Academic Affairs Directors

The following offices support the academic programs at Oxy.

Edmond Johnson

Edmond Johnson

Director of Advising, Core Program Coordinator
(323) 341-4139
Edmond Johnson has served as Director of Advising since 2015. In this capacty, he works closely with both students and faculty members to ensure that students have the guidance they need to make...
Center for Research and Scholarship
Jennifer Piscopo

Jennifer Piscopo

Associate Professor, Politics
(323) 341-4136

Jennifer Piscopo teaches classes on gender and global politics, Latin American politics, Latino/a politics, and elections.

Center for Teaching Excellence
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Carmel Levitan

Professor, Cognitive Science
(323) 259-2877

Carmel Levitan studies multisensory interactions, researching how the different senses integrate information.

Disability Services
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Mariam Ashchyan

Interim Director, Disability Services and Student Success
While earning her Master's Degree in Educational Counseling in 2016, Mariam served as Oxy's first-ever Academic Success Coach graduate assistant. Four years later, Mariam returned to the Oxy...
Hameetman Career Center
Jamila Chambers

Jamila Chambers

Executive Director, Hameetman Career Center
(323) 259-2935
International Programs
Robin Craggs

Robin Craggs

Executive Director, International Programs
Robin earned a Master of Arts in International Education at American University, Washington, D.C. in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Willamette University, Salem,...
Kevin Mulroy Oxy Librarian

Kevin Mulroy, Ph.D., MLS

College Librarian
Multicultural Summer Institute
Alexandra Puerto

Alexandra Puerto

MSI Faculty Director
Alexandra Puerto is Associate Professor of History and Latinx and Latin American Studies. She specializes in the history of race, science, and medicine in twentieth century Latin America,...
National & International Fellowships
Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke

Director of National and International Fellowships
(323) 259-2742
Office Hours by appointment. Please email
Oxy Arts
Meldia Yesayan

Meldia Yesayan

Director, Oxy Arts
Meldia is the Director of Oxy Arts, the multidisciplinary arts programming initiative at Occidental College. She oversees all aspects of the programming and development of Oxy Arts, including...
Pre-Health Advising
Kat Wang

Miao “Kat” Wang, M.S.

Director, Pre-Health Advising
(323) 259-2665
Kat joined the Office of Pre-Health Advising (OPHA) at Occidental after coming from Pomona College, where she served as the Associate Director of Pre-Health & Career Advising. Read Kat's...
Registrar's Office
Sponsored Research Office
Professor Salvador Fernández

Salvador Fernández

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor, Spanish and French Studies
(323) 259-2591

Salvador Fernández teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature and civilization, as well as Mexican and Chicano/a studies. His research areas of interest are the contemporary Mexican novel and Chicano/a studies.

Undergraduate Research Center
Professor Clair Morrissey

Clair Morrissey

Faculty Director, Undergraduate Research Center
Professor Morrissey, recipient of Occidental's Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize (2017), is a moral philosopher who specializes in practical ethics and political philosophy, with areas of...
Writing Center
Professor Julie Prebel

Julie Prebel

Associate Professor, American Studies; Director of Writing Center & Programs
(323) 259-1307

Julie Prebel teaches courses in writing/composition, rhetorical theory, and cultural studies.

Administrative Staff

Institutional Review Boards

Patricia Micciche, Interim IRB Coordinator, (323) 259-2783

International Programs

Julie Santos, Associate Director, (323) 259-2533; Marisa Mofford, Associate Director, (323) 259-1484; Christina Altamirano, Operations Manager, (323) 259-2533

Sponsored Research

Patricia Micciche, Director of Academic Support Services, (323) 259-2783

Undergraduate Research

Karla Hernandez, URC Manager, (323) 259-1414

Writing Center

Victoria Bandini, Department Coordinator, (323) 259-2545