I am the Resident Faculty Fellow in Trojan Hall in South Area. I live with my wife, Lynn Ta, and our three boys, Zeke (4), Eli (2), and Caleb (4 months) in Trojan Hall. If you want a good overview of what resident faculty are all about, check out this story by Annenberg TV News on resident faculty in South Area and this wonderful profile of Oliver Mayer, the Faculty Master in the Parkside Residential College.
The core of South Area's faculty programming is our Tuesday Nights with the Faculty dinner series, hosted in the apartment of Tim Biblarz, the South Area Faculty Master. Every Tuesday night, students have a chance to break bread with a great mind in an informal setting. Guests include politicians, writers, artists, business leaders, and academics, who speak about one of two related themes: "from college to career" and "stories of upward mobility." The talks are short and informal, and the Q&A runs long, often continuing well after the events formally end.
In addition to the speaker series, I also run 2-3 signature South Area outings per semester, each one showcasing history, culture and food in a different LA neighborhood: in 2015/2016 I expect to take students out for a walking tour of Chinatown and some authentic dim sum; a trip to Watts Towers and brunch at the historic Watts Coffee House; the Japanese American Museum and a ramen lunch in Little Tokyo; and a hop down the expo line to Crenshaw for good food and good music at the Taste of Soul Festival. I've posted a few photos from past events.
My office hours for Fall 2015 are Fridays 10-12 in VKC 305, so please come by and say hi! I am also available by appointment (just e-mail me).
A Little About Us
Lynn, Zeke, and I arrived at USC the summer of 2012, Eli joined us the summer of 2013, and Caleb last winter. Lynn is a social justice attorney with a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego and a J.D. from Berkeley.
I also received my Ph.D. from UC San Diego, and when I'm not doing my research I like to get outside and hike, bike, rock climb, ski, and generally ramble about.