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Virginia Adan-Lifante

Virginia Adan-Lifante

Teaching Professor of Spanish and World Languages Program Coordinator

Research Interests:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Hispanic women literature
  • Hispanic culture
  • Puerto Rican literature and culture

+1 (559) 513-3383

vadan-lifante@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 379

Mark Aldenderfer

Mark Aldenderfer

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

Research Interests:

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

Sharla Alegria

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Race, Gender, and Class
  • Science, Knowledge, and Technology
  • Organizations, Occupations, and Work

salegria2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 232

Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Political sociology
  • Historical comparative
  • Globalization
  • Social movements

palmeida@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 228

Lorena Alvarado

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Research Interests:

lalvarado10@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 355

Susan Amussen

Susan Amussen

Professor of History

Research Interests:

  • Gender in the early modern Atlantic world
  • A cultural crossroads in the early modern period
  • Relationship between history and literature; specifically, the historical contexts for Shakespeare

+1 (209) 228-4590

samussen@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 221

Arturo Arias

Arturo Arias

Professor, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 285-9570

aarias26@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 210

Kristina Backer

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Aging
  • Auditory Perception
  • Hearing Loss

Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Sensorimotor neuroscience
  • Complex systems
  • Perception
  • Action

+1 (209) 228-2314

ramesh@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 259A

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Associate Professor of Music/Ethnomusicology

Research Interests:

  • Ethnomusicology 
  • Anthropology
  • South Asian studies
Irenee Beattie

Irenee Beattie

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

ibeattie@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 230

Heather Bortfeld

Heather Bortfeld

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

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

hbortfeld@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 247B

Katherine Brokaw

Katherine Steele Brokaw

Associate Professor of English

Research Interests:

  • Medieval and Renaissance drama
  • Shakespeare and performance
  • Theatre in community
  • Practice as research and community-engaged research
  • Performance studies

+1 (309) 826-9758

kbrokaw@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 375

Paul Brown

Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

  • Health and Behavioral Economics:

    • Development of interventions using Behavioral Economics and valuation using discrete choice experiments.

  • Public Health Systems Research:

+1 (209) 628-7554

pbrown3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 361B

Nancy Burke

Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

nburke2@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 363B

Jeffrey Butler

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

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

jbutler6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 341

Linda Cameron

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 228-2252

lcameron@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 308A

Gregg Camfield

Gregg Camfield

Interim Provost, Vincent Hillyer Chair in Early Literature and Professor of Literature

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 233-1072

gcamfield@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 371

Aditi Chandra

Aditi Chandra

Assistant Professor of Art History

Research Interests:

  • Islamic and South Asian art and architecture
  • Colonial archaeological histories
  • Histories of travel and tourism
  • Social and visual histories of postcards
  • Theories of space
  • Histories of landscapes and gardens
  • Cinema of India

+1 (209) 228-2321

achandra4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 358-01

Ricardo Cisneros

Associate Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

rcisneros@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 361A

Courtenay Conrad

Courtenay Conrad

Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • International organizations
  • Comparative political institutions
  • Human rights

cconrad2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 322

Justin Cook

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Economic growth
  • Health economics
  • Macroeconomics

jcook9@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 328

Aditya Dasgupta

Aditya Dasgupta

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • Comparative politics
  • Political economy
  • South Asia

+1 (209) 228-3617

adasgupta3@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 310

Kevin Dawson

Kevin Dawson

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

  • Atlantic history
  • Early American history
  • African diaspora 

+1 (209) 756-4512

kdawson4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 277

Daniel de Kadt

Daniel de Kadt

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • Political behavior
  • Comparative politics
  • Southern Africa

ddekadt@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 352-01

Robin DeLugan

Robin Maria DeLugan

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

  • Community
  • Collective identity
  • The nation-state
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Political anthropology
  • Indigenous peoples of the Americas
  • Social memory
  • Museums
  • Community-engaged scholarship

+1 (209) 228-4032

rdelugan@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 353A

Elaine Denny

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

edenny@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 342

Sarah DePaoli

Sarah DePaoli

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4549

sdepaoli@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 312A

Maria DePrano

Maria DePrano

Associate Professor of Art History

Research Interests:

