Faculty Publications – February 2021

Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts actively publish in their respective fields. Their research, scholarly, and creative activities—showcased here—contribute meaningfully to their disciplines and enrich their teaching content and methods.  

Featured Academic Areas – February 2021

Africana Studies

Claybrook, M. Keith. “Building the Basics: A Handbook for the Pursuit of Academic Excellence in Africana Studies, 2nd Edition” published by Kendall Hunt, 2021 https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/building-basics-handbook-pursuing-academic-excellence-africana-studies

—. “Putting Some Soul into Critical Thinking: Toward an African Centered Approach to Critical Thinking” in The International Journal of Africana Studies, Vol. 21, Nos, 1-2.

Asian and Asian American Studies

Coleman, Sam. 2020. “Understanding—And Misunderstanding—The White Working Class: Two Must-Read Studies for the Helping Professions.” The Journal of Progressive Human Services, 32 (1). Published online December 19.

Ha, K. (2021). Assessment Sequences in Korean Conversation and Their Pedagogical Applications. The Korean Language in America, 24(1), 30-50. https://doi.org/10.5325/korelangamer.24.1.0030

Patraporn, R. Varisa and Barbara W. Kim. “Resurgent Ethnicity and Residential Choice among Second-Generation Asian Americans in a Los Angeles Panethnic Suburb” Urban Affairs Review (forthcoming).

Yamada, Teri Shaffer (2019) “Cambodia’s Changing Landscape: Rhetoric and Reality,” in China and Southeast Asia in the Xi Jinping Era, Frank Cibulka and Alvin Lim, eds. London: Lexington Books, 65-86.  

Zimmerman-Liu , Teresa. “Wu Zetian, Empress” in Women Who Changed the World: Their Lives, Challenges, and Accomplishments through History, edited by Candace Goucher and published by ABC-CLIO.

American Indian Studies

Reed, T. (2021). A Critical Review of the Native American Tradition of Circle Practices. Indigenous Research of Land, Self, and Spirit, 132-152.

—. (2021). Intergenerational Trauma and Other Unique Challenges as Barriers to Native American Educational Success. Indigenous Research of Land, Self, and Spirit, 180-199.

Stone, Craig. “Re-Indigenizing Native Space in a University Context.” In In and Out of View: Art and the Dynamics of Circulation, Suppression, and Censorship. edited by Catha Paquette, Karen Kleinfelder, and Christopher Miles. London: Bloomsbury, 2021 (forthcoming).

Comparative World Literature

Lie, Crystal Yin. “Drawn to History: Healing Dementia and the Armenian Genocide in Aliceheimer‘s Intertextual Collage.” Graphic Medicine, a special issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly edited by Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti, vol. 44, no. 2, 2021. (Forthcoming)

—. “Drawn to History: Healing Dementia and the Armenian Genocide in Aliceheimer‘s Intertextual Collage.” Graphic Medicine, edited by Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti, University of Hawai’i Press, 2021. (Forthcoming)

Jina B. Kim, Joshua Kupetz, Crystal Yin Lie, and Cynthia Wu, eds. and intro. Sex Identity Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2021. (Forthcoming)

Lie, Crystal Yin. “‘A Temporal Stuttering’: Writing Dementia and Disaster in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 13.1 (2019): 39-56.


Berquist, Emily. “Bonds of Affection? The Catholic Church and Slavery in New Spain,” in Scott Eastman and Vincent Sanz, eds., Rethinking Spain’s Atlantic Empire in the Nineteenth Century: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara’s Histories of Spain and the Antilles, forthcoming 2021, Berghahn Books.

—. “The Abolition of the Slave Trade in the Spanish Empire,” in Alex Borucki, David Eltis, and David Wheat, eds., From the Galleons to the Highlands: Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas, University of New Mexico Press, 2020. 

—. “The Spanish Slave Trade During the American Revolutionary War,” in Gabriel Paquette and Gonzalo Quintero, eds., Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2020.

Bolaños, Isacar A., “The Ottomans During the Global Crises of Cholera and Plague: The View from Iraq and the Gulf,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 51: 4 (2019): 603-620. 

Curtis, Kenneth R. World History: Voyages of Explorations. National Geographic Learning. Cengage Learning, 2020.

Dabel, Jane and Booth, Mary. “Reputable and Entitled to Credit: The Respectability of African American Women in Nineteenth-Century New York City.” New York History. Volume 100, Number 2, Winter 2019, 192-208.

İğmen, Ali. Making Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia, co-edited with Ananda Breed and Eva-Marie Dubuisson, London: Palgrave Pivot, Palgrave McMillan Book Series, 2020. 

Judge, Rajbir. “Critique of Archived Life: Toward a Hesitation of Sikh Immigrant Accumulation,” co-authored with Jasdeep Singh Brar, positions: asia critique 29, no. 2 (2021).

—. “The Invisible Hand of the Indic,” Cultural Critique 110 (2021): 75-109.

—. “What is Called Ghostly?: A Mother’s Story,” Milestones: Commentary on the Islamic World. Review Symposium on Alan Klima’s Ethnography #9. January 21, 2021. https://www.milestonesjournal.net/ethnography-9-1/2020/8/29/review-singh.

