Dr. Moyang Li is currently an assistant professor in the English Department and will be teaching Appreciation of Literature this fall. Her work emphasizes on postcolonial literature and women’s writing. She’s also interested in exploring the relationship between literature and the sciences.

CLA Welcomes Economics Expert and Researcher to Faculty This Fall

Dr Andre HarrisonA specialist in macroeconomics and international economics, Dr. Andre Harrison provides vital academic insight into the global economy. His research on how monetary policies are linked across nations is more important than ever as the world struggles to recover from the economic damage done by the COVID-19 crisis.

This fall, Dr. Harrison will bring his expertise to CSULB when he joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of economics. He cites the diverse student body and high level of collegiality within the CLA as the reasons he was attracted to the campus. 

  “I really like how everyone is so welcoming, and it’s easier to integrate into an environment like that,” he says. “Many of the kids at CSULB are first-generation students, so I have that thing in common with them. As someone who has been through undergraduate and graduate school not too long ago, I can relate to their experience.”

Dr. Harrison will be teaching Principles of Macroeconomics and Macroeconomics Theory classes in the fall. He says he hopes to make a difference in students’ lives and obtain some invaluable professional development.

“At the end of the day, I just hope a student can say, ‘I did something good or learned something new because of Professor Harrison,’” he says. “At CSULB, I believe I will be able to grow as a professor and help students be successful.”   

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Harrison is thrilled about the opportunity to mentor CSULB student researchers and future scholars. Dr. Seiji Steimetz, chair of the economics department at CSULB, believes Dr. Harrison will add valuable leadership and enthusiasm on campus.

“Dr. Harrison is genuinely committed to serving our diverse student population,” Steimetz says. “He will be an essential part of our department’s ongoing efforts to engage the community and serve the public good.”  

Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Dr. Harrison was an instructor at the University of Alabama, where he taught macroeconomics classes. Originally from Jamaica, Dr. Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics and a master’s degree in economics from the University of the West Indies. When he decided he wanted to become a teacher, he came to America through a J-1 visa work-study program and obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Alabama.

Fascinated by international monetary policies, Dr. Harrison credits his excellent teachers for making economics interesting and encouraging him to make the subject a lifelong pursuit.    

“I come from a third-world country where the economy is not that great,” he says. “I always wanted to know why the economy was so bad and what I could do to fix it in any way possible.”

  As part of his ongoing research, Dr. Harrison has three publications under review that deal with international capital flows and the effect they have under monetary policy: “International Capital Flows, Liquidity Risk, and Monetary Policy”; “Capital Flows to Developing Countries: Implications for Monetary Policy Across the Globe”; and “The Implications of Monetary Policy and International Lending to the United States: Empirical Evidence using a Sign Restrictions SVAR Approach.” He has additional research forthcoming that details how capital flows threaten the efficacy of monetary policy in advanced and developing economies.

 Profile story by Kevin Bollman

CLA Welcomes Disability Studies Scholar to Faculty This Fall

Dr. Crystal LieAn expert in disability studies and English literature, Dr. Crystal Lie uses an interdisciplinary approach that strives to understand how disability functions through the framework of literary texts. Less interested in pathology and cures, she sees disability as a sociopolitical identity that is rich and valuable for society.    

This fall, Dr. Lie will bring that approach to CSULB when she joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of comparative world literature. She says the opportunity to work with CSULB’s diverse student body attracted her to the campus.

“I come from a minority background, and I just really identify with first-generation students and working-class students,” she says. “It’s who I am and who I grew up with. It’s just nice to be able to go somewhere where that is the predominant student body population.”  

Dr. Lie will be teaching Literature and Medicine and Comics and Graphic Novels classes in the fall. She says she hopes to spark students’ interest in the comparative world literature discipline by exposing them to new literary insights.

  “Literature is simply about creating community, sharing knowledge and learning about different perspectives,” she says. “That’s also so integral to what teaching really is; it’s helping students find something that they identify with in the work that they’re reading and put that to use outside of the classroom.”

Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Dr. Lie taught English writing and disability studies classes at the University of Michigan, where she obtained both a doctorate and master’s degree in English language and literature. She also holds a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA.     

As a disability studies scholar, Dr. Lie will play an integral role in the development of the new health humanities minor at CSULB that will be housed in the comparative world literature department starting next fall.

