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Latin American Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Latin American Studies students at UCSD works closely with university faculty from a wide range of departments and with diverse expertise.

Department of Anthropology

  • Guillermo Algaze, Ph.D.,Professor

    Guillermo Algaze, Ph.D.,Professor

    Algaze is an expert on Near Eastern, Anatolian, and Mesopotamian archaeology, early civilizations, and complex societies.
  • Geoffrey Braswell, Ph.D., Professor

    Geoffrey Braswell, Ph.D., Professor

    Braswell is an expert on the archaeology of Mexico and Central America, particularly the ancient Maya civilization.

    Geoffrey Braswell

  • Thomas Csordas, Ph.D., Professor

    Thomas Csordas, Ph.D., Professor

    Tom Csordas is an expert on psychological and medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and comparative religion.
  • Hannah Garth, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

    Hannah Garth, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

    Dr. Garth is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of food. Her work addresses issues of inequality and structural violence, with regional interests in Latin American, the Caribbean, and the United States.  She currently has active research projects in Cuba and Los Angeles. In Cuba, she has conducted research on household food acquisition practices and the changing Cuban food system.  In Los Angeles, she has been researching the food justice movement and the organizations that work toward increasing healthy food access in low-income areas. Both projects address issues of race and gender based inequality. 
  • Paul Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair

    Paul Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair

    Goldstein is an expert on complex societies, anthropological archaeology, Latin America, Peru and Andean South America, El Nino, and ancient climate change.
  • John B. Haviland, Ph.D., Professor

    John B. Haviland, Ph.D., Professor

    Haviland is an anthropological linguist, with interests in the social life of language. His major research has been on Tzotzil (Mayan) in highland Chiapas.

    John B. Haviland

  • Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor

    Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor

    Jenkins is an expert on psychological and medical anthropology, mental health, and Mexican and Central American migrants.

     

  • Amy Non, Ph.D., MPH Associate Professor

    Amy Non, Ph.D., MPH Associate Professor

    Amy Non's interests are in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Currently, she is investigating how social experiences can become biologically embedded early in life to affect health throughout the life course. 

    Amy Non

  • David Pedersen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    David Pedersen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    David Pedersen is an expert on relations between El Salvador and the United States, particularly the recent decades of Salvadoran migration.
  • Nancy Grey Postero, Ph.D., Professor

    Nancy Grey Postero, Ph.D., Professor

    Postero is an expert on political economy, multiculturalism, citizenship, identity, indigenous politics, development, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Rihan Yeh, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Rihan Yeh, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Straddling linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, Rihan Yeh’s research focuses on the effects of the US-Mexico border on public life in Tijuana, Baja California. Her first book, Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City, uses the close analysis of texts and interactions to show how Mexican senses of self and collectivity take shape in relation to both the promise of passage across the border and the threat of prohibition it incarnates. Currently, she is at work on a second book about visual exchanges at, around, and across the border, while simultaneously exploring new interests in urban and transborder mobilities.

    Rihan Yeh

Department of Cognitive Science

  • Rafael Núñez, Ph.D., Professor

    Rafael Núñez, Ph.D., Professor

    Rafael Núñez is an expert in how the human mind creates abstraction. His particular interest is in high-level cognitive phenomena.

Department of Communication

  • Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Azcárate’s research specializes in critical tourism development, space production and heritage politics in contemporary southern Mexico (Yucatan) and Spain. 

    Matilde Córdoba Azcárate

  • Alex Fattal, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Alex Fattal, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    My research explores the representational politics surrounding Colombia’s war and the fitful efforts to forge a less violent future in that country. My work is deeply interdisciplinary, combining media studies, socio-cultural anthropology, and the documentary arts. In additional to traditional scholarship, I also make films and collaborate in photography projects with immigrant, refugee, and marginalized communities. I also seek to publish in Spanish whenever possible. I’ve listed a few of my key publications below. For a more extensive list, please see my Academia page