—. “Mind the Gap: Islam, Secularism, and the Law,” Qui Parle 29 no.1 (2020): 179–202.

—. “When Dogs Bite,” Public Books, June 7, 2019. https://www.publicbooks.org/when-dogs-bite/

Kelleher, Marie. Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the World in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. Special issue of the journal Pedralbes (Barcelona). Co-edited with Thomas Barton and Antonio Zaldívar. Forthcoming, Spring 2021.

—. “Medieval Spanish Women and Gender,” in The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity, Michael Gerli and Ryan Giles, eds. Forthcoming, June 2021.

Kuo, Margaret. “‘Pagan Babies’: Orphan Imagery in the Passionist China Collection and the Emergence of American Sympathy for the Chinese in the Early Twentieth Century.” The Chinese Historical Review 26, no. 2 (2019): 128-55. DOI: 10.1080/1547402X.2019.1757212

Luhr, Eileen. “Pilgrims’ Progress: ‘Efficient America,’ ‘Spiritual India,’ and America’s Transnational Religious Imagination,” Pacific Historical Review 90, no. 1 (Winter 2021): 57-83. https://online.ucpress.edu/phr/article/90/1/57/115509/Pilgrims-Progress-Efficient-America-Spiritual

—. “Rebel with a Cross: The Development of an American Christian Youth Culture,” book chapter in editor Ibrahim Abraham, Christian Punk: Identity and Performance (NY: Bloomsbury, 2020). https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/christian-punk-9781350094802/

Mizelle, Brett. Handbook of Historical Animal Studies, edited with Mieke Roscher and André Krebber (De Gruyter, 2021).
—. “Writing History after the Animal Turn? An Introduction to Historical Animal Studies,” in Mieke Roscher, André Krebber and Brett Mizelle, eds., Handbook of Historical Animal Studies (De Gruyter, 2021), 1-18.

Shafer, David. “Collective Forgetting: Textbooks and the Paris Commune in the Early Third Republic,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies, vol. 49, numbers 3 & 4 (Spring-Summer 2021), pp. 329-348. This is a special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Paris Commune of 1871 entitled La Commune n’est pas morte.


Fleming, J. and Karadjov, C. (2020). Focusing on Facts: Media Literacy and News Literacy Education  in the Misinformation Age. In B. De Abreu and W. Christ (Eds.), Media Literacy in a Disruptive Media Environment (pp. 77-93). Routledge: New York. 

Kajimoto, M. and Fleming, J. (2019). News Literacy. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.

Henneman, T. (2020). Beyond Lip-Synching: Experimenting with TikTok Storytelling. Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication, 10(2), 1-14, https://aejmc.us/spig/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/12/TJMC-10.2-Henneman.pdf

Shaffer, G. (2021, February). Community wireless networks. In Handbook of Peer Production, edited by M. O’Neil, C. Pentzold & S. Toupin. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons.

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Incoming Professor Wants to Create an Environment that Promotes Change

""Dr. Azza Basarudin has always dreamed of teaching at a university that aligns with her progressive values. When she begins her journey at CSULB this fall as a professor in the women’s gender and sexuality studies department, she says, she will make that dream a reality, one where she’ll have the opportunity to impact the lives of her students for a better society.

Born on the small island of Penang in Malaysia, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University Utara Malaysia, a master’s degree in women’s studies from Roosevelt University, and ultimately a doctorate in women’s studies from UCLA.

For the past five years, she has been teaching women’s and gender studies at UCLA and Cal State Northridge. She has also taught at Harvard University and Cerritos College.

Basarudin’s work centers on marginalized communities with an emphasis on Muslim groups. She has also taught and conducted research on the subjects of gender/sexuality, Islam, transnational feminism, women’s movements, law, and human rights..

Her most recent project focuses on gender and counterterrorism, two subjects that she found to be closely related. “We focus on the ways that feminist discourses of empowerment and motherhood are deployed in the service of national security to investigate how the intimate, familial, and communal lives of Muslims are sites of surveillance work by the state, and how gender guides the racialization of Muslims in the war on terror,” she says.

In the fall, she plans to continue her research on gender and counterterrorism and will also start a new project that focuses on community activism, “investigating the various types of cross-racial/ethnic grassroots mobilizations against state surveillance and policing between Muslims, Latinos, and African American community activists in the wake of the latest uprising against racial injustice.” 

From the time she was young, Dr. Basarudin’s family instilled in her the importance of education and its impact on society. Her parents and her maternal grandparents were all educators, and she says they’ve had a positive impact on her teaching philosophy.

“We lived on a small island, and growing up when we were out and about, current and former students always approached my parents with so much gratitude for all that they have given in service of teaching,” Dr. Basarudin says. “In essence, I consider teaching as the highest form of public service. One has the opportunity to shape hearts and minds, and if you are courageous enough, to change lives. I want to honor my parents’ legacy, and I try to do so in the various learning spaces that I have encountered, across oceans, and worlds away.”

At CSULB, she believes she will have the foundation to make social change and influence the lives of students. 

