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Virginia Adan-Lifante

Virginia Adan-Lifante

Teaching Professor of Spanish and World Languages Program Coordinator

+1 (559) 513-3383

vadan-lifante@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 379

  • Second language acquisition
  • Hispanic women literature
  • Hispanic culture
  • Puerto Rican literature and culture
  • Representations of Domestic Violence on Hispanic Cultures
Mark Aldenderfer

Mark Aldenderfer

Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Endowed Chair

maldenderfer@ucmerced.edu

  • Archaeology
  • Quantitative methods
  • Geographic information systems
  • Hunters and gatherers
  • Andean Preceramic and Formative, Central Asia and Tibet
Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida

Professor of Sociology

palmeida@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 228

  • Political sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Globalization
  • Social movements

Lorena Alvarado

Assistant Professor of Musicology

lalvarado10@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 355

Camila Alvarez

Assistant Professor of Sociology

calvarez55@ucmerced.edu

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Professor of Economics

camuedo-dorantes@ucmerced.edu

COB-2, Room 367

  • Immigrants and Immigration Policy
  • Labor Economics
  • Health, Education and Public Economics
  • Crime and Incarceration

Susan Amussen

Professor of History

+1 (209) 228-4590

samussen@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 221

  • Early Modern Britain and the Atlantic World
  • Gender in the early modern Atlantic world
  • Relationship between history and literature; specifically, the historical contexts for Shakespeare

 

 

Arturo Arias

Arturo Arias

Professor, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

+1 (209) 285-9570

aarias26@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 210

  • Mesoamerican Indigenous literatures and cultures
  • Central American & Latina/o cultural studies

Kristina Backer

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

kbacker@ucmerced.edu

SSM 253A

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Auditory Perception
  • Hearing Loss

Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Professor of Cognitive Science

+1 (209) 228-2314

ramesh@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 259A

  • Sensorimotor neuroscience
  • Complex systems
  • Perception
  • Action

Briana Ballis

Assistant Professor of Economics

bballis@ucmerced.edu

  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Education, Health and Inequality

Mayra Bamaca

Associate Professor of Psychology

mbamaca@ucmerced.edu

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Associate Professor of Music/Ethnomusicology

jbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 367

  • Ethnomusicology 
  • Anthropology
  • South Asian studies
Irenee Beattie

Irenee Beattie

Associate Professor of Sociology

ibeattie@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 230

  • Sociology of education
  • Social inequality (race/class/gender/sexuality)
  • Social capital
  • Adolescent transitions to adulthood
Heather Bortfeld

Heather Bortfeld

Professor of Psychological Sciences

hbortfeld@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 247B

  • Infant development
  • Speech perception
  • Language processing
  • Cochlear implants
  • fNIRS
  • Optical imaging

Asa Bradman

Professor of Public Health

abradman@ucmerced.edu

My research focuses on environmental exposures and their health impacts, particularly in children. My overall goal is to conduct research that informs policies to improve public health.

Katherine Brokaw

Katherine Steele Brokaw

Associate Professor of English

kbrokaw@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 375

  • Shakespeare and performance
  • Theatre in community
  • Practice as research and community-engaged research
  • Eco-theatre and eco-criticism
  • Medieval and Renaissance drama

Paul Brown

Professor of Public Health

+1 (209) 628-7554

pbrown3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 361B

  • Health Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • Farmworkers Health
  • Nicotine and Cannabis Policy

Nancy Burke

Professor of Public Health

nburke2@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 363B

  • Global health
  • Social inequalities in health/health disparities
  • Health behavior
  • Cancer
  • Oral health
  • Medical anthropology
  • Clinical trials recruitment/research participation
  • Refugees
  • Survivorship
  • Immigration

Fatima Burney

Assistant Professor of Literatures and Languages

fburney@ucmerced.edu

  • Global Romanticism
  • World Poetry
  • Ecocriticism
  • Digital Humanities

Jeffrey Butler

Associate Professor of Economics

jbutler6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 341

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Behavioral economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Sociology and economics
  • Public policy education

Linda Cameron

Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-2252

lcameron@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 308A

  • Health communications and interventions for changing health behaviors
  • Imagery and affective processes influencing risk perceptions and behavior
  • Smoking prevention
  • Interventions for promoting adjustment during cancer treatment and survivorship
Gregg Camfield

