Selected Faculty

Spencer Adams

PhD student in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

English 101B

RESEARCH INTERESTS

History and philosophy of science; science fiction; critical theory and the history of Marxist thought

Maddie Alvendia

EdM, Harvard University

Study Hall

Ilana Arbisser

PhD in Biology, Stanford University

Math 50B

Lucille Beazley

MA in Transformative Arts, John F. Kennedy University

Spanish

Agni Bhattaharya

BA in Applied Math and Biology (Natural Sciences Area), with a focus in Bioinformatics

Math 50B

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Math and natural sciences

Will Bondurant

BA in Chemistry and BA in History (American), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Communications
Study Hall

Sarah Bummer

MA in English Composition, San Francisco State University

English 99B
English 101A

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Criminal law; constitutional law; prison education

David Buuck

MA in the History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

Critical Thinking
English 101B
English 102
Short Fiction

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Enviro-aesthetics

Joe Charbonnet

MA in International Administration, University of Denver

Math 50A

Ki Cheng

Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate, UC San Francisco

Study Hall

Emily Chu

PhD in Chemistry, UC Berkeley; BS in Chemistry (American Chemical Society Certification), University of Connecticut

Elementary Algebra
Math 50
Pre Calculus
Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Chemistry

Emily Chu

PhD in Physical Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Biology

Shawn Costello

PhD student in Biophysics, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

Jane Courant

PhD in Dramatic Art, UC Berkeley; MA in English (with emphasis in Drama and Shakespeare), Georgetown University; MLS in Library and Information Science, University of Maryland

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Samuel Beckett and especially his relationship with prison theater

Anne Coyle

MA in Education; MA in Psychology

Abnormal Psychology
Intro to Psychology
Study Hall

Maxwell Coyle

PhD candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

Biology with Lab
Environmental Justice Workshop

Austin Dannhaus

BA in Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin

English 99A
English 99B

Katherine Ding

PhD candidate in English Literature, UC Berkeley

English 101B
Shakespeare

Ellen Dooley

PhD in Art History; MA in Art History; BA in Art History and Religion

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Spanish history and Latin American art

Lara Durback

MFA in Poetry, Mills College

English 101A
English 204
Study Hall

Greg Dyer

BA in Statistics, Citation in French, Harvard University

Study Hall

Hannah Edber

MA in Literature, UC Santa Cruz; MA in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching, Mills College

English 99A

Samantha Giles

MFA in Poetry, Mills College

Creative Writing

Patricia Golesic

MA in Peace Education, United Nations University for Peace, McMaster University

Study Hall

Martha Gould

BA in Mathematics for Teachers, UC Berkeley; California State Secondary Teaching Credential

Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra
Statistics

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Math and statistics

Ellen Greenblatt

MA in English, Yale University

English 101A

Yasmine Griffiths

MA in Public Health, UC Berkeley

English 99A

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The health of marginalized groups, especially Black Americans; substance use, mental health, and the embodiment of discriminatory treatment

Yoel Haile

MA in Public Policy, UC Berkeley

English 99A

Sage Hapke

BA in Critical Diversity Studies, University of San Francisco

English 99A

Emily Harris

MSW, University of Michigan

Public Policy Workshop

Susan Hirsch

MA in English, Sonoma State University

English 99A
English 99B
English 101A
English 101B

Frank Hsu

BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology: Immunology - Pathogenesis, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

Leah Humphreys

BA in Anthropology, UC Berkeley

English 204

Harriet Iwamoto

PhD in Physiology, UC San Francisco; MBA in Marketing and HR emphasis, University of Cincinnati

Math 50
Study Hall

Anoop Jain

Doctor of Public Health, UC Berkeley; Master of Public Health, Tulane University

English 204

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Understanding the social, political, and economic determinants of health in India

Karen Keller

MA in Reading/Language, Reading Specialist Credential, Standard Teaching Credential (K-14), UC Berkeley

Study Hall

Maedbh King

PhD student in Psychology, UC Berkeley; MSc in Neuroscience, Western University

Psychology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cognitive neuroscience; brain and behavior; subcortical processes of cognition; and neuroimaging methods

Katie Knickerbocker

EdD in International and Multicultural Ed, University of San Francisco; MA in Teaching ESL, University of San Francisco

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Linguistics; second language acquisition; social & racial justice; learning processes; education of disenfranchised populations

Connie Krosney

EdD in Social Foundations of Education; MEd in Organizational, Counseling, and Foundational Studies

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Transformative adult education; moral education and development; incarceration and applied ethics

Maureen Lahiff

PhD in Statistics, University of Chicago

Precalculus

Mari Larangeira

MA in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

English 204

Jenna Lehman

MA in Reading/Language, Advanced Reading/Language Leadership Program, Reading Specialist Credential in Sociology, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

