College of Humanities

Faculty and Staff Achievements


Asia American Studies

  • Buenavista, T. L. (2016). Model (undocumented) minorities and “illegal” immigrants: Centering Asian Americans and U.S. carcerality in undocumented student discourse. Race Ethnicity and Education, 1-14. doi:10.1080/13613324.2016.1248823 
  • Buenavista, T. L. (2016). The making of a movement: Ethnic studies in a K-12 context. In D. M. Sandoval, A. J. Ratcliff, T. L. Buenavista, & J. R. Marin (Eds.), “White” washing in American education: The new culture wars in Ethnic Studies (pp. vii-xxvii). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press. 
  • Buenavista, T. L. (2016). Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander students: A primer for developing critical awareness and advocacy among educators. In S. D. Museus, D. Ching & A. Agbayani (Eds.), Focusing on the underserved: Immigrant, refugee, and indigenous Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 
  • Curammeng, E. R., Buenavista, T. L., & Cariaga, S. (2017). Asian American critical race theory: Origins, directions, and praxis. Center for Critical Race Studies at UCLA Research Briefs.
  • McGovern, E. R. & Buenavista, T. L. (2016). Ethnic studies with k-12 students, families, and communities: The role of teacher education in preparing educators to serve the people. XChange: Publications and Resources for Public School Professionals. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center X/UC Regents. Available at 12/innovations
  • Museus, S. & Buenavista, T. L. (2016, April). The invisible financial barriers to college: Challenges on the road to higher education for Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Washington, DC: Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. 
  • Sandoval, D. M., Ratcliff, A. J., Buenavista, T. L., & Marin, J. R. (Eds.). (2016). “White” washing in American education: The new culture wars in Ethnic Studies. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press. 
  • Masequesmay, Gina (2017). Contributor to “Ô-Môi” in Many Bridges, One River: Organizing for Justice in Vietnamese American Communities, edited by Thuan Nguyen and Vy Nguyen. Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center. Many Bridges, One River is the first published collection of interviews with organizers and activists who have been working in Vietnamese American communities throughout the United States, starting in the 1970s. Co-edited by Vy Nguyen and Thuan Nguyen, these interviews document the strategies and lessons learned in the fight for social justice and progressive social change by Vietnamese Americans

Chicana/o Studies

  • Acuna, Rudy. Published a 2nd edition of U.S.Latinos (Greenwood Press 2017) Provides an insightful discussion of minority status in the United States―Latino or otherwise―that challenges readers to reconsider their attitudes about immigration, the value of immigrants in American society, and ethnocentrism.
  • Acuna, RudyAssault on Mexican American Collective Historical Memory (2010-2015) (Rowman & Littlefield 2017). This book uses a micro-narrative structure to explore the assault on the collective memory of Mexican Americans in the Southwest United States from 2010–2016. These communities’ survival depends on their histories and identities, which are being quickly erased by gentrification and dispersal, neoliberalism and privatization.
  • Acuna, RudyAnything But Mexican, 2nd Edition (September 2017) (Verso) In this completely revised and updated edition of a classic political and social history, one of the foremost scholars of the Latino experience situates the US's largest immigrant community in a time of anti-immigrant fervor.
  • Galvan Jose L. and Galvan, Melisa C.  Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 7th Edition. Routledge 2017. This useful guide educates students in the preparation of literature reviews for term projects, theses, and dissertations. The authors provide numerous examples from published reviews that illustrate the guidelines discussed throughout the book.


