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LAS Affiliated Faculty

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

Latin American Studies Graduate Students:  Click here for information on Thesis Committee Membership.

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.
  • 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

    Paul Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor

    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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Mario J. Molina, Ph.D., Professor

    Mario J. Molina, Ph.D., Professor

    Molina is the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for his research on the threat to the ozone layer. His current research involves assessing and mitigating the air pollution problems of rapidly growing cities around the world.

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., Assistant Professor

    Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Azcárate’s research specializes in critical tourism development, space production and heritage politics in contemporary southern Mexico (Yucatan) and Spain.
  • Alex Fattal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Alex Fattal, Ph.D., Assistant 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
  • Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., Professor

    Brian Goldfarb, Ph.D., 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.
  • Daniel C. Hallin, Ph.D., Professor

    Daniel C. Hallin, Ph.D., 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.
  • Natalia Ramondo, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor

    Natalia Ramondo, Ph.D., Assistant 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.​
  • 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., Assistant Professor

    Shana Cohen, Ph.D., Assistant 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.  
  • Frances Contreras, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Frances Contreras, Ph.D., Associate 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. 

Department of Ethnic Studies

  • Kirstie Dorr, Ph.D, Associate Professor

    Kirstie Dorr, Ph.D, Associate 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”. 
  • 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.
  • Andrew Jolivétte, Ph.D., Professor

    Andrew Jolivétte, Ph.D., Professor

    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

    Curtis Marez, Ph.D., Professor

    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). 
  • 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. 
  • Daphne Taylor-García, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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

    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., Associate Professor

    Wayne Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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

    Pamela Radcliff, Ph.D., Professor

    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.
  • John Blanco, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    John Blanco, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Misha Kokotovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Misha Kokotovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Kokotovic is an expert on Andean Literature and Culture; Central American Literature; Latin American Political Economy and Cultural Theory
  • 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. 
  • Max Parra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Max Parra, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Parra's research interests include Latin American Literature, Mexican literature, Caribbean literature, and Indigenismo Narrative.

  • 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.,  Assistant Professor

    Brandon Som, Ph.D., Assistant 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. 

School of Medicine

Department of Philosophy

  • Clinton Tolley,  Ph.D. Associate Professor

    Clinton Tolley, Ph.D. Associate 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
  • Manuel Vargas, Ph.D., Professor

    Manuel Vargas, Ph.D., Professor

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

Department of Political Science

  • Marisa Abrajano, Ph.D., Professor

    Marisa Abrajano, Ph.D., Professor

    Abrajano is an expert on campaigns and elections, political behavior, Latino politics, and race and politics in the United States.

  • Scott Desposato, Ph.D., Professor

    Scott Desposato, Ph.D., Professor

    Scott Deposato is an expert on area comparative politics, especially political parties, legislatures, and elections.

  • David R. Mares, Ph.D., Professor

    David R. Mares, Ph.D., Professor

    Mares' research interests include international security, international political economy and Latin American civil-military relations.

  • Simeon Nichter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Simeon Nichter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    His research explores the political voice of poor and marginalized populations in emerging democracies, with central reference to Latin America.  He examines how politicians offer material benefits to the poor in exchange for political support, and investigates how individuals' vote choices affect subsequent access to services.  Nichter has published articles in the American Political Science ReviewComparative Political StudiesReview of Economics and Statistics, and World Development.  
  • Sebastian M. Saiegh, Ph.D., Professor

    Saiegh's research focuses on comparative politics, political economy and institutions.

  • Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Tom K. Wong, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant "illegality." As these issues have far-reaching implications, his work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity. 

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.

Department of Sociology

  • Abigail Andrews, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor

    Abigail Andrews, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Andrews interest are in the areas of Globalization, Development, Gender, Migration, Political Sociology, Latinos / Latin America, Urban Studies, Social Theory, and Qualitative Methods.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

  • Mirle D. Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D., Lecturer

    Mirle D. Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D., Lecturer

    Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell is the Academic Director of Real Estate and Development in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at UC San Diego.

    Dr. Bussell's research interests included private foundations' involvement in community development, quality of life indicators and planning in disenfranchised urban neighborhoods, affordable housing, comparative international research, healthy aging and the built environment, and local community economic development.

  • Keith Pezzoli Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program Associate Teaching Professor, Communication Department

    Keith Pezzoli Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program Associate Teaching Professor, Communication Department

    Keith Pezzoli's research couples theory building, narrative development, and civic engagement with a focus on urban, rural and bioregional development. Pezzoli directs UC San Diego’s Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design (Bioregional Center). The Bioregional Center builds and facilitates knowledge-action collaboratives focused on conceptualizing, designing and enabling healthy placemaking.

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.

  • 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. 
  • 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.

Latin American Studies Librarian

  • Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Ph.D.

    Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Ph.D.

    Sarah’s historical research focuses on 20th-century women’s history, gender roles, and population and reproductive politics in 20th-century Latin America (especially Mexico) and her library research examines the advantages and disadvantages offered by digital vs. print resources, the development of the e-book, and the future of the book in Spain and Latin America.

    Her book, Eugenia: A Fictional Sketch of Future Customs (the critical edition of a novel by Eduardo Urzaiz, translated and edited with Aaron Dziubinskyj) is forthcoming with the University of Wisconsin Press.

    http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5365.htm

    sbuckkachaluba@ucsd.edu

    Tel: 858-534-1270 

    http://libraries.ucsd.edu/

Professor Emeritus