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New Tenure-Track Faculty

Ten new tenure-track faculty are joining the College for the 2016-17 academic year.  Please drop by to welcome them this year.

New Tenure Track Faculty

Assistant Professor Michael Hall, Department of Art 

Michael Hall is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. Through painting and participatory works he addresses these dynamics within a larger, multi-faceted cultural context: one of complicated family webs and communities, structural pedagogy, systematized aesthetics and the tenuous space between control and protection. His work has been featured in group exhibitions nationally and throughout California as well as numerous online and print publications. Hall received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from Mills College. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California. 

Assistant Professor Ai Leen Choo, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Ai Leen Choo is an Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders effective Fall 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and a minor in Mathematics from Hawaii Pacific University. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Her teaching and research interests are focused on understanding the underlying bases of stuttering, and developing effective treatments for adults and children who stutter.

Assistant Professor Amanda Matravers, Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Amanda Matravers came to CSU East Bay from CSU Stanislaus, where she was director of the master’s program in criminal justice. She previously taught at American University, Washington, DC, and, prior to that, at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Matravers received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2001. Her research interests include female criminality, women’s involvement in serious crime, sex offending & offenders, sociological theories of crime, corrections, and qualitative research methodology. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Deviant Behavior and Theoretical Criminology, and her edited book Sex Offenders in the Community: Managing & Reducing the Risks was published in 2003. In a voluntary capacity, Dr. Matravers has served as a youth worker, a “Big Sister”, a counselor for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and, most recently, as a resettlement advisor at San Quentin State Prison.

Assistant Professor Michelle Rippy, Department of Criminal Justice 

Michelle Rippy earned her undergraduate degree from CSU Hayward prior to earning a Master’s in Forensic Science.  For the past 15 years, Michelle has been active in law enforcement working both as a Supervising Deputy Coroner and Reserve Police Officer.  During her time at the Coroner’s Office, Michelle handled high profile death investigations, trained personnel and spearheaded a highly interactive internship program.  Michelle also worked in patrol settings, undercover operations and tactical environments.  Ten years ago, Michelle was hired as an adjunct faculty member at CSUEB in the Criminal Justice Department.  Michelle has taught lower and upper division courses in criminal justice, including law enforcement, investigative and ethics courses in addition to the Criminal Justice Internship course.

Assistant Professor Ryan Heryford, Department of English

Ryan Heryford received his PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego.  He will be coming to California State University, East Bay from the University of Louisville, where he taught courses in the environmental humanities, critical gender studies, transnational American literature, and literatures of environmental justice. His current book-length project, Preservation and the Production of Bare Life, explores twentieth century hemispheric American literatures as they negotiated and challenged contemporary discourses of cultural and environmental preservation, emerging in complicity with the silencing of colonized communities under the shadow of US empire. His most recent article, exploring the 1914-1934 United States occupation of Haiti, is available in Faulkner’s Geographies, University of Mississippi Press, 2015.

Assistant Professor Douglas Taylor, Department of English

Douglas Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Multiethnic Literature at Cal State East Bay, specializing in African American Literature. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal State East Bay, Dr. Taylor served on the English Department faculty at Howard University and The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Taylor’s current research interests include African American Autobiography, the Black Arts Movement, Race and Masculinity, Critical Theory, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  He co-edited Richard Wright’s Black Boy (American Hunger): A Casebook (2003). He also has published several articles and essays, such as “Prison Slang and the Poetics of Imprisonment” (2005). Taylor was awarded the Tony Hilfer Prize for his essay “Three Lean Cats in a Hall of Mirrors: James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, and Eldridge Cleaver on Race and Masculinity” (Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 52.1) in July 2010.

 Assistant Professor Anna Alexander, Department of History

Anna Alexander is Assistant Professor of History and specializes in environmental history of Mexico. She initially became interested in Latin America while earning her B.A. from CSU, Chico and later went on to receive her M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in History from the University of Arizona. In May 2016 the University of Pittsburgh Press published her first book entitled City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910. At CSU, East Bay, she will continue to research topics and teach courses about the history of sustainability, environmental justice, and Latin America.

Assistant Professor Danvy Le, Department of Political Science

Dr. Le received her MA and PhD from University of California, Irvine in 2013.  Her research interests are in Race and Ethnic politics, with a focus on mobilization and political participation of minority groups.  Other areas of interest include campaigns and elections, social justice, and civic engagement in local communities.

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