“At CSULB, I found colleagues who share my commitment and the department’s mission that explicitly states that it promises no answers but provides a rigorous intersectional framework that may provide a shift in student consciousness,” Dr. Basarudin says. “This goes to the beating heart of the discipline of gender studies—to encourage critical questioning of systems of power, sources of knowledge production, and patterns of discrimination and injustice. This mission excites me and, in many ways, the WGSS department and CSULB feel like the intellectual/professional home that I have been yearning for.”

In the fall, Dr. Basarudin will be teaching Feminist Research Methods and Bodies and Borders: Feminism and Globalization. Students taking her classes can expect an open-minded discussion in the classroom, she says, and a professor who takes the time to understand that everyone’s learning style is unique. 

“The top three factors that students most appreciate are my pedagogy and passion for teaching, diligence in creating a safe and motivated classroom environment, and genuine interest in the relationship between their mental/physical well-being and the learning process,” she says.

Jennifer Reed, chair of the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies department, is excited to give Basarudin a platform this fall. “She brings the specializations in international Muslim communities, applied feminist work, the ability to teach feminist methodologies, a vigorous and accomplished scholarly agenda, community work locally and globally, and lots of teaching experience,” Reed says. “She will add so much to the department in so many ways.”

Profile story by Pete Escobar

Faculty Publications – Winter Break 20/21

Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts actively publish in their respective fields. Their research, scholarly, and creative activities—showcased here—contribute meaningfully to their disciplines and enrich their teaching content and methods.  

Featured Academic Areas – Winter Break 20/21

ASL Linguistics and Deaf Cultures Program

LeMaster, Barbara. “‘Theresa! Don’t pull her hair! You’ll hurt her!”: Peer intervention and embodiment in US preschools.” Linguistics and Education 59 (2020): 100743.


Carlile, Susan. “The First Woman Shakespeare Scholar Questions ‘Genius.'” April 26,
2019, https://martinevanelk.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/the-first-woman-shakespeare-scholar- questions-genius/
—.“Charlotte Lennox: Satirical Poetry and the Rise of Participatory Democracy.” British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century. Ed. Amanda Hiner and Elizabeth Tasker Davis. Cambridge University Press, 2021.
—.“Eliza” and “Sophia” entries in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the British Novel, Cambridge University Press, 2021.
—.“The First Information Age: Women and the Making of the English Canon.” Review Essay of Betty Schellenberg’s Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture: 1740-1790. Eighteenth- Century Life 45:1 (January 2021).
—.The Female Quixote.Handbook of the British Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century. Eds. Katrin Berndt and Alessa Johns. De Gruyter, 2022.

Egan, Gerald. Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Greenberg, Suzanne. “Come See Us Again,” Santa Monica Review 31.1, 2019.
—.“Gasp,” Tiny Coronavirus Stories, Artists & Climate Change, 2020. https://artistsandclimatechange.com/2020/04/04/tiny-coronavirus-stories-isolated-for-days-on-end/
—. “Offering.” Silver Screen Reflections: An Anthology of Movie-Related Fiction, Poetry, and Essays. Los Angeles: Angel Flight Books, Forthcoming, Summer 2021.

Guffey, Robert. “Advertising Man.” Nameless Vol. 2, No. 4 (December 2019).
—.BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE (written in collaboration with Gary D. Rhodes). BearManor Media, 2019.
—.“The Detective with the Glass Gun.” Black Dandy #3 (February 2019).
—.“Dymaxion Love.” Hypnos Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2019).
—.“Farewell, Frankenstein!” Freedom of Screech. Crossroad Press, 2019.
—.“A Scarcity of Angels” (Part One). Selene Quarterly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 3 (November 2019).
—. “62 Cents.” The Mailer Review Vol. 13, No. 1 (Fall 2019).
—. “Donald Trump’s Operation Mindfuck.” The Evergreen Review (November 2, 2020). 
—. “Dark Twins of a Distorted American Dream: Gary D. Rhodes’ Offed and “Steve Erickson’s Shadowbahn.” Medium (October 25, 2020).
—.“Decoding  QAnon:  From Pizzagate  to  Kanye  to  Marina  Abramovic, This Conspiracy  Covers Everything.” Salon (September 7,   2020).
—.“The Deep, Twisted Roots of QAnon: From 1940s Sci-fi to 19th-century Anti-Masonic Agitprop.” Salon (August 23, 2020).
–. “Her Wounded Eyes.” New Reader Magazine #10 (June 2020).
—.“The Loser.” Black Cat Mystery Magazine #6 (June 2020).
—.“The Pharmacy” and “The Lemon Thief.” Rosebud#67 (Spring 2020).
—.“A Scarcity of Angels” (Part Two).  Selene Quarterly Magazine Vol. 2, No.4 (February 2020).
—.“Watch Out or You’ll End up in My Novel: The Lost World of Ask the Dust.” John Fante’s Ask the Dust: A Joining of Voices and Views. Fordham University Press, 2020.
—.“What Are the True Goals of QAnon? It’s the 21st Century’s Ultimate Catfish Scheme.” Salon(September 13, 2020).
—.“What Is QAnon?: A Not-so-brief Introduction to the Conspiracy Theory That’s Eating America.” Salon (August 16, 2020).
—. BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD. Crossroad Press, 2021. (Forthcoming.)