    Alex Fattal 

  • Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Goldfarb is a digital media artist, curator, and educator. His research and visual media production focuses on media studies and contemporary visual and digital culture.
  • Anthony J. Harb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Anthony J. Harb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Trained in Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, and Education, Dr. Harb’s research interests revolve around the intersection of language, media, immigration, and education with a particular focus on emergent immigrant communities in the US. His current research project, based on his dissertation, is a multi-sited ethnography that traces how a primarily Mexican immigrant community in rural Minnesota uses community radio to construct and assert their collective and individual identities in the public sphere. Using interdisciplinary linguistic and media theories and methods, Harb takes a participatory approach to better understand how speakers within this community use face-to-face and mediated language to negotiate, resist, and restructure power as they build a local social justice movement. His research contends with how social inequality along the axes of race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status is negotiated and reconfigured through language practices and ideologies about those practices. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Citizens and Scholars.
  • Daniel Hallin, Distinguished Professor

    Daniel Hallin, Distinguished Professor

    Hallin is an expert on U.S. media coverage of Latin America and comparative analysis of media and politics.
  • Elana Zilberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Elana Zilberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Zilberg's research interests include global flows of people, money, and commodities. She is currently working on the policing and deportation of Salvadoran immigrant gang youth and their reception in El Salvador.

Department of Economics

  • Marc-Andreas Muendler, Ph.D., Professor

    Marc-Andreas Muendler, Ph.D., Professor

    Muendler is an expert on international trade and international finance with a focus on trade and investment policies and their effects on domestic industries and labor markets.

    Marc-Andreas Muendler

  • Natalia Ramondo, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor

    Natalia Ramondo, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Research Interest: International trade with a particular emphasis on the behavior of multinational firms. She explores the determinants of multinational activities as well as their effects on the receiving countries. Recently, she has focused on the dynamic​ behavior of multinational firms. ​Her research blends theory, data, and quantitative methods.​

    Natalia Ramondo

  • James Rauch, Ph.D., Professor

    James Rauch, Ph.D., Professor

    Rauch is an expert on International Trade, Economic Growth and Development.

Department of Education Studies

  • Luz Chung, M.A. and Ed.D., Lecturer/Supervisor Secondary World Languages

    Luz Chung, M.A. and Ed.D., Lecturer/Supervisor Secondary World Languages

    Dr. Chung’s areas of interest are critical pedagogy, multicultural and multilingual education, and service-learning.
  • Shana Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Shana Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Dr. Cohen's research examines Mexican heritage families’ beliefs and experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is particularly interested in how parents’ beliefs about ASD causes, symptoms, and treatments shape parents’ educational decisions, childrearing goals, and parenting practices. She utilizes a sociocultural framework informed by the literature on cultural models of education and child socialization from typically developing Mexican immigrant families to inform her work.  

    Shana Cohen

  • Frances Contreras, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

    Frances Contreras, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

    Dr.Contreras’ most recent books include: Achieving Equity for Latino Students, Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy and The Latino Education Crisis with P. Gandara. Her current book, Cultivating Latino Students in STEM examines the promising approaches of campus programs as well as individual agency among Latinx high achievers in college to succeed in STEM pathways.
  • Makeba Jones, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor

    Makeba Jones, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor

    Jones' specific interests reside in school reform, educational equity, and urban education. Jones has expertise in areas such as the social and cultural organization of schools, student engagement, tracking/ability grouping, secondary school reform, educational policy, teacher professional development, school-university partnerships, high school to college transitions, and youth leadership/development. 
  • Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Dr. Wishard Guerra’s research focuses on culture and development in early childhood, with particular focus on social and language development among Latino children from low-income families. Her research looks specifically at how social relationships and interactions may serve as protective factors for later cognitive development among at-risk children. She studies within group variations related to immigration and acculturation experiences and their associations to children's developmental outcomes. 

    Alison Wishard Guerra

Department of Ethnic Studies

  • Kirstie Dorr, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

    Kirstie Dorr, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

    Dorr is an expert on critical race, gender and transnational cultural studies.
  • Jose I. Fuste, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Jose I. Fuste, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    His early research examined the intersections between racism, colonialism, and residential segregation in Puerto Rico’s public housing projects. Fusté is currently drafting a book manuscript titled Entangled Crossings: Afro-Latino Migrations Between Race and Empire in which he explores the role that US imperialism played in producing solidarities but also in cementing political wedges between afro-descended Latinxs from the Hispanophone Caribbean and Black Americans between the early 1900s and the 1960s. Fusté is also writing a series of research articles—the first of which recently appeared in the Radical History Review—about the under-acknowledged legal, geostrategic, political, and economic interrelationships between Puerto Rico and other spaces of “concentrated US colonialism”. 

