DOC Faculty Biographies

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Dr. Amanda SOLOMON AMORAO

Director, Dimensions of Culture Program

PhD, Literature, UC San Diego
MA, Literature, UC San Diego
BA, English Writing, University of San Francisco

As DOC Director, Dr. Solomon Amorao is committed to building and teaching in a program that helps Marshall students sharpen their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through an investigation of the promises and contradictions of U.S. culture and society. She received her MA and PhD in Literature from UC San Diego, and her research and teaching interests include U.S. multiethnic literature, Asian American Studies, Filipino American cultural productions, critical race studies, decolonizing pedagogies, and women of color feminism.

She has almost fifteen years of experience teaching writing at UCSD, including serving as a lecturer at Revelle Humanities and as Associate Director of Writing at Sixth College’s Culture, Art, and Technology Program. Dr. Solomon Amorao has also taught for UCSD’s Literature and Ethnic Studies departments, USD’s English department, and SDSU’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. When she isn’t teaching at UCSD, she is active in the San Diego Filipino American community. Dr. Solomon Amorao served for six years as the Executive Director of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, a grassroots educational organization that empowers Filipino American youth in their exploration of history, culture, identity, and social justice.

In December of 2017, Dr. Solomon Amorao had a chapter published in The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Her chapter is entitled “Writing Against Patriarchal Philippine Nationalism: Angela Manalang Gloria’s ‘Revolt from Hymen.’”

Dr. Emily JOHNSTON

Dr. Johnston is the Assistant Director of the Dimensions of Culture Program.  She also lectures in the lower-division courses.

Before coming to UCSD, Dr. Johnston was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Writing Pedagogy and an Assessment Coordinator at the University of Delaware's Department of English.  She received her Ph.D. in English Studies at Illinois State University, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  She holds an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing/Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  

Dr. Megan STROM

Dr. Strom currently serves as a full-time Lecturer in the Dimensions of Culture Program, teaching all three lower-division courses.

She has taught DOC 1 lectures since Fall Quarter 2015, as well as DOC 2 and 3 lectures since 2017.  She served as Interim Assistant Director of the DOC Program in 2017-18.

Dr. Strom earned her Ph.D. in History from UCSD in 2015.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in History from UC Davis, as well as an M.A. in Latin American Studies from 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.

Natalye PASS (HARPIN)

Mrs. Harpin earned her BA and MA in History from UC San Diego, focusing on social revolutions and history of the Diaspora.  (In the Schedule of Classes, Mrs. Harpin is listed as "Natalye Pass.")  She has taught DOC 100D since Winter Quarter 2016.  This upper-division class is designed for Thurgood Marshall College transfer students, as well as juniors and seniors from the other five colleges. 

Passionate about history, Natalye Harpin is compelled to showing connections between past history and current events. Natalye Harpin is a lifelong learner, and believes that when you get information, you have an obligation to share it. Her DOC 100D course is student-driven, and focuses on critical analysis of the contradictions of the promises given throughout American history, and the lies of colonial imperialism that are still perpetuated today. As someone who never felt represented in traditional history classes, she frames her classes to be as inclusive as possible, and to examine shared experiences of people in the western hemisphere. Natalye Harpin also teaches at the community college level, and was a transfer student herself when she came to UCSD for her BA. She is active in her community, and works at establishing solidarity with other communities by learning about their unique struggle. In her spare time, Natalye is an avid crafter, travels, and loves to try new recipes.

Dr. Jeff GAGNON

Dr. Gagnon served as Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Dimensions of Culture Program from Fall Quarter 2013 through Spring Quarter 2017.  He taught DOC 1, 2, and 3, as well as DOC 100D.  He now is the Director of the Warren College Writing Program (http://warren.ucsd.edu/academics/writing/people/Faculty and Staff.html)

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.

 

Dr. Jorge MARISCAL

Professor Mariscal served as Director of the Dimensions of Culture Program from Fall 2011 through the Spring of 2017.  He is currently Professor Emeritus from UCSD's Department of Literature.  He taught DOC 1 every Fall Quarter from 2009 through 2016.  He also taught DOC 100D and DOC 3. 

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 served on the UC President's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.