The Team

Dr. Richard R. Marcus is Professor of International Studies and Director of The Global Studies Institute and the MA in International Affairs at California State University, Long Beach. International Education has always been integral to Dr. Marcus’ role as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. He has worked with Title VI and other funding mechanisms for international education for nearly two decades. He has strived to innovate classroom tools for delivering international and global learning outcomes within his own field and expanded across disciplinary divides. He continues to wrestle intellectually with key barriers to the delivery of international and global learning outcomes such as measurability, articulation, and costing. He has served in diverse leadership roles for policy and administration for instruction and education abroad, as a liaison for students abroad, leading classes abroad, as Chair of the CSULB International Education Committee of the Academic Senate, as Chair of the CSU System’s Academic Council for International Programs, and as the director of the CSULB International Studies Program. Since 1991 Dr. Marcus has conducted research in Madagascar, Kenya, Israel, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the U.S. and has additional professional experience in France, Guatemala, and Ecuador. His research focuses on the impact of political change on diverse policy sectors (water, health, education, mining). His recent book is titled The Politics of Institutional Failure in Madagascar’s Third Republic (Rowman Littlefield/Lexington in 2016). Dr. Marcus is a member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), International Studies Association (ISA), African Studies Association (ASA), American Political Science Association (APSA) and the African Politics Conference Group (APCG). He has served as an “expert” interviewee for diverse media outlets such as Le Monde, Radio France, National Public Radio, Voice of America, South African Broadcasting, Midi Madagasikara, IRIN (United Nations), and Bloomberg. He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, SSRC Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum/UN DPA, United Nations Development Program, SwissPeace, US Department of State, US Agency for International Development,Swedish International Development Agency, and various non-government organizations. Prof. Marcus has a BA in Great Books (New York University), MA in African Studies/Political Science (University of California, Los Angeles), PhD in Political Science (University of Florida), Postdoctorates in Environmental and Global Studies (Yale University) and Certificates in French Language and Civilization (University of Paris), KiSwahili Language (University of Nairobi, Kenya), Malagasy Language (University of Antananarivo, Madagascar), and Spanish (Antigüeña Academy, Guatemala). He completed dual postdoctoral studies in Globalization and Environmental Studies at Yale University where he was also a Lecturer in Political Science.

Dr. Alison Holmes is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at CalPoly Humboldt and Managing Editor of csuglobal (, a systemwide effort funded by The Global Studies Institute.  Professor Holmes worked in British Politics doing research and writing briefs and speeches from 1987 to 1997 before joining the BBC as the Deputy Head of Corporate Community Strategy. She helped launch BBC News 24 and BBC Online. She served as Managing Director of the London office of the largest UK/US business membership organization. In 2008 she was awarded a Pierre Keller Fellowship in Transatlantic Studies at Yale University, leaving two years later to begin her professorial career at Humboldt and becoming one of the leading scholars on Global California. She is the author of Multi-Layered Diplomacy in a Global State: The International Relations of California, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.







Dr. Elaine Haglund has directed the education-abroad programs; helped establish and coordinate the California International Studies Program (CISP) in surrounding school districts; coordinated the International Student Teacher Exchange Program in England, Wales, and Mexico; and has actively led the all-university effort to internationalize the curriculum — with the primary goal that of advancing students’ level of global literacy. Professor Haglund has presented papers on international issues to conferences in Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as to many national and local proDr. Elaine Haglundfessional organizations. She has authored two books and has maintained an active record of publishing with such juried articles as: “Japan: Cultural Considerations”, and “The Transition Phase in International Human Resource Development”, among many others. Her research interests have focused primarily on issues of the economically developing world — especially in the area of language policies and women’s roles. Dr. Haglund’s long-term commitment to international education has culminated in the creation of the Haglund Global Endowment.



Barbara Doten is the project director for the California Global Education Project.  taught history-social science and foundations of law courses in the Law Academy at Juan R. Cabrillo High School in the Long Beach Unified School District. With the exception of three years as the Teaching American History Grant Coordinator in the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Barbara’s teaching career spans 36 years as a middle and high school teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified school districts. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in History/Social Science in 2007 and has taught instructional methodology courses at CSU Long Beach and CSU Dominguez Hills since 2005. She holds a BA (History/Political Science) and MA (Education) degree from CSU Los Angeles, as well as a Bilingual Certificate of Competency in Spanish. In 2004, the California Council for the Social Studies recognized Barbara as the High School Teacher of the Year. Most recently, she has written and received grants from UCLA’s Center X and the LA County Education Foundation to incorporate culturally relevant curricula and civics into the secondary curricula. As a result of these grants, her civic team at Juan R. Cabrillo High School has received accreditation as one of the first Democracy Schools in the state of California.


Amira Abouzeid is a Graduate Assistant for Outreach and Editing in The Global Studies Institute and an MA student in the CSULB International Affairs Program.

Hours Spring 2024:

Monday: 10 AM – 12 PM
Tuesday: 12 PM – 2 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM