New Faculty 2015-16

Manisha Anantharaman

Manisha AnantharamanManisha Anantharaman, an assistant professor in Justice, Community and Leadership, has a Ph.D. in environmental science policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and community engagement straddle the interconnected spheres of sustainability and social justice, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies to examine the cultural politics of community-driven environmental governance.



Rebecca Anguiano

Rebecca AngulanoRebecca Anguiano, an assistant professor in the Counseling Department in the school psychology specialization, has a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. A credentialed, bilingual school psychologist who has served in public schools in Oakland, Vallejo, Alameda, and Berkeley, she has also worked as a part-time instructor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education for the past two years.



Rosana Barragan

Rosana BarraganRosana Barragan, director of the M.F.A. in Dance: Creative Practice, is a dance and movement artist and educator with a master’s degree in dance studies from the Laban Centre/City University in London. Barragan has worked as a professor of dance at universities in her native country, Colombia, presented her research on dance and somatics at international conferences, and owns a dance school for children in San Francisco.




Ed Boyda-Vikander

FacultyAlready a veteran of three years' teaching at Saint Mary's, Ed Boyda-Vikander transitions this fall into a new role as assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy. His recent courses include Questions of Reality: Research in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, and an engineering maker lab called After the Zombie Apocalypse. He currently works on quantum computing with applications to satellite remote sensing for Earth science.




Désirée Braganza

Desiree Bradanza

Désirée Braganza, Ed.D, serves as the director of the Educational Leadership Program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education. Some of her research interests are Implementation Science and Non-Traditional Teaching and Learning Environments. She is an avid rider and is the co-founder of KSOE's Equines and Urban Schools Program.




David Chambers

David Chambers

David L. Chambers joins the Department of Biology in a tenure-track line for vertebrate ecological physiology. He received his Ph.D. in ecological physiology from Virginia Tech, and his M.S. and B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chambers teaches a variety of anatomy and physiology-based courses, which currently include comparative vertebrate anatomy and animal physiology.



Simon DesRoches

Simon DesRochesSimone Des Roches started teaching lectures and labs for general ecology at Saint Mary’s this fall. She received her B.S. with honors at the University of British Columbia where she studied the ecological effects of three spine stickleback fish speciation. After traveling around the world, she started her doctorate at the University of Idaho where she researched the ecology and rapid evolution of three species of lizards in the 6,000-year-old unique ecosystem of White Sands, N.M.



Robin Dunn

Robin DunnRobin Dunn earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in Physical Education Teacher Education and Youth Development. She works in the Department of Kinesiology, teaching courses in health promotion and public health. Her research interests surround using physical activity in teaching responsibility and prosocial behaviors to young children.




Noha Elfiky

Noha ElfikyNoha Elfiky is currently a visiting assistant professor in the School of Economics and Business Administration. She did her post-doc studies in the Electric and Computer Engineering department at Purdue University. At the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, she received her M.Sc. degree in computer science at the Computer Vision Center in 2009, and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2012. Her research interests focus on computer vision, machine learning, and geo-localization.



Ameera Ibrahim


Ameera Ibrahim is an assistant professor of Business Analytics. She received her Ph.D. in management science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a focus on Prescriptive Analytics and Mixed Integer Programming. She earned her M.S. in computer science from the University of Nantes in France, and her B.S. in computer science from Ain Shams University in Egypt. Her current research interests are in Mathematical Programming, Business Analytics, and Retail Optimization.



Luz Johnston

Luz JohnstonLuz Casquejo Johnston is a visiting professor in the Montessori Education Program and serves as the Elementary Coordinator. She completed her Ed.D. through the Joint Doctoral Program at UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos.




Yuan Li

FacultyYuan Li joins SEBA’s Management Department from McGill University in Montreal, where she taught for six years as assistant professor of strategy and organization. She received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Southern California. Her research interests are China’s political rhetoric in market-oriented transition, institutional and organizational change, and entrepreneurship.




Jennifer Lofkrantz

Jennifer LofkrantzJennifer Lofkrantz received her Ph.D. in African history from York University, Toronto and taught at the State University of New York-Geneseo. She will teach courses on Africa in the Department of History and the Global and Regional Studies Program and will also organize co-curricular events related to African Studies.




Rogelio Lopez

Rogelio Lopez

Rogelio Lopez, who teaches scenic design, costume design, and set construction in the M.F.A. in Dance program, has an M.F.A. in Dance from California State University Long Beach. He has taught and guest choreographed for San Jose State University, Loyola Marymount University, Sonoma State University, A&M Texas University, and Saint Olaf College.




Keely Machmer-Wessels

Keely MachmerKeely Machmer-Wessels joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department after completing her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on how novice teachers make sense of the Common Core Math Practices. This fall she is teaching Math Readiness and Calculus.