  • Byler, Lauren. "Makeovers, Individualism, and Vanishing Community in the Harry Potter Series." Children's Literature, vol. 44, 2016, pp. 115-146.
  • Byler, Lauren.  "Loose Characters in Mary Cowden Clarke's The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines in a Series of Tales." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 57, no. 3, Fall 2015, pp. 343-388. 
  • Clark, IreneCollege Arguments: Understanding the Genres. 2nd Edition. Kendall/Hunt 2016. 
  • Clark, Irene. “Genre, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology.” Journal of General Education, Volume 65, Number 1, 2016, pp. 1-19.
  • Clark, Irene. “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer” in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer. Chris M. Anson, and Jessie L. Moore, Eds. Perspectives on Writing: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2016.
  • Haake, Kate. “Diptych: Lead, Goats” (fiction), December (Spring 2017).
  • Haake, Kate. “Something Human Burning” (fiction), Santa Monica Review (Fall 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “Quartet: Some Time After That,” Chicago Quarterly Review (Fall 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “A Crown of Gold Fuzz,” Litro@StorySunday (August 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “Television News,” West Branch (Spring 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “Diptych: Forbidden, Red Rubber Ball,” Shenandoah, Vol.65., No.2 (Spring 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “Diptych: Photography, Brain” (lyric essay) Alaska Quarterly Review (Winter/Spring 2017).
  • Haake, Kate. “Diptych: Javelinas, Aliens (lyric essay), Drunken Boat (Fall 2016).
  • Haake, Kate. “War Protest” (lyric essay), Santa Monica Review (Fall 2016).
  • Pandey, Iswari P. South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. Winner of the 2017 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award. Link:
  • Tripp, Colleen. “Beyond the Black Atlantic: Pacific Rebellions and the Gothic in Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno.”’ Journal of Transnational American Studies (forthcoming, September 2017).

Gender & Woman’s Studies Department

  • Fitzpatrick, Mary Anne and Elizabeth A. Say, eds. From the Desk of the Dean: The History and Future of Arts and Sciences Education.  Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2017.  An anthology of original essays by arts and sciences deans and former deans, addressing the increasing demands for vocational education at the expense of the liberal arts and sciences.  This informative collection examines the challenges in higher education and offers a compelling case for the value of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Kyomugisha, Florence, Atugabirwe, B., Nshemerirwe, C. “Feeding the Family in the Face of Climate Change: Mothers of Rural Southwestern Uganda.” in F. Pasche-Guignard & T.M. Cassidy (Eds). Mothers and Food: Negotiating Foodways from Maternal Perspectives. Demeter Press, 2016 
  • Kyomugisha, Florence. “Transnational Mothering: The Meaning of African Immigrant Women’s Lives” in K.T. Craddock (Ed). Black Motherhood(s): Contours, Contexts and Consideration. Demeter, 2015
  • Lopez-Garza, Marta. “Race Classification: The Question of Categorization and Claiming Indigeneity,” co-author Mary Pardo, U.S. Latino Issues, 2nd Edition, editor Rodolfo Acuña. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood and ABC-CLIO Press, 2017.
  • Lopez-Garza, Marta. “Formerly Incarcerated Women Speak Out,” Journal of Progressive Human Services. 27: 2, 2016.
  • Lopez-Garza, Marta.  “Exploring the Intersections between Scholarship and Activism: Our Journey from Community Concerns to Scholarly Work,” Co-authors, Yarma Velázquez Vargas and Mary Pardo, White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies, editors: Tracy Buenavista, James R. Marin, Anthony J. Ratcliff, Denise M. Sandoval. Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: Praeger Publishers/ABC-CLIO, 2016.
  • Lopez-Garza, Marta. “Formerly Incarcerated Women: Stories of Returning Home, to Family and Community,” Research Justice: Methodologies for Change, editor Andrew Jolivette, Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 2015.
  • Mendoza, Breny. Mexico called Ensayos de Critica Feminista en Nuestra America. Mendoza reports that roughly half the essays in the book have been published in English previously; several have never been published in any language. The collection is currently available in Spanish through the Mexico-based publishing house Herder, 2014.

Liberal Studies

  • Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja. “Duhemian Good Sense and Agent Reliabilism” - forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 
  • Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja. “What's so special about empirical adequacy?” - with Nancy Cartwright, forthcoming in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science
  • Carassai, Mauro. Co-authored with Kristin Allukian. “Rule-guided Expression: Gender Dissent across Mediated Literary Works.” Gender, Globalization and the Digital. Issue 8 of ADA: A Journal of Gender New Media and Technology. (Spring 2016)
  • Carassai, Mauro. “The Human Sensorium as Contend(/st)ed Space in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber: Moving Toward ‘American Digital Studies.’” (Italian title translation: Il sensorium umano come spazio conteso e contestato in Midnight Robber di Nalo Hopkinson: verso gli “American Digital Studies”), in Beyond Boundaries (EUM, Macerata University Press, 2017)
  • Chatterjee, Ranita. “Teaching The Last Man” in Teaching Romanticism XIX: Mary Shelley’s Other Works, eds. Daniel Cook and Catharine Redford for Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 (online peer-reviewed journal) (March 2017).
  • Chatterjee, Ranita. “Godwinian Tendencies.”  Paper for NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism), "Romanticism and its Discontents," Aug. 11-14, 2016, University of California Berkeley.
  • Lerner, Ellyn Gersh recently completed an eText for University 100. The eText will be used by faculty and more than 1500 students in the fall of 2017.