  • Art patronage
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Memory
  • Italian Renaissance art

mdeprano@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 359-01

Kyle Dodson

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 201-7124

kdodson2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 229

Charlie Eaton

Charlie Eaton

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Inequality
  • Organizations
  • Political sociology
  • Social policy
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Elites

ceaton2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 219

Edward Flores

Edward Flores

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Religion
  • Social movements
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Immigration

+1 (562) 656-9838

eflores52@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 231

Christian Fons-Rosen

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

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

cfons-rosen@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 327

Humberto Garcia

Humberto Garcia

Associate Professor of Literature

Research Interests:

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

hgarcia22@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 383

Glynis Gawn

Glynis Gawn

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

Research Interests:

  • Experimental economics
  • Labor economics

ggawn@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 347

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons

Lecturer with Security of Employment in Writing

Research Interests:

  • Creative writing

+1 (209) 228-2384

pgibbons@ucmerced.edu

COB1, Room 327

Jeffrey Gilger

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

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4641

jgilger@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 306B

Jan Goggans

Jan Goggans

Associate Professor of Literature and Language

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 205-8218

jgoggans@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 377

Tanya Golash-Boza

Tanya Golash-Boza

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 205-6179

tgolash-boza@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 224

Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-2498

sgoldman-mellor@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 360B

Mariaelena Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-2332

mgonzalez82@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 359A

Rowena Gray

Rowena Gray

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Economic history
  • Labor economics
  • Crime
  • Housing

rgray6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 327

Sandie Ha

Sandie Ha

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-3615

sha55@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 256B

Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook

Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 205-6873

jhahn-holbrook@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 354

Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • Gender
  • Education
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Social inequality
  • Mixed methods

lhamilton2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 225

Thomas G. Hansford

Thomas G. Hansford

Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4037

thansford@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 312

Nigel Hatton

Nigel Hatton

Assistant Professor of Literature

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4384

nhatton@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 373

Evan Heit

Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Psychology and cognitive science, focusing on reasoning, memory and categorization

+1 (209) 228-4334

eheit@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 208A

Gregg Herken

Gregg Herken

Professor of History, Emeritus

Research Interests:

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

Matthew Hibbing

Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

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

mhibbing@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 323

Justin Hicks

Justin Hicks

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

Research Interests:

  • Microeconomics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Economics of innovation

+1 (209) 228-2486

jhicks@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 346

Colin Holbrook

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

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

cholbrook@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 255A

Jennifer Howell

Jennifer Howell

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

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

howell@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 252B

Haifeng Huang

Haifeng Huang

Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

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

hhuang24@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 313

Kathleen Hull

Kathleen Hull

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4026

khull3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 300A

Anneeth Kaur Hundle

Anneeth Kaur Hundle

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

  • Culture and theory
  • Globalization and transnational governance/migration
  • Race, decolonization and citizenship
  • Violence and insecurity
  • Gender and feminist theory
  • History of anthropology; Uganda, East Africa, Africa/South Asian/diaspora studies

akaurhundle@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 351A

Robert Innes

Robert Innes

Professor and County Bank Chair in Economics

Research Interests:

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

rinnes@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 325

David Jennings

David Jennings

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Philosophy

Research Interests:

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Moral and political philosophy
  • History of philosophy

djennings3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 259B

Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Carolyn Dicey Jennings

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:

  • Attention
  • Perception
  • Consciousness
  • Action

+1 (209) 600-9654

cjennings3@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 257A

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Public Economics
  • Employer Behavior
  • Personnel Economics

acjohnston@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 333

Andrea Joyce

Andrea Joyce

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

ajoyce2@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 358B

Matthew Kaiser

Associate Professor of English

Research Interests:

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

mkaiser2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 385

David Kaminsky

David Kaminsky

Associate Professor of Music

Research Interests:

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

dkaminsky@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 363

Christopher Kello

Christopher Kello

Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Neural networks
  • Complex systems

ckello@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 262B

Keke Lai

Keke Lai

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • 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

klai25@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 304A

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

Research Interests:

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

jlee287@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 345

Dorothy Leland

Dorothy Leland

Chancellor

Research Interests:

