DOC Faculty Biographies

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Dr. Marisa Abrajano

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
DOC Co-Director Winter and Spring 2015 (on leave Fall 2014)

Dr. Abrajano received her Ph.D. in American Politics from New York University. Her research focuses on campaigns and elections, political behavior, Latino politics, and race and politics in the United States.

Taught DOC 1 in Fall Quarters 2011 and 2012.  Taught DOC 100D in Winter Quarter 2015.

Dr. Robert Cancel

Associate Professor, Department of Literature

Dr. Cancel received his Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin. He served as one of the DOC Co-Directors from Fall 2008 through Spring 2011.

Taught DOC 3 in Spring Quarter 2012

Dr. Jeff Gagnon

Lecturer & Assistant Director, Dimensions of Culture Program

Dr. Gagnon earned his Ph.D. in Literature from UCSD.  He majored in English and Education at Fairfield University, and later earned an M.A. in Education from Harvard. His research interests include early American and 19th Century U.S. literature. His additional areas of interest include gender studies and intersections of identity in U.S. culture.

Has taught DOC 1, 2, and 3, as well as DOC 100D.  Is teaching DOC 100D in Fall Quarter 2015.  Will teach DOC 2 in Winter 2016.

Dr. Nadine George-Graves

Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance

Dr. Nadine George-Graves earned her B.A. from Yale and her Ph.D. from Northwestern.  Her work is situated at the intersection of African American studies, gender studies, theatre history, and dance history.

Taught DOC 3 in Spring Quarter 2015.

Dr. Mark Hendrickson

Assistant Professor, Department of History        

Dr. Hendrickson received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. He specializes in twentieth-century United States history with an emphasis on labor, political economy, public policy, and capitalism.

Taught DOC 2 Winter Quarters 2013-2015. Will teach DOC 2 in Winter Quarter 2016.

Dr. Robert Horwitz

Professor, Department of Communication

Dr. Horwitz received his B.A. from Stanford and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University.  He served as DOC Director from Fall 2008 through Spring 2011.

Taught DOC 2 Winter Quarter 2012.

Dr. Jorge Mariscal

Professor, Department of Literature
DOC Director

Dr. Mariscal received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. His research areas include early modern Iberian culture and the origins of Western racism, contemporary Chicano/a history and culture, and the role of Mexican Americans in the U.S. military. He authored Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun: Lessons from the Chicano Movement, 1965-1975 and edited Aztlán and Viet Nam.  He is Director of UCSD's Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program (CLAH), and serves on the UC President's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.

Is teaching DOC 1 in Fall Quarter 2015.  Has taught DOC 1 every Fall Quarter since 2009.
Taught DOC 100D in Winter Quarter 2014 and DOC 3 in Spring Quarter 2014.  Will teach DOC 3 in Spring 2016.

Dr. Michael Parrish

Distinguished Professor, Department of History

Distinguished Professor Michael Parrish received his BA degree from the University of California, Riverside, and his PhD from Yale University. In 1968 he joined the UCSD Department of History and served as department chairman during the early 1990s. He teaches courses on the history of American law and American politics and culture since the Civil War.

Taught DOC 2 in Winter Quarter 2014.

Christopher Perreira

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Literature

Mr. Perreira earned his B.A. in Literature from UCSD (Muir College) and his M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  His research interests include Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, California studies, and narratives of race, empire, disease, and criminality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Taught DOC 100D in Fall Quarter 2014.

Dr. Jade Power Sotomayor

Dr. Power Sotomayor received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from UCSD, then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Theater and Drama.  She has taught courses in the departments of Theatre & Dance, Ethnic Studies, and Literature.  

Taught DOC 1 in Fall Quarter 2014, and DOC 3 and DOC 100D in Spring 2015.

Dr. John Rouse

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance

Dr. Rouse received his B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University, then went on to earn an MFA from Temple University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Taught DOC 3 in Spring Quarter 2012.

Dr. Emily Roxworthy

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance   

Dr. Roxworthy received her B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University. Her research examines the intersection of theatricality and race relations in America. Her first book, The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma, concerns the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, including how internees staged performances of resistance in the camps.

Taught DOC 3 in Spring Quarters 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Violeta Sanchez

Dr. Sánchez earned her Ph.D. in Literature from UCSD. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish with a Creative Writing Concentration from Texas A&M University and later earned her M.A. in English at the University of Houston.

Her research interests include the Ideology of the American Dream, Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture, and Race and Racism in the U.S. Educational System. While at UCSD, Dr. Sánchez taught Spanish language and literature courses, the Muir College Writing Program sequence, and served as a lecturer for the OASIS Summer Bridge Program. 

Is teaching DOC 1 in Fall Quarter 2015.  Will teach DOC 2 in Winter Quarter 2016.

Dr. David Serlin

Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Dr. Serlin received his Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University.

Taught DOC 3 in Spring Quarter 2012.

Dr. Shelley Streeby

Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies and Department of Literature

Professor Streeby received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English from Harvard University. She 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.

Taught DOC 3 Spring Quarter 2015.

Megan Strom

Ms. Strom is earning her Ph.D. in History in Summer 2015.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in History from UC Davis, and an M.A. in Latin American Sutdies at UCSD's Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS).  Her doctoral work examines the culture and Cold War politics of student movements in Uruguay during the 1950s and 60s. 

Will teach DOC 1 in Fall Quarter 2015, pending approval.

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