Sara Leibovich

MD, University of Texas

Intermediate Algebra

Brian Lenardo

PhD in Experimental High Energy Physics, UC Davis

Elementary Algebra

Angie Lou

PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing, UC Santa Cruz; BS in Mathematics & Computer Science, Tufts University

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Contemporary American poetry and fiction; critical race and ethnic studies; Asian American literature; projective geometry; calculus

Jen Lyons

MBA, UC Berkeley

Business
Intermediate Algebra
Math 50A

Steve Martin

PhD in Physics, UC Santa Cruz

Precalculus

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Theoretical and computational biophysics and fluid mechanics; applying machine learning to healthcare

Debbie Mayer

MA Public Policy, UC Berkeley; BA in Sociology, Minors in Applied Ethics, General Anthropology, George Washington University

English 204
Public Policy Workshop

Theo McKenzie

PhD student in Math, UC Berkeley

Intermediate Algebra
Pre-Calculus

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Probability theory; combinatorics

Cayla Mihalovich

BA in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing, UC Santa Barbara

Study Hall

Rallie Murray

PhD student in Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Resistance movements; exilic space; critical geography; South African history and apartheid; history of the prison system and mass incarceration; U.S. history; and education

Alex Naeve

MA in Communication Studies, San Jose State University

English 99B
Communications

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Critical pedagogy, centered around making higher education accessible for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students

Rachel Nagrecha

MA in Secondary Education, UC Berkeley; BA in English, Stanford University

English 99B

Oliver Organista

MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland & Aarhus University, Denmark

Anthropology
Comparative Religions

Randy Pendleton

MS in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado

English 99A
Math 50A

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Chemical Engineering

Benjamin Perez

BA in Religious Studies, UC Berkeley; MA in American Indian Studies, UC Los Angeles; MA in American History, UC Davis; MFA in Creative Writing/English, Mills College

Comparative Religions
English 204

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Native American history; Native American literature; and Native American religions

Alan Pomerantz

BA, City University of New York; JD, New York University School of Law

US Constitution

Noam Prywes

PhD in Chemistry, Harvard University; BA in Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics, Columbia University

General Chemistry
Math 50A

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Biochemistry; synthetic biology; photosynthesis; COVID diagnostics

Nikita Rahman

BS in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Tufts University

Math 50A
Elementary Algebra
Statistics

Harish Ramadas

PhD in Mathematics, University of Washington

Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra

Becky Rapf

PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder

Elementary Algebra

Susannah Raub

ScB in Mathematics-Computer Science, Brown University

Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra

Swati Rayasam

MS in Global Health and the Environment, UC Berkeley

English 204

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); infectious disease; science policy; chemicals policy; environmental justice; global health; social epidemiology; public health advocacy

Courtney Rein

MA in English Literature, Bread Loaf School of English

English 99B

Theresa Roeder

PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, UC Berkeley; MS in Management Science, Case Western Reserve University

Business
Communications

Jocelyn Saidenberg

PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Creative Writing
English 210
Spanish

Narayan Sankaran

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sydney

Study Hall

Tara Seekins

BA in English and Classics, Smith College; MA in English, University of Colorado Boulder; MA in Education, UC Berkeley; JD, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Project-based learning; culturally responsive teaching; special education; English language development; restorative practices; trauma-informed care/healing-centered engagement

Ian Sethre

MA in Modern History, University of Minnesota; MA in International Administration, University of Denver

American Government
English 204
US History

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Influence and role of social movements and identity politics in transitional and fractious societies.

Isabelle Shankar

PhD student in Applied Mathematics, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

Vera Shapirshteyn

PhD candidate in French Literature, UC Berkeley; MA in French Literature, UC Berkeley

English 101B

Michael Shin

BA in Education, Swarthmore College

English 99A
Math 50A

Xhavin Sinha

JD, Santa Clara University

English 99B
Math 50A

Daniel Stid

MPhil in Politics, Oxford University; PhD in Government, Harvard University

American Government

Yuka Sugino

BA in Human Geography, Goucher College

English 99A

Tal Sztainer

MA in Education; MS in Civil Engineering

Elementary Algebra
Study Hall

Stefanie Tannehaus

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Math 50A

Rick van Adelsberg

BA in History and Sociology; MA in Educational Leadership; CA teaching credential

Spanish
Study Hall

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Antiracism

Kyana Van Houten

BS in Physics, Stanford University

Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra
Math 50B

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Thermionic energy conversion; micro/nanofabrication; renewable energy

Rebecca VanDeVoort

MFA in Creative Writing, Mills College

English 99A
English 99B
Study Hall

Alan Wang

PhD student in Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

Study Hall

AJ White

PhD student in Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

Anthropology

RESEARCH INTERESTS

American archaeology, anthropology and environmental science; climate change and its impacts throughout history on societies

David Wong

BS in Statistics, California State University East Bay

Elementary Algebra
Math 50A
Statistics

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Information technology

Bill Woodward

JD, Rutgers; BA in Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

American Government
English 101
Study Hall