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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

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES AND HEALTH IMPACTS ON CHILDREN; SPECIFIC FOCI INCLUDE:
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

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

  • Structural equation modeling
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Missing data analysis
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Mediation and moderation
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

  • Theatre and performance in West and Southern Africa, North America and the Caribbean, with a current focus on Jamaica and South Africa

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 Public Health

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