    Jose I. Fuste

  • Ross Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Ross Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Frank is an expert on northern Mexico during the colonial and early national period, and on Native American history and culture.

    Ross Frank

  • Andrew Jolivétte, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

    Andrew Jolivétte, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

    Native American and Indigenous Studies (Senior Specialist); Critical Mixed Race Studies; Two-Spirit, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Medical Sociology, Public Health and HIV; Research Justice, CBPR and Indigenous Methodologies; Decolonial Education; Queer Indigenous Citizenship and Knowledges; Creole, Black, Latinx and Comparative Critical Ethnic Studies.
  • Curtis Marez, Ph.D., Professor & Director

    Curtis Marez, Ph.D., Professor & Director

    I’m a product of California public education, first in the schools of the Central Valley and ultimately in the University of California. I’ve previously taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of Southern California. I’m the former editor of American Quarterly, the official journal of the American Studies Association (ASA); past-President of the ASA; and Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department (2012-2016). 

    Curtis Marez

  • Roy Pérez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Roy Pérez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    His published work and his teaching focus on gender, sexuality, and race in Latinx literary and visual culture, with special attention to cross-cultural collaborations in Latinx writing, performance, and activism. 

    Roy Pérez

  • Daphne Taylor-García, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director

    Daphne Taylor-García, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director

    Daphne V. Taylor-García’s research interests are colonialisms in the Americas; the coloniality of gender, sexuality and being; the visual economies of the casta system and plantation slavery; and contemporary decolonial analysis and politics.

  • Wayne Yang, Ph.D., Professor & Provost  Muir College

    Wayne Yang, Ph.D., Professor & Provost Muir College

    Dr. Yang writes about decolonization and everyday epic organizing, particularly from underneath ghetto colonialism, often with his frequent collaborator, Eve Tuck. Currently, they are convening The Land Relationships Super Collective, editing the book series, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education, and editing the journal, Critical Ethnic Studies. He is interested in the complex role of cities in global affairs: cities as sites of settler colonialism, as stages for empire, as places of resettlement and gentrification, and as always-already on Indigenous lands.

Department of History

  • Luis Alvarez, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Luis Alvarez, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Dr. Alvarez's research and teaching interests include relational race and ethnicity, popular culture, and social movements in the history of Chicanas/os, Latinas/os, African Americans, and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. His current projects include, From Civil Rights to Global Justice: Popular Culture and the Politics of the Possible, an investigation of race, pop culture, and social movements in the Americas since World War II, and Latino Soldiering: Ethnic Politics and Military Service in World War II, which explores the multiracial, gender, and transnational politics of Mexican American and Afro Latino soldiers from boot camp to combat to post war life.
  • Rosie Bermudez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Rosie Bermudez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Rosie C. Bermudez is a Chicana social historian of the twentieth-century United States and an interdisciplinary scholar of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Feminist and Women’s Studies. She received her PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019. Her dissertation research was supported by the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States. Her journey through the academy began at East Los Angeles College and prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA in the department of History (2019-2021).

    Her research and teaching interests include twentieth-century Chicana and Latina history, women of color feminisms, twentieth-century social movements, race and ethnicity, grassroots activism, history of Los Angeles, women’s history, and oral history.