  • Galasso, Joseph (2016). "From Merge to Move. A Minimalist Perspective on the Design of Language and its Role in Early Child Syntax." LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 59. 
  • Galasso, Joseph (2015). “Small Children’s Sentences are ‘Dead on Arrival’: Remarks on a Minimalist Approach to Early Child Syntax.” Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development - JCLAD 
  • Kim, S. H. (2016). "When Speakers Account for Their Questions: Ani-Prefaced Accounts in Korean Conversation." In J. Robinson (Ed.), Accountability in Social Interaction (pp. 294-320). Oxford University Press. 
  • Joaquin, A. D. L., Kim, S. H. & Shin, S.-Y. (2016). "Examining Prewriting Strategies in L2 Writing: Do They Really Work?" Asian EFL Journal 18(2), 156-189. 
  • Kim, S. H. (2015). "Resisting the Terms of Polar Questions Through Ani (No)-Prefacing in Korean Conversation." Discourse Processes 52(4), 311-334.
  • Kim, S. H. & Kim, K-h. (2015). "Conversation Analysis. "In L. Brown & J. Yeon (Eds.), The Handbook of Korean Linguistics (pp. 271-286). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Kim, S. H. & Park, I. (2015). "Test Taker-Initiated Repairs in an English Oral Proficiency Exam for International Teaching Assistants." Text & Talk 35(2), 237-262. 
  • Kim, S. H. & Sohn, S.-O. (2015). "Grammar as an Emergent Response to Interactional Needs: A Study of Final Kuntey 'But' in Korean Conversation." Journal of Pragmatics 83, 73-90. 
  • Hayashi, M. & Kim, S. H. (2015). "Turn Formats for Other-Initiated Repair and Their Relation to Trouble Sources: Some Observations from Japanese and Korean Conversations." Journal of Pragmatics 87, 198-217.
  • Sánchez-Muñoz, A. (2017). “Tempted by the Words of Another. Linguistic Choices of Chicanas/os and Other Latinos in Los Angeles.” In J. Rosales and V. Fonseca (Eds.), Spanish Perspectives on Chicano Literature Literary and Cultural Essays (pp.71-81). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8142-1342-1. 
  • Sánchez-Muñoz, A. (2016). “Heritage Language Healing? Learners’ Attitudes and Damage Control in a Heritage Language Classroom.” In D. Pascual y Cabo (Ed.), Advances in Spanish as a Heritage Language. Studies in Bilingualism (pp. 205–217). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. ISBN 9789027241917.  
  • Sánchez-Muñoz, A. (2015). “Shifting Identities: The Spanish of U.S. Latino/a Speakers.” In A. Nikčević-Batrićević and M. Krivokapić (Eds.), Mapping the World of Anglo-American Studies at the Turn of the Century (pp. 263-277). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 9781443884181.

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

  • Tyutina, Svetlana V. (2016).  “The Debate between Eurocentrism and Americanism in the Eighteenth-Century Castas Paintings.” Trans-Pacific Encounters: Asia and the Hispanic World. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing. 74-96.
  • Tyutina, Svetlana V. (2016). “Decoding the DNA of Poetry: Reconstructing Mayakovsky in the Digital Era.” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, v.6. Berlin: De Gruyter. 383-92.
  • Philosophy Department
  • Muller, Robin. (2015). Translated (from French) of Renaud Barbaras’ essay ““The Event of Finitude,” published in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 37:1.
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2016) Analyzing “Correct”, (in Japanese), (Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten), 256 pages:  A unified treatment of the notion of “correct” in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and science.
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2016). Analytic Philosophy of Alice in Wonderland (in Japanese), (Tokyo: Kodansha), 312 pages:  Philosophical remarks, observations, musings, and rigorous arguments inspired by Lewis Carroll’s two famous Alice books.
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2016). “Now is the Time”, Jahrbuch für Philosophie das Tetsugaku-Ronso 43, 1-13.  Descriptive exposition of the philosophy of David Lewis (in Japanese), in the Japanese translation of Lewis’s On the Plurality of Worlds (Nagoya: The University of Nagoya Press): 319-27.
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2015).  Critical Review of Fictional Objects, edited by Stuart Brock and Anthony Everett (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2015.12.19: 2905 words (
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2015). Two new entries, “occasion meaning” and “semantic ascent”, and one old entry “intensionality” substantially revised, in the third edition of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Robert Audi (ed.), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). 
  • Yagisawa, Takashi. (2015). “Impossibilia and Modally Tensed Predication”, Acta Analytica, Volume 30, Issue 4: 317-23.

