Asian American Studies

Maria Turnmeyer

Maria Turnmeyer
Office location:
JR 340P


Prof. Maria Turnmeyer

Writing Coordinator, Asian American Studies • CSUN Core Commitments • CSUN WRAD, Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines • EOP Commuter Bridge Faculty

“Asian American Studies is about leadership, mentorship, individuality, community – and the life-long impact every student leaves – Asian American, or not.” Anon

Maria Turnmeyer painting a mural

Teaching Honors

  • 2008 Nominated CSUN Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2007 Nominated CSUN Don Dorsey Mentorship Award
  • 2006 Nominated CSUN Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2005 CSUN Polished Apple Award
  • 2004 NASA / Edwards Air Force Diversity Honors
  • 2004 CSUN Polished Apple Award


  • M.A. English – California State University Northridge, 2002
  • B.A. English – California State University Northridge, 2000
  • A.A. English – Los Angeles City College
  • High School - Aurora Central High School, Aurora – Colorado (GO BRONCOS!)

Publications / Productions (Theatre)

  • Representations of Asian Americans in Advertising: Constructing Images of Asian Americans, Teaching About Asian Americans, Alta Mira Press.
  • Bits and Pieces, Asian Pacific American Journal
  • Ballad for an Autobiography, Nocturnes
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – Director
  • Personality Crisis (Dr. Rick Mitchell) – Stage Manager
  • Puppeterialism – Playwriter, produced at Highways Performance Space
  • Stories from the Warehouse – Playwriter, produced by TEADA