This new interdisciplinary minor aims to help students who plan to enter health or medical fields use  skills they’ve cultivated in humanities courses. Dr. Kathryn Chew, chair of the comparative world literature department at CSULB, says Dr. Lie is an important new voice on campus with creative ideas for new courses and research projects that will inspire students.

 “Dr. Lie brings a sensitivity of perspective to thinking about ‘health and the whole human’ that we believe will benefit all the CSULB students who are lucky enough to take a course with her,” Chew says.  

Passionate about building up a presence in disability studies at CSULB, Dr. Lie says she is looking forward to developing a disability studies course crossed with sociology for the new health humanities minor that students will find both useful and interesting.

 “Coming from my experiences as a daughter with a disabled father and being around elderly grandparents, you realize disability is everywhere around you and there are so many ways to think about it,” she says. “It gave me insight into new ways of thinking about disability as an identity.”

Initially interested in the science and pre-med fields as an undergraduate, Dr. Lie says a freshman writing course proved to be a watershed moment for her academic career as she began to fall in love with English as a discipline.  

 “It was a moment in which literature and storytelling really opened my eyes to seeing the world differently,” she says. “I kept taking English courses and would read works that kept giving me these sort of lightbulb moments where I would say, ‘I totally see that reflected in real life.’ I just didn’t know how to put that in words before.”

In recognition of her outstanding performance in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan, Dr. Lie received the Rackham Humanities Research Dissertation Fellowship in 2019. Awarded to a small number of doctoral students, the fellowship supports dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.  

As part of her ongoing research, Dr. Lie is working on a book project to transform her dissertation into a monograph: “Reimagining Dementia and History: Contemporary Women’s Writing in the Age of Alzheimer’s.” The project examines how authors, drawing from their personal experiences as caretakers and witnesses to loved ones with dementia, think through dementia as an aesthetic, formal, and ethical resource to address histories of violence and to build solidarity across borders and marginalized voices.

  In addition to teaching, Dr. Lie has published articles that use a disability studies lens on a trend of narratives that have emerged about dementia and the politics of memory surrounding historical trauma. Her most recent publication is “‘A Temporal Stuttering’: Writing Dementia and Disaster in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being” in the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. Her articles “Drawn to History: Dementia and the Armenian Genocide in Dana Walrath’s Aliceheimer’s (2016)” in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and “Crip Time as Space: Tracing Graphic Temporalities of Chronic Illness in Julia Wertz’s The Infinite Wait” in the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, are both forthcoming.  

 Profile story by Kevin Bollman

CLA Welcomes Critical Rhetorical Scholar to Faculty This Fall

Dr Katrina HannaA critical rhetorical scholar, Dr. Katrina Hanna has always been interested in structures of power specific to intersectional analyses of race within the context of education.

Her desire to understand how we use language to construct truth and its effects on society, culture and power imbalances cultivated an academic hunger within her that she says is still not satisfied.

This fall, Dr. Hanna will bring that thirst for knowledge to CSULB when she joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies. She says that CSULB’s diverse student body and strong emphasis on teaching attracted her to the campus.

“I love and value research, but my heart is in the classroom,” she says. “The number of first-generation students, the number of historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups that are also students; those are the kind of kids that I want to coexist with. CSULB just checked all those boxes for me.”

  Dr. Hanna will be teaching Communication Criticism and Gender Communication classes in the fall. She credits undergraduate communication courses for igniting her passion for the discipline and hopes she can make a similar impact on her students.

“I had originally gone into undergrad with the intention of being a high school teacher,” she says. “Then I went and took an Intro to Communication Theory class, and it changed my life.”

She says the class, an overview of the main communication fields, sparked her interest in the concept of rhetoric as it relates to how truth is constructed in the world.

“So much of what we believe to be truth, we make up using language,” she says. “We don’t scientifically know what’s morally right or wrong. We use language to construct those things.”

Dr. Hanna uses this rhetorical analysis to challenge her students to examine the language they use to talk about education and how that shapes what “learning” and “success” mean in the context of neoliberal education. Dr. Jennifer Asenas, chair of the communication studies department at CSULB, says Dr. Hanna’s use of rhetorical field methods, which incorporates ethnographic and rhetorical theory, will augment the rhetorical and qualitative work in the department.

“We are very excited by the methodological expertise Dr. Hanna will bring to CSULB,” Dr. Asenas says. “We are confident that she will help her students unpack their own experiences and observations about the world to understand how power and privilege operate not only theoretically, but on their everyday lived experiences.”  

Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Dr. Hanna was a graduate teaching associate at Arizona State University and an adjunct instructor at Phoenix Community College, where she taught public speaking and communication courses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree in communication studies from Kansas State University, and a doctorate in communication from Arizona State University.

In recognition of her exceptional work in the graduate program at Kansas State University, Dr. Hanna received the Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence in 2015. Advancing to the state level of competition, she received the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2015-16 academic year. Chosen out of the top graduate students from all of the Midwestern universities, she was invited to Chicago to speak about her experiences as a teacher.

Dr. Hanna’s passion for education extends well beyond the classroom. While completing her doctorate, she became involved with Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that works to encourage the development of self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. As a volunteer coach, Dr. Hanna conducted a semester’s worth of field notes, observations and active engagement.

 “We were working on this concept of empowerment, looking at how these young girls often empower the coaches and how we can encourage young women to enjoy sports and not have to worry about certain gender norms,” she says.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Hanna has published articles that examine culture, society and politics through rhetoric. Her most recent publications include “Dr. King’s struggle then and now: A look into Black musical artists’ struggle for economic and social justice” in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and “Framing public memory: Developing moral vernacular discourse through photographs of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School” in the Ohio Journal of Communication.

As part of her ongoing research, Dr. Hanna has three publications under review related to her work as a critical rhetorical scholar: “Negotiating place, narrative, and identity: Engaging rhetorical field methods at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum”; “(Re)structuring empowerment: Volunteer barriers and agency to gender disparities in female youth sport contexts”; and “‘This really can’t be how things work’: Extending Duerringer’s (2013) Monopoly activity.”

Profile story by Kevin Bollman


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 – March 2020

German Studies

Blankenship, Robert. “Christa Wolf’s Richard Neutra: Architecture, Psychoanalysis, and Southern California in Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud,” in: Willi Goetschel, ed., The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, volume 95, issue 1, January 2020, 55-64.

High, Jeffrey L. “Heinrich von Kleist’s Essay: How to find the certain Path to Happiness, and—even amid Life’s greatest Tribulations—enjoy the Journey undeterred: Introduction and English Translation,” in: Günter Blamberger, ed., Jahrbuch der Kleist-Gesellschaft (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2018) 253-269.

 —. “From Hypotext to Hypertext and (Hyper-)Space Opera: Schiller’s Don Karlos, Verdi’s Don Carlo, and George Lucas’ Star Wars, in: Willi Goetschel, ed., The Germanic Review: Literature, Culture, Theory, volume 95, issue 1, January 2020, 5-20.

—. “Revolutionary Virtue: Schiller and Freedom from Religion,” in: Laura Anna Macor and Valerio Rocco Lozano, eds., Schiller y la Revolución, Special Issue of Philosophical Readings, Valerio Rocco and Laura Anna Macor, eds. (Padua: 2017) 76-86.

Jeffrey L. High and Lisa Beesley,“Sophie Mereaus und Clemens Brentanos Übersetzungen von Maria de Zayas. ‘Spanische Novellen’ und die Prosawerke Heinrich von Kleists,” in: Günter Blamberger, ed., Jahrbuch der Kleist-Gesellschaft (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2020, in press).

Jeffrey L. High and Elena Pnevmonidou and Friederike von Schwerin-High, “Strategies for Teaching Eighteenth-Century German Texts in the Context of Program Building,” Melissa Etzler and Gabi Eichmanns, eds., Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching for Small German Programs (Abingdon: Routledge Press, 2020, in press)

Jeffrey L. High and Rebecca Stewart, “Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von Orleans,” in: The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary. Ed. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott and Janet Todd. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. <> (2018) 1-7.

Maughan, Curtis. “Who owns Hamlet? Gerhart Hauptmann’s Reconstruction of the Danish Prince” in Shakespeare as German Author: Reception, Translation Theory, and Cultural Transfer, John A McCarthy, ed. (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 175-194.

Curtis Maughan and Federico Alvarez Igarzábal and Michael S. Debus, eds., Violence, Perception, Video Games: The Young Academics Workshop at the Clash of Realities: New Directions in Game Research, 2017-2018 (transcript, November 2019). ISBN: 978-3-8376-5051-8.

Curtis Maughan and Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Björn Bartholdy, and Rüdiger Brandis, “The Thematic and Aesthetic Representations of Agriculture in Digital Games,” Research Paper for Bayer CropScience, Leverkusen 2018.

Human Development

El Ouardani, Christine N.  2018.  Corporal Discipline Reform in a Rural Moroccan Classroom.  Anthropology and Education Quarterly92: 129-145. 

