Kresge 1 Faculty


A.M. Darke

 Associate Professor, Kresge College (Kresge 1); Program in Games and Playable Media

A.M. Darke is an artist recognized widely and internationally for her games designed for social   impact, and a powerful presence in fora and cultural spaces of game criticism and gaming culture. She created the award-winning card game Objectif, in order to explore the intersection  of race, gender, and standards of beauty. In 2017, she curated the exhibition Building Code: Developing Mixed Use Space in Virtual Reality as an artist-in-residence at Laboratory. In 2018, Darke joined the NYU Game Center Incubator residency, and is currently a Futurist in Residence with ARVR Women. In addition to being on our Games and Playable Media Faculty here at UCSC, she is founding director of The Other Lab, an interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist research lab for experimental games, XR, and new media. Her work has been shown internationally and featured in a variety of publications, including Forbes, Kill Screen, The Creator’s Project, and NPR.










Rebecca Dilts

Lecturer, Kresge College (Kresge 1); PhD in Literature

Rebekkah Dilts is a PhD candidate in the Literature department at the University of
California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on nineteenth through twenty-first century French
and Anglo-American literary works that face(d) both textual and authorial censorship.
She is also interested in queer and feminist theories, and how practices of
reading and interpretation affect the construction of bodies and subjectivity.









Anna Friz

Associate Professor, Kresge College (Kresge 1); Department of Film and Digital Media

Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, and media studies scholar on our Film and Digital Media faculty. Her radiophonic compositions and sound art reflect on “public media culture, media ecologies, political landscapes and infrastructure, time perception, the intimacy of signal space, and speculative fictions.” Friz has been featured at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; NYC’s Museum of Arts and Design; SITE Gallery (Houston), and many other sites in more than 25 countries, including many national radio audiences. Her work has addressed radio beacons, air-traffic-control, and environments including mining and industrial corridors in the high altitude deserts in northern Chile. 










Jeremy Gauger

Lecturer, Kresge 1

Jeremy Gauger did his masters’ work at New York City’s New School for Social Research. His dissertation addresses “problems of universalism in political modernity, through a conceptual history and re-articulation of so-called ‘universal history’. Its underlying thesis is that political universals are constituted through concrete human practices—whether emancipatory or repressive”—rather than by theory. Gauger investigates “how to open up practices that claim dignity and equality for those to whom this has historically and institutionally been denied”; post-dissertation, Gauger currently works on the philosophy of time and social temporalities in history, economics, and politics. 









 Nicol Hammond

Associate Professor, Kresge College (Kresge 1); Department of Music

Nicol Hammond is an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar specializing in South African popular, traditional, and choral music, and in feminist and queer studies. She is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she completed her BMus at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006. She lived in New York from 2006 to 2014, where she completed a PhD at New York University. Her dissertation focuses on South African rock musician Karen Zoid and the intersection of gender, sexuality and nationalism among post-apartheid Afrikaner youth. She has published on the topic of her dissertation, and also on South African choral music, and music and sports. She is a choral conductor and singer. Her research interests include music and nationalism, gender and sexuality, queer theory, voice, African music theory, South Africa, Afrikaans music, women’s work, popular music, cultural studies.








 Juliana Leslie

Lecturer (Kresge 1; Kresge 65W—Writing Lab; Kresge 100—Learning with Intention and Purpose)

Juliana Leslie was born in Cooperstown, NY and grew up in New York and California; she holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz, Mills College and UMass Amherst. She is the author of three chapbooks and of the full-length collection More Radiant Signal (Letter Machine Editions, 2010). She has been a co-organizer of the UC Santa Cruz Poetry and Politics Research Group and a founding editor of its imprint. She first started teaching as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Bettina Aptheker’s Introduction to Feminism here at UCSC and since then has taught in several disciplines in the humanities, including literature, feminist studies, creative writing, and composition. She earned a PhD in literature from UCSC in 2013 and has been teaching at Kresge ever since.










Thao Mai

Lecturer (Kresge 1); Kresge College Advisor

“...Power and Representation couldn’t be more timely and relevant. It is a privilege for me to be able to engage with you all this quarter. I'm a first generation Vietnamese immigrant. My background includes research in education focusing on identity construction within sociocultural contexts. Questions of how race and gender shape educational experiences have always been interesting to me. In addition to teaching, I'm also an academic adviser. I hope to bring both lenses—that of an educator and adviser—to welcome you to the first steps in your journey as scholars and as curious minds actively participating in our social world.” —T.M.










Megan McDrew

Lecturer (Kresge 1; Department of Sociology)

Megan McDrew teaches a wide range of sociology courses including Death and Dying, Family and Society, and on social justice. Megan also instructs courses at Hartnell College where her main responsibility is teaching sociology in two prisons. In her free time, she works with the Santa Cruz Public Defenders office investigating juvenile defense cases and runs her own organization: The Prison Transformation Project. Besides teaching and advocating for the incarcerated, she loves to spend time raising her children and training for triathlons.








Daniel Pearce 

Course Coordinator (Kresge 1); Lecturer (Kresge 1; Kresge 65W—Writing Lab; Writing Program)

Daniel Pearce is a fiction writer, critic, musician, and teacher. He received his MFA in fiction from Columbia University and is a 2020-2021 Steinbeck Fellow. His writing has appeared in several publications, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, BOMB, Bookforum, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to teaching at UCSC, he has taught at Columbia University, University of San Francisco, and San Quentin State Prison. His academic interests include human rights, narrative theory, and the sociology of policing.



Melissa Sanders-Self

Lecturer (Kresge 1, Porter 1, Creative Writing, Literature)

Winner of a UCSC 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Melissa Sanders-Self is a member of lecturer faculties in Literature, Creative Writing, Kresge College, and Porter College. She is also a published author (All That Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch, Warner Books 2002; The Stone Mother, Bellwether Prize finalist 2006) a documentary filmmaker (Writing Women’s Lives, PBS 1999), and an alumnus of UCSC. She has published short fiction with the Catamaran Literary Reader, New Rivers Press, New Brighton Books, and Doubleday. She is currently working on a memoir Seizure: A Love Story, and a Fellow at the Center for Integrated Teaching and Learning to improve undergraduate experiences in the classroom.