Religious Studies Department

  • Baugh, Amanda. God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White. University of California Press in 2016. God and the Green Divide examines religious environmental organizing in Chicago to show how dynamics of race, ethnicity, and class have shaped contemporary “greening of religion” movements.
  • Findlay, James DFrom Prophet to Priest: The Characterization of Aaron in the Pentateuch, (Leuven/Paris/Bristol CT: Peeters Publishers, 2017)
  • Myers, Jody (2015).  Book review on Veronique Altglas, From Yoga to Kabbalah: Religious Exoticism and the Logics of Bricolage, appearing in Journal of Contemporary Religion, 31(1).
  • Murray, D., Fessler, M.T., Kerry, N., White, C. & Marin, M. (2017). The kiss of death: Three tests of the relationship between disease threat and physical contact within traditional cultures. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 1, 63-70.
  • White, C., Marin, M. & Fessler, M.T.(2017). Not Just Dead Meat: An Evolutionary Account of Corpse Treatment in Mortuary Rituals. The Journal of Cognition and Culture, 17, 1-23.
  • White, C. (2017). What the Cognitive Science of Religion is and is Not. In Hughes, A. (Ed.) Theory in a Time of Excess: The Case of the Academic Study of Religion, 95-138. Sheffield: Equinox.
  • White, C. & Fessler, M.T., & Gomez, P. (2016). The effects of Corpse Viewing and Corpse Condition on Vigilance for Deceased Loved Ones. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 517-522.
  • White, C. (2016). The Cognitive Foundations of Reincarnation. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 1-23.
  • White, C., Sousa, P., & Prochownik, K. (2016). Explaining the Success of Karmic Religions. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 39, 42-43.
  • White, C. (2016).Cross-cultural Similarities in Reasoning about Personal Continuity in Reincarnation: Evidence from South India. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 6, 2, 130-153.
  • White, C. (2015). Establishing Personal Identity in Reincarnation: Minds and Bodies Reconsidered. The Journal of Cognition and Culture. 15, 402-429.  
  • White, C., Kelly, B., & Nichols, S. (2015). Remembering Past Lives: Intuitions about Memory and Personal Identity in Reincarnation. In Cruz, H. & Nichols, R. (Eds.) The Cognitive Science of Religion and its Philosophical Implications, 169-196. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Honors and Awards

