Affiliated Faculty

Dr. David P. Cline - Associate Professor of 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. His 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. David's 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. 


Peter C. Herman - Professor of 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 - Lecturer in 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 - Associate Professor of 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


Veronica Shapovalov - Professor of Russian, Department of European Studies

Office: SH-228C
Email: [email protected]

Professor Veronica Shapovalov teaches courses in the European Studies Program and the Russian Program.  She has recently taught the courses (1) Europe and Terrorism and (2) Russian and East European Jewish Culture.

Veronica Shapovalov’s field of research includes women and children in the Gulag, women’s memoirs, and images of women in Russian literature.  Veronica Shapovalov compiled, translated, and edited the book Remembering the Darkness: Women in Soviet Prisons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001). She publishes her research both in Russia and in the United States.


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

Office: SHW-211
Email: [email protected]