Gregg Camfield

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

+1 (209) 233-1072

gcamfield@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 371

  • American literature and culture — from 18th century poet Joel Barlow to the television cartoon "Beavis and Butt-Head"
  • Ethical and esthetic debates of the 19th century, concentrating on the works of Mark Twain, American literary humor, literary sentimentalism and domesticity

Eileen Camfield

Teaching Professor/Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment and Faculty Associate for Writing and Pedagogy, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

+1 (209) 228-3407

ecamfield@ucmerced.edu

Arts & Computational Sciences Building, Office 152

  • Writing to Enhance Learning (Across the Curriculum)
  • Resiliency Theory
  • Self-Efficacy Development
  • Faculty Development in Pedagogy

Stephanie Canizales

Assistant Professor of Sociology

scanizales@ucmerced.edu

  • Migration and immigrant integration

Alec Chan-Golston

Assistant Professor of Public Health

achan-golston@ucmerced.edu

  • Spatial data analysis
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Finite population estimation
  • Geographic health disparities
Aditi Chandra

Aditi Chandra

Assistant Professor of Art History/Visual Studies

+1 (209) 228-2321

achandra4@ucmerced.edu

ACS, Room 125

  • Islamic and South Asian Art & Architecture
  • Colonial and Post-colonial Studies
  • Visual Culture and Travel
  • Gender Studies
  • Cinemas of India
  • Modern South Asian Literature

Ricardo Cisneros

Associate Professor of Public Health

rcisneros@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 361A

  • Environmental health
  • Effects of air quality on health
  • Valley fever
  • Forest fires
  • Asthma
Courtenay Conrad

Courtenay Conrad

Associate Professor of Political Science

cconrad2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 322

  • International organizations
  • Comparative political institutions
  • Human rights

Justin Cook

Assistant Professor of Economics

jcook9@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 328

  • Economic growth
  • Health economics
  • Macroeconomics
Aditya Dasgupta

Aditya Dasgupta

Assistant Professor of Political Science

+1 (209) 228-3617

adasgupta3@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 310

  • Comparative politics
  • Political economy
  • South Asia
Kevin Dawson

Kevin Dawson

Associate Professor of History

+1 (209) 756-4512

kdawson4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 277

  • Atlantic history
  • Early American history
  • African diaspora 
Daniel de Kadt

Daniel de Kadt

Assistant Professor of Political Science

ddekadt@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 352-01

  • Political behavior
  • Comparative politics
  • Southern Africa

Robin Maria DeLugan

Associate Professor of Anthropology

+1 (209) 228-4032

rdelugan@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 353A

  • Collective identity
  • Social memory
  • The nation-state
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Political Anthropology
  • Community engaged scholarship

Elaine Denny

Assistant Professor of Political Science

edenny@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 342

  • Political psychology
  • Economic insecurity
  • Risk and decision-making
  • Political behavior
Sarah DePaoli

Sarah DePaoli

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4549

sdepaoli@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 312A

  • Structural equation models
  • Finite mixture models
  • Longitudinal models
  • Bayesian latent variable modeling
  • Bayesian model mis-specification
  • Categorical latent variable models
Maria DePrano

Maria DePrano

Associate Professor of Art History

mdeprano@ucmerced.edu

ACS, Room 126

  • Art patronage
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Italian Renaissance art
  • Domestic Interior
  • Material Culture

Kyle Dodson

Associate Professor of Sociology

+1 (209) 201-7124

kdodson2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 229

  • Political sociology
  • Quantitative methodology
  • Social change
  • Social stratification

Sapana Doshi

Associate Professor

sdoshi3@ucmerced.edu

COB-2 361

Charlie Eaton

Charlie Eaton

Assistant Professor of Sociology

ceaton2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 219

  • Economic Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Political sociology
  • Social policy
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Elites

Anna Epperson

Assistant Professor of Psychology

aepperson@ucmerced.edu

  •  
  • Health risk perceptions and behaviors
  • Disparities by race/ethnicity and geography
Edward Flores

Edward Flores

Associate Professor of Sociology

+1 (562) 656-9838

eflores52@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 231

  • Religion
  • Social movements
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Immigration

