2011/12 New Faculty

  • Ben Doller

    Assistant Professor, Literature
    Appointment effective 7/1/11

    Mr. Doller will join the Department of Literature in July 2011. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2000, and he is an award-winning poet. Previous to his hire at UCSD, he was an Assistant Professor at George Mason University and has been visiting faculty at many institutions. He won the Academy of American Poets Prize from the Iowa Writer's workshop, as well as the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. His work has been published in many distinguished venues such as Tin House, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and others. He is the author of three books of poetry: Dead Ahead (Fence Books, March 2010); FAQ (Ahsahta Press, 2009) and Radio Radio (Louisiana State University Press, 2001). During his career, he has been is a highly lauded instructor and will offer graduate and undergraduate courses in creative writing for the Literature Department.

  • Gregory Wallace

    Associate Professor of Acting, Theatre and Dance
    Appointment effective 7/1/11

    Gregory Wallace received his B.F.A. from the Stella Adler Conservatory at New York University and his M.F.A from Yale University in 1987. His field of creative research is acting and directing for theater, with a broad range of experience from classical to diverse contemporary texts. Mr. Wallace's profile as a professional actor and teacher is considerable. He is an Associate Artist at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T) in San Francisco and has been a company member and faculty at A.C.T. for twelve years. He has received strong critical acclaim over many years for his work as an actor. Mr. Wallace has received multiple nominations for the competitive San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award including his 2008 performance in Tis Pity She's A Whore; received the Back Stage West Garland Award for his 2001 performance in The Misanthrope; and three San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for performance in 1995 for Angels in America, in 1999 for Insurrection: Holding History and in 2010 for The Tosca Project. Mr. Wallace is also the recipient of the Fox Fellowship from 2005-2007 to study Corporeal Mime and Movement in the U.S., Paris and London. Mr. Wallace has been a leading actor in many plays including recent productions of Claybourne Park, Scapin, Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Government Inspector, working with such luminary directors as John Doyle, Carey Perloff, Israel Hicks, Bill Irwin, John Rando, Mark Wing-Davey and Laird Williamson. He has appeared on Broadway in Our Country's Good directed by Mark Lamos, in other major New York theaters such as the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Theatre Workshop, and worked periodically at leading regional theaters such as the Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre. He has also worked in film and television in Los Angeles and has extensive experience in the performance of contemporary new plays as well as classical texts. Mr. Wallace has demonstrated a continuing commitment to diversity, especially during his time at A.C.T. He has been a primary recruiter and mentor to A.C.T.'s African American students, a consultant to the artistic director on diversity issues in season planning, and he served as a member of A.C.T.'s Diversity Council.

  • Mariana R. Wardwell

    Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
    Appointment effective 7/1/2011

    Mariana Razo Wardwell earned a Ph.D. with an emphasis in critical theory from the Visual Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently the academic director for the interdisciplinary graduate seminar Zonas de Disturbio, a collaboration project of the Art History Graduate Program and the Campus Expandido Program at the University Museum for Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico City. She is also a research fellow at the CENIDIAP-INBA (National Center for Research, Information and Documentation of the Visual Arts at the National Institute for the Fine Arts) where she is the academic director for the design and development committee of the Ph.D. Program DETA: Doctorado en Estudios y Teoría del Arte. From 2007 to 2009 Wardwell was a dissertation research fellow at the University of California MEXUS Program. She obtained an MFA from the Studio Art Program at the same institution and a B.A.H. from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. Her work has been part of exhibitions such as: " Eco: arte contemporáneo mexicano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2005); "Independent Los Angeles," Disney Hall (Los Angeles, USA, 2003); "Axis México: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions," San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, USA, 2002); "The Axiomatic Arcade," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2001); "Video Latinoamericano," National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain, 2001); "Mexeperimental Cinema Program," Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain 2000 – New York, USA, 1999), and "At the Curve of the World," Track 16 Gallery (Santa Monica, USA, 2000). Wardwell is a founding member of the editorial and curatorial committee of The Red Specter: a phantasmal, agitation, and conspiratorial organization working at the intersection of art, politics and theory. The Red Specter is based in Mexico City and is at the center of a wide web of international collaborations with artist, critics, designers and curators.