Faculty Bios

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Matthew S. Davis, PhD

Dr. Davis is originally from Massachusetts where he earned his BA in Psychology. He earned his MA in Experimental Social Psychology in Virginia, and came to California in 1982 to complete his doctoral work in the interdisciplinary field of Social Ecology, with a focus on both Social Psychology and on the geological processes that create earthquakes and volcanoes.

Christian Dean, PhD

Dr. Dean started teaching at Dominican (then Dominican College of San Rafael) as an adjunct instructor in the fall of 1996, after having spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. He joined the full-time faculty in the fall of 1998, at which time he also assumed the role of Department Chair of Politics and International Studies.

John Duvall, PhD

Although he began making movies in elementary school, John never wanted to live in a megalopolis like Los Angeles. But when he decided working odd jobs in Indianapolis wouldn’t get him where he wanted to go, he headed out to L.A. and USC’s film school. Graduating with an MFA in Cinema Production in 1983, John went on to work at most of the major Hollywood studies – Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, and others – creating and editing sound effects for some great movies, including War of the Roses, Awakenings, Heathers, and his crowning achievement, the Academy Award-winning Dances with Wolves.

Veronica Fruiht, PhD

Dr. Fruiht completed her BS in Psychology Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she completed undergraduate research on self-efficacy of among female engineering students. She then earned an MA and Ph.D. in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University where she studied strengths-based interventions for adolescents and community college students. After 2 years on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, she was excited to return back to the North Bay where she was raised to join the faculty at Dominican.

Afshin Gharib, PhD

Dr. Gharib's research interests include the cognitive and neural mechanisms of associative learning - focusing on the role of attention, timing, and response learning in operant conditioning - and age-related changes in learning and memory. He is particularly interested in the effectiveness of antioxidants in reversing age associated declines in cognition. His teaching interests include Introduction to Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Statistics and Research Methods.

Gigi Gokcek, PhD

Dr. Gokcek joined the Political Science department in fall 2006. She was celebrated as Dominican University of California 2012 Teacher of the Year, and in 2016 she was named Director of the Honors Program.

Stuart Horne, MA

Stuart brings to Dominican more than thirty years’ experience in sound recording, having worked with top musicians in the recording industry. As the current station director and founder for DU radio, he continues to “gild the lily” and develop this marvelous vehicle for training students and enabling them to find jobs in the broadcast industry.

Marina Hotchkiss

Marina Hotchkiss joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 1983, after having danced with the Deutsche Oper Berlin for four years. In Berlin, Marina worked directly with such dance luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev, Birgit Cullberg, Loyce Houlton, Anna Markard and Valery Panov.

Alison Howard, MA

Alison Howard began teaching at Dominican in 2004 and became Department Chair in 2009. She was celebrated as Dominican's Teacher of the Year in 2015. She currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Dominican chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science honors society.

Jordan Lieser, PhD

Jordan Lieser is a scholar and educator with research interest and teaching experience in the fields of Modern Latin America history, U.S.-Latin American Relations and Interventions, Chicano Studies, Mexican-American Immigration, World History, Public History and Central Californian History. Teaching experience additionally in American history, East Asian history, Sports history, and Western Civilization.

Gail Matthews, PhD

Dr. Matthews is a clinical psychologist who focuses on couples therapy, anxiety disorders, and life transitions. She is also a life and career coach, specializing in overcoming barriers to success and fulfillment.