Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty- M.A.

Faculty Who Teach Social Justice and Change at Marylhurst

Meet the faculty who lead foundational interdisciplinary coursework, independent inquiry, and applied, project-based studies related to equity, engagement, organizational leadership and opportunities for social change within society. 

Marylhurst students pursing a social justice degree extend their critical thinking beyond a single academic discipline. Contributing diverse backgrounds and unique experience, program faculty work alongside students to listen, discuss and analyze academic topics of importance to students’ academic goals.

David Denny, Ph.D.

David Denny studied in the philosophy, literature and criticism program at the State University of New York, Binghamton, receiving an MA in philosophy and a Ph.D. in comparative literature. His interests are in critical theory, psychoanalysis, modern literature and philosophy, and film studies.  Read more…

Sean Gillon, Ph.D.

Dr. Gillon serves the Marylhurst community as Chair of the Interdisciplinary & Liberal Arts department and Assistant Professor of Food Systems and Society. As a dedicated educator, Dr. Gillon believes its his responsibility to encourage students to become lifelong, active learners and engaged citizens. His research engagements have included analyses of the politics of US food and agricultural policy, organic food regulation, the social and ecological dimensions of biofuel production, livestock production and food system labor, water quality and climate change’s influence on food systems, nutrient management in dairy agriculture, and agroecological knowledge and practice.   Read more…

Kacy McKinney, Marylhurst University

Kacy McKinney, Ph.D.

Dr. McKinney is an interdisciplinary feminist educator and scholar trained in critical human geography, and she is also a visual artists. Her interests range from the uses of comics and graphic novels in social science research and teaching in the liberal arts, to the politics of genetically modified organisms, and the study of child labor in agriculture. Her research has been based in India and Brazil. Most recently, she was awarded a Fulbright to teach a graduate course at a leading Brazilian University. She is committed to social justice, and to inclusiveness in higher education. Read more…

Ayako Takamori, Ph.D.

Ayako Takamori’s teaching and research is driven by an enduring interest in how identities are negotiated and mediated across borders and in post-conflict contexts through cultural citizenship and activism. Drawing on her background in sociocultural anthropology, her work is conceived at the interdisciplinary juncture of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies, and her areas of expertise span comparative race and ethnicity, transnationalism and globalization, nationalism and multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, and media and visual cultures. Read more…

These are only a few of our respected faculty who support the social justice and leadership program. Are you looking for a particular faculty member or simply interested in learning more? Explore Marylhurst faculty biographies.

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