Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated UCSD faculty cross-cut campus to include the Division of Social Sciences, School of Medicine, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Global Health Institute, QualComm Institute, Global Health Program, Center for Global Justice, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, and the Center for Mental Health Technology.

School of Medicine

  • Anita Raj

    Anita Raj

    PhD, Tata Chancellor Professor, Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health

     

    Trained as a developmental psychologist, Dr. Raj’s research includes epidemiologic and qualitative assessment of gendered, social, and cultural vulnerabilities for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) concerns across national settings. Through this research, conducted in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia and North America, she has generated approximately 200 publications, and has been invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization, UN Women, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on topics of gender inequities and health.

  • Steffanie Strathdee

    Steffanie Strathdee

    PhD, Harold Simon Professor and Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Director of Global Health Institute

     

    Dr. Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention in underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries, including injection drug users, men having sex with men, and sex workers. In the last decade, she has published over 550 peer-reviewed publications on HIV prevention and the natural history of HIV and related infections and the evaluation of interventions to reduce harms among substance using populations. 

  • Jose Ricardo Suarez

    Jose Ricardo Suarez

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health

     

    Dr. Suarez is an epidemiologist. His main research interests involve understanding the role of environmental contaminants on brain development and metabolic alterations of children and adults, with ongoing research in Ecuador. 

Division of Social Sciences

  • Fonna Forman

    Fonna Forman

    PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, Founding Co-Director for the Center for Global Justice, Advisory Board for Global Health Program

     

    Dr. Forman is an advocate for engaged social science, and deepening university-community research partnerships. Forman’s research has become increasingly ‘grounded’ in recent years, engaging issues at the intersection of ethics, public culture, urban policy and the city - including human rights at the urban scale, climate justice, border ethics and equitable urbanization.  Recent publications include a volume on critical interventions in global justice theory, a volume on urban informality, a research collaboration on “grounded normative theory”, and thematic papers on ‘municipal cosmopolitanism’, ‘cross-border citizenship’, ‘climate migration’, and ‘participatory urbanization’.

  • Bonnie N. Kaiser

    Bonnie N. Kaiser

    PhDAssistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Health Program

    Her research focuses on elucidating cultural models of mental health and illness and exploring their connections to care-seeking; developing and adapting measurement tools for cross-cultural research and interventions; improving cultural adaptation of global mental health interventions; and critically exploring concepts of trauma, risk, and resilience. Her scholarship balances critical and constructive engagement with the field of global mental health, advancing both theory in psychological anthropology and practice in global mental health. She conducts rigorous mixed-methods studies with multidisciplinary engagement, drawing on her training as an anthropologist (PhD), epidemiologist (MPH), and global health implementation scientist (postdoc).

  • David Mares

    David Mares

    PhD, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

     

    Dr. Mares’s principal research and teaching interests include Latin American energy politics, the political economy of drug policy, defense policy, civil-military relations and the use of photographic imagery in politics. He is the author or editor of ten books and his publications have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese in journals such as Comparative Politics, International Organization, International Interactions, Security Studies, Latin American Research Review, Foro Internacional, Estudios Internacionales and Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad.

  • Amy Non

    Amy Non

    PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

     

    Dr. Amy Non is a molecular anthropologist with an interest in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Her research focus is to understand how social experiences can become biologically embedded to affect health throughout the life course. Her newest project is an investigation of epigenetic consequences of stressors experienced by children of Mexican-born immigrants.

  • Olga Olivas Hernandez

    Olga Olivas Hernandez

    PhD, Assistant Project Scientist Professor and Lecturer of Anthropology

     

    Dr. Olga Olivas Hernandez is anthropologist with particular research expertise on mental health, substance use/abuse, treatment and healing systems in cultural context. She has PhD in Social Sciences with emphasis in Social Anthropology from El Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico. For the past two years, she has been the lead field ethnographer in research conducted with adolescents on emotional wellbeing in Tijuana, Mexico.

  • Steve Parish

    Steve Parish

    PhD, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Advisory Board for Global Health Program

     

    Dr. Parish has a strong interest in the intersection of global health, climate change, and sustainability—especially in India, Nepal, and the Himalaya. This reflects interests in nature, culture, and the ethics of humanity’s relationship to the natural world and cultural diversity. His research has used person-centered ethnography to understand the role of culture in the development of moral consciousness, to examine the experience of inequality as it shapes the formation of self and culture in caste society, and to explore the subjectivity of suffering.

  • Paula Saravia

    Paula Saravia

    PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer of Anthropology

     

    Dr. Paula F. Saravia is a medical anthropologist from Chile interested in the connections between cultural epidemiology, indigeneity, and everyday forms of care. Her new research project focuses on the experience of mental illness and climate change among indigenous communities in the Argentina-Chile border in northern Patagonia.

  • Katerina Semendeferi

    Katerina Semendeferi

    PhD, Professor of Anthropology and of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Director of Laboratory for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy

     

    Dr. Semendferi’s research focuses on the comparative neuroanatomy of the human brain explores neural systems involved in complex cognitive and emotional processes in humans, apes and other primates, as well as in human mental disorders.

Division of Arts and Humanities

  • Teddy Cruz

    Teddy Cruz

    Professor of Visual Arts, Director of Urban Research, Center on Global Justice

     

    Dr. Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban and architectural research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography of conflict has inspired a practice and pedagogy that emerges from the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research, pedagogy and design production. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    Veerabhadran Ramanathan

    PhD, Victor C. Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Director of Atmospheric Sciences, and Chair of the Project Surya Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

     

    Professor Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide, and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. He has won numerous prestigious awards including the Tyler prize. In 2013, he was awarded the top environment prize from the United Nations, the Champions of Earth for Science and Innovation. He has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the Pontifical Academy by Pope John Paul II and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.