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Faculty

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Norma Stoltz Chinchilla, Co-Director

Professor, Sociology and Women’s Studies

Dr. Chinchilla’s recent research focuses on women’s movements in Latin America and Central American immigration to Los Angeles. She was Fullbright Fellow to Guatemala in 1965 and received one of two CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement awards for 1996-1997. Her recent book, Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles (Temple University Press, 2001), co-authored with Nora Hamilton, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California, was awarded the 2002 prize for Best Book published in the area of Race/Ethnicity and Foreign Policy/Globalization by the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Dr. Chinchilla’s web page

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Alicia del Campo, Assistant Director and Advisor

Associate Professor, RGRLL

Dr. del Campo’s areas of interest include Latin American Literature and Culture, Latin American Theater, Cultural Studies in Latin America, Literature and Human Rights, Memory, Politics and Theatre. She is the author of: Teatralidades de la memoria en el Chile de la transición. Santiago: Mosquito Comunicaciones, Forthcoming; and co-editor of Discursos Teatrales en los albores del siglo XXI . Irvine: Ediciones de Gestos, 2001. She is the author of several articles on Latin American literature and theatre published in the US, Chile, Germany and Spain. Her research deals with the broadening of theoretical and methodological approaches to theatre to include the study of social and political theatricalities, theatricalities of the women’s movement in Latin America , and the staging of historic memory and national identities in contemporary Latin America.

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Jayne Howell, Co-Director and Advisor

Professor, Anthropology

Dr. Howell (Ph.D. Anthropology SUNY Stony Brook, 1993) conducts research on gendered patterns of education, employment, and cityward migration in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. She has published articles on rural teachers, domestic servants, gender role change, and, most recently, prostitutes. She is currently preparing a book length manuscript that incorporates all of these topics titled, Rural Girls, Urban Rural Women: Migration, Employment and Gender in Southeastern Mexico. The anthropology courses she teaches with content on Latin America include Peoples of Mexico and Central America, Economic Development in Latin America, Peasants, Colonialism, and Global Ethnography. She also teaches the Ethnographic Field School in Oaxaca (Mexico) each summer.

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Luis Arroyo

Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies

Dr. Arroyo’s research interests focus on celebrations and commemorations of holidays in the construction and transformation of ethnic and national identities; the perceptions and behavior of white workers toward Mexican, Black, Asian, and Southeastern European workers, 1890-1933; the incorporation of Mexican & Latino workers into American industries, 1850 to present Industrial unionism and the Los Angeles furniture industry, 1918 to present; and changing definitions and perceptions of ethnic identity among persons of Mexican descent. Recent publications include, “Establishing Articulation Agreements for Transferable Matriculated Courses in Chicana/Chicano Studies” in Chicana/o Studies Paradigms: A Journal of Alternative Voices. Special Issue: Chicana/o Studies: An Academic Odyssey I,1 (Spring 2000): 107-115 and a co-edited, special thematic issue on “Chicano & Latino Workers”, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 22, 1 (1996). He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled: “Work and Power in the Los Angeles Furniture Industry, 1917-1975: A Study in Class, Culture, Ethnicity, Race, Ideology, and Politics.”

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Roland E. Bush

Professor, Comparative Literature

Specialties
Interdisciplinary Studies (literature & film, literature & music)
European Literature (19th & 20th centuries)
Latin American & Caribbean Literature
World Mythology (major systems & theories)
Pan-African Literary Traditions (Afro-American, Afro-Hispanic, francophone African poetry)

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Margaret Costa

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and PE

Dr. Costa is a professor of  Kinesiology who writes about sporting women from all over the world.  Following a Fulbright experience in Brazil in 2000 she began research on Latinas in sport. She is currently conducting research on Latinas in sport with particular focus on migrations, borders and diasporas as a key to understaning global reconfigurations in women’s sport.

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Grace Delgado

Assistant Professor, Chicano and Latino Studies

Dr. Delgado teaches courses on the Chicano and Latino experience, US social history, US-Mexico Border history, Asian and Latino immigration, and women’s studies. Her doctoral dissertation (UCLA 2000), “In the Age of Exclusion: Race, Region, and Chinese Identity in the Making of the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, 1863-1943” examines American and Mexican nativism, Chinese exclusion laws, and economic development to illustrate how ethnic identities were shaped and how national borders were closed. Dr. Delgado is currently working on a book, Making the Chinese Mexican: Identity, Race, and Power at the US-Mexico Border, 1882-1943. Her most recent publication, “At Exclusion’s Gate: Changing Categories of Race and Class among Chinese Fronterizos, 1890-1900” will appear in, Continental Crossroads: Frontiers, Borders, and Transnational History, Duke University Press in 2003.

