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The Community Relations staff is available to help you set up interviews or find answers to your questions as quickly as possible.
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Faculty members willing to share their expertise are listed below.
If you haven't been to Soka University before, we would be happy to arrange a personal tour for you. Visit our campus and talk to some of our students, staff and faculty. Plan your visit so that you have time for lunch at the Soka Bistro where the whole campus gathers between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. (It's $9.50 for all you can eat including dessert and beverage.) You'll be glad you came!
Director, Community Relations
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Soka University's distinguished faculty offers a rich resource for those seeking expertise in a variety of academic areas. The following SUA faculty are willing to be contacted by members of the media about their subject areas. Click on their names for bios and contact information.
Ryan Ashley Caldwell, M.A., PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology of gender and sexuality; issues surrounding war crimes and interrogation in Iraq and Afghanistan; social theory and culture; applied ethics
Shane J Barter, PhD
Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics
Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Islamic politics, ethnic conflict, post-conflict elections, civilians in war
Sarah England, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Race and Ethnicity in Central America, Gender Violence in Guatemala
Arie Galles, MFA
Professor of Art
Art, art instruction at Soka University of America
Michael Golden, DMA
Professor of Music Composition and Director, Creative Arts Program
Music composition, computer music, music at SUA, world music, psychology/philosophy of music, music and ecology
M. Robert Hamersley, Ph. D.
Asst. Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Water pollution, wetlands (natural and constructed), biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling
Nancy Hodes, PhD
Professor of Chinese Language and Culture
Chinese language and culture, literature, film
Edward D. Lowe, PhD
Associate Prof. of Anthropology and Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Low-income urban communities, comparative studies of individual and family well-being, public policies that support working families, globalization, identity and well-being in the Pacific Islands
Lisa A. Hall MacLeod, PhD
Professor of International Studies and Director, International Studies
International Relations (conflict resolution, post-conflict peace building, UN Peace Operations, United Nations)
Nalini Rao, PhD
Associate Professor of World Art
India, art, religion, culture, dance, art history, modern, Asian
James O'Neil Spady, PhD
Assistant Professor of American History
Race and American history, education history and cultures, social-cultural history
Seiji Takaku, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology of forgiveness; Psychology of apology- & excuse-giving. Cross-cultural issues in inter-personal and inter-group conflict resolutions. Psychological theories on human motivation.
Gail Thomas, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Assessing quality educational alternatives to traditional public schools, race and gender differences in education and employment in higher education, global social inequality
Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics
History of rhetoric; rhetorical theory; composition theory; composition methods; literacy; syntax; child language acquisition; English as a second language; psycholinguistics