  • Ben Cowan, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Ben Cowan, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    His interest in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism has led him to research focused on Cold War Brazil, with a specialization in the cultural and gender history of the post-1964 era. Dr. Cowan’s book Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. The monograph has won book awards from the Latin American Studies Association and the Southeastern Conference on Latin American Studies.
  • Jessica Graham, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Jessica Graham, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Graham spent two months in Brazil, where her experiences with Afro-Brazilian academics and activists led to an interest in Brazilian history.  Her current book manuscript, Shifting the Meaning of Democracy: Racial Inclusion as a Strategy of the U.S. and Brazilian States, 1930-45, assesses Brazil and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.  
  • Bright Gyamfi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Bright Gyamfi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    My interest in history was sparked by an American Ghana-based elementary school teacher and fueled by watching Liberty’s Kids as a child living in North Carolina. After taking an undergraduate African history course, what had started as a mere spark developed into a strong passion, hence my decision to become a historian. Today, I am a scholar of West African and African Diaspora intellectual history, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Black internationalism, and economic development. I write on African intellectuals who worked to transform and radicalize the study of Africa in academic and intellectual centers around the Atlantic. I have received research fellowships and grants from several organizations and institutions, including the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-IIE. My work has appeared in the Journal of African American History, African Studies Review, Africa is a Country, and The Conversation. I hold a BA in History (Honors) and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in History from Northwestern University. Before joining UC San Diego, I was a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University.
  • Christine Hunefeldt, Ph.D., Professor

    Christine Hunefeldt, Ph.D., Professor

    Hunefeldt's research interests include economic and social history of the Andean region, slavery and abolition, and women and family history.
  • Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Professor Martínez-Matsuda's teaching fields of interest and expertise include: U.S. Modern Social and Cultural History, Labor and Working-Class History, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the War on Poverty, Immigration/Migration History, Latinx Studies, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Studies, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

    Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Martínez-Matsuda taught for over ten years at Cornell University’s school of Industrial Labor Relations in the department of Labor Relations, Law, and History. At Cornell, she was also a member of the Graduate Faculty in the fields of American Studies, Latin American Studies, Latinx Studies, and Asian American Studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Dana Velasco Murillo, Ph.D, Associate Professor

    Dana Velasco Murillo, Ph.D, Associate Professor

    Velasco Murillo's research interests center on the intersections of colonialism with ethnicity, gender, identity formation, and urbanism in early Latin America.
  • Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

    Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

    Radcliff's research interests include Spanish politics, culture, and Labor Reform in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.
  • Daniel Widener, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Daniel Widener, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Widener is an expert on African-American and California history.
  • Matthew Vitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Matthew Vitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Professor Vitz’s research spans the urban and environmental history of Mexico and Latin America, energy history, the ecological and social impacts of beachfront tourism in twentieth-century Mexico, and food history. He is particularly drawn to questions of environmental justice, the way power is anchored in the material environment, urban metabolisms, and the dialectical relationships between cities and their national and transnational hinterlands

School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)

Department of Linguistics

Department of Literature

  • Carol Arcos Herrera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Carol Arcos Herrera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Professor Arcos specializes in feminisms, gender, and sexuality studies from a psychoanalytical perspective in the Southern Cone. She is currently working on a book-length project tentatively titled Maternities, a Feminist Essay. This work studies the issue of maternity from a feminist, psychoanalytical perspective, bringing together activism and the history of women thru an interpretation of Chilean and Latin American literature and culture.
  • Ryan M. Bessett, Ph.D. Associate Professor

    Ryan M. Bessett, Ph.D. Associate Professor

    Ryan Bessett received a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Arizona. His research interests center around language variation and change, Spanish in contact, bilingualism, Spanish as a heritage language, language acquisition, and Spanish phonology. He is especially interested in the Spanish spoken around the US-Mexican border and through variationist methodology differentiating contact-induced change from language-internal variation by comparing the Spanish of monolingual speakers in Sonora, Mexico to the Southern Arizona bilingual Spanish of speakers who come from families from Sonora. 
  • John Blanco, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director

    John Blanco, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director

    Blanco is an expert on Filipino Literature, 19th century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, and Anti-Colonial Thought.

  • José Ignacio Carvajal Regidor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

    José Ignacio Carvajal Regidor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

    Ignacio Carvajal obtained a PhD in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. Their research interests include Indigenous responses to colonialism and evangelization during the early colonial period; pedagogical approaches to Indigenous language teaching & learning (especially K’iche’); Central American literatures and cultures; Poetry; Translation, and Digital Humanities. He also writes and translates poetry.
  • Amy Sara Carroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Amy Sara Carroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Teaching interests include creative writing (poetry, creative non-fiction, performance, visual and e-literatures, cross-genre writing); twentieth and twenty-first century Latin/x American art, literature, and cinema; transnational American and border studies; critical theory; cultural studies; ethnic studies; and gender and sexuality studies.
  • Gloria Chacon, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Gloria Chacon, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Chacon's interests lay in Indigenous literatures of the Americas; Chican/Latin literary and cultural movements; Central American poetics and politics; US Central Americans; Latin American literary and cultural theories.