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Alejandra Cox Edwards

Professor, Economics

Dr. Edwards has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of Chile. Her most recent research deals with labor market reform, social security reform, gender issues, old age and poverty, and labor market performance in emerging and transition economies.She is the author of a number of professional articles and the co-author of a scholarly book on the market reforms in Chile published in 1991 by the University of Chicago Press.  She is also a co-author of the World Bank’s World Development Report, 1995, which dealt with labor markets in emerging and transition economies. From 1993 through 1996 she was a Senior Labor Economist at the World Bank, working on labor market issues in a number of countries, including Bolivia, Iran, Indonesia and Argentina. Her consulting work has dealt with gender, legislation, social security, training, compensation and other labor market issues around the world.

Dr. Edward’s web page

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Bonnie Gasior

Assistant Professor, RGRLL

Dr. Gasior’s areas of interest include Spanish Golden Age literature, particularly theater; Colonial Spanish-American Narrative; Women writers of seventeenth century Spanin and Spanish-America; Gender Studies; Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Travel Narratives; Transatlantic studies; Spanish Baroque poetry; Marginalization (sex, class, race) in Literature. She currently has a book, Crosscurrents: Transatlantic Perspectives on Early Modern Hispanic Theater, under review. She has also published or has had articles and book reviews related to her research interests accepted for publication in journals such as Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Hispánicos y Lingüística, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and Geneologias Imaginarias. Her next major project involves a reexamination of her doctoral dissertation that deals with the female corpus and discourses related to monstrosity.

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Liesl Haas

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Dr. Haas’s teaching and research interests include Latin American Politics, women and politics, and religion and politics. Recent publications include, “Defining a Democracy: Reforming Laws on Women’s Rights in Chile, 1990-2002″ (2005), in Journal of Latin American Politics and Society; “Changing the System from Within? Feminist Participation in the Worker’s Party in Brazil, 1989- 1995″ (2001), in Gonzalez and Kampwirth, eds. Radical Women in Latin America: Right and Left; and “The Catholic Church in Chile: New Political Alliances” (1999), in Smith and Prokopy, eds. Latin American Religion in Motion. A book manuscript, Feminist Policymaking in Chile, is currently under review with Penn State Press.

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Gary Hytrek

Associate Professor, Sociology

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Catherine Komisaruk

Assistant Professor, History

After working for three years as a mathematics teacher in Guatemala, Dr. Komisaruk earned a Ph.D. in history at UCLA.  Her graduate studies included a project on Cuban-Soviet exchanges, based on archival research in Havana and Moscow; for her dissertation she returned to Guatemala to study the colonial period there.  She teaches courses on Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and colonial Latin America, as well as a senior history seminar and a graduate course in historiography and critical studies.  Dr. Komisaruk’s current research interests include native peoples, gender and sexuality, and African identities in early Latin America.  These are all part of a book she is writing titled “Collapse of the Colonial Order: Gender, Labor, and the Transformation of Identities in Guatemala, 1765-1835.”  She speaks Spanish and Russian and is learning to read texts in Nahuatl.

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Javier Lopez-Zetina

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Dr. Lopez-Zetina (Ph.D., University of Texas – School of Public Health, 1997) is an epidemiologist specializing in international health, the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and cross-cultural studies of drug addiction. His research has been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Rotary Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He has held appointments as Visiting Professor at the Mexican Universidad Veracruzana, and  Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. His work has appeared in Infectious Diseases, Addiction, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. Currently, he is conducting a study to examine cross-cultural correlates of substance abuse in the U.S./Mexico border.

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Claire Martin, Advisor

Professor, RGRLL

Dr. Martin received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1980-83), and her PhD. from Yale University in 1988. Her fields of expertise range from Spanish for heritage speakers to colonial literature, nineteenth-century Spanish American women writers and late twentieth-century Argentinean narrative. She has published: Alejo Carpentier y las crónicas de Indias : orígenes de una escritura americana. Hanover, N.H. : Ediciones del Norte, 1995, and more recently she co-authored (with Cristina Arambel Guiñazú) a two-volume work on nineteenth-century Spanish American women writers, Las mujeres toman la palabra: escritura femenina hispanoamericana del siglo XIX . Volumen I and Antología de escritoras hispanoamericanas del siglo XIX . Vol II. Frankfurt-Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2001. She has published extensively on the Cuban nineteenth-century writer Mercedes de Santa Cruz y Montalvo, known as the Condesa de Merlin. Since 1996, she has been contributing editor of “20th Century Prose Fiction in Argentina” for the Handbook of Latin American Studies, Volumes 56, 58, 60, 62 for the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Most recently she was given the CSULB Outstanding Professor Award.