Hart, George. Anthropocene Poetics: Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction, by David Farrier. https://www.dispatchespoetrywars.com/poetics-for-the-more-than-human-world/david-farriers-anthropocene-poetics/
—.“The Dark Ecology of Naked Lunch.” Humanities, vol. 9, no. 130, special issue, “Keep on Rolling under the Stars: Green Readings on the Beat Generation,” doi: 10.3390/h9040130.
—.“Larry Eigner’s Ecrippoetics,” Amodern 10, Disability Poetics, edited by Orchid Tierney, https://amodern.net/
—. Letters to Jargon: The Correspondence between Larry Eigner and Jonathan Williams, Edited by Andrew Rippeon. Contemporary Literature, summer 2020.
—. Momentous Inconclusions: The Life and Work of Larry Eigner, co-edited with Jennifer Bartlett. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2020.
—. Finding the Weight of Things: Larry Eigner’s Ecrippoetics. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming 2021.

Hultgren, Neil. “Arthur Machen’s Infinite Paragraph: Narrative Style and the Weird,” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism 4 (Summer 2019): 87-109.

Friedman, Dustin and Neil Hultgren. “Decadence and the Weird: Introduction,” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism 4 (Summer 2019): 35-44.

Margrave, Clint. “Middle Age Slam Pit” (Forthcoming in Without a Doubt Anthology, NYQ Books).
—. “A Supermarket in California” Another Chicago Magazine (Dispatches from the Pandemic).
—. “Visitor” and “Call to Prayer” (Forthcoming) New York Quarterly.
—. Visitor (forthcoming poetry collection) NYQ Books, 2021.
—. Lying Bastard (a novel), Run Amok Books, 2020.
—. “The Meta-metamorphosis,” Rattle Magazine, 2020.
—. “Death and the Miser,” Slipstream Fall 2019.
—. “Doctor  Zhivago.” “Parts Unknown.” The American Journal of Poetry. Summer issue, 2019.
—. “The Humming.” Journal of Compressed Arts, 2019.
—. “Once I Shared a Wall with God,” Threepenny Review, 2019.
—. “When Death Travels,” Rattle Magazine, 2019.
—. “Wood Carving Lesson.” Rust + Moth, Summer Issue 2019.

Mohr, Bill. “The Aging Comedian as Letter N” – This 20 minute comic monologue, which was revised and recorded during my sabbatical in the Fall, 2018, was posted on Magra Radio, an on-line radio outlet directed by Paul Vangelisti, in May, 2019. It has subsequently been revised and re-recorded. https://www.magrabooks.com/radio/2019/3/31/episode-6-the-comedian-by-bill-mohr 
—. INTERLIQ (The International Literary Quarterly. Special Issue: California Poets, edited by David Garyan. Four Poems: “The Predicament”; “Turn Lane”; “Breaking Camp”; “Morning Wood.” Four Poems: “The Predicament”; “Turn Lane”; “Breaking Camp”; “Morning Wood.”   http://www.interlitq.org/californiafeature1/index.php 
—. Poetic Diversity: the Poetry Zine of Los Angeles – POEM: “August Days, Autumn Nights” (November 2019, vol. 16, No. 2. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editor, Marie Lecrivain. 
—. Blue Collar Review: Journal of Progressive Working Class Literature. Edited by Al Markowitz; Norfolk, Virginia. “Naming the Bridge.” Summer 2020. Poem chosen as one of nine poems from the issue featured on its online site: http://www.angelfire.com/va/bcr/
—. “Honorable Discharge: ‘I Want My Life Back’ “. Ten minute prose monologue and poem recorded by Victory Theater in Burbank, California for its “Backstory” series of presentations on the theme night of “The Ten Commandments.” Originally broadcast on April 26, 2020.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Q1BSk81MRmU1WA4BshnqA 
—. Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem. (Madison, Wisconsin) Edited by C.X. Dillhunt. Volume XXX, No. 2 (2020). “Quarantine Aquarium.”  
—. Making Up: Poems of Beauty, Reconciliation, & Invention. Edited by Shannon Phillips. Picture Show Press, 2020. POEM. “Not Your Average Absentee Landlord.” 
 —. “Teaching Venice West, Lawrence Lipton, and California’s Literary Canon.” The Beats: A Teaching Companion, edited by Nancy Grace. South Carolina: Clemson University Press, forthcoming publication in February, 2021.  

Treviño, Rene H. “Yda H. Addis (c. 1857-?): An Annotated Bibliography.” Resources for American Literary Study, vol. 42, no. 2, forthcoming spring 2021.

Wegener, Frederick. “What the Stones Might Not Tell: Questioning the Attribution of Edith Wharton’s Print Debut.” Edith Wharton Review, vol. 35 (2019), pp. 119-35.
—.Review of Progressivism’s Aesthetic Education: The Bildungsroman and the American School, 1890 1920, by Jesse Raber. American Literary Realism vol. 52
(Spring 2020), pp. 278-80.

Zepeda, Ray. Can This Wolf Survive? Angels Flight Books, 2020.