  • Rudy Acuna. John Hope Franklin Award (2016) The John Hope Franklin award, from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, honor the memory of Franklin, a historian, author and educator who was a leading voice in the civil rights movement.
  • Xochitl Alvizo (Assistant Professor, Religious Studies) was a recipient of the Spring 2019 CSUN Community Engagement Faculty Grant.
  • Tracy Buenavista (Asian American Studies) was the recipient of the 2017 CSUN Exceptional Service to Students Award
  • Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (Liberal Studies). CSUN Research, Scholarship and Creative Awards Grant – Spring 2018; CSUN Beck Grant for Curriculum Development with Prof Mauro Carrasai – Spring 2018; CSUN Community Engagement Interdisciplinary Grant for Curriculum Development with Prof Mauro Carrasai – Fall 2017; CSUN College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship Research Grant – Fall 2017; CSUN College of Humanities Probationary Faculty Research Support Program – Summer 2017; CSUN College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship Research Grant – Fall 2016;CSUN Probationary Faculty Support Program Research Award – Spring 2016
  • Mauro Carassai (Liberal Studies). CSUN College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship Grant, Fall 2016, Spring 2017; CSUN Beck Grant, Spring 2017; CSUN Community Engagement Grant, Spring 2017; College of Humanities Probationary Faculty Research Support Program Summer 2017; AGSE and STDI Excellence in Teaching Recognition
  • Marie Cartier (Gender and Women’s Studies) received four grants from CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement: two Engaged Faculty Research grants, a Discipline-Based Start-Up Grant, and a Community Engagement Travel Grant, which provides up to $1,000 to support one faculty member and, if relevant, a student scholar in disseminating engaged research and/or service at a conference or other public event during the 2018-19 academic year. Cartier is advising on and co-producing “The HomoFiles,” a documentary film based on her dissertation and upcoming book, “Baby You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall.”
  • Matthew Clements (Queer Studies) received a Discipline-Based grant from CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement. In 2018, Clements launched a service learning project in which students co-hosted a town hall forum on LGBTQ+ needs and conducted a survey of more than 400 LGBTQ+ youth in San Fernando Valley. The results of their study indicated a need for an informal social event for queer youth to congregate locally, socialize and support each year. This year, Clements will address this community need and give CSUN students valuable research and event planning experience. Students will be working with Project Q, an initiative within Village Family Services (VFS) that seeks to create community and provide support on an ongoing basis for local queer youth and queer youth of color.
  • Carlos Guerrero (Chicana/o Studies) 25 Years of Service to the University as of 2017.
  • Linda Lam Easton (Religious Studies) 30 Years of Service to the University as of 2017.
  • James D. Findlay (Religious Studies) received his third Polished Apple Award for Teaching in May 2017.
  • Ramon Garcia (Chicana/o Studies) book The Chronicles won second place in the International Book Award for Best Poetry Book in English in 2016.  The Chronicles is a book that reinvents Fairy tales, Bible stories, and Greek myths as the genealogy of a poet obsessed by memory and the transformations of dislocation.
  • Harry Hellenbrand (English and Provost Emeritus) was the recipient of a 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award.
  • Maria-Isabel Herrera (Chicana/o Studies) 40 Years of Service to the University as of 2017.
  • Krystal Jo Howard (English) received a Discipline-Based Grant from CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement. Howard’s service learning project allows students in LRS 491: Multicultural/Multiethnic Children’s Literature to make connections between ethnic and childhood studies theories and the practice of using multicultural/multiethnic children’s literature in the elementary classroom.
  • Scott Kleinman (English) was a Fulbright Specialist in Digital Humanities at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER) Kathmandu, Nepal in June 2017. In 2015, he was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-up Grant for his project "Easing Entry and Improving Access to Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for the Humanities". This project produces the computational text analysis software Lexos.
  • Iswari Pandey (English) the 2017 Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award (The award honors the best original written work article, essay, or book or body of works on a single subject written by a CSUN faculty member.)
  • Adrian Pérez-Boluda (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures) was the recipient of a 2017 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award.
  • Evelyn McClave (Linguistics) 25 Years of Service to the University as of 2017.
  • Juana Mora (Chicana/o Studies) received $638,165 from the U.S. Department of Education, in continuing support of a project entitled Developing California’s Workforce: Creating Pathways for Latino Transfer Students in High Demand Careers.
  • Renee Moreno (Chicana/o Studies) was elected to the Trustees of the Research Foundation for the National Council of Teachers of English. She will assume the position of Chair of the department in November 2017. The position as Chair will include working with the Cultivating New Voices Fellowship program. The program works specifically with scholars of color who have recently received their PhDs and scholars who have advanced to candidacy.
  • Stevie Ruiz (Assistant Professor, Chicano/a Studies) was a recipient of the Spring 2019 CSUN Community Engagement Faculty Grant.
  • Vahram Shemmassian (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures) received the 2017 CSUN Alumni Relations Award. The award recognizes employees whose exceptional programmatic and organizational efforts lead to greater alumni connectedness to CSUN or to a division, college, department, institute, program or alumni chapter.
  • Cheryl Spector (English) is serving as team leader for Matador Momentum. This cross-divisional team is part of a three-year, 44-campus initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to “Re-imagine the First Year” of college.
  • Colleen Tripp (English) Jay T. Last Fellowship, California Rare Book School, “History of the Book: 19th and 20th Centuries” course (tuition fellowship, $1000, Summer 2016).
  • Svetlana V. Tyutina (MCLL) was a recipient of the Spring 2019 CSUN Community Engagement Faculty Grant. Exceptional Levels of Service to Students Award (2017) - CSUN
  • Takashi Yagisawa (Philosophy Department) 30 Years of Service to the University as of 2017 and the 2016 Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award, California State University, Northridge.

