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

    Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D. - Director

    Matthew T. Herbst is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Making of the Modern World program at UC San Diego (Eleanor Roosevelt College) as well as affiliated faculty in History and Classical Studies, and teaches in Environmental Studies. A proponent of experiential learning, Prof. Herbst was an inaugural faculty member of the university’s Global Seminars in 2008 and has led eleven world history programs in Asia, Europe, and Oceania, as well as multiple experiential-learning programs in Turkey, on the Navajo Reservation, and in the National Parks of CA.  In addition, since 2012 he has offered two dozen environmental humanities seminars in the deserts and mountains of California in partnership with UCSD’s Outback Adventures.  Prof. Herbst was a founding faculty member of the college-based First Year Experience program, designed to facilitate successful student transition to the university, and teaches the first-quarter freshman and transfer courses each fall. Dr. Herbst’s professional efforts stem from a commitment to public education, through which he was educated from elementary school in New York to his B.A. at Binghamton University (as a first-generation college student) and Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan. Interested in fostering links between pre-collegiate and higher education, he served as a public school board member, as a Content Review Expert for the California Department of Education’s review of new world history curricula, as a director for two world history Institutes abroad for teachers, and a proposal reviewer for NEH Seminars and Institutes; he also offers world history teacher trainings and co-leads an educational enhancement program for high school students. Prof. Herbst is currently developing digital projects, including online world history courses, and is the early Byzantine Empire from contrasting vantage points, both local and global.  Dr. Herbst has received multiple awards, including Outstanding Faculty, Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching, and an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award. For more, see his website.

  • Eberly Barnes - Assistant Director

    Eberly Barnes - Assistant Director

    Eberly Barnes is Academic Coordinator for MMW 11, 12, and 13. Dr. Barnes hires and 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 critical theory; studied the evolution of consciousness and history or rhetoric 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; the evolution 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.

    View Heidi's CV

  • 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 Dang 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.