Christian Fons-Rosen

Assistant Professor of Economics

cfons-rosen@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 327

  • Economics of Science and Innovation
  • International Economics
  • Political Economy

Weisong Gao

Assistant Professor of Literatures and Languages

wgao4@ucmerced.edu

  • Queer Theory
  • LGBT and Queer Literature
  • Asian Anglophone Literature
  • Disability Studies
  • Affect Studies
Humberto Garcia

Humberto Garcia

Associate Professor of Literature

hgarcia22@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 383

  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century British Literature and Art
  • British Romanticism
  • Postcolonial, Transnational, and Ethnic Studies
  • Islamic and Persian Studies
Glynis Gawn

Glynis Gawn

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

ggawn@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 347

  • Experimental economics
  • Labor economics
Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons

Associate Teaching Professor of Writing Studies

+1 (209) 228-2384

pgibbons@ucmerced.edu

COB1, Room 327

  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Hybrid Writing
  • Improvisation and Writing

Jeffrey Gilger

Dean and Professor of Psychological Sciences and Former Emmett, Bernice & Carlston Cunningham Chair in Cognitive Development

+1 (209) 228-4641

jgilger@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 306B

  • Normal and abnormal neuropsychological development and genetics
  • Etiology of learning-language disorders

Jan Goggans

Associate Professor of Literature and Language

+1 (209) 205-8218

jgoggans@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 377

  • American literature
  • American nature writing and literature of the environment
  • California literature and culture
  • Literature of the Central Valley
  • Literature and culture of the Great Depression
  • Literature and photography

Tanya Golash-Boza

Professor of Sociology

tgolash-boza@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 224

  • Immigration policy
  • Deportations
  • Mass incarceration
  • Human rights
  • U.S. Latinos/as
  • Latin America
Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Assistant Professor of Public Health

+1 (209) 228-2498

sgoldman-mellor@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 360B

  • Lifecourse determinants of internalizing disorder
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Effects of psychological disorders on physical health and economic outcomes
  • Psychiatric epidemiology

Mariaelena Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Public Health

+1 (209) 228-2332

mgonzalez82@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 359A

  • Health disparities
  • Social epidemiology/social determinants of health
  • Tobacco control
  • Oral health
  • Latino health
  • Immigrant/refugee health
Rowena Gray

Rowena Gray

Assistant Professor of Economics

rgray6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 327

  • Economic history
  • Labor economics
  • Crime
  • Housing

Zachary "Zack" Grossman

Associate Professor of Economics

zgrossman@ucmerced.edu

  • Psychology & Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Applied Mechanism Design

Hanna Gunn

Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics

hgunn@ucmerced.edu

SSM 257B

Social epistemology

Virtue & vice epistemology

Feminist philosophy of language

Ethics & epistemology of the Internet and new media

Sandie Ha

Sandie Ha

Assistant Professor of Public Health

+1 (209) 228-3615

sha55@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 256B

  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Valley fever
  • Chronic diseases

Martin Hagger

Professor of Psychological Sciences

mhagger@ucmerced.edu

SSM 312B

  • Attitudes, beliefs, intentions, and motivation
  • Behavior change
  • Selfregulation and self-control
  • Development, integration and application of social psychological theory
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook

Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 205-6873

jhahn-holbrook@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 354

  • Maternal-child health
  • Depression
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Childhood obesity
  • Social support

Laura Hamilton

Professor of Sociology

lhamilton2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 225

  • Gender
  • Education
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Social inequality
  • Mixed methods
Thomas G. Hansford

Thomas G. Hansford

Professor of Political Science

+1 (209) 228-4037

thansford@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 312

  • Judicial politics
  • Interest group involvement in the courts
  • Supreme Court precedent
  • Public opinion on courts and law
  • Elections and voting behavior

Nigel Hatton

Assistant Professor of Literature

+1 (209) 228-4384

nhatton@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 373

  • Nineteenth- and 20th-century American and African American literature and culture
  • Transnational American studies
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • Global human rights
  • Narrative medicine
Gregg Herken

Gregg Herken

Professor of History, Emeritus

gherken@ucmerced.edu

  • History
  • American diplomatic history
  • Nuclear history
  • History of the Cold War
Matthew Hibbing