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Catha Paquette

Assistant Professor, Art History

“Part of my role as an educator is to encourage students to consider diverse points of view, and to help them develop new frameworks for interpreting the significance of events in the world around them. Exploring the varied contexts, interests and perspectives associated with Latin American, Latina/o and Pre-Columbian visual culture is an engaging way to do just that.”

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Carlos Piar

Professor, Religious Studies

Dr. Piar, a native of Puerto Rico, obtained his Ph.D. in Religion/Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. He also holds a M.Div. and a Th.M. from Talbot Theological Seminary. He was appointed to the Department of Religious Studies in 1990. Prof. Piar has published a book titled “Jesus and Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the Christology of Latin American Liberation Theology” (1994). He has also written several articles on virtue ethics. He specializes in American Religions, Modern Christian Thought, and Religious Ethics.

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Jill Pinkney-Pastrana

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

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Raul Reís

Associate Professor, Journalism

Dr. Reis is a native of Belém, the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon. He got his Ph.D. in Communication and Anthropology from the University of Oregon. He worked as a journalist in Brazil and in the U.S., covering politics, sports, city news, and science and the environment. He joined CSU Long Beach in 2000. Reis teaches news writing, research methods, global news media, mass communication theory, and online journalism. He has published extensively in academic journals and books on topics such as the impact of mass media on traditional communities; and Latin American and Brazilian media. He also takes CSULB students to Brazil as part of a global media summer course.

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Victor Rodríguez

Assistant Professor, Chicano and Latino Studies

Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Rodriguez was actively involved in leadership positions within the pro-independence and labor movements. His area of expertise is the racialization of Latino identity and its impact on political behavior. At CSULB he presently teaches courses emphasizing Chicano/Latino Politics, such as: Identity and Assimilation in Chicano Life, The Ethnic Experience, and Latino Population in the United States. His most recent publication is a book, Latino Politics in the United States: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience (forthcoming from Kendall-Hunt, June 2005). In addition to his academic writing, he has published journalistic articles have appeared in English and Spanish in the Orange County Register, Politico Magazine, LA Times, Newsday, Hispanic Magazine, Union Hispana, Deslindes, from Colombia, and the weekly Claridad from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also has participated local radio and television programs. He is a nationally known consultant and trainer on diversity, who writes and speaks about Latino and diversity issues.

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Jose Sanchez-H.

Professor, Film and Electronic Arts

José Sánchez-H. was born in Bolivia.  He holds a Ph.D. in Speech, Communication and Theatre (Radio, TV and Film) from the University of Michigan.  He is the author of the book the Art and Politics of Bolivian Cinema, which was nominated for a Theatre Library Association Award.  His course FEA 392C Latin American Cinema is part of the Latin American Studies program.

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Anna Sandoval

Assistant Professor, Chicano and Latino Studies

Dr. Sandoval’s teaching interests include Feminisms of the Americas and Chicano Thought. Recent publications include, “Uniendo los lazos: Braiding Chicana and Mexicana Subjectivities,” in Decolonial Voices: Chicana/o Cultural Studies in the 21st Century (2002); “Forming Feminist Coalitions: The Internationalist Agenda of Helena Marta Viramontes” in Chicana Literary and Artisitic Expressions: Culture and Society in Dialogue (2000); and “Building Up Our Resistance, Chicanas in Academia,” appeared in a 1999 volume of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.She currently has a book manuscript under contract with University of Texas Press, Toward a Latina Feminism of The Américas.

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Lise Sedrez

Assistant Professor, History

Lise Sedrez comes to Long Beach after teaching Latin American History at the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy Studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University, where she was awarded a Lieberman Fellowship for excellence in teaching.  Lise has published in Italy, Colombia, Brazil and the US. Her research interests include the environmental history of Latin America, urban history, the history of science and the history of Brazil. Her dissertation topic focuses on the role of the state in the transformation of Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the twentieth century, and the interplay of people, nature and political institutions in the ever-changing Brazilian capital. Before her graduate studies, Lise worked for environmental non-profit organizations in Brazil, such as Greenpeace, IBASE and WWF- and she still keeps up-to-date with her environmental activism.

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Carlos Silveira

Assistant Professor, Art Education

Dr. Silveira’s web page

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John Tsuchida

Professor, Asian and Asian American Studies