Heidbrink, L. 2020. Benevolent Complicity: The detention of unaccompanied children. In Diverse Unfreedoms and their Ghosts: Interrogations, Transitions, Legacies, and Re-imaginings. Edited by K. Green, C. Coe and S. Balagopalan. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

—. 2020. Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.

—. 2019. Acts of Removal. In Il/legal Encounters: Migration, Detention, and Deportation in the Lives of Young People. Edited by D. Boehm and S. Terrio. New York: New York University Press.

—. 2019. Borders. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.

—. 2019. Debt-driven Migration among indigenous youth in GuatemalaJournal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

—. 2018. Care in Contexts of Child Detention; Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology.

—. Heidbrink, L. 2018. Circulation of care among unaccompanied migrant youth from GuatemalaChildren and Youth Services Review 92: 30-38.

—. 2018. Radicalizing Tensions Between Fascism and Solidarity in ItalyYouth Circulations. 

Heidbrink, L. and M. Statz. 2019. The Blame Game: Criminalizing migrant parents. Youth Circulations.

Statz, M. and L. Heidbrink. 2019. A Better “Best Interests”: Immigration Policy in a Comparative ContextLaw and Policy.  DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12135.

Duncan, W.; Heidbrink, L. and K. Yarris. 2018. Im/migration in the Era of Trump; Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology.

Statz, M. and L. Heidbrink. 2018. Migration as ClickbaitAnthropology News. DOI: 10.1111/AN.760.

Kelly, K. R., Ocular, G., & Austin, A., (2020). Adult-child science language during informal science learning at an aquarium. The Social Science Journal. DOI: 10.1080/03623319. 2020.1727226

Carmiol, A.^Kelly, KR.^, Ocular, G.,  Ríos-Reyes, M., González-Chavez, M., & Plascencia, J.  (2019).  Talking about past experiences in two cultural contexts: Children’s narrative structure and maternal elaboration in dyads from Costa Rica and the United States. Early Education and Development. DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2019.1651190 ^shared first authorship

Bailey, A.L., Moughamian, A., Kelly, K. R., McCabe, A., & Huang, B. (2018). Leapfrog to literacy: Maternal narrative input differentially supports oral language and later reading outcomes. Early Childhood Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1521807.

Kelly, K. R. (2018). Maternal autonomy support and dyadic verbal synchrony during narrative co-construction: Links with child attachment representations and independent narrative competence. Infant and Child Development, 27(3), e2074 DOI: 10.1002/icd.2074

Song, Y., Kim, A. Y., Martin-Hansen, L., & Bernal, E. (accepted). Changing lanes or exiting? STEM experiences of Latinx and Asian American college students.

Kim, A. Y., & Thacker, I. (2019). A good sine? Seeking math help using crowdsourced online discussion boards. E-Learning & Digital Media,

Aguilar, S. J., & Kim, A. Y. (2019). Hispanic Students’ Sense of Control in Relation to Post-Secondary Enrollment Outcomes. Social Sciences8(2), 67.

Kim, A. Y., Sinatra, G. M., & Seyranian, V. (2018). Developing a STEM identity among young women: a social identity perspective. Review of Educational Research88(4), 589-625.

Kim, A. Y., & Sinatra, G. M. (2018). Science identity development: An interactionist approach. Introduction to a special issue in International Journal of STEM Education5(1), 51.

Shih, K. Y. (2020). Invited book review of The making of a teenage service class: Poverty and mobility in an American city, by R. Ray. Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Shih, K. Y., Chang, T. F., & Chen, S. Y. (2019). Impacts of the model minority myth on Asian American individuals and families: Social justice and critical race feminist perspectives. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 11, 412-428. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12342

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Ahland, Colleen. forthcoming. Northern Gumuz. In Bedilu Wakjira, Ronny Meyer, and Zelealem Leyew (eds.), Handbook of Ethiopian Languages. Oxford University Press.

Ahland, Colleen and Bettina Mütze. forthcoming. Mursi. In Bedilu Wakjira, Ronny Meyer, and Zelealem Leyew (eds.), Handbook of Ethiopian languages. Oxford University Press.

Dimmendaal, Gerritt; Colleen Ahland, Angelika Jakobi, and Constanze Kutsch Lojenga. 2019. Linguistic features and typologies in languages commonly referred to as ‘Nilo-Saharan’. In Wolff, Ekkehard (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ahland, Michael. forthcoming. Northern Mao. In Oxford Handbook of Ethiopian Languages, Bedilu Wakjira, Ronny Meyer, and Zelealem Leyew (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

—. 2019. The development of subject case marking in Omotic-Mao. Studies in African Linguistics 48.2.