Matthew Hibbing

Associate Professor of Political Science

mhibbing@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 323

  • American politics
  • Political behavior
  • Political psychology
  • Biology and politics

Daniel Hicks

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

dhicks4@ucmerced.edu

- Philosophy of science

- Social/political philosophy

- Public scientific controversies

- Science policy

- Data science and data ethics

Justin Hicks

Assistant Teaching Professor

+1 (209) 228-2486

jhicks@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 346

  • Microeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Economics of innovation

Colin Holbrook

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

cholbrook@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 255A

  • Group prejudice
  • Morality
  • Threat psychology
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Evolutionary psychology

Mai-Linh Hong

Assistant Professor of Literatures and Languages

mai-linh.hong@ucmerced.edu

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

howell@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 302A

  • Health psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Self/identity
  • Decision-making and behavior
  • Responding to bad news
Haifeng Huang

Haifeng Huang

Associate Professor of Political Science

hhuang24@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 313

  • Media and information flow
  • Public opinion
  • Authoritarian politics
  • China

Kathleen Hull

Professor of Anthropology

+1 (209) 228-4026

khull3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 300A

  • Anthropological archaeology
  • Ethnohistory
  • Colonial encounters in the Americas
  • Prehistoric demography
  • Ancient hunter-gatherer societies of western North America

Thelma Hurd

Professor of Public Health

thurd2@ucmerced.edu

Robert Innes

Robert Innes

Professor and County Bank Chair in Economics

rinnes@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 325

  • Environmental economics
  • Law and economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Agricultural policy and markets
  • Finance

Elif Isbell

Assistant Professor of Psychology

eisbell@ucmerced.edu

  • Brain and cognitive development
  • Children’s experiences at home and in schools
  • Academic readiness and achievement
David Jennings

David Jennings

Assistant Teaching Professor

djennings3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 259B

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Moral and political philosophy
  • History of philosophy
Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Associate Professor of Philosophy

+1 (209) 600-9654

cjennings3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 257A

  • Attention
  • Perception
  • Consciousness
  • Action

Fan Jia

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

fjia3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 210A

Missing data analysis

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Assistant Professor of Economics

acjohnston@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 333

  • Public Economics
  • Employer Behavior
  • Personnel Economics
Andrea Joyce

Andrea Joyce

Assistant Professor of Public Health

ajoyce2@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 358B

  • Biological control
  • Integrated pest management
  • Vector ecology
  • Populations genetics, speciation
  • Public Health Entomology

Matthew Kaiser

Associate Professor of English

mkaiser2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 385

  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • Cognitive approaches to the study of literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
David Kaminsky

David Kaminsky

Associate Professor of Music

dkaminsky@ucmerced.edu

ACS, Room 118

  • Music and dance, especially as they relate to:
  • Social power
  • National identity
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Cultural ownership
Christopher Kello

Christopher Kello

Professor of Cognitive Science

ckello@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 262B

  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Neural networks
  • Complex systems
Keke Lai

Keke Lai

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

klai25@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 304A

  • Psychometrics especially structural equation modeling
  • Sample size planning and related issues (e.g., effect size, power, confidence interval, meta-analysis, philosophy of science)
  • Longitudinal/multilevel data analysis
  • Bayesian statistics
Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

jlee287@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 345

  • Economic history
  • Economic growth
  • Financial economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Money and banking
Dorothy Leland

Dorothy Leland

Professor Emeritus

  • Continental and humanistic philosophy
Nicola Lercari

Nicola Lercari

Assistant Professor of Heritage Studies

+1 (209) 720-7124

nlercari@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 212

  • Digital cultural heritage
  • Digital archaeology
  • Human-centered design
  • 3D visualization
  • Historic preservation
  • GIS
  • Remote sensing
  • Serious games for heritage

Brad LeVeck

Assistant Professor of Political Science

bleveck@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 314

  • Experiments
  • Models of political decision-making
  • Strategic cognition and learning in games

Haiyan Liu

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

hliu62@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 358A

  • Latent variable analysis of social networks
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Bayesian methods
  • Time series and dynamical system analysis
  • Categorical data analysis

Ren Liu

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

rliu45@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 261A

  • Psychometrics
  • Item response theory
  • Rating scale design and analysis
  • Psychology and personality test
  • Diagnostic classication models
  • Licensure tests
  • Language assessment

