Faculty: East Area Community

Community I - Sierra
Daniel Lynch, Resident Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor, International Relations

Daniel C. Lynch is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and is a member of USC’s US-China Institute Executive Committee. Lynch is the author of two books: Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to “Global Culture” in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan (Stanford University Press, 2006) [paperback edition: August 2008)], and After the Propaganda State: Media, Politics, and “Thought Work” in Reformed China (Stanford University Press, 1999). He has published scholarly articles in such journals as The China Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, and Asian Survey. Lynch’s current research focus is how Chinese elites are envisioning the future of China’s domestic politics, international relations, economy, environment, and culture. Lynch has been the Faculty Residence at Sierra Apartments since August 2005.

Community I - Founders
Julie Albright, Resident Faculty Fellow

Lecturer, Sociology & Research Scientist Information Sciences Institute

Dr. Julie Albright is a trusted expert in the media for stories related to popular culture, social aspects of the Internet, sex, gender, relationships and plastic surgery. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, USA Today, and many others, and has appeared on 20/20, CBS 2 News, NBC News, and radio programs including NPR and Austrian National Radio. Dr. Albright holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California, and is currently a lecturer in the Dept. of Sociology, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her specialization is the intersection of gender, relationships, sexuality and technology; she has extensively researched relationships on the Internet. She is a research consultant for eHarmony, one of the largest online matchmaking services, and is currently writing several journal articles related to sex, relationships, flirting and dating. She is also an assistant producer for the documentary film Made Over In America and recently authored a journal article on plastic surgery makeover television shows called "Impossible Bodies."

Community II - Honors House
Jim Moore, Resident Faculty Fellow

Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering; Public Policy and Management; Civil Engineering

Prof. Moore received his BS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Urban Planning in 1981 from Northwestern University's Technological Institute (now the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science) in Evanston, Illinois. He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1982, his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Northwestern in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (Infrastructure Planning and Management) from Stanford in 1986. He specializes in transportation engineering, transportation systems, and other infrastructure systems. He joined Northwestern's Civil Engineering faculty in 1986, and the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1988. He is Director of the Transportation Engineering program, and Vice Dean for Academic Programs in USC-s Viterbi School of Engineering.- He served as Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering from 2004 through 2010.- In 2003, he was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, United States Section, for out-standing contributions to the field of Transportation Systems Engineering; and received the Kapitsa Gold Medal of Honor.- He serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar, the Orange County Engineering Council, and the California Transportation Foundation; and in 2012 completed service on the national board of the Institute of Industrial Engineers as Senior Vice President for Continuing Education.

Prof. Moore's research interests include risk management of infrastructure networks subject to natural hazards and terrorist threats; economic impact modeling; transportation network performance and control; large scale computational models of metropolitan land use/transport systems, especially in California; evaluation of new technologies; and infrastructure investment and pricing policies.  Prof. Moore has been living at the Honors House Residence as Senior Tutor since 1995, and has served in the Residence Faculty program since 1989.- He is faculty advisor for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Graduate & University Family Housing - Hillview Apartments
Scott Smith, Resident Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor, Writing Program

Scott Smith received his Ph.D in American Literature from Kent State University. His research interests include Men's Studies, Masculinity, Body Issues, Disability, American Literature (Puritan, 19th Century Poetry, Beats).

Graduate & University Family Housing - Centennial Apartments
Beth Pyatak, Resident Faculty Fellow

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Beth Pyatak has primary research interests in the intersection of chronic care management, occupational engagement, and health and well-being among individuals with chronic illness and/or disability. In July 2011, she was awarded a Mentored Career Development Award through the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) to develop a lifestyle intervention aimed at improving health and quality of life outcomes among young adults with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes (NIH/NCRR #KL2RR031991). In addition, she is collaborating with faculty at the USC Keck School of Medicine to implement a transition program aimed at improving health and psychosocial outcomes, and increase medical follow-up, among young adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare settings (Helmsley Foundation 2010PG-T1D011; PI: A. Peters). Prior to her faculty appointment, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate on the Lifestyle Redesign- for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in SCI (LR-PUPS) study (NIH/NCMRR #1 R01 HD056267-01; PI F. Clark).

Annenberg House
Darnell Cole, Faculty Master

Associate Professor, Education

Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor of Education with an emphasis in higher education and education psychology. His areas of research include race/ ethnicity, diversity, college student experiences, and learning. Previously he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (Honolulu). He was also a faculty member at Marquette University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is on the review board of the Journal of College Student Development. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters and is featured in the major journals for higher education and other related fields including The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, NASPA Journal, Journal of Classroom Behavior, Journal of Creative Behavior, and The Review of Higher Education. His most recent article "Debunking Anti-Intellectualism: An Examination of African American College Students' Intellectual Self-Concepts" appears in The Review of Higher Education.