Faculty

Emerald Archer
Emerald Archer is Assistant Professor of Politics and Chair of the Politics and History Department.  Dr. Archer studied Arabic throughout her graduate career and lived in Cairo while studying at the American University.  Her dissertation examines if and to what extent stereotypes affect the performance of servicemen and women in the U.S. Marine Corps.  She teaches a variety of upper- and lower-division courses on topics such as terrorism, international war, research methods, and political theory.  Dr. Archer emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary studies in the classroom and encourages her students to investigate ideas that lie at the intersections of disparate disciplines.  Though her teaching interests are wide ranging, her current research interests include civil-military relations, gender and militarism, political psychology, and terrorism.  She has been published in BMC Cancer.

Education: B.S., University of Puget Sound; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
emerald.archer@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5143

Douglas J. Cremer
Douglas J. Cremer is Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies and Dean of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies.  He has lived, studied, and/or taught in San Diego, Atlanta, Munich, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Nanjing and Beijing.  His training is in European and Chinese social history, intellectual history, and philosophy. He has taught courses in the “posts”—post-modernism and post-colonialism, as well as in interdisciplinary fields—terrorism, architecture, and fascism.  He has published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the Journal of Church and State, the Catholic Historical Review, and the Journal of the Association for History and Computing as well as written regular reviews and served as a review editor for The European Legacy.  Doug’s professional life has been a search across the usual divisions of the intellectual and academic world.

Education: B.A. and M.A., History, University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., History, University of California, San Diego.
douglas.cremer@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5120

Marco Perez-Mares
Marco Perez-Mares is Adjunct Professor of Economics
Education: B.Sc., Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico; M.A., University of California Los Angeles; M.A., Claremont Graduate University
marco.mares@woodbury.edu

Vivian Terr
Vivian Terr is Participating Adjunct Professor of Politics and History and also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies core program.  In addition to her teaching duties, she is the pre-law student advisor.  Vivian is a member of the California State Bar and is a recipient of the State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.  Prior to taking her current teaching position in the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, she served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for fifteen years, teaching business law and business ethics.

Education: B.A., summa cum laude, Occidental College; J.D., Columbia University, School of Law.
vivian.terr@woodbury.edu
(818) 252-5183

Sebastian Zacharia
Sebastian Zacharia is Participating Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies.  He teaches courses touching on a wide spectrum of global topics such as modern Middle East, impact of globalization, genocides, civil rights, modern revolutions, civil wars, international relations in Asia and Africa, and international negotiations. Prior to joining Woodbury University, as the Director of International Studies Program, he taught in a number of other Universities in California, such as the University of Southern California, the University of California Irvine, and Cal Poly Pomona. In 2006, he was nominated by the Parents Association of USC for the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.

For over twenty five years before his teaching career Sebastian served the United Nations as a development economist, diplomat at the level of ambassador, and as administrator of UN Development Program projects.  These projects covered almost all sectors of development from animal husbandry, industrial applications of radioisotopes, private sector development, and most importantly, advancement of education and training through teacher training, curriculum development, and education administration in countries in Asia and Africa.  His last position at the UN was as Director of the Division for Regional Program for Asia and the Pacific responsible for the identification, formulation, planning, implementation and evaluation of over 300 projects with a UN/ government funding of over $700 million.  His hands-on experience and knowledge of global issues have added considerable value to his teaching abilities and effectiveness. Prof. Zacharia also serves as Woodbury University Ambassador working with the University Advancement team.

Education: M.A., Madras University.
sebastian.zacharia@woodbury.edu