  • Dennis Childs, Ph.D. Associate Professor

    Dennis Childs, Ph.D. Associate Professor

    Areas of teaching and research: Prison Studies; Slavery Studies; African American Literature; Legal Studies; Blues; American Literature; Racial Gothic Literature
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    Stephanie Jed, Ph.D., Professor

    Jed interests include Italian early modern literature; medieval Italian literature; Italian humanism; comparative early modern constructions of knowledge (Italian, French, English, Spanish); paleography, the history of libraries, the history of writing; gender studies; interdisciplinary theory; language acquisition; language and movement; neuroscience and literature.
  • Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Johnsons research and teaching areas include literature and theory of the Hispanophone, Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean and its diasporas; inter-American literature; the Age of Revolution in the extended Americas; African-American literature; music and dance of the African Diaspora; hemispheric american cultural studies.
  • Luis Martín-Cabrera, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Luis Martín-Cabrera, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Martin-Cabrera is an expert on Marxism and Psychoanalysis as a theoretical matrix to address a series of problems such as the politics of memory in Spain and Latin America, the convoluted relationship between market, culture and State, the privatization of the public university, the critique of Neo-liberalism in Latin America and the development of intersectional analysis (the asymmetrical relationship between race, gender, class, and sexuality) as a tool to rethink labor history, neo-colonialism, migration and the global and national struggles against the expansion of capitalism.
  • Jacobo Myerston Santana, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

    Jacobo Myerston Santana, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

    Myerston is interested in questions related to literary globalization in the ancient world, and his research addresses the relationship between literatures and hermeneutics of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia. He is also interested in the reception of Ancient Mediterranean literature by Latin American writers and the digital humanities.
  • Andrea Mendoza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Andrea Mendoza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Her research and teaching areas combine the studies of 20th and 21st century East Asian and Latin American literatures and visual cultures; transpacific studies; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; and intellectual history. Her current projects focus on developing an intersectional and transpacific approach to comparing philosophical, literary, and cinematic discourses on race and racism in Mexico and Japan and their role in constituting ideas about national identity in the twentieth century. 
  • Ariana Ruiz Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Ariana Ruiz Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Her research and teaching areas include: Chicanx/Latinx literary and cultural studies; cultural citizenship; feminist and gender studies; critical race theory; and cultural geography. She is particularly interested in how travel and mobility are explored in Latina/x cultural expression.
  • Brandon Som, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor

    Brandon Som, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Brandon Som received his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and an M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and writing interests include 20th- and 21st century poetry, transpacific literature, Asian-American and Chicanx poetry, citational poetics, and sound studies. 
  • Shelley S. Streeby, Ph.D., Professor

    Shelley S. Streeby, Ph.D., Professor

    Streeby works in the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, with a specialization in U.S. literary, cultural, and historical studies through the early 20th century. Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. Literature and Culture; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; The Cultures of Sentiment and Sensation; Comparative Colonialisms, War, and Cultural Memory; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Film, Media, and Visual Culture; Transnational Literatures and Movements; and Fantasy, SF, and Speculative Fiction.  In 2006, she received the Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. She is Associate Editor of American Quarterly: The Journal of American Studies Association and serves on the editorial board of Literature Compass. 

    Shelley S. Streeby

School of Medicine

  • Kimberly Brouwer, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Medicine, Division of Global Health

    Kimberly Brouwer, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Medicine, Division of Global Health

    Brouwer's research interests includes infectious disease epidemiology, geographic information systems, and migrant health.

    Kimberly Brouwer

  • Richard Garfein, PhD, M.P.H., Professor - Department of Family Medicine

    Richard Garfein, PhD, M.P.H., Professor - Department of Family Medicine

    Garfein is an expert on behavioral transmission of blood borne viral infections, including HIV, HBV.

    Richard Garfein

  • Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor - Global Public Health

    Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor - Global Public Health

    Strathdee is an expert in epidemiology, infectious diseases and border health.

