Elizabeth Adams, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Adams is a folklorist and the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies at CSUN. She holds degrees in history, literature, and folklore. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include popular culture, gender, sexuality, material culture, and festival. Prior to working in Undergraduate Studies, she served as the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and the Director of the Liberal Studies Program at CSUN. She is a professor of Liberal Studies. Her most recent publication is “All Those Mounds of Shrimp: Las Vegas Buffets Considered.” (Western Folklore, 65)
Dr. Adams can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Juarez-Dappe, Faculty Director,GE Paths
Dr. Patricia Juarez-Dappe was born and raised in Argentina. She studied at the University of Buenos Aires and moved to the United States for her doctoral studies. After receiving her Ph.D from UCLA in 2002, she joined the History Department at CSUN where she teaches a variety of courses in Latin American history. Her first book, When Sugar Ruled, examines the impact of the sugar industry in Tucuman. She is currently working on a second project that focuses on the role of the media during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship in Argentina. Dr. Juarez-Dappe has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and was appointed as the first Teaching Fellow by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN. She created the Professional Development Series for High School Teachers, a successful program that established closer connections with high school teachers in the San Fernando Valley area. She is currently the Faculty Director for GE Paths at CSUN, a new campus initiative that offers an alternative way for students to take their General Education coursework. Dr. Patricia Juarez-Dappe is the Faculty Director of the GE Paths Program at CSUN.
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Tomo Hattori, Path Leader, Arts, Media, and Culture
Dr. Hattori’s previous teaching experience includes courses in American literature, critical theory, and composition at CSUN and introductory courses in composition, critical thinking, and literature at El Camino Community College in Torrance. Other experiences include the teaching of survey courses in Asian American literature, introduction to literature, and specialized upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level seminars in cultural studies and critical theory at the University of Utah and Vassar College. His recent work participates in the contemporary of discussions in Asian American Studies over Asian American masculinity, Black/Asian relations in American culture, and the legacies of the Asian American movement. I am currently working on an article that is part of a larger effort to think about Asian American aesthetics. Dr. Hattori is the Faculty Coordinator of the Arts, Media and Culture Path.
Frances Gateward, Path Leader, Arts, Media, and Culture
Dr. Frances Gateward received her BA from Temple University in Radio-TV-Film, her MA in Communication Arts and Theater, and a PhD in Radio-TV-Film with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland College Park. She researches and teaches in the areas of international cinema, including Korean and Chinese film, Third World film, women filmmakers and African American film and popular culture. She serves on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Review of Film and Videoand Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, and the advisory board of the Contemporary Approaches to Film and Television series at Wayne State University Press. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. One of the first recipients of the KOFIC overseas research award (South Korea) she is currently in the process of completing A Critical Filmography of Korean Cinema (Caboose Press). Her other projects include The Blacker the Ink: African Americans and Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art and A Powerful Thang: Agency and Identity in African American Women’s Films. Dr. Gateward is the Faculty Coordinator of the Arts, Media and Culture Path.
Suzanne Scheld, Path Leader, Global Studies
Dr. Suzanne Scheld is a cultural anthropologist specializing in urban anthropology, working on issues of consumption, cultural identity, youth, informal economies, and the politics of public space. She is interested in understanding the relationships between space, place, urban identity, and globalization. Her research focuses on West Africa and public space in urban U.S. She is the editor of the international journal City & Society. Dr. Scheld is the Faculty Coordinator of the Global Studies Path.
Mary Jo Sariscsany, Path Leader, Health and Wellness
Mario Giraldo, Path Leader, Principles of Sustainability
Dr. Giraldo research interest is the study of land use-land cover change effects in hydrological and physical processes. He analyzes spatial fragmentation of agriculture and urban landscapes and study water dynamics within landscape fragments. In watersheds in the Colombian Andes he studies climatic variables in mountain gradients and spatial variation of vegetation. Dr. Giraldo teaches general education courses and specialize in remote sensing, GIS applications to the environment, biogeography and landscape ecology. He has publications in biodiversity, biological pest management, land use planning, landscape fragmentation, water process in landscape patches in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and South eastern USA. Dr. Giraldo is the Faculty Coordinator of the Principles of Sustainability Path.
Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens, Path Leader, Social Justice
Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens joined the history department at California State University at Northridge, where she teaches classes in contemporary Latin American history, in 2001. Her research examines religion, indigenous communities, and gender in Guatemala and Peru with a special emphasis on the roles that transnational religious networks played in facilitating political and cultural transformation in these countries. By focusing on transnational religious networks, her work also offers a cultural perspective on U.S.-Latin America relations. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Strange Bedfellows: Catholic-Civil Alliances and their Unintended Outcomes in Revolutionary Guatemala, 1943 – 1996. Dr. Fitzpatrick-Behrens has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including an American Council of Learned Societies research grant and residential fellowships at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Fitzpatrick-Behrens is the Faculty Coordinator of the Social Justice Path.