—. 2018. Review of A Grammar of Hamar: A South Omotic language of Ethiopia by Sara Petrollino. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 39(1):107-110. DOI:10.1515/jall-2018-0004

Marean, Lindsay, Michael Ahland, Bethany Lycan, Sergio Sandoval Sanchez, and Nicholas Sinetos. forthcoming. [co-authored]. Tübatulabal: Two texts. In Texts in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas [supplement of the International Journal of American Linguistics], Gabriela Garcia Salido and Tim Thornes (eds.). University of Chicago Press. 

Galasso, Joseph. Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language, and its Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise’. LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 61. (2019).

Nancy Hall (2019). Incomplete neutralization: What Arabic can bring to the debate. In Amel Khalfaoui & Youssef Haddad, eds, Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXXI. John Benjamins.

Nancy Hall (2018). Articulatory Phonology [chapter]. In Anna Bosch & S. J. Hannah, eds, Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory, ed. Anna Bosch and S. J. Hannahs. pp 530-552. (preprint)

Nancy Hall, Bianca Godinez, Megan Walsh, Irene Orellana & Coleen Villegas (2019). Evidence for perceptual hypercorrection in American r-dissimilation: A pilot study. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, [S.l.], v. 4, p. 52:1-12.

Nancy Hall, Andie Niederecker, Elica Sue & Irene Orellana (2019). Annotating Archival Recordings of Hocank (Winnebago). In Katherine Hout, Anna Mai, Adam McCollum, Sharon Rose, Matthew Zaslansky (eds). Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Meeting on Phonology.

Hatami, S. (2018). Does perceptual learning style matching affect L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading? Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 21(2), 102-125. [PDF]

Sharifi, Amir and Barwari Zuzan (2020).  The Oral Tradition of Dengbêjî, a Kurdish Genre of Verbal Art and Reported Speech. In Korangy, Alireza. (Ed). Essays on Kurdish Narratology and Folklore: Oral Tradition, History, and Nationalism. Walter de Gruyter GmbH.

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Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2019. “Unfree Shipping: The Racialisation of Logistics Labour.” Work Organization, Labour, & Globalisation, 13(1): 96-13. (WOLG Special Issue: Logistical Gazes – Spaces, Labour, & Struggles in Global Capitalism).

—. Forthcoming. “The E-Logistics Revolution: E-Commerce, Labor, and the Retransformation of the Southern California Supply Chain,” (in French), Travail et Emploi.

Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake, Katy Fox-Hodess, and Kim Moody (interview by Chris Browne). 2018. “Seizing the Chokepoints.” Jacobin Magazine.

Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Immanuel Ness. 2018. Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain. London: Pluto Press.

Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Spencer Louis Potiker. 2018. “Decolonising Logistics: Palestinian Truckers on the Occupied Supply Chain.” Choke Points: Logistic Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain. London: Pluto Press.

Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Ellen Reese. Forthcoming. The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy. London: Pluto Press.

Bonacich, Edna, Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson, and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Forthcoming. “The Racialization of Global Labor.” (Reprint) In Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: The Sociological Mindful Approach, edited by Jacqueline Brooks, Heidy Sarabia, and Aya Ida. San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Alimahomed-Wilson, Sabrina. 2019. “When the FBI Knocks: Racialized State Surveillance of Muslims.” Critical Sociology,45(6): 871-887.

Barnes, Nielan. (2019) “Within the asylum‐advocacy nexus: An analysis of Mexican transgender asylum seekers in the United States.”  Sexuality, Gender and Policy 2019 2:5-25.

Haldipur, Jan.  (2019). No Place on the Corner: The Costs of Aggressive Policing.  New York: NYU Press.  

Haldipur, Jan. (2019). “Stop-and-frisk policing.”  The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.  Anthony Orum (Ed.).  Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  

Haldipur, Jan.  (2018). Parenting the dispossessed: Raising the children of “Stop, Question, and Frisk.”  Race and Justice, 8(1), 71-93.   

Stoudt, Brett G., Maria Elena Torre, Paul Bartley, Evan Bissell, Fawn Bracy, Hillary Caldwell, Lauren Dewey, Anthony Downs, Cory Greene, Jan Haldipur, Scott Lizama, Prakriti Hassan, Einat Manoff, Nadine Sheppard and Jacqueline Yates.  (2019).  “Researching at the Community-University Borderlands: Using Public Science to Study Policing in the South Bronx.”  Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27(56), 1-48.  

