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James Ahiakpor, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Expertise:

  • Monetary economics,
  • Government fiscal and monetary policies

Reza Akhavian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Construction Management Program

Expertise:

  • Construction Engineering,
  • Project Management,
  • Information Technology in Construction Management,
  • Robotics, Drones, and Sensors in Project Management

Matthew Atencio, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Expertise:

  • Action or Lifestyle Sports,
  • Youth Sports,
  • Skateboarding,
  • Physical Education,
  • Outdoor Education,
  • Qualitative Research,
  • Educational Research

Duke Austin, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Sociology

Expertise:

  • Race and ethnic relations,
  • Gender,
  • Sexuality,
  • Immigration,
  • Ethnographic methods

David Baggins, Ph.D.

Professor

Expertise:

  • Politics,
  • 2016 Presidential Election

Becky Beal, Ed.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Expertise:

  • Social justice issues in sport and physical activity,
  • The culture of skateboarding (researching for over 25 years),
  • Former coach of soccer and track & field at youth, high school, and collegiate levels

Katherine M. Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of communication

Expertise:

  • Celebrity and consumer culture,
  • Journalism,
  • Race, gender and sexuality in media.

Elizabeth Bergman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise:

  • California politics; especially the state budget, water policy, education funding and policy,
  • Voters (demographics), voting behavior (turnout) and public opinion/polls,
  • Elections; administration and processes both statewide and nationally (Voter ID, long lines, voting by mail, poll worker recruitment),
  • Urban politics; especially relating to sub-city governments (special districts, e.g. school districts),
  • Practical politics, "how to" of campaigns and how candidates get elected,
  • Lobbying and political reform, re: money and influence in politics and elections

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis

Director, Clinical Supervisor of the Aphasia Treatment Program

Expertise:

  • Aphasia,
  • Group Treatment of Aphasia,
  • Life Participation Approach to Aphasia,
  • Aphasia Book Clubs,
  • Aphasia Choirs

Benjamin P. Bowser, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Expertise:

  • Sociology -- urban studies, East and West Oakland, race relations, inequality,
  • Public Health -- drug abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention

Lonny J Avi Brooks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Expertise:

  • Strategic and Organizational Communication,
  • Social media,
  • Long term and futures thinking,
  • Future of work,
  • Serious games/online gaming,
  • Diversity and multi-racial identity/LGBT social media issues, sustainability

Mary Cardaras, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair

Expertise:

  • Media & Politics,
  • Journalism,
  • Documentary Film

Paul Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Kinesiology, Board Member American Kinesiology Association

Expertise:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology,
  • Motivational issues in youth sport,
  • Accomplished Ultracyclist - Currently President UltraMarathon Cycling Association an International Organization for the sport of ultracycling

Chris Chamberlain, D.Mgt.

Interim Dean of CLASS, Former chair of the Department of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Expertise:

  • Municipal Recreation Administration and Management,
  • Org Development

Ayona Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • Bayesian statistics,
  • Pesticide risk assessment,
  • Dietary data sets

Lynn Comerford, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Sociologist in Human Development & Women's Studies

Expertise:

  • Women’s Studies,
  • Sociology

Ken Curr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise:

  • Virology,
  • Immunology (Emphasis on HIV-1),
  • Molecular/Cell Biology,
  • Genetics

Moayed Daniel Daneshyari

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Machine Learning,
  • Robotics,
  • Swarm Intelligence,
  • Optimization

Jason Daniels, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

Expertise:

  • Early America,
  • Colonial Caribbean

Jack Davis

Psychologist and Professor of Educational Psychology

Expertise:

  • Attention and learning disorders,
  • ADHD,
  • Dyslexia,
  • Nonverbal learning disorders,
  • Specific learning disabilities (SLD)

Craig Derksen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Expertise:

  • Philosophy of Science,
  • Popular Culture,
  • Popular Science,
  • Popular Art,
  • Evidence and Belief,
  • Thinking

Jed DeVaro, Ph.D.

