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Jennifer Ryan

Assistant Director




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Lulu Guan Jones

Finance Coordinator


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Cassidy Woodward

Program Assistant



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Cambry Pardee

Spiritual Life Director



Faculty In Residence 2023-2024

Fiona Stewart

Fiona M Stewart, Ph.D.

TCC 134

Fiona M. Stewart is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and has been teaching at Pepperdine University since 2013. She teaches courses in Italian language, culture, film, and literature and enjoys intercultural and theological discussions with students and colleagues - in English or Italian - in class, during office hours, or around her dinner table. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Dr. Stewart studied at La Sapienza university in Rome and l'Università della Tuscia in Viterbo while an undergraduate. She has directed two summer study abroad programs in Italy and served as Faculty in Residence in Pepperdine’s London program during AY 20-21. It was a particularly quiet year. Dr. Stewart currently serves as Interim Associate Dean of Pepperdine's International Programs and enjoyed the chance to experience Princes Gate full of life and students in Summer 2023. Thanks to their respective jobs, Dr. Stewart and her husband, Philip, divide their time between Malibu and the UK. They lived for several years in Chelsea and so are particularly looking forward to introducing Pepperdine students to London and the joys and quirks of their home culture.


Faculty In Residence 2024-2025


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Dr. Darlene Rivas

CAC 207

Darlene Rivas is Professor of History and Latin American studies and received her PhD at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on U.S. foreign relations and transnational social and political movements in the 20th Century.  Believing that play facilitates active learning, especially in the living/learning environment abroad, she integrates Reacting to the Past role-playing simulations in her courses.  She and her husband Mike have participated in the Lausanne and Heidelberg programs and are eager to explore London and the UK with Pepperdine students!

Updated 8.7.23