    Steffanie A. Strathdee

  • Jose Ricardo Suarez Ph.D, Assistant Professor - Family Medicine and Public Health

    Jose Ricardo Suarez Ph.D, Assistant Professor - Family Medicine and Public Health

    His primary interest is in understanding the role of environmental pollutants and oxidative stress on human development and chronic disease.

    He is the principal investigator of the Secondary Pesticide Exposure on Infants, Children and Adolescents study (ESPINA – Estudio de la Exposicion Secundaria a Plaguicidas en Infantes, Niños y Adolescentes). The ESPINA study had the objective of understanding the associations between chronic, sub-clinical exposures to pesticides and physiological and neurobehavioral development alterations among children living in agricultural (floricultural) communities in Pedro Moncayo County, Ecuador.

    His recent work has focused on examining the associations between persistent organic pollutants and alterations in glucose metabolism, obesity and subclinical heart disease in middle age adults.

    Jose Ricardo Suarez

  • Kiyomi Tsuyuki PhD, M.P.H., Assistant Adjunct Professor - Department of Medecine

    Kiyomi Tsuyuki PhD, M.P.H., Assistant Adjunct Professor - Department of Medecine

    Dr. Kiyomi Tsuyuki, PhD, MPH is a health behavior scientist who investigates the social and structural determinants of the syndemic overlap of substance use, mental health, violence, and HIV/STI prevention and care. Dr. Tsuyuki’s applies a social justice framework and bio-behavioral approach to understand how chronic stress from socio-structural inequity are linked to health disparities and syndemic outcomes.

    Dr. Tsuyuki is the recipient of a US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Career Development Award, which funds SALUD: Syndemic Alcohol Use Disorders, Violence and HIV/STI among Young Latino Men study. SALUD frames social stress and health disparities among Latino men across their life course within the context of discrimination, masculine ideologies, Latino heterogeneity, and sexual minority stigma. Dr. Tsuyuki’s research has also been supported by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the World Bank/Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and the HIV Prevention Trials Network.
  • Maria Luisa Zúñiga, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Family & Preventive Medicine

    Maria Luisa Zúñiga, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor - Department of Family & Preventive Medicine

    Zuniga is an expert on behavioral, epidemiology, community based research and HIV/AIDS health care service.

Department of Philosophy

  • Clinton Tolley,  Ph.D. Professor

    Clinton Tolley, Ph.D. Professor

    History of modern European philosophy, with focuses on Kant and German Idealism, early analytic philosophy, phenomenology, philosophical psychology, critical theory and the philosophy of culture (incl aesthetics); the reception-history of European philosophy in the Americas (esp the US and Mexico); Mexican philosophy.

    Clinton Tolley

  • Manuel Vargas, Ph.D., Professor

    Manuel Vargas, Ph.D., Professor

    Professor Vargas specializes in moral psychology, free will, and Latin American philosophy.

    Manuel Vargas

Department of Political Science

Rady School of Management

  • Marta Serra-Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Marta Serra-Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Marta Serra-Garcia conducts research in behavioral and experimental economics. Her research focuses on the importance of morals and social norms in economic decision-making. She studies (1) how individuals preserve their identity as moral and generous when there is an incentive to behave unethically or selfishly, (2) how the desire to conform to others affects risk taking, and (3) the impact of incentives to defect on the formation of long-term trust relationships. She also studies the determinants of mistakes in economic decision-making, focusing on the role of complexity and financial education. Serra-Garcia has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of the European Economic Association, Management Science and Games and Economic Behavior.

    Marta Serra-Garcia

Department of Sociology

  • Camila Alvarez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Camila Alvarez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    I am an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. My areas of expertise are environmental sociology, environmental justice, and critical quantitative methodology. My research addresses the question: How are social inequalities reinforced through environmental problems? My background training in mathematics and passion for numbers draws me to use statistical methods in my research. I contextualize my work using theoretical frameworks from political economy and sociology of race and ethnicity. I have published in Social Problems, Social Science & Medicine, Environmental Justice, and Sociological Perspectives. In 2022, I was the recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship funded by the Mellon Foundation.
  • David Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Professor

    David Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Professor

    Professor, Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations and Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. PhD UCLA 2005. Law and society, international migration, political sociology, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative-historical and ethnographic methodology.