Economics Department Chair

Expertise:

  • Labor Economy,
  • Worker’s Rights

Hongwei Du, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Expertise:

  • Information Technology and Information Systems Management,
  • Telecommunication and Computer Networking,
  • Data and Database Management

Roberta Frances Durham, RN, Ph.D.

Professor of Nursing

Expertise:

  • Global Health, Obstetrics,
  • Migrant women health outcomes,
  • Women's health,
  • Neonates/newborns

Alina Engelman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Expertise:

  • Deaf studies,
  • Disability health,
  • Global health,
  • HIV/AIDS,
  • Emergency preparedness communications for vulnerable populations including people with disabilities and seniors

John Eros, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music

Expertise:

  • Music Education,
  • Music Theory

David Fencsik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology

Expertise:

  • Attention,
  • Perception,
  • Memory

Susi Ferrarello

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Expertise:

  • Phenomenology,
  • Ethics,
  • Bioethics,
  • Philosophical Counseling

Ruvani Fonseka, MSW, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Social Work

Expertise:

  • Gender-based violence,
  • South Asian conflict

Susan Forsyth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Expertise:

  • Reproductive health,
  • Tobacco Control,
  • Tobacco imagery in video games

Mary F. Fortune, Ed.D.

Professor of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Expertise:

  • Leisure management,
  • Special event planning, leadership development/team building,
  • Health and wellness,
  • Student development/student government,
  • Technology and communication

Samantha Francois, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Expertise:

  • Women's History,
  • US History,
  • History of the Family and Sexuality

Amy Furniss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Expertise:

  • Astroparticle Physics,
  • Female in the STEM field

Kathy Futterman

Kathy Futterman

Expertise:

  • Dyslexia,
  • Special Education,
  • Learning Disabilities,
  • Reading Disorders

Danielle Gaudry

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music

Expertise:

  • Music,
  • Band,
  • Orchestra,
  • Instrumental music education

Kim Geron, Ph.D.

Professor

Expertise:

  • American Politics (specifically California, state and local politics, race and ethnic politics​)

Brian Gonsalves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Cognitive neuroscience,
  • Human memory,
  • False memory & memory distortion,
  • Brain imaging,
  • EEG

Mariama Gray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Expertise:

  • Disproportionate student discipline,
  • Principal preparation,
  • Critical geography/spatial analysis of unequal relations of powers

Lindsey Grubbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Bioethics,
  • Literature about illness,
  • History of psychiatry

Zaher (Zach) Hallab, Ph.D.

Professor of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

Expertise:

  • Hospitality and Tourism,
  • Marketing

Donna M. Hamlin, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing and CEO of Boardwise.biz

Expertise:

  • Management,
  • Corporate Governance,
  • Strategy,
  • Entrepreneurship

Lisa Handwerker, Ph.D., MPH

Lecturer

Expertise:

  • Medical Anthropology,
  • Women's Health,
  • Cross-cultural health,
  • Modern China,
  • Chinese birth planning and infertility,
  • Reproductive Technologies,
  • Anthropology of Food,
  • Research Methods

Michael Hedrick, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences & Co-Director of the Semester Conversion Initiative

Expertise:

  • Human & Animal Physiology,
  • Faculty Governance within the CSU

Erik B. Helgren, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair

Expertise:

  • Solar Technology Materials Science,
  • Physics Education

Nolan Higdon

Lecturer of history

Expertise:

  • Critical Media Literacy,
  • Propaganda,
  • Politics,
  • News,
  • Nationalism,
  • History,
  • English,
  • Communication

John Paul Horn, MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Expertise:

  • Child welfare,
  • Queer foster youth,
  • Emerging adulthood,
  • Transition aged foster youth,
  • Foster care policy,
  • Identity development,
  • Foster youth in college

Keith Inman

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • DNA/Forensic Science Research,
  • Judicial Influence

Caron Inouye, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Expertise:

  • Bird biology,
  • Environmental toxicology,
  • Animal physiology,
  • STEM education

Buddy James, D.M.A.

