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  • Stephen Cox

    Director, Humanities Program
    Distinguished Professor, Literature

    Office: GH 182
  • Antony Lyon

    Assistant Director, Humanities Program

    Antony Lyon received his PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego. He joined the Humanities Program in 2010 and has taught all five courses in the sequence.  

    Research Interests: Political representation, democratic theory, responsibility, suffering, and human experiences in nature. Contemporary poetry. Engaged teaching and teaching of writing.

    Office: GH 184

  • Kristina Markman

    Assistant Director, Humanities Program

    Kristina Markman received her PhD in Medieval History from UCLA. Before joining the Revelle College Humanities Program she taught at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and West Los Angeles Community College. 

    Research Interests: High Middle Ages, crusade culture, intellectual history, frontier interactions; student-centered pedagogy, engaged teaching, experiential learning, teaching of writing. 

    Office: GH 186

  • Kailey Giordano

    Instructor, Humanities Program

    Kailey Giordano joined the Revelle College Humanities Program at UC San Diego after receiving her PhD in Literature from UCSD. She is currently adapting her research in her book-length project entitled Miranda’s Daughters: Women’s Ecological Thinking in Seventeenth-Century English Literature.

    Research Interests: Early modern English literature, the intersection of literature and science, environmental literature, women’s writing, and poetry. The exploitation of nature as England transitioned from a feudal economy to an agrarian-capitalist economy.

  • Stanley Chodorow

    Professor Emeritus, History

    Stanley Chodorow, Professor Emeritus of History, received his PhD from Cornell University in 1968. He came to UC San Diego that year and has taught Humanities since 1970. He also teaches a writing course for graduate students.

    Research Interests: Medieval legal history and eccliastical politics.

  • Todd Kontje

    Distinguished Professor, Literature

    Todd Kontje received his PhD in German Litearture at Princeton University before coming to UC San Diego in 1991. He teaches undergraduate courses in German and European literature, and the ocassional seminar in critical theory. 

    Research Interests: German and Comparative Literature; especially surrounding national identity and the Bildungsroman.

  • Eric Watkins

    Professor, Philsophy

    Eric Watkins received his PhD in Philsophy from the University of Notre Dame, and has been teaching at UC San Diego since 2001. He also teaches courses on Kant and German philosophy.

    Research Interests: Kant's theoretical philosophy and its place within modern philosophy and science; early modern philosophy (especially Leibniz), German idealism and the history of philosophy of science.

  • Edward Watts

    Professor, History

    Edward Watts received a BA in Classics at Brown University, and received his PhD in History from Yale University in 2002. He came to UCSD in 2012 after 10 years at Indiana University. In addition to HUM 2, he teaches courses on Byzantine History, Roman History, Late Antique Christianity, Roman numismatics, and the history of the Medieval Mediterranean.

    Research Interests: The intellectual, political, and religious history of the Roman Empire and the early Byzantine Empire. 

  • Nancy Caciola

    Professor, History

    Nancy Caciola received her BA at Wesleyan University, and MA and PhD at the University of Michigan. She has been teaching at UCSD since 1996. She also teaches courses on Pagan Europe and its Christian Aftermath, Europe in the Middle Ages, as well as sieminar courses in Medieval history.

    Research Interests: The religious and social construction of identities in the later Middle Ages, the boundary between life and death in medieval thought, and the varieties of ways of imagining return from the dead.

  • Michael Caldwell

    Instructor, Humanities Program

    Michael Caldwell received his BA in Humanities and English at Valparaiso University, and his MA and PhD in British Literature from the University of Chicago. He has been associated with Revelle in some fashion or other since 2000. He is also a full time lecturer at SDSU.

    Research Interests: 18th century political journalism; jazz; the literature of passing; the possibilities of humane discourse and transformative justice in the age of cancel culture.


  • Alexandra Vargas

    Coordinator, Humanities Program

    Alex Vargas received her BS in General Biology and minor in Humanities from UC San Diego. As an undergraduate, she taught for Biology, Revelle's First Year Experience Program, and OASIS. She also served as a Peer Advisor, Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and mentor for the Global Ambassador's Program. After working for Revelle Academic Advising, she joined the Humanities Program in 2019.

    Contact Alex through the Virtual Advising Center for questions about scheduling, enrollment, transfer courses, OSD accomodations, and majors and minors in Humanities.

    Office: GH 180A

  • Dereck Garcia

    Student Administrative Assistant, Humanities Program
    Media Intern, Revelle Provost's Office

    Dereck Garcia is a Human Developmental Sciences major, grauating in Fall 2021. He is currently the Director of Student Involvement for the Revelle College Council, and has served as a Revelle Orientation Leader, Chair of Revelle Hall Association, and Director of Finance for KOTX. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in Student Affairs.