also has a book chapter on livelihood resilience to drought in East Africa being published shortly in the second edition of Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective.
Department of Economics
Ph.D., Clark University, 1991
Ron Shadbegian, Ph.D. (Clark University 1991) was a Senior Research Economist at the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE). During his time at NCEE Ron also served on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers as Senior Economist for Environment and Energy (2013-2014) and was also an Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s Economics Department and McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to NCEE, Ron had earned the rank of Professor in the Economics Department at UMass Dartmouth. His research focuses on three main areas: 1) the effects of early childhood lead exposure on children’s health, educational, and labor market outcomes; 2) the effect of air pollution on children and elderly’s health and cognitive abilities; and 3) the impact of environmental regulations on electricity prices, employment, productivity, environmental performance, investment, and technological change.
Department of Women’s Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2019
Dr. Jess Whatcott (they/them/theirs) is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the intersecting histories of gender, sexuality, race, and disability in the United States. Dr. Whatcott received a PhD in Politics, with emphases in Feminist Studies and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies from University of California Santa Cruz. They are a first-generation student graduate of the California State University System (Humboldt State University, BA 2004, MA 2011). Their research uses queer and crip theory to examine the discourses and practices of eugenics, primarily eugenics institutionalization, in early twentieth century California. Dr. Whatcott’s work has appeared in Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. Dr. Whatcott’s research, teaching, and community practice are rooted in commitments to prison abolition, transformative justice, disability justice, and ending sexualized violence.