Department Chair of Music, Professor, Director of Vocal Studies, and Founding Director of School of Arts and Media

Expertise:

  • Vocal music,
  • Orchestral Music,
  • Opera

Patricia K. Jennings, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Expertise:

  • Infertility and treatment,
  • Race, class and access to infertility treatment,
  • Research methods,
  • Social inequality,
  • Social mobility,
  • Gender inequality

Ehsan Kamalinejad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • Math Simulations,
  • Machine Learning

Grant Kien, Ph.D.

Professor of communication

Expertise:

  • Communication,
  • Technology and society,
  • Critical cultural studies,
  • Digital media and popular culture,
  • Media and politics,
  • Media memes

Derek Jackson Kimball, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Expertise:

  • Precision measurements in physics,
  • Searches for dark matter,
  • Dark energy,
  • New forces

Michele Korb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Science educator

Expertise:

  • Science teacher education

Eric Kupers

Professor and Interim Chair of Theatre and Dance

Expertise:

  • Dance,
  • Performance,
  • Inclusive Performance,
  • Disability and Dance,
  • Autism,
  • Social Justice Performance,
  • Meditation,
  • Buddhism,
  • Movement Meditation

Sweety Law, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Expertise:

  • Innovation diffusion,
  • Leadership,
  • Cross-cultural communication,
  • Organizational culture and change,
  • Communication campaigns and behavior change,
  • Social marketing

Kristin Layous, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise:

  • Psychology,
  • Happiness,
  • Gratitude

Danvy Le, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Expertise:

  • Race and ethnic politics,
  • Political participation,
  • American Politics,
  • Civic Action

Michael David Lee, Ph.D.

Professor

Expertise:

  • Water,
  • Food,
  • Aquaculture,
  • Development,
  • Sustainability

Rita Liberti, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Expertise:

  • Sport history

Anthony Lima, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Economy

Expertise:

  • Wine Industry Economics,
  • Sports Economics,
  • Tech Economics

Monique Manopoulos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • Postcolonial Francophone Studies

Tony Marks-Block, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Fire,
  • Forest Health,
  • California Land Management,
  • Indigenous Livelihoods,
  • Environmental Justice,
  • Subsistence systems,
  • Restoration ecology

Daniel Martin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise:

  • Compassion,
  • Social capital,
  • Human Resources Management,
  • Technology,
  • Psychology

Julie McNamara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Expertise:

  • Mathematics Education,
  • Teacher Preparation,
  • Teaching and Learning of Mathematics,
  • Common Core Mathematics,
  • Math Wars,
  • Classroom Teaching

Aaron Miller

Lecturer of Kinesiology

Expertise:

  • Sports culture,
  • youth and college sports coaching,
  • commercialization and professionalization of youth sport,
  • athletes, activism, and social justice,
  • sports, education, and culture in Japan

Amara Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Social movements and complex organizations,
  • Popular culture,
  • Feminist Theory,
  • Critical Theory,
  • Social Inequalities,
  • Body and Emotions,
  • Post/Colonialism,
  • Memory Studies,
  • Sociology of Violence,
  • Social Psychology,
  • Digital & News Media,
  • Religion & Identity,
  • Historical & Field Methods

Kaumudi Misra

Assistant Professor of Management

Expertise:

  • Human Resources Strategy,
  • Time Zone Differences,
  • Global Team Productivity,
  • Work-Life Balance,
  • Telecommuting

Jean Moran, Ph.D.

Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

  • Water resources, especially groundwater, in California,
  • Nitrate contamination of groundwater,
  • Radionuclides released from nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities,
  • Isotope hydrology and groundwater age dating,
  • Hydrology and hydrogeology pedagogy

Christopher Moreman, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

Expertise:

  • Death,
  • Dying, and Afterlife,
  • Religious Experience,
  • Religion and Popular Culture,
  • Religion & Horror,
  • Zombies,
  • Paranormal

Tammie Simmons-Mosley, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting & Finance

Expertise:

  • Real Estate

James A. Murray, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise:

  • Neural basis of navigation,
  • Sensory biology,
  • Animal communication,
  • How nervous systems work,
  • Neuroscience education,
  • Confocal microscopy,
  • Marine invertebrates,
  • Marine biology

Maria Nieto, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise:

  • Fiction Writing,
  • Intersex Advocate,
  • Same-Sex Marriage Debate

My Phung (Jenny) O, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology/Director of Center for Student Research Scholar's Program

Expertise:

  • Sport and performance psychology,
  • adult learning and performance,
  • motor learning,
  • undergraduate student research,
  • high impact practices,
  • group dynamics,
  • leadership

Maria Ortuoste, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise:

  • Asia-Pacific regional security,
  • South China Sea disputes,
  • International security, law and organizations,
  • Southeast Asian governments and regional organizations

Thomas C. Padron, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism

Expertise:

  • Food & Beverage,
  • Restaurant Management,
  • Event Planning and Management,
  • Hospitality & Tourism,
  • Professional Preparation – Cover Letters, Resumes, Reference Pages, Thank You Letters, Preparing for the Interview,
  • Professionalism & Etiquette,
  • Customer Service,
  • Leadership

Seung Paek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Expertise:

  • Private security,
  • Policing cybercrime

Nazzy Pakpour, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise:

  • Parasitology,
  • Immunology,
  • Mosquito vector biology,
  • Malaria

Nancy Park

Lecturer

Expertise:

  • China,
  • Chinese law,
  • Chinese history,
  • Japan

Peter K. Marsh

Professor of Music

Expertise:

  • Music and cultures of Mongolia,
  • Northern or Inner Asia, and Central Asia,
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet history

Arran Phipps. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Dark matter,
  • Low temperature electronics,
  • Physics,
  • Physics

Kevin Pina

Lecturer

Expertise:

  • Haiti

Balaraman Rajan, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Expertise:

  • Healthcare,
  • Operations,
  • Service Operations,
  • Manufacturing,
  • Productivity

Pradeep Ramanathan, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • Voice disorders,
  • Traumatic Brain Injury,
  • Concussion,
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Lettie Ramirez, Ph.D.

Professor of Teacher Education, Director Hispanic Serving Institution Grant, STEP, Director STEM

Expertise:

  • ESL,
  • Parental involvement,
  • Teacher Ed,
  • Bilingual Ed

Xeno Rasmusson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • Gerontology,
  • Aging,
  • Health & Aging,
  • Healthy Aging,
  • Successful Aging,
  • Cognitive Aging,
  • Dementia,
  • Alzheimer's disease,
  • Memory Training,
  • Active Aging and whole person interventions,
  • Music and aging,
  • Dance and aging and Parkinsons' disease,
  • Volunteerism and aging,
  • Neuropsychology and Neuroscience,
  • Drugs - drug action, drug policy, clinical drug trials, drug abuse/addiction, medical marijuana,
  • Higher Education - engaged learning, research methods, community-based research, service learning, diversity, neuro-diversity and social justice

Gretchen Reevy, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Expertise:

  • Stress and coping,
  • Non-tenure-track faculty in higher education (also called adjunct faculty, contingent faculty),
  • Non-cognitive (for instance, personality) predictors of academic achievement,
  • The human-animal bond,
  • Sex comparisons in some psychological traits

Christian Roessler

Associate Professor of Economics

Expertise:

  • Economics,
  • Political Economy,
  • Game Theory

Steven Ross, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Psychology

Expertise:

  • Psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families focusing on depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and loss.