Nou, Leakhena (Forthcoming, 2020). Ongoing impacts of Khmer Rouge violence and traumatic stress among Cambodian survivors and perpetrators. (Shaping Justice: The Influence of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal on Expectations of Justice in Cambodia, by Alexandra Kent and Robin Biddulph [eds.], Gothenburg University, Sweden)

López, Claudia Maria. 2019. “Contesting Double-Displacement: Internally Displaced Campesinos and the Social Production of Urban Territory in Medellín, Colombia.” Geographica Helvetica 74 (3): 249–259.

Miller, Shaeleya. 2019. “Racial Exclusion and Queer Identity” in Identities in Everyday Life. Jan Stets and Richard Serpe, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

Osuna, Steven. (2020). “The Transnational Moral Panic: Neoliberalism and the Spectre of MS13.” Race & Class. Published Online Now. Print version forthcoming.

—. (2019) “The Psycho Realm Blues: The Violence of Policing, Disordering Practices, and Rap Criticism in Los Angeles,” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, 4(1).

Patraporn, R. Varisa. 2019. “Serving the People in Long Beach, California: Advancing Justice for Southeast Asian Youth through Community University Partnerships.” AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice and Community 16 (No. 1&2): 1-34.

Lee, C. Aujean and Patraporn, R. Varisa. 2019. “Let’s Get Along: Strengthening Academic-Nonprofit Partnerships in Research” AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice and Community 16 (No. 1&2): 85-110.

Syeed, E. (In press). Wearing Many Hats: Exploring the Grounded Aesthetics of Students of Color. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

—. (2019). “It Just Doesn’t Add Up”: Disrupting Official Arguments for Urban School  Closures with Counterframes. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27 (110).

. (2019). An Open and Shut Case: Comparing Outcomes of School Closures in Washington, D.C. In Ebony Duncan-Shippy (Ed.), Shuttered Schools: Race, Community, and School Closures in American Cities. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

—. (2018). Conflicts Between Covers: Confronting Official Curriculum In Indian Textbooks. Curriculum Inquiry, 48(5), 540-559.

—. (2018). There Goes the PTA: Building Parent Identity, Relationships, and Power in Gentrifying Schools. Equity & Excellence in Education51(3-4), 284-300.

Syeed, E., Kumar, M. M., Lowe, N., Moran, D., & Rucobo, K. (2020). Getting Uncomfortable with Difficult Knowledge: A Reflexive Account of a Community-Based Research Project. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice, 3(1), 3. DOI:

Woodward, Kerry. 2019. “Race, Gender, and Poverty Governance: The Case of the U.S. Child Welfare System.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society. Published online now. Print version is forthcoming.

Randles, Jennifer and Kerry Woodward. 2018. “Learning to Labor, Love, and Live: Shaping the Good Neoliberal Citizen in State Work and Marriage Programs.” Sociological Perspectives 61 (1): 39-56.

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Chicano and Latino Studies Department Introduces New Professor

Loretta.Ramirez.AlhambraFor the past 13 years, Dr. Loretta Ramirez has drawn inspiration from the students she taught at CSULB. She even credits them for motivating her to return to school for one of her master’s degrees.

“My students were really excited to know I taught English on my workdays, and then on my weekends I would teach art,” she says. “They were encouraging me to go back and get a degree.” 

This fall, she joins the tenure-track faculty in the Chicanx/Latinx studies department. She brings with her a deep and varied educational background: Dr. Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Stanford University, a master’s in creative writing from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s in art history from CSULB, a master’s in English rhetoric from UC Irvine, and a Ph.D. in English rhetoric with a specialization in Chicana rhetoric. 

“It’s a lifelong process,” she says of her ongoing passion for learning.

In her time at CSULB, Dr. Ramirez has worked to transform her classes into more than just basic lessons about composition. She has integrated ethnicity and writing, which has created a learning environment she believes is more engaging. 

“When you add the cultural component, it livens up an otherwise kind of skill-based class,” she says. “I think that subtle shift in what the definition of a class is opens up students to be willing to share their voice, without so much fear that they’re going to be corrected.”

Currently, she is working on turning her dissertation into a book. It discusses Chicana body identity and the plight to find “strategies and survival from violence,” she explained. She hopes to have it completed within the next couple of years.

