2009/10 New Faculty

  • G. Mark Hendrickson

    Assistant Professor, History
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Mark Hendrickson received his Ph.D. in 2004 at the University of California, Santa Barbara in United States policy history and labor history. His dissertation, “Labor Knowledge and the Building of Modern Industrial Relations, 1918-1929,” is currently under revision for publication as a book, now called “New Capitalism: Rights, Expectations, and Fairness in the New Era Economy." One of the key contributions of Dr. Hendrickson’s project is to chart the rise of nongovernmental organizations after World War I and he pinpoints the fluid movement of individuals, findings, investigatory methods, and ideas between nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and government bureaucracy. His research is grounded in the archives of organizations such as the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, and also of such non-government research entities as the Urban League and the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Hendrickson has won the Aspen Institute Dissertation Fellowship, the Aspen Institute Dissemination fellowship, and an SSRC dissertation fellowship in Philanthropy and the Non Profit Sector that recognize the path-breaking nature of his work in drawing attention to the role of non-profits and philanthropic organizations between the wars in engaging government policymakers and recasting the debate on fair wages, government intervention, and industrial policy. He has been teaching at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado since Fall 2004. At UCSD he will be teaching U.S. economic history and course on public policy history such as “Labor, Race, and Public Policy in the 20 th Century” and “In the Public Interest: Civil Rights, Immigration, Health Care, and Economic Citizenship.”

  • Todd Henry

    Assistant Professor in Residence, History
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Todd Henry received his B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University in Tokyo, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UCLA. After completing his 2006 dissertation, “Keijō: Japanese and Korean Constructions of Colonial Seoul and the History of its Lived Spaces, 1910-37,” he was offered a position here at UCSD under the Faculty Fellows Program, but declined in order to take up a ladder-rank assistant professorship at Colorado State University at Fort Collins where he has taught for two years. During the 2008/2009 academic year as a Korea Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Korea Institute, he has been revising his dissertation into a book, Ethnographies of Power: Seoul’s Public Spaces under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1910-45. His comparative and transnational studies of Japanese and Korean history are founded upon his high proficiency in both the Japanese and the Korean language. At UCSD, Dr. Henry will concentrate his teaching on the history of modern Korea, especially on topics of imperialism and modernity, city spaces and urban cultures, and gender and sexuality.

  • Ping-hui Liao

    Professor, Literature
    Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Professor Liao received his Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the Literature Department, UCSD in 1987, having studied under eminent scholars such as Michel de Certeau. In addition to receiving competitive fellowships and grants from agencies like the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Science Council of Taiwan, Professor Liao served as a visiting scholar or professor at such prestigious institutions as Princeton University (1991-1992), Harvard-Yenching Institute of Harvard University (1996-1997) and Columbia University (2001-2002). Among numerous awards, he has won the May Fourth Prize for the Best Literary Critic of the Year in 2004 and the Wu Yung-fu Prize for the Best Literary Critic of the Year in 2007. He has served as President of the Comparative Literature Association in Taiwan (1994-1996) as well as a committee member and editorial or advisory board member for many journals and scholarly associations in Taiwan and overseas. Since 1987, Professor Liao has been teaching at National Tsinghua University in Taiwan, promoted from the rank of Associate Professor to his most recent position as Distinguished Professor of Literary and Critical Studies. Professor Liao is an internationally recognized authority in Taiwan Studies, specializing in Taiwan cultural history (from the Japanese colonial period to the current era of globalization), East-West comparative literature, inter-arts studies (fiction, film, poetry, painting, and opera), popular culture, and critical theory (poststructuralism, postmodernism, postcolonialism). His vision regarding his teaching agenda is an ambitious one of extensive collaboration with faculty across disciplines and fields throughout the UC system in order to develop new undergraduate and graduate courses on Taiwan literature, cinema, and modernity in East Asia.