Farhad Sabetan, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Expertise:

  • Economics,
  • Human Rights,
  • Minorities in the Middle East (especially the Bahá’ís).

Jocyl Sacramento, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Expertise:

  • K-12 Ethnic Studies,
  • Pinayism,
  • Critical and decolonizing pedagogies,
  • Filipinx American Studies,
  • Ethnic Studies professional development,
  • Critical Race Theory in Education,
  • Comparative radicalization,
  • Qualitative research methods,
  • Ethnography

Enrique Salmon, Ph.D.

Professor of Ethnic Studies

Expertise:

  • American Indians,
  • Anthropology,
  • Environmental Sustainability,
  • Traditional Food Ways,
  • Traditional Agriculture

Sanjay Marwah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Expertise:

  • Policing,
  • Criminology,
  • Cultural Political Economy Public Policy

Michael Schmeltz, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Expertise:

  • Impacts of climate change on health,
  • Identifying vulnerable populations susceptible to climate hazards (wildfires, extreme storms, vector-borne disease, flooding, extreme heat, etc.)

Scott Bentley

Lecturer of English

Expertise:

  • English/American literature,
  • Poetry

Omri Shimron, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies

Expertise:

  • Piano performance,
  • Contemporary music,
  • Classical music,
  • Music theory,
  • Musicianship

Jeff Simons, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Expertise:

  • Psycho-motor aspects of physical activity, learning, and performance

Jason Smith, MTS, JD

Professor and Department Chair of Health Sciences​

Expertise:

  • Public health law,
  • Medical ethics,
  • Medical humanities,
  • History of AIDS epidemic and gay men,
  • History of infectious diseases​,
  • Climate change and health

Mary Soto, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Expertise:

  • Teacher Education,
  • Emergent Bilingual Students

Richard A. Sprott, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Human Development

Expertise:

  • Professional identity development,
  • Impact of technology on self-concepts,
  • Sexual identity development,
  • LGBTQ,
  • Alternative sexualities,
  • Polyamory,
  • Mental health

Michael Stanton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences​

Expertise:

  • Obesity,
  • Nutrition,
  • Behavioral Medicine,
  • Health,
  • Psychology

Rachael Stryker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Expertise:

  • International adoption,
  • Migration,
  • Anthropology of children and youth,
  • Qualitative research methods,
  • Critical perspectives on Child Development

James Tandon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering

Expertise:

  • VLSI Circuit Design,
  • FPGA architecture and timing,
  • Stochastic data converters,
  • Power-performance optimization,
  • Embedded systems design,
  • Drone control systems,
  • Telerobotic control,
  • Real time system design

Sarah Taylor, MSW, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Expertise:

  • Disability,
  • Advocacy,
  • Transition-age youth,
  • Community mental health,
  • LGBTQ community,
  • Participatory research

Gregory Theyel, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Expertise:

  • Biomedical (biotech, pharma, medical devices) industry,
  • Manufacturing,
  • Emerging industries,
  • Sustainability

Jennifer Tran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Expertise:

  • Interracial relations,
  • Refugees and immigrants,
  • Community engagement,
  • Gender & sexuality

Erica L. Wildy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Expertise:

  • Animal behavior,
  • Ecology,
  • Behavioral ecology,
  • Herpetology (amphibians and reptiles),
  • Natural history of animals,
  • Vertebrate biology

Andrew Wong, Ph.D.

Professor

Expertise:

  • Sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology,
  • Language variation and change,
  • Language and ideology,
  • Language and the media,
  • Language and sexuality,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Applied anthropology,
  • Business anthropology (marketing and advertising, brand name development)

Chongqi Wu, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, Co-Director of MS Business Analytics

Expertise:

  • Business analytics,
  • Operations and supply chain management

Lan Wu, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Expertise:

  • Marketing

Jung Sook You, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Expertise:

  • Public Economics
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