Parkside Arts & Humanities Faculty

Gupta_Malancha (PRB)Malancha Gupta

Residential Faculty, Parkside A&H 

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Malancha Gupta is an assistant professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. She is from New York City and received her BS in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union in 2002. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 under the guidance of Professor Karen K. Gleason. From 2007-2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working under the guidance of Professor George M. Whitesides. She has been teaching at USC since 2009, and her expertise is in polymer chemistry and surface science. She has co-authored 25 manuscripts and 3 patents in these topic areas and has taught several classes including Heat Transfer, Freshman Academy for Engineers, Viscous Flow, and Physical Properties of Polymers.

Malancha has lived in Parkside Arts and Humanities since 2012 along with her husband John Hennessy, an engineer who works at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  As a Residential Faculty Fellow in Parkside, Malancha has organized various programs such as visiting the LA Philharmonic, dining at LA Live, gingerbread house decorating, and making hygiene kits for the homeless shelters. She is particularly interested in making sure that students visit downtown and participate in volunteering in the community.

Brett Sheehan, Residential Faculty at IRCBrett Sheehan

Residential Faculty, Parkside Arts & Humanities

Professor, Chinese History

Brett Sheehan is a professor of Chinese history at the University of Southern California, and director of USC’s East Asian Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 and has been at USC since 2006. Teaching Chinese history is actually his second career. He turned to academics after obtaining a degree in Finance and spending six years working as a commercial banker.

He researches and teaches about Chinese and East Asian history, especially the history of business and capitalism. One of the highlights of his year is taking students to China to learn about globalization. For fun, he loves working out, hiking, playing board games, and hanging out with Parkside students. Look for him in the dining hall and join him for a meal if you like.

He is the author of Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banking and State-Society Relations in Republican Tianjin, 1916-1937 (Harvard University Press, 2003), Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision (Harvard University Press, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a book exploring business in fiction and film over China’s long twentieth century. Check out his author page at

Faculty Fellows





Beyond the faculty who live in residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities invites other USC professors to join our residential college for an academic year. These Faculty Fellows make new connections between our students and the broader University, and enhance our community’s intellectual and social life. Each Faculty Fellow teaches a first-year course in the Parkside complex: either GE Seminar, Writing 150, or Freshman Seminar. Fellows also join us for weekly Masters Dinners and lead occasional cultural outings into Los Angeles. We are delighted to welcome our 2016-2017 class of Faculty Fellows: Professor Cory Elizabeth Nelson and Professor Ryan Boyd.

Ben Pack

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Ben Pack is a Lecturer in the Writing Program, where he has taught since 2010, first as a Master of Professional Writing student and eventually as a full-time faculty member. As an undergraduate, he also attended USC, double majoring in film production and French. After undergrad he worked in feature film development, traveled from Canada to Chile, and wrote everything from greeting cards, to political ads, to screenplays and short essays. He still writes (almost) every day.

Emily Artiano

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Emily Artiano joined the faculty of USC’s Writing Program in 2015 after earning her Ph.D. in early American literature from Northeastern University. Dr. Artiano’s scholarship focuses on linguistic colonization and language negotiations primarily in early American literature. This scholarship informs her pedagogy, and she has presented her work at several national conferences. Since arriving at USC, Dr. Artiano has become involved in community engagement projects with wonderful organizations in Los Angeles including the Francisco Homes and 826LA. Incorporating these community engagement projects into her writing courses has been one of the highlights of teaching at USC thus far for Dr. Artiano.

DAVID ALBERTSON (A&H)David Albertson

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Associate Professor, Religion

David Albertson is associate professor of Religion in USC Dornsife, where he researches mysticism and philosophy in medieval Christian thought. He studied at Stanford University and the University of Chicago and is the author of an award-winning book on science and religion, Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres (2014). Since 2007 he has developed several new undergraduate courses in the humanities, winning the General Education Teaching Award in 2009 and an NEH pedagogy grant in 2010. From 2012-2017, Prof. Albertson served as resident faculty fellow at Parkside along with his spouse Annie and their three children.