Crown College

Crown Core Course Faculty


Manel Camps

Manel has been serving as Provost of Crown College since 2015. In this capacity, he is working to make Core the centerpiece of Crown frosh’s introduction to intellectual and social life at the University. He is also developing a program focused on promoting career readiness, with classes in entrepreneurship, computer modeling, or digital literacy as well as opportunities to conduct and present research. Finally, he is also working toward strengthening Crown’s community, integrating alumni, faculty, and residential education team into Crown’s educational program and establishing partnerships with various organizations across campus. In addition he is Associate Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology. His scientific research focuses on microbial genetics, more specifically on sources of genetic instability, on plasmid biology and on the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

Abel Cornejo

Adel is a lecturer and multi-media artist whose interests explore the intersection of visceral theatre, science, human psychology and the evolution of digital storytelling. He is devoted to cultivating interdisciplinary collaborations, supporting the actor as a creator and pioneering new evocative areas of undiscovered work. His current projects contextualize classics through the futuristic lens and has been featured nationally. Previous productions include; “Utopia D2H”, “COLLIDE:Galaxies in Motion,” R.U.R Rossum’s Universal Robots “and “Sabanas” showcased in the New York International Fringe Festival. His current research focuses on the fusion of science and the arts with emphasis on investigating the uses of technology in actor-training. “This exciting new explosion in telling stories utilizing technology to create dramatic structure unlocks vast possibilities and stimulates the imagination for a whole new breed of theatre-makers. It’s not ‘put away your smart phone,’ it’s bring your laptop, your tablet and your phone to class. I believe digital tools have become a way of enhancing learning and a way of art-making.”

Dion Farquhar

Dion has a distinguished teaching record across UCSC including Crown, Porter, and Cowell Colleges and the Politics, Feminist Studies, and Literature Departments. Rooted in the tradition of Marxist and Feminist Theory, she has extensive knowledge of science fiction and of the literature on emerging technologies as well as being an accomplished poet. She has a strong, leading role in the innovation and development of Crown’s College 1 course.

Tim Fitzmaurice

Tim has been a lecturer in Writing at UCSC since 1983. He is a fellow of Crown College. He is a poet and dramatic writer as well as an essayist. From 1998 to 2006 he served on the Santa Cruz City Council, and as Mayor of Santa Cruz in 2000-2001. He currently teaches Ethics and Technology in the Crown College Core Course, and political/social justice issues, related to mass incarceration, in other core courses. For three years, he has taught Creative Writing at Salinas Valley State Prison, near Soledad, CA.

Linda Glenn

JD, LLM, Linda is an ethicist, futurist, educator and attorney-at-law with over 30 years of experience in private and public sectors across multiple industries including exponential technology, healthcare, government, education, business ethics and futures forecasting. She is an internationally renowned thought leader, keynote speaker, writer, seminar developer/presenter, with a large body of published work in peer-reviewed journals. She is frequently quoted in the media for her thoughtful, incisive views. She is currently serving as a lecturer and the Founding Director of the Institute for Applied Ethics and Emerging Technologies at Crown College, University of California Santa Cruz. She also holds faculty appointments at California State University Monterey Bay, and the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center; she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their rescue dogs.

Chris Gray

Chris is the author of Postmodern War, Cyborg Citizen, and other books. Editor of The Cyborg Handbook, with Steven Mentor and Heidi Figueroa-Sarriera, and currently working with them on a collection called Modified: Living as a Cybernetic Organism. Published over 100 articles in over a dozen different disciplines and fields. Interdisciplinary (“self-designed”) BA from Stanford, Ph.D. from UCSC’s History of Consciousness Program. Also writes science fiction, designs board games and tarot decks, and makes collages and cartoon versions of academic articles. Currently working on: Infoisms: Aphorisms About Information; A California Family, the genealogical, genetic, historical and cultural story of his family; and many shorter articles and stories.

Roxi Hamilton

Roxi is a poet, performer, and lecturer in the Writing Program as well at Crown College. Her research interests are in writing, poetry, book publishing and editing, inter-arts performance, and gender and queer studies. She is editor at UCSC’s Viz. Inter-Arts that publishes work that explores the relationship between the arts. Viz. Inter-Arts award-winning Trans-Genre Anthology Series contain work that breaks down the barriers between genres (poetry, prose, performance, visual, music, dance) and/or that breaks down the barriers between are and life, artist and audience, publics and privates. Such art is often collaborative, conceptual, or has a collage aesthetic.

Nada Miljkovic

Nada is an artist educator who creates digital media, performances and installations, and teaches critical thinking, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She has been a lecturer in Crown College since 2015 and teaches a wide range of subjects. She helped design and implement courses Crown 92: Social & Creative Entrepreneurship, Crown 90: Startup Entrepreneurship Academy, and Crown 70: Introduction to Radio. She teaches Ethics and Technology in the Crown College Core Course, two entrepreneurship classes and a new course creating and producing multimedia narratives. She teaches for Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies both in Palo Alto and internationally. She is the founder and CEO of Artist on Art, LLC, Vice President Board member of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Co-organizer of TEDxSantaCruz, and has a weekly live radio interview show. She lives on the Westside of Santa Cruz with her husband.

Gary Patton

Gary is currently practicing environmental law as a sole practitioner in Santa Cruz, California. He also teaches a course in the Legal Studies Program at UCSC called “Privacy, Technology, And Freedom.” From 1975 to 1995, Patton served as an elected member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. He served as the General Counsel of The Planning and Conservation League, a statewide, Sacramento-based environmental group, from 1995 to 1998. Patton served as the Executive Director of LandWatch Monterey County from 1998 to 2005, and from 2005 until 2008, Patton returned to Sacramento to act as the Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League. Patton writes a daily blog, “We Live In A Political World.”

Marilyn Patton

Marilyn is delighted to be teaching at Crown College. She earned her B.A. in English at Stanford University and her Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz. She taught Literature and the Arts at Stanford, American Studies at UCSC, and both writing and literature in Silicon Valley. Her doctoral work was on cannibalism in literature with its political, religious, anthropological and psychosexual implications. Published articles include an article on Melville’s self-referentiality in as well as ” The Politics of the Body” and “Tourists and Terrorists,” both on the writings of Margaret Atwood. Her most recent publication is a chapter in on teaching the plays of El Teatro Campesino. Her reading interests include Asian and Asian-American writing, science fiction, the origins of the universe, and theater. In this disenchanted world, where do we look for magic?