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Patrick Fuery

Patrick Fuery
Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dean Fuery is a graduate of Murdoch University, Australia, with a BA (Hons), MPhil and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He has held posts at the University of London (Royal Holloway College), Sussex University, and the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is the author of eight books and has been translated into Chinese, Italian, French, and Korean. His most recent book is Madness and Cinema. His research interests include psychoanalysis, semiotics, literary and cultural theory, gender studies, film and visual studies, medicine and the arts. He is currently completing two books: a study on cultural disturbance and the sublime; and an edited collection on medicine, culture, and the arts. 

Eric Chimenti

Eric Chimenti
Associate Dean
(714) 997-6807

Mr. Chimenti is Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Art. Nearly four decades ago Professor Chimenti began making art. At age four he was a "drawer." Over the years, his skills grew and he advanced to a dresser, and eventually became the armoire he is today. Professor Chimenti has worked for design agencies and advertising firms, and continues to run his own freelance business.  He is also the Chair of Education for the Orange County Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design in America.

Allison DeVries

Allison DeVries
Graduate Programs Coordinator
(714) 997-6752

Allison joined Chapman University in 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communication from UC San Diego. Prior to coming to Chapman, Allison worked in Research Planning and Government Relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Allison enjoys hiking, yoga and reading. She also takes pleasure in traveling- whether it is a short weekend trip from Southern California or a far away exotic location- and has been to sixteen countries on five continents!


Stephanie Takaragawa
Associate Dean
(714) 532-7771

Dr. Takaragawa is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research interests focus on issues of representation in film, mass media, art, performance, and cultural display. She is a founding member of the curatorial collective Ethnographic Terminalia (http://ethnographicterminalia.org/). Her dissertation Visualizing Japanese-America: the Japanese American National Museum and the Construction of Identity examined the role of the Japanese American National Museum in the construction and dissemination of a Japanese-American identity. She is currently president of the Society for Visual Anthropology (2015-2017)(http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/) a subsection of the American Anthropological Association. 

Shannon Halverson

Shannon Halverson-Gorajia
Administrative Coordinator
(714) 997-6947


David Krausman
Administrative Assistant

David came to Chapman University in 2016. Former graduate assistant to the Department of English, David now serves as administrative assistant to the Departments of English, Peace Studies, and the office of the Dean. David is an avid reader and writer; his current go-to recommendations are Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and Natasha Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia.


Susilo Nugroho
Information Systems Specialist 
(714) 997-6756

Susilo came to Chapman University in 2006 from the Claremont Colleges. He moved to the United States from Indonesia in 1995 to attend college and learn English. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University - Hawaii where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in Information Systems. Susilo holds certifications from Microsoft and Dell. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various musical instruments with his wife Delilah.


Barbara Piscitelli

Barbara Piscitelli
Administrative Director
(714) 997-6678

Barbara joined Chapman University in September 1998 to provide administrative support for the Dean's Office in Wilkinson College after enjoying many opportunities in the defense industry. She received her B.A. from Biola University and worked with preschool children as well as teachers for several years after graduating from college. Barbara and her husband Andy have two grown children, Julie and Nicholas, and two grandsons, Bretton and Christopher. In addition to spending time with family, Barbara enjoys reading, particularly biographical books, and visiting historic places.



Mary Shockey
Events and Development Coordinator 
(714) 532-6017

Mary has been at Chapman University since 2014 working in the Wilkinson College Dean’s Office as well as being the liaison between the College and University Advancement. Mary and her husband, Scott, of 24 years have a passion for sports and their four children, one who has completed graduate school, two in college and one still in high school.

Laura Silva

Laura Silva
Web, Media & Publicity Coordinator 
(714) 532-7758

Laura first joined Chapman University in the summer of 2006. Since her time here she has been responsible for recreating and maintaining the Wilkinson website, launching the Wilkinson Review and overseeing promotional material for various programs and events helping to carry out objectives of the college through forms of social media (Wilkinson Facebook Page, Wilkinson News Blog, Wilkinson Twitter). Laura earned her B.A. at the University of La Verne in Journalism and comes to us from The Orange County Register where she worked as a reporter for eight years.



Taryn Stroop
Grants and Research Analyst
(714) 628-7355

Taryn Stroop holds a BA in Sociology from Chapman University College and a Graduate Certificate in Grantsmanship from the University of Missouri. Taryn works closely with Chapman’s Office or Research and Sponsored Program Administration and is the editor of Wilkinson’s monthly research and funding newsletter, The CRASsH Report. Taryn has been with the college for over seven years serving in various roles including editor of Wilkinson College’s Wilkinson Review  a bi-annual magazine to Wilkinson’s Alumni and friends, creative projects manager, and college event planner