Affiliated Faculty

Drew Thomases - Study of Religion, Jewish Studies Program Director and Advisor

Office: AL-662B
Email: [email protected]


Peter Atterton - PhilosophyPeter Atterton

Office: AL 431
Email: [email protected]

Peter Atterton is Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Essex. In addition to extensive work on Emmanuel Levinas, he has written on Darwin, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kantian ethics, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, psychoanalysis, human rights, human extinction, and the sci-fi movie Blade Runner. His current research focuses on Levinas and the philosophical implications of Darwinism. In addition to his various co-edited books: Face-to Face with Animals (SUNY), The Continental Ethics Reader (Routledge), Levinas and Buber (Duquesne), Animal Philosophy (Continuum), Radicalizing Levinas (SUNY), his articles have been published in Kant-Studien, Research in Phenomenology, History of the Human Sciences Journal, Inquiry, The Psychoanalytic Review, Philosophy Today, International Studies in Philosophy, and Symploke, among others. He is co-author of On Levinas (Wadsworth) and guest editor of Levinas Studies. An Annual Review, Vol. 5. He is currently editing a collection of essays on Levinas and Shakespeare. 


David P. Cline - History

David ClineOffice: AL 513
Email: [email protected]

David P. Cline is an historian specializing in 20th and 21st century U.S. social movements, oral history, the digital humanities, and public history. From 2011-2017 he was Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech and Director/Associate Director of the Graduate Certificate in Public History there. Since 2013 he has also been a Lead Interviewer and Research Scholar for the Civil Rights History Project of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. David was also the Associate and Acting Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2008 to 2011.

David's public and digital history projects have included an augmented and virtual reality experience of a World War I battlefield site in Vauquois, France; an augmented reality iPad-accessible application that helps teach African American history and the skills of historic inquiry; major national oral history projects and local projects focusing on African American, university, and LGBTQ history; and museum and historic site exhibits. HIs most recent book is From Revolution to Reconciliation: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2016) of which CHOICE recently said: "Every academic and church library should acquire this timely, important book." Nominated for the 2017 Oral History Association Book Prize, It examines the story of the Student Interracial Ministry, founded at the same time and place as its better known ally the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, but whose seminarian members wanted to not only dismantle Jim Crow in the South but also change the mainline Protestant churches' approach to racial issues. David is also the author of Creating Choice: A Community Responds to the Need for Abortion and Birth Control, 1961-1973 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), which explored community reproductive rights networks in Massachusetts prior to the Roe V. Wade decision. He is currently finishing Twice Forgotten, a book that uses oral histories to delve into the African American experience of the Korean War and to connect these to the civil rights movement. 


Jonathan Graubart - Political Science

Jonathan Graubart

Office: NH-119
Email: [email protected]

Jonathan Graubart is a professor of political science at San Diego State. He specializes in the areas of international relations, international law, Israel-Palestine, Zionism and Jewish dissent. Graubart received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 and his JD from UC Berkeley Law School in 1989. 

Graubart’s recent book is Jewish Self-Determination beyond Zionism: Lessons from Hannah Arendt and other Pariahs (Temple University Press 2023). His article “It is Deadly and Oppressive but Is It One State? Assessing the New One-State Reality Paradigm” is forthcoming in Palestine/Israel Review. His two present projects deal, respectively, with the challenges faced by American Jewish dissenters post-Oct 7 and what to make of the International Criminal Court’s startling request for arrest warrants of Israel’s Prime Minister and Defense Minister. 

Graubart occasionally writes op-eds for such forums as Truth Out, Common Dreams, and Academe (an academic freedom blog) and serves on the academic advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. He recently penned “To Confront Antisemitism, Stand with the Oppressed, Not Today’s Pharaohs.” 

Prior to academia, Graubart experienced a varied professional career, which includes working for President Ronald Reagan (as an attorney at the US Treasury Department) and for Michael Lerner (as an editorial staff member at Tikkun Magazine). As a San Francisco attorney, Graubart engaged in plaintiff's-side civil litigation against perpetrators of securities fraud (his first case being against Walt Disney) and worked pro bono in the areas of poverty law and asylum law for political refugees from Central America. 

Graubart has pursued a number of professional interests in his life. He was a fisherman, a factory worker, and a circus promoter (though he never succeeded at his attempts to develop a juggling act). He has vague memories of writing sermons for his birth father, an itinerant Baptist preacher (sometimes getting ideas from his adopted father, a rabbi). 


