MMW Staff

  • Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D.  -  Director

    Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D. - Director

    Matthew T. Herbst is Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Making of the Modern World program and Associate Faculty Director of the Programs Abroad Office at the University of California San Diego.   Committed to international education, Prof. Herbst was a founding faculty member of UC San Diego’s Global Seminars and has led programs in Paris (2008), Istanbul (2009 to 2012), London (2013), and Bangkok (2014). He is also the founder and director of “Istanbul Between East and West:  Crossroads of History,” a Summer Institute for middle- and high-school teachers funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (2013-2015).  As a proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst initiated a two-course Global Service and Research sequence in 2012, in partnership with the college Student Affairs unit, and led programs focused on developmental disability in Istanbul in 2013 and 2014.   Closer to home, Dr. Herbst offers wilderness seminars in the deserts and mountains of Southern California, working with Outback Adventures.  Prof. Herbst has received multiple awards for teaching and serves on university committees addressing disability, basic writing, the first-year college experience, international education, and educational policy, as well as on the board of the Burke lectureship.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, specializing in Byzantium, and his BA in History, Greek, and Latin from Binghamton University.   Prof. Herbst’s website is:

  • Eberly Barnes - Assistant Director

    Eberly Barnes - Assistant Director

    Eberly Barnes is Academic Coordinator for MMW 11, 12, and 13. Academic Coordinator Barnes trains new TAs; supervises TAs in MMW 11, 12, and 13; oversees writing instruction in MMW 12 and 13; and manages academic integrity cases.  Dr. Barnes earned her PhD in English at St. Louis University, where she specialized in literary critical theory; studied the development of orality, literacy, and consciousness with Walter J. Ong; and wrote her dissertation on the critical history of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  In addition, she holds an MA in English from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA in English from Louisiana College.  Her research and teaching interests include writing pedagogy; rhetoric, composition, and the writing process; writing program administration; history of consciousness; sustainability, diversity, and social justice; creative non-fiction; and kinesthetic education.   Dr. Barnes also enjoys yoga, tai chi, and exploring nature.
  • Heidi Keller-Lapp - Assistant Director

    Heidi Keller-Lapp - Assistant Director

    Heidi Keller-Lapp is Academic Coordinator for MMW 14 and 15 and the transfer sequence, MMW 121 and 122. Dr. Keller-Lapp supervises TAs, oversees writing assignments in MMW 14, 15, 121, and 122, and manages academic integrity cases. She teaches MMW 14, 121, and courses on the French Revolution and Early Modern Europe in the history department. Heidi Keller-Lapp received her Ph.D. in European History from the University of California San Diego, where she specialized in early modern French history and completed fields in the anthropology of religion and gender/religion in medieval Europe. In addition, she holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University. Dr. Keller-Lapp was awarded the 2012 Eleanor Roosevelt College Outstanding Faculty Award and was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar in London during Summer 2012. Her research interests include gender in early modern Europe and in European colonial expansion, world religions, women’s religious communities, and the history of social and political thought. Her current project is the completion of her book manuscript entitled Floating Cloisters and Holy Amazons: French Ursuline Missionaries in the Atlantic World (1727-1744). Outside of teaching and scholarship, Dr. Keller-Lapp enjoys traveling with her family, attending her sons’ sporting events, and walking Shelby, her beagle.

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  • Edmond Chang - Lecturer

    Edmond Chang - Lecturer

    Edmond Chang received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 2002. A former Fulbright Grant recipient, he focused on comparative philosophy with an emphasis on Chinese aesthetics in the 4th century C.E. Dr. Chang also holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, as well as a B.A. in History and International Relations from Tufts University. Aside from teaching, Dr. Chang has published poetry and worked as a professional translator and editor.  His hobbies include many sports and hiking in the Sierras with his family.  As the Lecturer for the MMW program, he teaches MMW 12, 13, 14, 15, 121 and 122.
  • Vilaya Roberts - Program Coordinator

    Vilaya Roberts - Program Coordinator

    Vilaya Roberts provides administrative support to the program, including website management, fiscal management, scheduling lectures and sections, and providing support to faculty and TAs. She attended UCSD during the “wild & wooly” days of the early 70’s as a student at Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College). She majored in Theatre and minored in music, and was cast in several school productions under the direction of Dr. Floyd Gaffney. After college, she worked for a while at the Old Globe Theatre in the costume shop; formed a theatre company with friends called “A Wing and a Prayer”; and performed around southern California as a jazz vocalist. Her favorite pastimes are cooking, reading and spending time with her friends.
  • Myra Dang - Program Assistant

    Myra Dang - Program Assistant

    Myra grew up in Los Angeles and was a first-generation college student at UC San Diego and graduated with a BS in Public Health.  During her undergraduate career, she was involved in the Ladnaan Project, which focused on implementing a culturally-sensitive physical activity program for Somali women and also on a study that assessed the health and fatigue of taxi drivers.  As an Eleanor Roosevelt College alumna, it is quite fitting that Myra studied abroad, participating on an MMW Global Seminar in Istanbul, Turkey.  Afterwards, Myra provided administrative support for two MMW Summer Institutes for teachers, which were also held in Istanbul.

    Myra loves the outdoors and spends much time hiking and running along the beach.  Her varied interests include yoga, reading, and time with cats and dogs.

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