Media Guide

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Faculty members willing to share their expertise are listed below. 

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Wendy Harder
Director, Community Relations
Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
949. 480.4081
Fax: 949.480.4260

Faculty Resources

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
Associate 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, Associate Dean of Students
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.
Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Water pollution, wetlands (natural and constructed), biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling

Edward D. Lowe, PhD
Associate Prof. of Anthropology 
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
Associate Professor of American History
Race and American history, education history and cultures, social-cultural history

Seiji Takaku, PhD
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

James Williams, PhD 
Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics and Director, Writing Program
History of rhetoric; rhetorical theory; composition theory; composition methods; literacy; syntax; child language acquisition; English as a second language; psycholinguistics