A part of her dissertation research looks at the way Chicana women transform wounds into learning experiences and use them as a form of empowerment. 

“Through the decades, women have found ways to use wounds to confront those who have wounded them,” Dr. Ramirez says. “There’s such a pattern of woundedness in the personal and social lives [of women] on the fringes. Being marginalized through racism, sexism, a lot of Chicanas have to find ways to overcome woundedness in identity and physical body and emotion.”

In her new position, Dr. Ramirez is excited about being able to mentor students throughout their undergraduate career. “As a full-time instructor, I’m hoping to help them enter the system, guide them, mentor them, and also see them off to some new future.”

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Gift Agreement for the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies

Share:  Office of the Dean August 28, 2020

The Shah Family Foundation, on behalf of Mrs. Raksha and Mr. Harshad Shah, together with the Vardhamana Charitable Foundation, on behalf of Drs. Meera and Jasvant Modi, have entered into an agreement to provide funding for the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies with the CSULB 49er Foundation and California State University, Long Beach. The goals of this gift include the creation and ongoing offering of courses on the fundamental principles of Jain religion, and to examine their relevance and implication for contemporary society. The endowed chair position will be a part of the Department Religious Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.


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“The College of Liberal Arts is proud to house the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies,” said David Wallace, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  “The college has a curriculum rich in all kinds of diversity, and this chair will develop curriculum and raise awareness of Jainism as a part of the cultural tapestry of South Asia and of Southern California.”

Jainism is an ancient religion, founded in the sixth century BCE, which advocates Ahimsa, or non-violence to all living beings, Apringraha (non-attachment), and Anekantavaad (plurality of beliefs). Jains pursue a spiritual journey along the Jain path towards Moksha (the state of complete liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth). While there are only approximately 4 million living Jains today, Jains form a professionally active and influential community, and Jainism possesses values that are deeply relevant to modernity.

“We are honored and delighted to launch the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies! We deeply appreciate the donor’s gift, and their interest in the Department of Religious Studies at CSULB. This gift enhances our commitment to diversity, and broadens our ability to teach the religions of South Asia. In particular, we look forward to adding courses on the tradition of Jainism, a faith which is both ancient, yet deeply relevant to contemporary times,” says Sophia Pandya, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

Religious Studies focuses on the secular and interdisciplinary study of global religion, spirituality, and faith-shaped culture. The department already offers several courses that treat religion in South Asia, including: Hinduism, Religions of India, and Religions of Southeast Asia as well as Sanskrit. These courses reflect not only fact that the population of South Asia (almost 2 billion) is equivalent to a quarter of the global population, but also that Southern California houses a large South Asian community.  CSULB’s Department of Religious Studies also intends to develop a minor in South Asian Studies.  As a part of the commitment to the Bhagwan Suvidhinath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies, they are looking forward to developing new courses that will specifically or primarily focus on Jainism.

CLA 2nd Annual Report of the CLA Internship Program Available

""Please enjoy reading the attached 2nd Annual Report of the CLA Internship Program. In 19/20, over 600 CLA students received professional development and academic guidance in the context of an internship opportunity.


Many CLA and CSULB contributors ensure the ongoing success of our internship efforts — you will find several of these faculty, staff, students and partners noted in the report.

Review the CLA Internship Program 2019/2020 Annual Report (PDF)

CLA Welcomes Japanese Language Theory Specialist to Faculty This Fall

Nana SuzumuraA specialist in Japanese language theory, testing and assessment, Dr. Nana Suzumura is an avid proponent of foreign-language learning because she believes that foreign language classes can help promote diversity and deepen cultural understanding.

“It’s important for us as teachers to help students become respectful, responsible and courageous global citizens so we can live nicely in this country and in the world,” she says. “I think this is even more important now with the current political climate.”

Dr. Suzumura will join the Asian and Asian American Studies department in the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of Japanese language and pedagogy this fall. Previously, she was a consultant for Avant Assessment in the development of new Japanese language test items. She obtained her doctorate in Japanese language and linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, in 2020. 

CSULB’s renowned Asian and Asian American Studies department drew Dr. Suzumura to the campus. In addition, the university’s passion for undergraduate education and strong focus on teaching, as well as research, is something she personally identifies with, she says. Dr. Suzumura will be teaching Fundamentals of Japanese classes in the fall.