  • Continental and humanistic philosophy

+1 (209) 228-4417

chancellor@ucmerced.edu

Nicola Lercari

Nicola Lercari

Assistant Professor of World Heritage

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 720-7124

nlercari@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 212

Brad LeVeck

Brad LeVeck

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

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

bleveck@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 314

Ren Liu

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Psychology

Research Interests:

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

rliu45@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 261A

Haiyan Liu

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Psychology

Research Interests:

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

hliu62@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 358A

Ignacio Lopez-Calvo

Ignacio Lopez-Calvo

Presidential Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Latin American Literature

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 228-4595

ilopez-calvo@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 222

Dalia Magana

Dalia Magaña

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Research Interests:

  • 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)

dmagana6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 214

Paul Maglio

Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

  • Service science
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Distributed cognition

pmaglio@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 206A

Alexandra Main

Alexandra Main

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-2429

amain@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 302B

Sean Malloy

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 205-8691

smalloy@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 273

Maria Martin

Assistant Professor of African History

Research Interests:

  • 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

mmartin360@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 280

Manuel Martin-Rodriguez

Manuel Martin-Rodriguez

Professor of Literature and Language

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 217-7255

mmartin-rodriguez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 220

Teenie Matlock

Teenie Matlock

Interim Vice Provost for the Faculty and McClatchy Chair in Communications

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-2954

tmatlock@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 263B

Nathan Monroe

Nathan Monroe

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

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4598

nmonroe2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 320

Holley Moyes

Holley Moyes

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

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

hmoyes@ucmerced.edu

LAB: SSM, Room 333

Kit Myers

Kit Myers

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies/History

Research Interests:

  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Critical adoption studies
  • American studies
  • Legal studies
  • Asian American studies
  • Family and kinship studies
  • Critical pedagogy

kmyers6@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 275

Stephen P. Nicholson

Stephen P. Nicholson

Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4036

snicholson@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 324

Melissa Nicolas

Senior Lecturer, Security of Employment

Research Interests:

David C. Noelle

David C. Noelle

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4101

dnoelle@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 262A

Robert Ochsner

Senior Lecturer SOE of Writing Emeritus

Research Interests:

Denise Payan

Denise Payan

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-3618

dpayan@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 355B

Whitney Pirtle

Whitney Pirtle

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

wpirtle@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 223

Sholeh A. Quinn

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4593

squinn@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 218

Dunya Ramicova

Distinguished Professor of Art, Emerita

Research Interests:

  • 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

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

  • Health communication – targeted media campaigns; message tailoring; social marketing; media advocacy; communication inequalities; information seeking; health and science journalism

sramirez37@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 357A

Linda-Anne Rebhun

Linda-Anne Rebhun

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 228-4550

lrebhun@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 353B

Cristian H. Ricci

Cristian H. Ricci

Professor of Literatures and Languages

Research Interests:

  • 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

cricci@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 216

Jill Robbins

Professor of Spanish Literature

Research Interests:

Gabriela Rubio

Gabriela Rubio

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Development economics
  • Labor and migration economics
  • Education economics

grubio4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 329

Romina Ruvalcaba

Assistant Professor of Latin American History

Research Interests:

ruvalcaba@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 271

Karl Ryavec

Professor of World Heritage

Research Interests:

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

kryavec@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 217

Muey Saeteurn

Muey Saeteurn

Assistant Professor of History

Research Interests:

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

msaeteurn3@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 279

Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez

Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez

Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Economics

Research Interests:

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

Melissa Sands

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • Political behavior
  • American politics
  • Political geography

msands2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 349-01

Kurt Schnier

Kurt Schnier

Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Fisheries research
  • Experimental economics
  • Health economics

+1 (209) 205-6461

kschnier@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 331

Rose Scott

Rose Scott

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive development
  • Language acquisition
  • Psychological reasoning