Ban, H. (forthcoming). Chapter 7: Existing Databases for Global Coastal Feature Names. In H.-H. Sung (Ed.), Final report for 2020 Standardization of Marine Geographical Names and Promoting Awareness, prepared for Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency. Republic of Korea: Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

Ban, H. & Ahlqvist, O. (2020). Geographical Counterpoint to Choreographic Information based on Approaches in GIScience and Visualization. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research, 7(3), Article 4. https://dc.uwm.edu/ijger/vol7/iss3/4 

Ban, H. & Sung, H. H. (2019). Visualization of Uncertain Boundaries of Undersea Features. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research, 6(1), Article 4. https://dc.uwm.edu/ijger/vol6/iss1/4  

Wechsler, S. P., Ban, H., & Li, L. (2019). The Pervasive Challenge of Uncertainty and its Integration in Geospatial Practice. In: Koutsopoulos, K., de Miguel González, R., & Donert, K. (Eds.), Geospatial Challenges in the 21st Century. Key Challenges in Geography (EUROGEO Book Series). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04750-4_16 ISBN: 978-3-030-04749-8. 

Hytrek, Gary. 2019. “Space, Power, and Justice: The Politics of Building an Urban Justice Movement, Long Beach, California, USA.” Urban Geography. 41(5): 736–59.

Temblador, Andres,* Gary Hytrek, Sheyla Diaz,** Adriana Ochoa,** Taylor Karp,** Eduardo Vaca,** and Vanndearlyn Vong.** 2020. Best Start Central Long Beach Participatory Budgeting Process 2020 Report.Evaluation prepared for the Nonprofit Partnership. Long Beach. July. *CSULB graduate student; **CSULB undergraduate students.

Laris, P., 2020. On the Problems and Promises of Savanna Fire Regime Change. Commentary on “Emissions mitigation opportunities for savanna countries from early dry season fire management” Lipsett-Moore et al. Nature Communications (In Press).

Laris, P., Jacobs, R., Kone, M., Dembele, F. Rodrigue, C.M. & Camara, F. 2020. Determinants of fire intensity and severity in a mesic savanna of Africa. Fire Ecology (In Press).

Caillault, S., Laris, P., Fleurant, C., Delahaye, D., and Ballouche, A. 2020. Anthropogenic Fires in West African Landscapes: a Spatially Explicit Model Perspective of Humanized Savannas. Fire. (In press).

Laris, P. & Jacobs, R. 2020. On the problem of “natural” savanna fires: Commentary on Veenendaal et al, 2018, New Phytologist (In Press).

Laris, P., Seymour, C., Mills, M. 2020. What a long term, repeat study can tell us about California’s native prairie landscapes. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History (Forthcoming). 

Kone, M., Dembele, F. Laris, P. 2019. Inventaire, typologie et estimation quantitative des gaz émis par les feux de brousse en savane soudanaise dans le sud Mali. Revue de Géographie Tropicale et d’Environnement (In Press).  

Winslow, S., Creer, K., and Laris, P. 2020. Leveraging UAS Imagery and GEOBIA for Effective Land Management. CSU Geospatial Review (in press).

Political Science

Cabrera Rasmussen, A. (2019) Latinos and health policy. In I. Stavans (Ed.), The Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Smith, R., Cabrera Rasmussen, A., Galston, W., Han, H., King-Meadows, T., Kirkpatrick, J., Levine, P., Lieberman, R., Mylonas, H., Rigger, S., Sinclair-Chapman, V., Shay, C., Van Vechten, R. and Grigg. A.  (2020)  APSA Presidential Task Force Report on New Partnerships, in PS: Political Science and Politics, 53(4). doi: 10.1017/S1049096520001274

Cantor, Douglas and Ellen Dannin. “Whetting Their Appetites: Privatization Schemes and the Case of Water.” Private Metropolis: The Eclipse of Local Democratic GovernanceUniversity of Minnesota Press. 2021. 

Caputi, Mary. Contributor, “A Critical Feminist Exchange: Symposium on Claudia Leeb’s Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject (OxfordUniversity Press, 2017).  Political Theory, Volume 47, Issue 4, August 2019.
—. Teaching Marx and Critical Theory in the 21st Century, co-edited with Bryant Sculos. Brill Publishing, 2019.
—. “Ending Austrian Silence.”  Review of Claudia Leeb’s The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence” (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). Published in Philosophy in Review, Volume 40, Issue 2, May 2020, 67-69.
—. “‘The Known Footsteps of my Mother:’ The Power of the Abyss in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.”  Published in theory&event, Volume 23, Number 3, July 2020, 641-663.
—. Slow Food and the American Dream. Forthcoming. Under contract with Lexington Books, to appear in 2021.

Mahoney, Charles W. “Acquire or Expire: Publicly Traded Defense Contractors, Financial Markets, and Consolidation in the U.S. Defense Industry.” Defense and Peace Economics (2019).
—.“United States Defense Contractors and the Future of Military Operations.” Defense & Security Analysis (2020).

Weizer, King, Ringel, Conway, Sommerman, and Craig Hall’s How to Please the Court: A Moot Court Handbook – 9781642426670 – West Academic.

Whitehead, Jason. “Tool or Lens? Worldview Theory and Christian Conservative Legal Activism,” Journal of Law & Religion 36:1 (April 2021).

