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Instructor Biographies

Spring 2019


Jennifer Carter completed an MA in Liberal Arts & Sciences, focusing her research on gender, popular culture, sociology, ethnic, and LGBTQ studies. She also holds a BA in English Literature and Women's Studies and is a German-English translator. In addition, Jennifer has taught for several college campuses and her writing has appeared in various publications, which culminated in the founding of The California Journal of Women Writers

Stephanie Fairchild studies labor and immigration history, particularly within the context of the development of global capitalism. She recently received a Ph.D. in history from UC San Diego.  In addition to teaching MCWP 40 and 50, Stephanie is currently working on a book manuscript that uses the history of the Justice for Janitors campaign as a lens to explore the growth of precarious work and socioeconomic inequality in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Ted Falk completed his PhD in Middle Eastern History at UCSD in 2017. His dissertation, Arabs into Frenchmen: Education and Identity in Ottoman Syria, analyzes the development of hybrid identities among the Arabic-speaking students of Jesuit missionaries. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog Pedro Martínez.

Amy Forrest, completed an MFA in the Program in Writing (Fiction) in 2012. She has taught for Muir Writing since 2011 and has taught MCWP 40, 50 and 125. In addition to written analysis, Amy's academic and creative interests include immigration, humor theory, and the social, medical, and historical management of mental illness.

Ayden LeRoux is an artist and writer hailing from New England. She is the author of Odyssey Works and Isolation and Amazement, and her work has been published by Electric Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cosmonauts Avenue, and edibleManhattan. Her artwork has been exhibited in China, Cuba, Greece, New York, San Francisco, and Austin, among others. 

Gidi Loza, MFA in Creative Writing, Literature Department, UCSD. She is a poet, small press publisher and translator. Her writing and research interests are: poetry and poetics, creative writing, 20th and 21st century American literature, critical theory and gender studies.

Melinda Guillen is a writer, curator, and Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the UCSD Department of Visual Arts. Her dissertation, tentatively titled, "Don't Need You: Conceptual Art, Feminism, and Estrangement" focuses on the work of curator Lucy R. Lippard and artists Lee Lozano and Adrian Piper during the 1960's and 1970's. She specializes in Postwar American Contemporary Art and Feminist Theory. She has also published essays and presented on panels in other areas including socially engaged art criticism, art & technology, urban studies, social movements, DIY culture, and humor as a critical device.

Kelly Hutton, M.A. Latin American Studies, is a social science geek. As a historian, she researched modern histories of gender, sexuality, family and the state, and specificially how individual and collective identities regarding citizenship functioned within Cuban and Mexican LGBTTI (LGTQIPA) social movements. Kelly taught grades 7-12 bilingual social science education, as well as EFL/ESL to adult refugees and international students in the US. She is earning an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. One day she will open a bilingual private practice for LGBTQ+ families in her hometown, Chula Vista, CA. Kelly loves cooking, gardening, the arts, national parks, craft coffee, goofing off and cats. 

Shelton Lo, Master's of Public Health, UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. He is originally from San Francisco, and graduated from UCSD with his Bachelor's in Public Health. He is currently focusing his studies on population health behaviors and their relation to prevalent chronic diseases in the community. 

Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D. Program, Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Elizabeth specializes in American art of the 1960s and 70s.

Michael Morshed writes crime novels around bringing opportunities to the disenfranchised. He also created and writes for a website ( that tells narrative and analytical stories about soccer.

Laurie Nies, Ph.D. Literature.  Laurie’s interests include Native American and Indigenous studies, early U.S. literature and culture, and post-colonial studies. Recent research has focused on 18th century and early 19th century women who appropriate “popular” literary genres to craft narratives that critique America’s political views and subvert ethnic stereotyping.

Vincent Pham, Ph.D. Program, Visual Arts. Vince is an art historian whose work and research focus on the visual culture surrounding portraiture in the long eighteenth century in Britain. Recent ideas that have been of interest include the sociability of portraiture, social practices within art spaces, and the experience of viewing in the eighteenth century. 

Haydee Smith, Ph.D. Program, Literature. Haydee Smith is a scholar of queer theory, disability studies, and memoirs. She is currently earning her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on intersectional identity formations and the autobiographical representations of divas, femmes, disability, and queer sexuality in contemporary popular culture, modernist literature and women's films.

Jonathon Walton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Department at UCSD. Jonathon analyzes games as sociotechnical systems, looking specifically at the conceptual, social, and material infrastructure that allows "serious games" to make sense and be able to operate as forces for change in the world. He previously spent 7 years in the foreign policy world, where he studied Chinese policing and social policy.

Michael Witte is an art historian, theorist, and translator, currently earning his PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His research lies at the intersection of literature and the visual arts, juxtaposing the histories of aesthetic theory with the development of late 19th and 20th century modernisms.

Suzy Woltmann is a literature PhD specializing in adaptation studies, gender and sexuality, and pop culture. She lives in North Park with her two amazing dogs, Charlie and Apollo.