Ignacio Lopez-Calvo

Presidential Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Latin American Literature

+1 (209) 228-4595

ilopez-calvo@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 216

  • Cultural production by and about Latin American authors of Asian descent
  • The literary and cultural representations of the relationship between human rights, racialization, gender, migration, and authoritarianism

Tonya Lopez-Craig

Lecturer SOE for Art

Yang Lor

Teaching Assistant Professor of Sociology

ylor2@ucmerced.edu

*Education

*Stratification

*Culture

*Race & Ethnicity

*Asian Americans

*Hmong Americans

Dalia Magana

Dalia Magaña

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics

dmagana6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 214

  • Medical discourse (Spanish in healthcare, intercultural communication)
  • Sociolinguistics (code-switching, language attitudes and ideologies)
  • Heritage language pedagogy
  • Discourse analysis (systemic functional linguistics, Conceptual Metaphor theory)

Paul Maglio

Professor of Cognitive Science

pmaglio@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 206A

  • Service science
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Distributed cognition
Alexandra Main

Alexandra Main

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-2429

amain@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 302B

  • Emotional development
  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal processes
  • Conflict management
  • Culture

Sean Malloy

Professor of History

smalloy@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 273

  • U.S. diplomatic history
  • Nuclear history
  • War and morality
  • Twentieth century U.S. social movements
  • African American history

Tyler Marghetis

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Sciences

tmarghetis@ucmerced.edu

  • Cognitive science
  • Complex systems
  • Abstract concepts
  • Conceptual revolutions

Maria Martin

Assistant Professor of African History

mmartin360@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 280

  • African Women and Gender
  • 20th Century Intellectual History of African Women
  • Inductive Development of Black Feminist Theory
  • African Nationalism
  • Transnational Black Experiences
  • Africa in Classical Antiquity

Manuel Martin-Rodriguez

Professor of Literature and Language

+1 (209) 217-7255

mmartin-rodriguez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 220

  • Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x literature
  • Film studies
  • Literary theory
  • Children's literature

Teenie Matlock

Vice Provost for the Faculty, McClatchy Chair in Communications, and Professor of Cognitive Science

+1 (209) 228-2954

tmatlock@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 263B

  • Cognitive science
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Semantics
  • Metaphor
  • Language and society
  • Climate communication

Amanda Mireles

Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology

amireles5@ucmerced.edu

Nathan Monroe

Nathan Monroe

Professor of Political Science and Tony Coelho Endowed Chair in Public Policy

+1 (209) 228-4598

nmonroe2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 320

  • American political institutions, especially the U.S. Congress — theory and practice of agenda setting and partisanship
  • Legislative term limits
  • Election administration
  • Positive political theory
Holley Moyes

Holley Moyes

Associate Professor of Anthropology

hmoyes@ucmerced.edu

LAB: SSM, Room 333

  • Archaeology of religion
  • Cave archaeology
  • Mesoamerica
  • Dynamics of complex society
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial cognition
  • Cognitive science affiliate
Kit Myers

Kit Myers

Assistant Professor of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

kmyers6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 275

  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Critical adoption studies
  • American studies
  • Legal studies
  • Asian American studies
  • Family and kinship studies
  • Critical pedagogy
Stephen P. Nicholson

Stephen P. Nicholson

Professor of Political Science

+1 (209) 228-4036

snicholson@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 324

  • American politics
  • Voting behavior
  • Public opinion
  • Political psychology
  • Direct democracy

Melissa Nicolas

Senior Lecturer, Security of Employment

David C. Noelle

David C. Noelle

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

+1 (209) 228-4101

dnoelle@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 262A

  • Computational cognitive neuroscience
  • Connectionism
  • Cognitive control
  • Learning from direct instruction
  • Rule-guided behavior
  • Concept formation
  • Working memory
  • Implicit/explicit learning
  • Cognitive neuroscience

Robert Ochsner

Senior Lecturer SOE of Writing Emeritus

rochsner@ucmerced.edu

Lace Padilla

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

lace.padilla@ucmerced.edu

  • uncertainty cognition
Denise Payan

Denise Payan

Assistant Professor of Public Health

+1 (209) 228-3618

dpayan@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 355B

  • Health Policy
  • Obesity policy
  • Nutrition
  • Food security
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Advocacy coalitions
  • State health policymaking