  • Eun-Young Jung

    Assistant Professor, Music
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Dr. Jung is a classically trained pianist who earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology along with an Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies in 2007, followed by a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Japanese and Korean Studies, all at the University of Pittsburgh.  She received three pre-doctoral fellowships from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowment Fund to pursue her research.  Prior to her appointment at UCSD, Dr. Jung served as the Assistant Director at the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she led the Korean Studies development and received a conference grant from the Academy of Korean Studies from Korea.  Her research focuses on exploring transnational popular cultural dynamics in and from East Asia and examining multimedia industries and consuming behaviors.  Dr. Jung’s most recent research deals with the popular music and visual culture of Asian American communities in the U.S., including issues of “authenticity” among Asian American hip-hop artists.  Dr. Jung will offer courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in ethnomusicology and East Asian musical traditions and trends, beginning with an undergraduate course entitled, World Music / Music of Asia, in Fall 2009.  

  • Saba Bazargan

    Acting Assistant Professor, Philosophy
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Saba Bazargan is currently completing his Ph.D. in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University. His areas of specialization are in moral theory and applied ethics, but he also has broad interests and competence in other parts of moral, political, and legal philosophy. His thesis topic is A Reductive Approach to Collective Inculpation in Just War Theoryin which he examines issues about collective agency and collective responsibility, with special attention to the ways these issues arise within the tradition of just war theory. His interests in collective agency and responsibility also spill over to issues in political philosophy, environmental ethics, and organizational ethics. Bazargan’s research and teaching interests complement, rather than duplicate, existing departmental resources in ethics. In particular, his focus on applied ethics will allow him to contribute effectively to both our lower-division and our upper-division course offerings in ethics, some of which serve to satisfy GE requirements at Warren and Sixth Colleges. His theoretically informed work in applied ethics will also provide a new perspective in the ethics wing of our graduate program. He has already proven himself a successful instructor at Rutgers, and we are confident he will advance our teaching, as well as research, missions here at UCSD.

  • Tara Knight

    Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance
    Appointment effective 7/1/09

    Ms. Knight received her MFA in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2006 with a concentration in film, video and animation. Her films have screened at museums and galleries, and she has collaborated on award-winning media projects. Before joining the Theatre and Dance department, Ms. Knight was the Associate Director for Culture, Art and Technology, building the academic curriculum at UCSD’s Sixth College. As one of only a handful of teachers working in the burgeoning new field of projection design, Ms. Knight is exploring how the technical and conceptual techniques of cinema can be adapted for theatrical purposes. Investigating how film, animation, and motion-capture can be integrated with live actors and dancers on stage is of major interest currently in the performing arts. Ms. Knight will be researching the theoretical implications as well as the technical aspects of this interdisciplinary approach. She will offer undergraduate and graduate courses in animation, and core courses in digital time-based media and design fundamentals. A highly rated instructor, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award while a graduate student, and has been active in recruiting minority students to the UCSD community.

  • Benjamin Bratton

    Associate Professor, Visual Arts
    Appointment effective 11/1/08

    Benjamin Bratton is a designer and media theorist who received his graduate degrees in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara.He is widely acknowledged as a significant contributor to Computing Arts, Design and Architecture theories, as well as a leader in bleeding edge Design/Project initiatives throughout the IT industry directing major strategic design projects for Motorola and the Yahoo! Advanced Strategies Group. Bratton has published a variety of texts and contributions to discourse, including Pervasive Computing and Environmental Modeling(co-authored) situated technologies series, Architectural League of New York, 2008 and the forthcoming Dissimulations: Design and Terrorism (in preparation under publication contract Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, Scheduled publication. 2009), as well as numerous published articles. His research and publication areas include the sociology of technology, media architecture, software studies, and contemporary architectural and design theory.

    Since 2005, Bratton has served on the Senior Faculty at the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-ARC) as well as serving as a visiting lecturer and critic at Columbia, Pratt, Yale, the Architectural Association of London, Penn, USC, UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Brown, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. At UCSD, Bratton will be teaching graduate courses in both our MFA and Ph.D programs, and a range of design practice and new media theory courses in our undergraduate ICAM major.