Wright, Teresa. “Better Understanding China—And Ourselves,” Elgar Blog, July 16, 2019. https://elgar.blog/2019/07/16/better-understanding-china-and-ourselves/
—., ed., Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019). 
—.Review of Mobilizing Shanghai Youth: CCP Internationalism, GMD Nationalism and Japanese Collaboration, by Kristin Mulready-Stone, Twentieth-Century China 44(1) (Jan. 2019).
—.Review of Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China, by Daniel F. Vukovich, Pacific Affairs 93(3) (September 2020). 
—.Review of Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising Protests, by Yao Li, International Sociology Reviews 35(2) (June 2020).
—.“Possibilities for Civic Virtue and Sentiments of Citizenship among Christians in Mainland China,” in Chan Shun Hing, ed., Citizens of Two Kingdoms: Civil Society and Christian Religion in Greater China (Brill, forthcoming).

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CLA Welcomes Globalization Specialist to Faculty This Fall

""An expert in global political economy, political ecology and social theory, Dr. Roberto Ortiz applies a world-historical perspective to global capitalism that examines long-term trends and large-scale historical changes. He develops explanations that seek to clarify questions surrounding oil-fueled growth and globalization.

This fall, Dr. Ortiz will bring that expertise to CSULB when he joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of sociology. He says that CSULB’s diverse student body and energetic faculty drew him to the campus.

“Having students from different backgrounds is something that, in my experience, enriches the teaching processes,” he says. “It brings important nuances, marginalized experiences and different interpretations that may be lost in other educational contexts. I have a sense that this enrichment via diversity is present at CSULB. ”  

Dr. Ortiz will be teaching Classical Sociological Theory and Sociology of Globalization classes in the fall. One of his main goals is to help students understand the complex socio-historical causes of the crises they are currently living through.

“This generation of students will be confronting a world that is much more turbulent than the one I experienced after finishing my undergraduate degree in 2008,” he says. “I want to provide them with skills and tools that they can actually use to be successful in this new world, whether they decide to navigate it to find their place in it, or navigate it while also changing it via their activism.”

Focusing on the relationship between capitalism and fossil fuels, Dr. Ortiz brings a critical lens to some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. Dr. Kristine Zentgraf, chair of the sociology department at CSULB, says Dr. Ortiz has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to student engagement and learning.

“Dr. Ortiz’s ​academic expertise will enrich the department’s global curriculum by providing a theoretical lens to global capitalism and environmental studies,” Zentgraf says. “Students will undoubtedly be drawn to Dr. Ortiz’s passion, dedication to student success and ability to communicate and apply complex ideas and nuanced theoretical understandings to our contemporary world.”

Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Dr. Ortiz was an instructor at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he taught courses in sociology, Latin American and Caribbean area studies and human rights programs. Dr. Ortiz says he enjoys how sociology as a discipline makes people think differently about issues they already feel strongly about.

“My concern has mainly been with global inequality: with its root causes, its historical transformations, and its consequences,” he says. “For me, sociology provided the most comprehensive questions and answers to these issues.”

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Ortiz began his academic career at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in education and history. After a few years of teaching at the middle school and high school levels in Puerto Rico, he relocated to New York, where he obtained both a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Binghamton University.

In 2017, Dr. Ortiz received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Section. This award recognizes the best paper written by a graduate student that deals with a sociological issue from a Marxist perspective. In recognition of his research and accomplishments in the graduate program at Binghamton University, he received the Graduate Student Excellence Award for Excellence in Research in 2018.

As part of his ongoing research, Dr. Ortiz has two projects forthcoming that continue to examine globalization issues through a world-historical perspective. His first project seeks to unpack the historical and socio-ecological processes that link the global oil industry to Global North-Global South inequalities and to the climate crisis.

“Ultimately, I am researching the extent to which recent socio-ecological and economic crises might be the result of our oil-fueled global economic system,” he says.

  This research is a long-term project that has already resulted in various peer-reviewed articles, most notably “Agro-Industrialization, Petrodollar Illusions and the Transformation of the Capitalist World Economy in the 1970s: The Latin American Experience,” which appeared in Critical Sociology. His current article “Oil-Fueled Accumulation in Late Capitalism: Energy, Uneven Development and Climate Crisis” is forthcoming in Critical Historical Studies.       

His second ongoing research project focuses on whether capitalist globalization has transformed Global North-Global South relations and looks at the environmental consequences of important globalization trends, such as increasing foreign direct investment and rising global competition for mobile capital. His current manuscript “Late Capitalism Unbound: Globalization, Competition and the Ecology of Uneven Development” will be submitted to a peer-review journal later this year.    

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In July 2020, the Department of Arts and Culture put out a call for for artists, in collaboration with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, to create a temporary artwork or program in response to the November 2018 removal of the Columbus Statue at Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles. Two projects were selected: a virtual engagement program by the Puvungna Collective and temporary art installation by Mercedes Dorame.


Memory is in the Present… is a collaboration between Cindi Alvitre, Carly Lake, and Scott Wilson. It reflects the convergence of a Tongva storyteller, an illustrator, and a cultural anthropologist, who have come together to tell the Puvuu’nga creation narrative accurately, and in a way that honors the culture from which it originates. The resulting two projects—a traditional picture book and a virtual reality film—illuminate this story in a way that is transformative and ties people back to this place and this moment.