Research and Sponsored Projects

  • The College of Humanities and the Department of Chicana/o Studies has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Outreach, Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Office and Chicana/o Studies.  This MOU will “assist the U.S. Forest Service in the accomplishment of critical community outreach” to “establish and strengthen relationships with diverse communities” and increase the “percentage of diverse students pursuing higher education degrees in natural resource careers.” 
  • CSUN is partnering with The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions on HSI Pathways to the Professoriate, which is supported by a $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The program, which is administered by the College of Humanities,  aims to prepare undergraduate students in the humanities and related fields to pursue a career in the professoriate by providing programming that prepares them for admission to and persistence through a Ph.D. program.  The grant supports research into the faculty pipeline for Latina/o students and has an aim of increasing the number of Latina/o professors working in the humanities at U.S. colleges and universities.  This program will prepare students to succeed in a Ph.D. program in the humanities or a related field.  “Cal State Northridge was honored to be selected to participate in the Pathways to the Professoriate initiative,” says Elizabeth Say, dean of CSUN’s College of Humanities. “We know well the quality of our students — what they sometimes lack is opportunity. This partnership with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Mellon Foundation will provide unparalleled opportunity for our students to achieve their educational goals. Together with our other institutional partners, we can begin to transform the professoriate to better reflect and serve the next generation of university students.”
  • The College of Humanities has received funding from the National Security Agency and National Foreign Language Center to support a six-week, residential STARTALK Russian Language & Culture Immersion Program for 20 students in summer 2017. We recruit highly motivated undergraduate and high school students, especially those whose planned academic or career fields would be complemented by Russian language proficiency. During the six-week residential summer program, students interact in the target language 100% of the time, with in-class language instruction; evening and weekend cultural activities; mentorship with native Russian speakers; seminars with experts on Russian culture; and field excursions to Russian cultural venues, businesses, and communities.
  • In the Fall of 2016, Juana Mora (Chicana/o Studies) received a five year, $3.2 million Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V grant in support of the Abriendo Caminos/Creating Pathways project, for which she is the project director. Working with CSUN, College of the Canyons, and LA Pierce College, this project will provide research-based best practices to support Latino and low-income transfer students, engage them in new career options, and help them succeed. Additionally, it will point to specific, successful strategies that can be applied to the larger campus community and institutionalize success for future students. The purpose of this cooperative arrangement is to prepare Latino and low income students from two Los Angeles-based community colleges (College of the Canyons and Los Angeles Pierce College) for successful transfer to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and graduate ready for high-demand careers. 


  • Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (Liberal Studies). “What's so special about empirical adequacy?” (Invited) – with Nancy Cartwright and Bas van Fraassen – UC San Diego Science Studies, April 2017
  • Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (Liberal Studies). “Duhemian Good Sense and Agent Reliabilism” – Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2016 
  • Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (Liberal Studies). “The Many Shades of Pragmatic Realism” (Invited) – Department of Philosophy at Oakland University, Detroit, MI, November 2016
  • Mauro Carassai (Liberal Studies). Electronic Literature Organization Conference, University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal July 18-22 
  • Mauro Carassai (Liberal Studies). Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, September 11-12, 2017. 
  • Mauro Carassai (Liberal Studies). Invited Lecturer, “Digital Humanities and Electronic Literature: An Interdisciplinary Investigation” Introductory seminar held at University of Rome “La Sapienza” and at Center for American Studies in Rome, Italy, March 2016.

College of Humanities' Faculty Research Fellows


  • Ana Sanchez-Munoz, Chicana/o Studies, Linguistics
    "Linguistic Resistance: Spanish Language Use and its Impact on Two Southwestern Communities" 


  • Khanum Shaikh, Gender and Women's Studies
    "Countering Islamophobia: Critical Feminist Interventions Through Scholarship and Pedagogy"

2015 - 2016

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013


2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009

51st (2017) Annual Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Awards Event

5 Year Award

  • Marlene A. Cooksey, Department of English
  • Michele Sheetz, Department of Liberal Studies Program
  • Leslie T. Yamashita, Department of Modern & Classical Languages 

10 Year Award

  • Katherine M. Draper, Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Matthew P. Lang, Dean's Office, College of Humanities
  • Jonathan B. Martinez, Department of Liberal Studies Program
  • Judith M. Spiegel, Dean's Office, College of Humanities 

15 Year Award

  • Reyna Campos-Kennedy, Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Wendy A. Say, Department of English 

35 Year Award

  • Elizabeth A. Whirledge, Dean's Office, College of Humanities