Adjunct Faculty

Melissa Hidalgo

Dr. Melissa Hidalgo earned her Ph.D. in Literature at UC San Diego. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o/x-Latina/o/x literature, performance, and cultural production; popular music, popular culture, sports, and fandom; critical queer, gender, race, and cultural studies; and 19th and 20th century US literature. Dr. Hidalgo completed her book Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands (Headpress UK, 2016), which explores transnational subcultural phenomenon of Morrissey and Smiths fandom in Los Angeles and across the US-Mexico borderlands, during a US Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research continues to explore Irish and Chicano/Mexican cultural affinities, connections, and exchanges in literature, music, and pop culture. Dr. Hidalgo has published widely in academic collections and popular outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times,, Boom California, and L.A. Taco.

Kavitha Koshy

Kavitha Koshy has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University. Her areas of expertise include transnational feminist theories and activism, global feminisms, U.S. women of color theories, critical race theories, and globalization, “development,” and immigration studies. Her current work explores the racialization of new immigrants in the United States. She is also interested in decolonial theorizing and practice. Dr. Koshy has a background of human rights and grassroot organizing work in India.

Anat Schwartz

Anat Schwartz received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies with a feminist emphasis from the University of California, Irvine in June 2022. Anat’s research examines contemporary South Korean feminist communities, activism, and narratives. In particular, she is interested in the theorization and construction of social justice communities through online spaces, and the impact of digital surveillance technologies on feminist and marginalized communities in East Asia. Anat’s specialized areas of interest are transnational gender and sexuality studies, East Asian Studies, digital media and surveillance technologies, global Asia(s), modern Korean history and literature, and critical trans and queer theory.

Anat has taught several courses at WGSS, including: WGSS 101: Gender, Race, Sex, and the Body, WGSS 205: Intro to Queer Studies, WGSS 300: Feminist Theory, WGSS 365: Pop Culture: Seeing Gender & Sex, and WGSS 416: Queering Gender. In her teaching, Anat prioritizes creative mediums and outlets for students’ critical engagement and expression. You can find some of her previous students’ work online here and here.

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Kelsey Rosendale

Kelsey Rosendale received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. Kelsey’s graduate research focused upon reproductive policy in present-day Hungary. In her thesis she examined the weaponization of women’s bodies in an illiberal democracy. Her research interests include bodies, power, feminist theory, and transnational politics.

Kelsey has taught several courses at WGSS including: WGSS 101: Gender, Race, Sex, and the Body, WGSS 102: Gender, Race, Sex, and Society, WGSS 316/FEA 317: Women in the History of U.S. Film and WGSS 365: Pop Culture: Seeing Gender & Sex

Mariam Youssef

Mariam Youssef teaches at CSULB and Cerritos College. Her research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and survival, especially in persecuted religious communities.