Queer Studies

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Ian Barnard / English

Ian BarnardOffice Location: Sierra Tower 834
Email: ian.barnard@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-0913
Webpage: http://www.csun.edu/~ib5991


Ian Barnard, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at California State University, Northridge.

I grew up in Johannesburg, where I earned a B.A. Honours degree in English from the University of the Witwatersrand, and completed my Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. I was a founding member of Queer Nation/San Diego.

I have been on the CSUN faculty since 2003, and particularly enjoy the diversity of students here. I live in downtown LA and love being surrounded by the art deco buildings.

My teaching and research interests include queer theory, queer film and video, and composition. I don’t believe in lecturing--all my classes are discussion-based. My publications include the book Queer Race: Cultural Interventions in the Racial Politics of Queer Theory, essays in journal like Radical Teacher and Women’s Studies, and the article “Disciplining Queer.” (pdf) 

Shira Brown / Women's Research and Resource Center


Shira Brown graduated from Californian State University, Northridge, with a BA degree in Women’s Studies and English in 2002. Prof. Brown also holds a MA degree in Applied Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Community Building & Education, from Claremont Graduate University, earned in 2004.

While at CSUN, Shira held the position of Director of the Women’s Resource Center on campus, as well as Director of the Women and Youth Supporting Each other (WYSE) CSUN chapter.

Immediately after earning her MA, Shira began working at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services, Inc. (IMCES), where she became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and Program Coordinator for a CalWorks Domestic Violence program. It was here that she worked one-on-one with survivors of domestic violence providing access to community resources.

In addition to working as Program Coordinator and Case Manager at IMCES, Shira was successful in writing and was awarded two Requests for Proposals from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, including a contract for the Family Preservation Program and the Wraparound Approach Services program – providing more than $4 million of funding.

She belongs to various national organizations, including the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the Center for Policy Alternatives, and Operation Read. Shira has been teaching in the CSUN Women’s Studies department since Spring 2006.  

C. Jacob Hale / Philosophy

C. Jacob HaleOffice Location: Sierra Tower 506
Email: jacob.hale@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-3579


C. Jacob Hale, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge.

He has taught there since 1991. When he finished graduate school (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1988) he specialized in philosophy of mathematics and metaphysics. But for about the last dozen years his research has been interdisciplinary work in transgender studies.

Over the years Hale has been active in trans communities activism and culture-building, although his CSUN job leaves him little time for that now.

Leilani Hall / English

Leilani HallOffice Location: Sierra Tower 820
Email: leilani.hall@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-3428


Leilani Hall, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at California State University, Northridge.

Leilani R. Hall received her Ph.D. in English at University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Writers (2001). She is author of the poetry collection Swimming the Witch (2005) and has been awarded The Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays appear in numerous journals and books, including Water~Stone, The Laurel Review, North American Review, and the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Contemporary Poets Respond to Shakespeare, Iowa Press (2005). She is currently at work on a collection of essays on gender identity and disability studies.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Leilani Hall lived in Lima, Peru, for two years where she taught 20th Century Literature, Popular Culture, and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Program at the American School of Lima. In 2000, she was a visiting writer at the International School of Bebek, Turkey

Greg Knotts (QS Director and Advisor) / Elementary Education

Greg KnottsOffice Location: ED 2233 and Sierra Hall 396
Email: greg.knotts@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-3189


Greg Knotts is an Associate Professor of Elementary Education in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education here at California State University, Northridge.

Beginning in Fall, 2012, Dr. Knotts is serving as the Director for the Queer Studies Program.

He earned his Ph.D. in International/Intercultural Education from the University of Southern California.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a BA in Business Administration, both from Loyola Marymount University.  Greg’s primary research interests are focused on issues of gender and sexual orientation and how they impact the elementary school.  Social construction, creating safe spaces to learn, and integrating gender and sexual orientation consciously into the Social Studies curriculum continue to be prominent in Greg’s research.

He has written Reclaiming Social Studies for the Elementary Classroom as well as numerous articles in the Journal of LGBT Youth, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and the International Review of Education.

As Dr. Knotts is also serving as the Advisor for the QS Program, please email him to make an appointment. 

Sabina Magliocco / Anthropolgy

Sabina MaglioccoOffice Location: Sierra Hall 232
Email: sabina.magliocco@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-3331


Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge.

She grew up in Italy and the United States. A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, she has published on religion, folklore, foodways, festival and witchcraft in Europe and the United States.

Her books include The Two Madonnas: the Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community (1993 & 2005), Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole (2001), and Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (2004). Along with documentary film maker John M. Bishop, she produced and directed a set of documentary films entitled Oss Tales (2007), on a May Day custom in Cornwall and in California.

Her current project involves tracing the roots of Italian American folk magic and healing traditions.

Sheena Malhotra / Gender & Women's Studies

Sheena Malhotra Office Location: Jerome Richfield 340
Email: sheena.malhotra@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-7217


Sheena Malhotra is Professor and Chair of Gender & Women's Studies at California State University, Northridge.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico (1999) in Communication Studies with an emphasis on gender, media, and intercultural communication. Her academic research and articles focus on the intersections of gender, sexuality, media, technology and global culture, with a postcolonial analysis of media in India and the diaspora. Her research interests range from Hindi films and call centers in India to racialized implications of silences and bridgework. Her co-edited book Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound is releasing on Palgrave Macmillan in Fall 2012.

Dr. Malhotra has experience in the Indian film and television industries. Prior to earning her Ph.D. degree, she worked as an Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor of Programs at a progressive television network in India. She has also worked in the Indian film industry as an Assistant Director to Shekhar Kapur (director of Bandit Queen and Elizabeth). Dr. Malhotra began teaching in the Women's Studies department at CSUN in Fall, 2000. She teaches courses on women and popular culture as well as general WS classes. Dr. Malhotra often teaches online courses for the department.

In 2004, she produced and co-directed the video project, CSUN Struggles for Peace and Justice. She worked as an Associate Producer on the 2006 documentary, The Shape of Water. Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and narrated by Susan Sarandon, The Shape of Water offers a close look at the far reaching and vibrant alternatives crafted by women in response to environmental degradation, archaic traditions, lack of economic independence and war. She has also worked as a consultant on the 2008 documentary Bollywood Crossings, directed by Tavishi Alagh.

Dr. Malhotra served as the Coordinator and Advisor for the Queer Studies Program from 2008-12. Her class, Sex, Lies and Media is one of the electives for the QS minor.

Gina Masequesmay / Asian American Studies

Gina MasequesmayOffice Location: Jerome Richfield 340
Phone: (818) 677-7219
Webpage: http://www.csun.edu/~gm61310/


Gina Masequesmay, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Her research interest is on the intersection of race/ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. She focuses on Asian American varied genders and sexualities.

She is currently working on three projects:

  1. Positive Space Program provides, through the Ally Project, trainings on how to become a friend and advocate for the gay/ lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender/ intersexed/ queer/ questioning campus community.
  2. Manuscript on the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality from my dissertation research on a queer Vietnamese lesbian, bisexual and female-to-male transgender support group.
  3. Doing volunteer work in 3 different humanitarian organizations in Vietnam for 5 months. 

Jeanine Minge / Communications

Office: MZ 352 
Email: jeanine.mingé@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-2874


Focus: Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Ensemble

Ph.D., 2008, University of South Florida

Jeanine Marie Mingé's areas of interest include performance studies, feminist theory, queer theory, community art, and arts-based inquiry. All of her work is dedicated to cultivating social justice. She is equally enthralled by and creates the communicative presence of visual imagery, poetry, installation art, narrative, and performance. Her book co-authored with Amber Lynn Zimmerman will be published by Routledge Publishing Company in the series Innovative Ethnographies is entitled Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles. This book is an arts-based autoethnography of place and sexualities in Los Angeles. This research has garnered national attention. In April of 2011, Jeanine was invited to give the Keynote Address about my forthcoming book at James Madison University for their 33rd Annual Communication Studies Conference. She is developing a solo performance and will be touring this work She was invited to write a chapter in The Handbook for Autoethnography co-edited by Stacy Holman Jones, Tony Adams and Carolyn Ellis set to be published by Left Coast Press.  A recently published article in Text and Performance Quarterly entitled "Not Exactly the Same Parenting Story: Or, How Do We Live in the Academy" was an invited review of a performance by scholar/artist Deanna Shoemaker. She has also published work in Qualitative Inquiry and Studies in Symbolic Interactionism.

Karen Morgaine / Sociology

Karen MorgaineOffice Location: SN 314
Email: karen.morgaine@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677- 3290


Karen Morgaine is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge.