Whitney Pirtle

Assistant Professor of Sociology

wpirtle@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 223

  • Race and ethnicity 
  • Social stratification 
  • Social psychology 
  • Sociology of health and illness 
  • Quantitative methods 
  • Comparative sociology 

Sholeh A. Quinn

Associate Professor of History

+1 (209) 228-4593

squinn@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 218

  • History of 16th and 17th century Iran, with a particular emphasis on historiography, or the tradition of chronicle writing during the Safavid dynasty

Dunya Ramicova

Distinguished Professor of Art, Emerita

dramicova@ucmerced.edu

  • Costume design (for theatre, opera, ballet, dance, film and television)
  • History of costume design
  • History of clothing and fashion, drawing and watercolor painting
A. Susana Ramirez

A. Susana Ramirez

Associate Professor of Public Health Communication

sramirez37@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 357A

Research Interests:

  • Communication: Advertising, journalism, public opinion, information overload
  • Latinx health
  • Cancer and chronic disease prevention
  • Obesity

 

Teaching:

Linda-Anne Rebhun

Linda-Anne Rebhun

Associate Professor of Anthropology

+1 (209) 228-4550

lrebhun@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 353B

  • Medical anthropology: maternal and child health
  • Psychological anthropology: emotions and romance
  • Gender
  • Religion: magic, witchcraft and folk Catholicism
  • Folklore
  • Latin America, African Diaspora and Africa

Daisy Reyes

Associate Professor of Sociology

daisy.reyes@ucmerced.edu

  • Race/Ethnicity;
  • Latina/o/x Sociology;
  • Sociology of Education;
  • Social Movements;
  • Inequality/Mobility;
  • Sexualities;

Felicia Rhapsody Lopez

Assistant Professor of Literatures and Languages

flopez44@ucmerced.edu

    • Mesoamerican Glyphic Writing Systems
    • Nahuatl Literature and Translation
    • Mesoamerican Religious Traditions
    • Mesoamerican and Indigenous Science
    • Indigenous Language Revitalization

Cristian H. Ricci

Professor of Literatures and Languages

cricci@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 216

  • Iberian Literatures from the 19th to the 21st centuries
  • Contemporary Maghribi literature written in European languages
  • Subsaharan literature
  • Borderland studies
  • African migrations to Europe
  • 20th century Spanish-American literature

Tesalia Rizzo

Assistant Professor of Political Science

trizzo@ucmerced.edu

  • Political Behavior
  • Citizen-State Relations
  • Social Policy
  • Bureaucracy and Machine Politics in Latin America

Jill Robbins

Professor Emerita of Spanish Literature

jillrobbins@ucmerced.edu

  • Contemporary Iberian Culture
  • Urban Studies
  • Migration Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Literature and Trauma
  • Affect
  • Film
  • Poetry
Gabriela Rubio

Gabriela Rubio

Assistant Professor of Economics

grubio4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 329

  • Development economics
  • Labor and migration economics
  • Education economics

Romina Ruvalcaba

Assistant Professor of Latin American History

ruvalcaba@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 271

  • Modern Mexico; US Latino/a History
  • Social history of Latin America
  • Agrarian studies and rural ecology
  • Social Theory
  • History of ideas

Karl Ryavec

Professor of World Heritage

kryavec@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 217

  • Digital humanities
  • Area studies and integrating geospatial technologies in the study of the social sciences

Rachel Ryskin

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Sciences

rryskin@ucmerced.edu

  • Cognitive science
Muey Saeteurn

Muey Saeteurn

Assistant Professor of History

msaeteurn3@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 279

  • African history, especially social history of the 20th century Kenya
  • History of development
  • Agricultural and rural history
  • Decolonization and independence studies
Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez

Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez

Associate Teaching Professor of Economics

jsandoval-hernandez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 343

  • Applied econometrics
  • International finance
  • Economic development
  • Latin American economies
  • Macroeconomics
Melissa Sands

Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor of Political Science

msands2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 349-01

  • Political behavior
  • American politics
  • Political geography

Cassandra "Beth" Scaffidi

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Heritage Studies

cscaffidi@ucmerced.edu

  • Andean bioarchaeology
  • paleodietary reconstruction, nutrition, and foodways (stable isotopes)
Kurt Schnier

