Faculty Master, Marks Hall
Associate Professor, Sociology & Gender Studies
Tim Biblarz is Associate Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies, and will serve as Chair of the Dornsife Department of Sociology beginning Fall, 2016. He has served as director of graduate studies, department chair, president of Dornsife’s Faculty Council and, currently, faculty head of South Residential College. Tim’s teaching and research explores causes and consequences of social inequalities in the United States over time, with an emphasis on the diversification of family life and intergenerational relationships. Dr. Biblarz’s articles have focused on how new family forms have influenced children’s experiences of upward mobility, how changing gender role attitudes have affected intimate relationships, and how the sexual orientations of parents have mattered (or not) for children’s wellbeing. Dr. Biblarz has published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and other journals, and is co-author of How Families Still Matter (Cambridge University Press). Tim has received honors for his teaching and research, including USC’s General Education Teaching Award, and two Best Article awards from the American Sociological Association.
Tim’s favorite part of his job is mentoring students in their pursuit of their own best visions of themselves. When not tooling around on one of his six Kindles late at night, Tim can be found helping his own college kids with their homework, or estimating models on survey data with a hot cup of one of his favorite Seattle coffees nearby. Fun fact: Tim and Chrissy’s daughter Veronica is a USC student, and their son Jimmy goes to Harvard.
Residential Faculty, Trojan Hall
Assistant Professor, International Relations
Benjamin Graham is the resident faculty fellow in Trojan Hall, where he lives with his wife, Lynn Ta, and their three young sons. He is also an assistant professor in the School of International Relations and the co-founder of the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab. A number of current and former residents of the South Area Residential College work as research assistants in the SPEC lab, gaining applied data science training conducting research on problems related to both international security and sustainable economic development.
After graduating from Dartmouth College he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, and he and his wife, Lynn, led a Habitat for Humanity build in Chile in 2008. Professor Graham received his Ph.D. in political science at UC San Diego, and he has research projects ongoing in the Philippines, in Georgia (the country), and (less exciting, but still surprisingly awesome) in the basement of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. When he’s not working, Professor Graham likes to hike, bike, ski, climb, and play soccer – and just hang out with his family.
Professor Graham’s core research is on political risk and foreign investment in emerging markets, focusing particularly on the role of migrants as the owners and managers of multinational firms and the role of social ties in the relationships between firms and governments. He also conduct research on federalism, powersharing, and unrecognized states. He teaches courses on international political economy, research design, and quantitative and survey research methods.
Residential Faculty, Pardee Tower
Assistant Professor, Clinical Occupational Therapy
Myka Winder, OTD, OTR/L is a Resident Faculty member in Pardee Tower in the South Residential College. For the past five years, she has worked as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy in the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She teaches courses in neuroscience, quantitative research and evidence-based practice, medical terminology, and history. Myka attended USC for her undergraduate and graduate degrees and has graduated from USC three times! As a loyal South alumna, she lived in Pardee Tower during her freshman year, studying neuroscience and English as double majors. She is currently a clinician at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice and primarily works with college students on lifestyle management, including time and stress management. She really enjoys living and working with college students in the residential college and in her faculty position. Myka brings in fellow USC alumni as guests to South Area’s Tuesday Nights with the Faculty dinner series to discuss their paths after graduating from USC, and she enjoys taking students on outings in Los Angeles, the place where she has lived the longest!
Residential Faculty, Marks Tower
Associate Professor, Clinical Education
John Pascarella, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education and Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching Programs at the USC Rossier School of Education. He has served as the Faculty Fellow in Residence at Marks Tower since 2012. John earned a Ph.D. in Culture and Values in Education from McGill University, an M.A. in Teaching from Montclair State University, and a B.A. in English Literature and African American Studies from the University of Central Florida. John taught high school English Language Arts and Literature in inner city Newark and Paterson, NJ, and graduate courses in education for more than 12 years. John serves on task groups for the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing and the California Council for Teacher Education, and is the Faculty Sponsor of Phi Delta Kappa. In addition to serving on 30+ service committees, workgroups, and research consortiums since 2010, John a member of the USC Online Learning Council, reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs. In 2013, John started College Access Day with South Area Residential Staff to improve college knowledge, access, and success for USC neighboring high school sophomores and juniors.