Karen has taught in BA, MSW, and PhD programs at Portland State University where she received her PhD and currently teaches sociology in the undergraduate and graduate program at CSUN. She also coordinates the Social Welfare Option in the Sociology department and teaches practice and policy courses with a focus on social justice and macro practice.  At the graduate level she has taught sociology courses in social movements and qualitative research.

Her primary research interests are using qualitative and participatory action research methodologies to examine power and privilege, particularly racial/ethnic privilege and male privilege in social movements. Specific areas of interest include LGBTQ movements and US/male/white hegemony; construction and framing of social problems; radical/progressive social movements; domestic violence and violence against women—policies and practice; human rights; transnational social movements; globalization and social movements; and poverty.  Previous research has focused on domestic violence and human rights and she has published a number of articles related to this research in Violence against Women, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and Affilia. Currently she is working on research related to social justice in social work practice and is co-authoring a textbook on anti-oppressive social work practice. Additionally she is developing an ethnographic study of LGBT social movements and privilege with a focus on national and international Pride events.

Prior to teaching, she worked in the social work field for 10+ years in mental health and domestic violence, primarily with mandated individuals and families who were involved with child protective services. 

Martin Pousson / English

Martin Pousson Office Location: Sierra Tower 802
Email: martin.pousson@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-2011


Martin Pousson is an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Northridge.

He was born and raised in Acadiana, in Louisiana bayouland. His first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was published by Riverhead Books and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His first collection of poems, Sugar, was published by Suspect Thoughts Press and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Prize. His stories and poems have appeared in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Cimarron Review, Icon, Transfer, Cocktail, New Orleans Review, The Louisiana Review, Verse Daily, Revisions, Intersection, Love, Bourbon Street, and Gay City Anthology. He is now at work on a collection of stories, The Nerves.

In 1999, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. In 1993, as an undergraduate at Loyola University in New Orleans, he founded Out/Here, the first LGBTQQ group on campus. He has proudly protested with Queer Nation in New York and San Francisco and with the Marriage Equality movement in Los Angeles. 

Kathryn Sorrells / Communications

Dr. Kathryn SorrellsOffice Location: Manzanita Hall 3rd Floor
Email: kathryn.sorrells@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-2104


Kathryn Sorrells is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge.

She earned her B.A. from Carlton College in Religion, her M.A. from Antioch University, Seattle in Systems Theory and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Intercultural Communication. Forever crossing borders and challenging boundaries, Kathryn’s research and teaching interests combine approaches from intercultural communication, critical/cultural studies, performance studies, feminist and post-colonial theory to investigate globalization and culture, intercultural conflict, lesbian/gay/bi/trans issues, artistic forms of social protest, and the integration of social justice into intercultural communication studies.

Kathryn has a passion for teaching and learning about issues of culture, gender, race, class, sexuality and social justice with people of all ages and in a variety of educational settings. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in intercultural communication, critical pedagogy, communication education, performance, language and cultural studies, gender studies, feminist rhetoric and theory, as well as art, communication and culture. As a potter and artist, Kathryn brings her creative interests and energy into the classroom and scholarly work.

Dr. Sorrells is the recipient of numerous national, state and local community service awards for founding and directing the community action research project that allows CSUN students the opportunity to develop creative alternatives to intercultural and interethnic conflict. In additions, Kathryn has experience as a consultant and trainer for community and educational organizations in the field of intercultural and multicultural learning. She has facilitated change processes for individuals, groups, and institutions in the areas of diversity, gender, and intercultural conflict. Dr. Sorrells is author of a forthcoming book titled Globalizing Intercultural Communication and has published a variety of articles related to intercultural communication, gender, and social justice.

Yarma Velázquez-Vargaz / Chicano(a) Studies

Yarma Velázquez-VargazOffice Location: Jerome Richfield 151B
Email: yarma.velazquez@csun.edu 
Phone: (818) 677-3314


Yarma Velázquez Vargas is an Assistant Professor in Chicano/a Studies at CSUN.

She received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras in 2000. She has a M.A. in Advertising Management from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Florida State University. Yarma joined the Chicana/o Studies Department in 2008. 

Her research interests include gender, queer studies, Latina studies and political economy. Her current research explores issues of media representation and sexuality. Moreover, her work examines the manner in which the representations of queer culture in television reinforce the binaries of sex, gender and sexuality.