Don Mayer

Don Mayer

Don Mayer joins the School of Economics and Business Administration teaching business ethics this year. He has taught at the University of Denver, the University of Michigan, and Oakland University in Michigan. He is co-editor, with Jim O'Toole, of Good Business: Exercising Effective and Ethical Leadership.




Kevin McGarry

Kevin McGarryKevin McGarry joins us as an assistant professor of accounting from an assistant professor position at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. McGarry is a licensed attorney in Florida, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City, and the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. Kevin holds an M.S.I.A., M.B.A., J.D. and a Taxation LL.M. from the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida. His research interests encompass relationships between tax, trade, sustainability and human rights.



Mary Alice McNeil

Mary Alice McNeilMary Alice McNeil transitions into a full-time position in the School of Economics and Business Administration this fall, specializing in management communication for the Executive M.B.A., Professional M.B.A. and Data Analytics programs. Previously, she taught in the TGEMBA program and spent several terms at the International Business School of Styria in Graz, Austria. In addition, she was assistant dean of students at the University of Virginia and worked in corporate training. She did her graduate work at the University of Michigan and undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley.


Elizabeth Montano

Elizabeth Montano

Elizabeth Montaño has a B.A. in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and a M.A. in Education, Language, Literacy and Culture from UC Berkeley. In 2012 she completed a doctorate in educational leadership for social justice at Loyola Marymount University. She taught in charter schools for 11 years in both Oakland and Los Angeles, and in teacher education programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at UC Davis. Her areas of interest include Sociocultural Approaches to Language and Literacy Across the Content Areas, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, and Teacher Education and Development.


Kalpana Pai

Kalpana PaiPrior to joining the Accounting department in the School of Economics and Business Administration, Kalpana Pai taught for 10 years at Texas Wesleyan University, where she was a tenured associate professor. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. She also holds master’s degrees in accounting, applied economics, management and administrative sciences, and an M.B.A. in Finance. This year she will teach Financial Accounting at the undergraduate level and Financial Statement Analysis at the graduate level.



 Bedford Palmer II

Palmer BedfordBedford Palmer II is an assistant professor in the Counseling Department. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and most recently served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco while providing psychological services at San Francisco State University. Palmer's research interests include African-centered worldview, Black families, and multicultural competence development, and he will be teaching Counselor Law & Ethics, as well as Intercultural Communication and Social Justice.



Julie Park

Julie Park

Julie Park received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. She has taught in liberal arts programs at Deep Springs College, Bikent University, and Centre College and now teaches as a visiting professor of Liberal Arts in Collegiate Seminar.




Elizebeth Randall

Elizebeth Randall

Elizebeth Randall enjoys teaching technique and lecture courses in the undergraduate and M.F.A. in Dance programs. She earned her M.F.A. in dance, performance, and choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and her B.A. in dance from San Francisco State University. Randall currently performs professionally with local modern dance companies Paufve Dance, Davalos Dance Company, and Stranger Lover Dreamer.



Karen Ruff

Karen RuffKaren Ruff joins SMC from Yale University, where she performed postdoctoral research studying nucleic acid biochemistry. Ruff teaches Organic Chemistry and Advanced Biochemistry and studies how bacteria use structured RNAs to sense and respond to their environments.




Suzanne Schmidt

Suzanne SchmidtSuzanne Schmidt is a visiting assistant professor in the Communication Department, Women's and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies, and will also be facilitating writing circles in the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington where she taught literature, composition, and interdisciplinary writing. Her research examines the convergences of contemporary do-it-yourself crafting narratives and the role of crafting labors in domestic fiction and multi-ethnic American literature.


Lawrence Souza

Lawrence SouzaLawrence Souza, visiting professor of finance, has 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and is a Registered Representative, Investment Advisor, Real Estate Consultant, and licensed California insurance agent and real estate broker. Souza holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting, finance, economics, public administration, information systems and political science, and has a Ph.D. in business administration.



Tamara Spencer

Tamara SpencerTamara Spencer (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department and is the Teachers for Tomorrow Program director. Previously, she was an associate professor at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Her current research analyzes the intersections of curricular policy and young children's literacy practices.




Meghan Sweeney

Meghan SweeneyMeghan Sweeney is an assistant professor in the English Department. She earned her doctorate in rhetoric and composition from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied rhetorical reading practices across the curriculum. Her other research interests include feminist rhetorics, apologia studies, and writing program administration. Sweeney will teach composition, research, and argument.



Michael Viola

Michael ViolaMichael Joseph Viola is an assistant professor in Justice, Community and Leadership. Before SMC, Viola was core faculty in global and social justice studies at Antioch University Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in education (urban schooling) from UCLA and his research focuses on critical pedagogy, Filipino/a popular education, and transnational community activism. This fall, he is teaching the introduction to Justice, Community and Leadership and Text-Based Discussion in Middle Schools.