    David Fitzgerald

  • Danielle Raudenbush, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor

    Danielle Raudenbush, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    In her research she asks questions that are fundamental for understanding the health and well-being of low-income people living in the United States In addition to health in urban contexts, she is interested more broadly in questions related to social cohesion among the urban poor and the role that people’s social relationships play as they cope with material deprivation.
  • Vanesa Ribas, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Vanesa Ribas, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Ribas' research interests include international migration, race relations, and work.
  • Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra is an Associate Professor in sociology at the University of California, San Diego, a founding faculty member of the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, co-founder of the Computational Social Science program at UCSD, and Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program at UC San Diego. His research concerns markets and their location in contemporary societies with an emphasis on finance, knowledge, and organizations. 

    Juan Pablo was trained in physics at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has held positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Museu Nacional of the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, and the University of California San Diego. Juan Pablo’s work has been published in Economy & Society, Journal of Cultural Economy, European Societies, Cultural Sociology, Theory & Society, and the British Journal of Sociology.

     

    Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra 

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Department of Theatre & Dance

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    Robert Castro M.F.A. Professor Acting & Directing, Director of Chicanx Latinx Studies Program

    Robert Castro directs classics and new work across the U.S. and internationally. Credits include: The Public Theater/NYSF, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group/LA, Santa Fe Opera, Wiener Festwochen (Austria), Bolshoi Opera (Russia), Teatro Real (Spain). Served as Associate Artist: Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group, Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at ART/Harvard University, and El Teatro Campesino. Awards include: NEA/TCG Fellowship for Directors, TCG/Doris Duke New Generations Grant, Sherwood Award, Hellman Fellows Program. Member: New York Theatre Workshop and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

    Robert Castro is the director of the Latinx Chicanx Studies program. 

Department of Visual Arts

  • Edwin (Teddy) Cruz, M.F.A., Professor

    Edwin (Teddy) Cruz, M.F.A., Professor

    Cruz's work dwells at the border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico, where he has been developing a practice and pedagogy that emerge out of the particularities of this bicultural territory.

  • Ricardo Dominguez, M.F.A., Associate Professor

    Ricardo Dominguez, M.F.A., Associate Professor

    Dominguez is an expert on electronic civil disobedience, hacktivism, digital activism, information warfare.

    Critical Art Ensemble

  • Janelle Iglesias, MFA, Assistant Professor

    Janelle Iglesias, MFA, Assistant Professor

    Janelle Iglesias is an artist working with and through objects, materials and their physical language in space. Ranging from simple displays to complex constellations, her work often explores the relationship between humans, capitalism and the natural environment. In addition to her individual practice, Janelle maintains a project-based collaboration with her sister, as Las Hermanas Iglesias which incorporates a variety of relationships and structures for collectivity. Her individual and collaborative work has been shown widely, including at the Queens Museum, Sculpture Center, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Abrons Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, The Utah Museum of Fine Art’s ACME Lab, and The University of Colorado Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. 

    Janelle Iglesias

  • Lorena Mostajo, M.F.A., Assistant Professor

    Lorena Mostajo, M.F.A., Assistant Professor

    Lorena Mostajo is an artist whose photographic practice spans Mexico and the United States and Bolivia. Her current projects are centered on the ways in which vernacular and historical photographs, national imaginaries, global and local economies and tourism intersect. By looking at these relationships, she examines how images of tourism can simultaneously contain and displace commonly known histories of power relationships and ideas about national culture.

    Lorena Mostajo

    Taller California

     

  • Elizabeth A. Newsome, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Elizabeth A. Newsome, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Newsome is an expert on the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, including the Aztec, Olmec and Izapan cultures.

  • Rubén Ortiz-Torres M.F.A., Professor

    Rubén Ortiz-Torres M.F.A., Professor

    Ortiz-Torres is widely regarded as one of today's leading Mexican Artists and as an innovator in the 1980s.

  • Mariana Wardwell, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Mariana Wardwell, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Wardwell's research interests include art history and the overlap of art, politics and theory.

Professor Emeritus