+1 (209) 228-4362

rscott@ucmerced.edu

Yehuda Sharim

Assistant Professor of GASP

Research Interests:

ysharim@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 353

Ketki Sheth

Ketki Sheth

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

  • Focus on health economics and economics of education

ksheth@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 330

Mario Sifuentez

Mario Sifuentez

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

  • Race
  • Immigration
  • Labor
  • Water
  • Food

msifuentez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 271

Paul Smaldino

Paul Smaldino

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

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

psmaldino@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 255B

Sabrina Smith

Assistant Professor of Latin American History

Research Interests:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • African Diaspora
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Slavery

sesmith@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 276

Anna V. Song

Anna V. Song

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 228-4591

asong5@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 310A

Michael J. Spivey

Michael J. Spivey

Professor of Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4588

spivey@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 264A

Alexander George Theodoridis

Alexander George Theodoridis

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • American politics
  • Political behavior
  • Political psychology
  • Electoral institutions
Jitske Tiemensma

Jitske Tiemensma

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Health psychology
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Stress and coping
  • Hormones and behavior
  • Pituitary diseases

+1 (209) 228-4871

jtiemensma@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 348

David Torres-Rouff

Associate Professor of History

Research Interests:

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

Christina Torres-Rouff

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests:

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

Jessica Trounstine

Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:

  • Urban and local politics
  • Elections
  • Political parties

+1 (209) 228-4870

jtrounstine@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 321

Theofanis Tsoulouhas

Theofanis "Fanis" Tsoulouhas

Professor of Financial Management

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4640

ftsoulouhas@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 204B

Ana Tur-Prats

Assistant Professor of Economics

Research Interests:

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

atur-prats@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 318

Zulema Valdez

Zulema Valdez

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

zvaldez@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 226

Nella Van Dyke

Nella Van Dyke

Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • 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

nvandyke@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 227

Peter Vanderschraaf

Peter Vanderschraaf

Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:

  • Analysis of social conventions and investigating their proper role in moral and political philosophy
  • Exploring the relationship between conventions and justice

+1 (209) 228-4603

pvanderschraaf@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 263A

Ma Vang

Ma Vang

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies/History

Research Interests:

  • 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

mvang53@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 272

Patricia Vergara

Patricia Vergara

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Research Interests:

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

pvergara2@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 357-01

Jack L. Vevea

Jack L. Vevea

Associate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Statistical analysis of difficult or unusual problems in psychology and education
  • Developing new statistical methods for problems that do not yet have good solutions

+1 (209) 658-1706

jvevea@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 306A

Jan Wallander

Jan Wallander

Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 756-5731

jwallander@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 314A

Eric A. Walle

Eric A. Walle

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Emotion
  • Social development
  • Developmental transitions

+1 (209) 228-4634

ewalle@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 304B

ShiPu Wang

Coats Chair in the Arts and Professor of Art History

Research Interests:

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

swang7@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 361-01

Elizabeth Whitt

Elizabeth Whitt

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

  • The study of higher education

+1 (209) 228-2317

ewhitt@ucmerced.edu

SSB, Room 311

Deborah Weibe

Deborah Wiebe

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Diabetes
  • Health
  • Pediatric psychology

+1 (209) 228-4614

dwiebe@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 308A

Stephen Wooding

Stephen Wooding

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

  • 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

swooding@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 360A

J. Arthur Woodward

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

Research Interests:

  • 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

Research Interests:

  • International trade
  • Immigration
  • Economic growth

gwright4@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 326

Irene Yen

Irene Yen

Professor of Public Health

Research Interests:

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

iyen@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 357B

Kenichi Yoshida

Assistant Professor of Art History

Research Interests:

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

kyoshida@ucmerced.edu

COB2, Room 365

Jeffrey Yoshimi

Jeffrey Yoshimi

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:

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

jyoshimi@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 261B

Anne Zanzucchi

Anne Zanzucchi

Lecturer with Security of Employment in Writing

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-4173

azanzucchi@ucmerced.edu

COB1, Room 301

Marjorie Zatz

Marjorie Zatz

Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, and Professor of Sociology

Research Interests:

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

+1 (209) 228-2408

mzatz@ucmerced.edu

SSB, Room 318

Matthew Zawadzki

Matthew Zawadzki

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • 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

+1 (209) 228-4787

mzawadzki@ucmerced.edu

SSM, Room 359B