Peter C. Herman - English and Comparative Literature

Peter C. HermanOffice: AL-265
Email: [email protected]

Peter C. Herman has published numerous books and anthologies, including Unspeakable: Literature and Terrorism from the Gunpowder Plot to 9/11 (Routledge), Literature and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2018),  The New Milton Criticism (co-edited with Elizabeth Sauer; Cambridge University Press, 2012); Approaches to Teaching Milton's "Paradise Lost," 2nd edition (MLA, 2012); Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England(Cornell University Press, 2010;) Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude (Palgrave, 2005); and Squitter-wits and Muse-haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton and Renaissance Antipoetic Sentiment (Wayne State University Press, 1996). His essays have appeared in such journals as Renaissance Quarterly, SEL, and Modern Philology. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Columbia University.


Susanne Hillman - History

Susanne HillmanOffice: AL-553
Email: [email protected]

Susanne Hillman received her Ph.D. in modern European history, with an emphasis in (Jewish) Germany, from UC San Diego. Her research has been published in a wide variety of academic journals including Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, German Studies Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, Soundings, Journal of Women’s History, Celebrity Studies, etc. She teaches survey courses in world history and Western civilization and upper-division courses including the history of the Holocaust and modern Jewish history. Hillman recently completed an MA in British Literature at SDSU.


Yetta Howard - English and Comparative Literature

Yetta HowardOffice: AL-259
Email: [email protected]

Yetta Howard (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2010; M.A., Mills College, 2002; B.A., Boston University, 1998) is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literatureand Co-director of the LGBTQ Research Consortium at San Diego State University. An expert on underground and unpopular cultures, Dr. Howard specializes in gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, and feminist theories of race and ethnicity in the context of visual, auditory, and corporeal forms, and with an investment in experimental and avant approaches to 20th- and 21st-century textual practices and minority discourse. Howard is the author of Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground (University of Illinois Press, 2018) and the editor of Rated RX: Sheree Rose with and after Bob Flanagan (forthcoming Fall 2020, The Ohio State University Press), a collection of essays by scholars and artists, photographs, and archival materials.

Some of Howard’s work appears in American Literature; Social Text; Sounding Out!; TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly; The Journal of Popular Culture; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; Fiction International; The Middle Spaces; On the Politics of Ugliness (Palgrave Macmillan); Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O'Brien (Live Art Development Agency); and Howard guest edited a special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies on the theme "Under Pressure." Some of Howard's forthcoming work will appear in The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (forthcoming January 2020, University Press of Mississippi); Keywords for Comics Studies (forthcoming Summer 2020, New York University Press); The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies (Routledge); Disability and Art History, Volume 2 (Routledge). Howard is also at work on a new book project, Erratic Erotics: The Sexual Politics of Discordance. A darkroom-trained-turned-digital photographer for over two and half decades, Howard has had recent exhibition activity at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA); Front Porch Gallery (Carlsbad, CA); The Arc Gallery and Studios (San Francisco, CA); The FRONT Arte y Cultura (San Ysidro, CA). Howard was a ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Research Fellow (for Rated RX) and received a Heller-Bernard Fellowship from CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Howard is affiliated faculty with SDSU’s LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Women’s Studies Department, M.A.L.A.S. Program, and serves on the editorial board of SDSU Press. For more information: www.yettahoward.com


Scott Meltzer - Study of Religion

Scott MeltzerOffice: AL-636
Email: [email protected]

Rabbi Scott Meltzer is a Lecturer in Study of Religion at San Diego State University and also serves as rabbi of Ohr Shalom Synagogue in San Diego.  He is currently the President of the San Diego Rabbinical Association and chairperson of San Diego’s Joint Synagogue—United Jewish Federation Committee.

Rabbi Meltzer served as Dean of Students and Residential Life at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina and was Director of Education of The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and its renowned program, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI), where he was responsible for programs in residential and experiential Jewish education. He has also served congregations in Santa Maria, California, San Diego, and Butte, Montana, as well as a hospital chaplaincy in New York. 

Rabbi Meltzer graduated and was ordained through the Hebrew Union College. He earned a B.A. with honors in Chemistry from Harvard University before attending rabbinic school and holds a Master’s Degree in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.


Alana Shuster - Hebrew Program Advisor, Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages

Office: SHW-211
Email: [email protected]