Kurt Schnier

Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Budget

+1 (209) 205-6461

kschnier@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 331

  • Fisheries research
  • Experimental economics
  • Health economics
Rose Scott

Rose Scott

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4362

rscott@ucmerced.edu

  • Cognitive development
  • Language acquisition
  • Psychological reasoning

Nicosia Shakes

Assistant Professor of History and CRES

nshakes@ucmerced.edu

  • Africana theatre, performance and popular culture
  • Africana gender and sexuality, including feminisms and womanism
  • Black radicalism in the Americas

Yehuda Sharim

Assistant Professor, Media & Performance

ysharim@ucmerced.edu, filmlab@ucmerced.edu

Office: ACS, Room 144, Film Lab: ACS, Room 132

  • Film Theory and Practice
  • Mizrahi Studies
  • Representations of Border Crossing
  • Decolonial Art and Cinema Practices
  • Comparative Immigrant and Refugee Studies

Andrew Shaver

Assistant Professor of Political Science

ashaver@ucmerced.edu

COB-2 353

Ketki Sheth

Ketki Sheth

Assistant Professor of Economics

ksheth@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 330

  • Development Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Economics of Education
  • Gender
Mario Sifuentez

Mario Sifuentez

Associate Professor of History

msifuentez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 271

  • Race
  • Immigration
  • Labor
  • Water
  • Food
Paul Smaldino

Paul Smaldino

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

psmaldino@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 255B

  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Social and cultural evolution
  • Cooperation
  • Decision making
  • Collective behavior
  • Biological patterns
  • Mathematical and computational modeling
  • Philosophy of science

Sabrina Smith

Assistant Professor of Latin American History

sesmith@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 276

  • Race
  • Gender
  • African Diaspora
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Slavery
Anna V. Song

Anna V. Song

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4591

asong5@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 310A

  • Adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.
  • Tobacco use initiation, continuation, and cessation
  • Risk factors for sex initiation
  • Relationship between perceptions, attitudes, and risk behaviors
Michael J. Spivey

Michael J. Spivey

Professor of Cognitive Science

+1 (209) 228-4588

spivey@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 264A

  • Interaction between language and vision
  • Sentence processing
  • Word recognition
  • Visual attention
  • Visual memory
  • Eye movements
  • Computational modeling

Daniel Thompson

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

dthompson29@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 352B

  • Political and economic anthropology
  • Urban political economy
  • Geopolitical borderlands and state-building in border regions
  • Cartography and GIS
  • Horn of Africa, Somali and Ethiopian diaspora

David Torres-Rouff

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

dtorres-rouff@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 351

  • Race and ethnicity 
  • Urban history
  • Latina/o history
  • Comparative borderlands 
  • Social institutions
  • Community formation 
  • Public policy
  • California
  • U.S. West

Christina Torres-Rouff

Professor of Anthropology

ctorres-rouff@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 351B

  • Bioarchaeology 
  • Mortuary archaeology 
  • Identity
  • Cultural modifications of the body
  • Trauma
  • Inequality 
  • Mobility
  • Andes
  • Mesopotamia

Jessica Trounstine

Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Executive Committee

+1 (209) 228-4870

jtrounstine@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 321

  • Urban and local politics
  • Elections
  • Political parties
Theofanis Tsoulouhas

Theofanis "Fanis" Tsoulouhas

Professor of Financial Management

+1 (209) 228-4640

ftsoulouhas@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 204B

  • Corporate governance and finance
  • Tournament theory
  • Contract theory
  • Economics of information

Ana Tur-Prats

Assistant Professor of Economics

atur-prats@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 318

  • Culture and Institutions
  • Economic History
  • Political Economy
  • Gender Economics
  • Health Economics
Zulema Valdez

Zulema Valdez

Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Professor of Sociology

zvaldez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 226

  • Intersectionality (race, class and gender)
  • Latino/a sociology
  • Economic sociology
  • Entrepreneurship
Nella Van Dyke

Nella Van Dyke

Professor of Sociology

nvandyke@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 227

  • Social movements and hate crime, with an emphasis on how characteristics of the social environment influence levels of collective action
  • Social movement tactics and how personal stories influence attitudes about sexual assault and domestic violence