The Puvungna Collective is comprised of Cindi Alvitre, Carly Lake, and Scott Wilson. In this artistic collaboration Alvitre holds the role of Tongva storyteller, Lake is the visual artist, and Wilson is the cultural anthropologist with a history of developing virtual reality films. On the campus of Cal State University Long Beach, the collaboration began with Alvitre and Lake meeting and creating the picture book Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun. Written by Alvitre and illustrated by Lake, the book is a retelling of the Tongva story of how the sun got up into the sky. During their work on the book, Alvitre and Lake also teamed up with Wilson to create a virtual reality film sharing another Tongva creation story about the emergence of the world. It tells how Puvungna, the place of the gathering, came to be of such cultural significance to the Tongva people. Their collective name refers back to Puvungna, the source of inspiration and the site on the campus of CSULB where indigenous community members continue to hold ceremonies.

For the complete article, please go to the Los Angeles County Arts & Culture website linked here.

Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literature Welcomes New Faculty Member

Dr. Adrià Martín Mor’s commitment to public higher education and to activism in the realm of translation, language policy, and endangered languages will make a compelling addition to RGRLL.

New Professor Will Help Expand Translation Education this Fall

""Dr. Giulia Togato studies the relationship between psychology and translation, subjects that are vital to the way we communicate and understand each other. Now that she’s joined the faculty of the Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures department at CSULB, she’ll  finally have the opportunity to teach and research both topics at the same time.

“Here, I could mix my two main strengths,” she says. “I don’t have to separate them.”

Her hiring is part of a plan to build the translation studies program that the linguistics department launched in fall 2019. The program helps students find jobs in language services, where they can work as translators in the entertainment industry, community interpreting, and other related fields.

“The goal is to have a master’s in translation studies,” Dr. Togato said about building the program. “To include more languages, to include more courses, and then to build a master’s program.”

She will help the department move toward this goal in part by creating a proposal for a new course in psychology of translation, the subject she has studied the most and is most determined to teach.

Born in Italy, Dr. Togato earned her bachelor’s degree in translation and interpreting at the University of Bologna in Italy. She received her master’s degree in the same field, as well as a master’s in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, at the University of Granada, and her doctorate in cognitive behavioral neuroscience at the University of Granada.

Before landing at CSULB, Dr. Togato taught psycholinguistics at the University of Granada in Spain and translation at Penn State University.

Dr. Togato, who is teaching Meaning in Transit and Translation Ethics, Theory and Practice classes this fall, has always been interested in the field of translation, noting that “communication is the basis of everything.” Her motivation to study the psychology of translation was rooted in her desire to better understand the importance of translation and its role in society.

“There are huge differences in how the brains work,” Dr. Togato says. “For example, bilingual [people] have advantages in cognitive control, while translators have advantages in verbal tasks. I was interested in identifying what the perfect training for a translator should be.”

She emphasized the importance of identifying the differences between bilingual people and translators as vital to understanding what makes a good translator. Ultimately, she says, this will lead to a dynamic education for CSULB students.

Her experience traveling from Italy to Spain, then to the U.S., have motivated her, not just to learn more about her field, but also about the human experience. “The more different another person is from you, the more you will learn,” Dr. Togato says. “If we were all the same, that would not make any sense.”

It’s part of the reason Dr. Togato was so eager to join CSULB: to experience the diversity of the campus and the effect diversity has on the way people interact. As soon as she stepped on campus, she was fascinated by the way students interacted with one another, “just mixing and talking and not thinking about the color of the skin or the eyes. For me, I’m in my sauce, [as] I would say in Italy.”

Dr. Clorinda Donato, director of the Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies, says that Dr. Togato’s experience and knowledge make her an ideal fit for the appointment. 

“Giulia Togato brings years of experience as a translation professional and professor,” Dr. Donato says. “Her combined knowledge and experience in both academia and the translation industry will prepare our students with the foundations they need in translation studies, as well as bridges to the world of employment.”

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Health Psychologist Offering Diverse Perspectives to Join CSULB this Fall

""When Dr. Olajide Bamishigbin joins the psychology department in the College of Liberal Arts this fall, he’ll bring a new perspective on family research. Though the health psychologist has contributed to a variety of research throughout his career, some of his recent work shines a light on a group that he says has been underrepresented in past studies: Black fathers.

“Historically, family research has focused primarily on the baby and mother,” he says. “Then, fathers were included, but research focused mostly on white and middle-class fathers. So my research on mental health in Black fathers is novel.”

His work, published in the journal of Social Science and Medicine, uncovered a disparity between Black fathers and other ethnicities and races studied in the past. “I have found that fathers who experience more racism shortly after the birth of a child reported more depressive symptoms one year after the birth of a child,” he says.“I have also found that adolescent fathers are more likely to be Black and come from low-income backgrounds.”

Dr. Bamishigbin, who received his doctorate in health psychology from UCLA, is a father himself; his kids were born while he was working on his bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami. Despite experiencing both racism and the hardship of raising children while working toward a degree, he kept pushing on, acknowledging the support that came from the people he is closest to.

“Being a father is hard, and managing the changes to sleep and stress for young children is very difficult,” he says. “I am very lucky to have the support of my wife, family and friends as I parent my young children.” 