“The whole department, especially the Japanese program, is very well known,” she says. “The current professors are very active in their industry and in their field. They are very passionate and knowledgeable about teaching undergraduates, and I thought it would be great to work with those professors.” 

The Japanese faculty at CSULB has a long history of conducting collaborative research projects on heritage language schools, dual immersion programs and offering teacher training workshops. Dr. Suzumura is enthusiastic about collaborating with other language programs and departments to help develop appropriate tools to enhance curricula and student learning outcomes. Dr. Barbara Kim, vice chair of the Asian and Asian American Studies department at CSULB, says Dr. Suzumura will be an active scholar-teacher committed to working with students and meeting their needs.

“She is mindful of the wide range of backgrounds, interests, strengths and challenges that students bring to her classroom,” Dr. Kim says. “We believe CSULB students will find her to be a thoughtful, engaging, energetic and accessible professor.”

Originally from Japan, Dr. Suzumura began her academic career at Nanzan University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. Her experience as an exchange student in the U.S. gave her an opportunity to examine her own cultural values, she says.

“Studying English linguistics allowed me to look at the Japanese language as an academic discipline, which I had never done before,” she explains. “Looking at Japanese through this new aspect gave me an opportunity to look back on who I am, to rethink and revisit all these things that I thought were normal.”

Dr. Suzumura continued her academic pursuits at the University of Iowa, where she obtained her master’s degree in Asian civilization with a specialization in teaching Japanese as a foreign language. While working on her degree, she joined the Upward Bound Project, a federal program that helps first-generation and low-income high school students prepare for post-secondary education. As an instructor, she developed Japanese language and culture curriculum lessons.

In 2006, Dr. Suzumura received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Iowa for her exceptional work in the Teacher Education Program.  After graduation, she worked as an instructor and high school teacher developing test items, lessons and curriculums for beginning- and intermediate-level Japanese courses. As a teacher of Japanese language to American students, Dr. Suzumura says she has a strong desire to help students rediscover themselves and their own cultures.

“I want to encourage students to get to know themselves by learning something besides their own language and their own background,” she says. “That’s really the backbone of what I’m trying to do as a teacher.”

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Anthropology Department Welcomes Innovative Professor

Dr. Jeanelle UyAs a biological anthropologist, Dr. Jeanelle Uy has studied modern humans and looked at how their bodies have evolved. But she was initially drawn to the field, she says, by its ability to shine a light on the big picture.      

“I just liked how anthropology tackled human issues or topics in so many different ways,” she says about first discovering her love for the field. “It’s not just like the science-y, biology side, it’s also talking about culture, sexism, racism, all these topics that kind of surround being human, and it wasn’t just a one-dimensional exploration of humans.” 

Dr. Uy will join CSULB’s anthropology department in the College of Liberal Arts as a full-time faculty member this fall. Dr. Uy previously taught at Santa Monica College, CSU Dominguez Hills, and the University of Wisconsin before joining the CSULB faculty as a part-time lecturer in fall 2019, and says her “favorite place to teach is Long Beach.” 

She’s teaching Human Variation and Methods in Biological Anthropology this fall, and in spring, will take on classes in Human Osteology and Primate Evolution. “I’ve found that Long Beach just has a culture of teaching excellence,” she says. “Long Beach students [look] to the future, and they seem to have a better grasp of their abilities.”

In her year teaching part-time at CSULB, Uy says she learned how to teach this generation of students. “I wasn’t really viewing students as a full person — I just expected students to be students 100% of the time,” she says about her previous outlook on teaching. “A lot of students are non-traditional students. A lot have other jobs, families to take care of, so many other responsibilities.”

In addition, her first year at Long Beach taught her that “students are multi-dimensional, and they also have a lot of different ways of learning, not just like ‘do the reading.’” Because of that, Uy says she has learned how to become more flexible as a professor. “If [my students] aren’t doing well, it’s my problem and not their problem,” she says.

With these insights, Dr. Uy has been preparing for the fall semester by looking for ways to innovate. “For the fall, what I’ve honestly been doing is watching tutorial videos made by content creators,” she says. “That’s the stuff that’s actually teaching me how to create good online lectures for my students right now,because that’s more engaging.”

  In her time here, Dr. Uy plans to “teach people the benefits of the anthropological perspective, and I hope that students who come through my classrooms will take something useful to their life ahead.”

Uy knew CSULB was the right choice for her because of the community and the students : “I feel a sense of community here. I like working for the students, and I really felt how that was true in the culture of Cal State Long Beach.” 

Profile story by Pete Escobar