Meredith Van Natta

Assistant Professor of Sociology

mvannatta@ucmerced.edu

  • citizenship and health
  • health inequalities

Ma Vang

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies/History

mvang53@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 272

  • Critical race and gender
  • Critical refugee studies
  • Feminist epistemologies
  • War and U.S. imperialism
  • Hmong American studies
  • Southeast Asian and Asian American histories and cultures
Patricia Vergara

Patricia Vergara

Assistant Professor of Musicology

pvergara2@ucmerced.edu

ACS, Room 146

  • Latin America
  • Popular music and sound studies
  • Music and mobility
  • Critical race and post-colonial studies
  • Music and violence
  • Memory
  • Affect
Jack L. Vevea

Jack L. Vevea

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 658-1706

jvevea@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 306A

  • Quantitative methods for combining research results (meta-analysis)
  • Statistical methods for addressing the problem of publication bias
Jan Wallander

Jan Wallander

Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 756-5731

jwallander@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 314A

  • Health psychology and developmental psychopathology
  • Interactions between behavior and health in children and adolescents
  • Disparities in health and health-related behaviours in vulnerable groups of children and adolescences
Eric A. Walle

Eric A. Walle

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4634

ewalle@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 304B

  • Emotion
  • Social development
  • Developmental transitions

ShiPu Wang

Coats Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History

swang7@ucmerced.edu

ACS

  • 20th century American and Asian art
  • American modernism and its global impact
  • Asian-American art
  • Museum collections and curatorial practices
  • Visual culture

Elizabeth Whitt

Professor of Sociology

ewhitt@ucmerced.edu

  • The study of higher education
Deborah Weibe

Deborah Wiebe

Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4614

dwiebe@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 308A

  • Diabetes
  • Health
  • Pediatric psychology
Stephen Wooding

Stephen Wooding

Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Heritage Studies

swooding@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 360A

  • Evolutionary genetics with a specific focus upon obtaining a deeper understanding of the genetics of taste perception and how such an understanding can be used to study a variety of health related issues

J. Arthur Woodward

Professor of Psychological Sciences, Emeritus

awoodward@ucmerced.edu

  • Mathematical and statistical aspects of psychological measurement theory
  • Statistical genetics
  • Applied cognitive psychology
  • Technology transfer focused on early mathematics education
Greg Wright

Greg Wright

Assistant Professor of Economics

gwright4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 326

  • International trade
  • Immigration
  • Economic growth
Irene Yen

Irene Yen

Professor of Public Health

iyen@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 357B

  • Neighborhood and place
  • Housing
  • Education — quality and trajectories
  • Structural racism

Kenichi Yoshida

Assistant Professor of Art History

kyoshida@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 365

  • Contemporary Japanese art and criticism
  • Avant-garde art
  • Poststructuralism 
  • Posthumanism
  • Ecology and aesthetics
  • Design

Jeffrey Yoshimi

Associate Professor of Philosophy

jyoshimi@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 261B

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of cognitive science
  • Phenomenology (especially Husserl)
  • Neural networks

Maria-Elena Young

Assistant Professor of Public Health

mariaelena@ucmerced.edu

SSM 355A

  • Immigrant health inequities
  • Immigration and health policy
  • Citizenship and legal status and health
Anne Zanzucchi

Anne Zanzucchi

Associate Dean, Special Project Coordinator and Lecturer with Security of Employment in Writing

+1 (209) 228-4173

azanzucchi@ucmerced.edu

COB1, Room 301

  • Writing Program administration
  • Pedagogy and assessment
  • Science and technical writing
Marjorie Zatz

Marjorie Zatz

Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education (VPDGE) and Professor of Sociology

+1 (209) 228-2408

mzatz@ucmerced.edu

SSB, Room 318

  • Immigration policy
  • Immigration, crime and victimization
  • Race, gender, and juvenile and criminal court processing and sanctioning
  • Chicano gangs
  • Latin American legal systems
Matthew Zawadzki

Matthew Zawadzki

Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

+1 (209) 228-4787

mzawadzki@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 359B

  • Social psychological processes as applied to health
  • How do perseverative cognitions function as a mechanism to create and extend stress responses
  • How does perceiving emotion in others affect decision making about them