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Bamishigbin has focused his research on underrepresented groups.

A study he recently published in Health Psychology covered spirituality and its effect on depression in Black, Latino and white cancer survivors. It revealed that Black cancer survivors felt greater meaning and peace in their life, Latino and Black survivors held greater faith in a higher power, and white survivors felt the least faith, meaning and peace of the three groups. Despite this, the whites did not have the most depressive symptoms. Rather, the Latino group did.

A previous study revealed that cancer survivors reported the highest number of depressive symptoms like anxiety and hopelessness; Dr. Bamishigbin’s study builds on those findings by revealing that Latinos had it the worst due to socioeconomic factors. His study is a testament to the fact that researching the differences between cultural and social groups is important and can broaden the understanding of previous research, he says.

Dr. Sherry Span, chair of the psychology department, explained that the department was excited to have Dr. Bamishigbin joining the department as a health disparities and health psychology professor this fall. 

“The general public is getting educated on exactly what the term health disparities means, as COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting African American and Latinx communities,” she says. “His research investigates the physical and mental health of underrepresented groups in psychological research. We are certain that our students will be eager to take his classes and assist him with research.”

Dr. Bamishigbin is enthusiastic about teaching classes and conducting research, but is most excited about helping undergraduate students progress in their career and helping “the next generation of scholars of color.”

“I chose Cal State Long Beach because I really do enjoy working in the CSU system and teaching and mentoring students,” he says. “Our department has a great health psychology area as well, and I am confident that we can all do some great research together.”           

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Political Science Professor Will Continue Breaking Boundaries this Fall

""Dr. Matthew Lesenyie is a professor with a story that plenty of CSULB students could relate to. From humble beginnings, he worked odd jobs throughout his college career and juggled classes with internships. It all ultimately led to CSULB, where he is joining the faculty in the political science department in the College of Liberal Arts this fall. 

Dr. Lesenyie started his academic career at MiraCosta Community College, where as a freshman he found his interest in politics. He transferred to UC Davis, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and ultimately his doctorate, in political science.

Along the way, he got to see the political process first-hand in Sacramento while working at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office of Constituent Affairs and the Office of Planning and Research and in the Office of the State Assembly Chief Clerk. He also received several awards, including the Marvin Zetterbaum Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Instruction and the Dean’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Social Sciences. 

Underneath his success lies a great deal of hardship. When Dr. Lesenyie was 14, his father died.

“What I really missed was having a father figure to watch all my success and give me those little bits of advice along the way,” he says. “My friends, they got a dad to lean on at age 23, or age 26, who can just say ‘Don’t trust that person’ and ‘Don’t do that with your money.’”        

His mother became an alcoholic, and throughout school, he took care of her, but balancing school and home life became one of his toughest struggles, and he had to make a devastating decision. 

“I couldn’t do both. It took me years to figure that out,” he says. “Pretty much my working life before grad school, I did a lot of taking care of my mom. I went to grad school in 2009, and really that’s the last year I tried to lean in and save my mom.”

His decision made success that much more important, and his academic record is a testament to his persistence as a hard worker. Not only that, but the lessons he learned while growing up and struggling in college are ones he says he reflects on in the classroom as a professor.

He began teaching as an associate instructor at UC Davis in 2016. The subject he took on — race politics — hadn’t been taught at the university in about 20 years. He almost didn’t want to teach it, he says. 

“There are a lot of reasons why people don’t teach that class,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of folks who feel like they can’t. But the other thing, the most insidious part, which could be in the class itself, is because political science is dominated by a white upper-class.”

His colleagues described teaching the subject as a “career killer,” and because of the pressure, he almost opted out, too. In the end, though, he couldn’t let himself.

His decision to teach the course was much more than just a statement: It led to results. “Out of all my classes, more people have gone to law school from that class, which I think says a lot about the people who want to take it, who already have the orientation towards social justice,” he says.

Dr. Lesenyie’s desire to teach race politics eventually led him to join the faculty at CSULB, where he will be teaching that subject, along with Intro to American Government.

Other universities have had the chance to hire him full-time as a race politics professor, he says, but chose not to. “It was like a hiccup in the direction of ‘Hey, we need to change,’ and then they didn’t do it,” he says. “Long Beach did not have that hiccup. They charged forward.”

Dr. Teresa Wright, chair of the political science department, says of Lesenyie, “He’s the whole package: a terrific scholar doing important and timely work, a natural teacher who sees teaching as a vocation, and a sterling colleague with an impressive record of community service.”

Growing up in Section 8 housing, Dr. Lesenyie says he saw the police and ambulance multiple times every day. He dreamed of understanding the institutions of the world and how they affected not only his own life, but the people around him.

“It is so exciting to me to understand why that was and to explain it to people who otherwise would hear the truth from Tucker Carlson,” he says. “It’s really cool to be that expert. This is the expert I’ve always dreamed of being, and now as a job, I get to educate people on the truth. It’s friggin’ awesome.”

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Dr. Matthew Garcia is deeply committed to our University’s mission and to serving our diverse student community. His expertise in racial and ethnic politics with a focus on Latinx political representation will make a valuable contribution to our department, college and university.