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Yarma Velazquez-Vargas
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-3314
Office location:
JR 151B

Biography

Dr. Velázquez Vargas received her Ph.D. from the Florida State University (2008) in Communication Studies with an emphasis on gender, media, and queer studies. She has a Master’s in Advertising Management from Michigan State University and a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. 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.

Dr. Velázquez Vargas teaches Speech Communication and Media Studies courses. Her published work includes:  “Materialism, Disposal and Consumerism: Queer Eye and the Commodification of Identity” in Ideological Similarities Between Dating and Makeover Reality Television Shows, and "Marco Said I look Like Charcoal; A Puerto Rican’s Exploration of Her Ethnic Identity" in Qualitative Inquiry.  

TamayoFrancisco
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-5763
Office location:
JR 120B

Biography

Dr. Tamayo is, assistant professor, in The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge—Writing Program. In this capacity, he teaches undergraduate writing courses with a Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies epistemology. He received his doctorate from Washington State University (WSU) in English Studies, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. He is the former Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center Director at WSU and had an academic appointment with Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. Professor Tamayo research focus is on the connections between language and unequal relations of power, such as racism and issues of linguistic discrimination. In this context, he has been trying to understand his complex trajectory growing up as a transfronterizo and now as a writing instructor—where he continues—to live a transnational life “in transit” socially, culturally, racially, and economically. As a writing instructor, he argues that teachers of rhetoric and writing should not racialized students’ agency by only focusing on the linguistic challenges that writers in training bring to the writing classroom. He urges writing instructors to help students make connections among reading and writing and in living in the world within the broader context of a Chicana/o transnationalism.

Denise Sandoval
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 121A

Biography

Education:
Ph.D., 2003, Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies

Areas of Interest:
Popular Culture and the Arts, Cultural Histories of Los Angeles, Oral History, Community Histories                      

Denise M. Sandoval, Ph.D is a Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge (2002 to the present). She received her doctorate in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2003, her Masters of Arts in Chicana/o Studies from California State University Northridge in 1995, and her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1993. She was the guest curator/community researcher for two exhibitions on lowrider culture at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles: La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels (2007-08) and Arte y Estilo: The Chicano Lowriding Tradition (2000). In December 2009, part of the exhibition La Vida Lowrider traveled to Guadalajara, Mexcio with the Department of Cultural Affairs LA as part of the Guadalajara Feria de Libros where the city of Los Angeles was the guest of honor. She was also a guest curator/writer for a virtual exhibition entitled Lowrider: An American Cultural Tradition for the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives. Her work on lowrider culture was featured in two different documentaries on lowriders (Automaniac and Modern Marvels) for the History Channel and she has written various articles for publication on the lowrider culture: “Cruising Through Lowrider Culture: Chicana/o Identity and the Marketing of Lowrider Magazine” in the book Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture & Chicana/o Sexualities (2003), entries on “lowriders” and “Cholos/as” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (2005), as well as the chapter “The Politics of Low n Slow/Bajito y Suavecito : Black and Chicano Lowriders in Los Angeles, 1960’s to 1970’s” that is part of the anthology Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader (November 2013). In May 2012, she co-edited a book with award winning author Luis J. Rodriguez titled Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community for Tia Chucha Press which documents art activism in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. The book was awarded a bronze medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in June 2013 and also was awarded the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award in December 2013. Her most recent book project is titled White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies (October 2016), which is a co-edited two volume set published by Praeger, with contributed essays on issues in Ethnic Studies in both K-12 and higher education. The books were recognized as being one of the “Best Reference Titles of 2016” in the category of Social Science by the Library Journal. Currently, she is the guest curator for the exhibition The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración (July 2017 to May 2018) at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition examines “the diverse and complex viewpoints of more than 50 artists who visualize, celebrate and interrogate the lowrider car through a selection of artwork that includes vehicles, paintings, sculptures, and art installations”.

She has been a professor in Chicana/o Studies/Ethnic Studies for over 18 years and teaches courses such as Introduction to Chicano Culture, History of the Americas, History of the Chicana/o and Third World Woman and La Chicana. Her research interests include popular culture and the arts, cultural histories of Los Angeles, oral history and community histories. 

AnaSanchezMunozBio
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-4154
Office location:
JR 121B
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Biography

Dr. Ana Sánchez-Muñoz is Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies where she teaches Language Acquisition, especially related to English Language Learners (ELL), and other linguistics/language courses including Spanish for heritage speakers. She is also a faculty member in the Linguistics Department at CSUN.

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Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 143D
David Rodriguez
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 148

Biography

Education:
Ph.D. 1996, University of California, Riverside in Political Science

Areas of Interest:
Chicano politics; Political economy and theory.                      

Mary Pardo
Full-Time Faculty / Department Chair
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
Jerome Richfield Hall 148

Biography

Education:
Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles in Sociology

Areas of Interest:
Women of Color and Grassroots Activism; Urban Sociology; Women and Work; Qualitative Research Methods; Ethnographic Fieldwork; Feminist Theory.                      

Roberta Orona-Cordova
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 151A

Biography

Education:
M.F.A., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles in Screenwriting

Areas of Interest:
Chicano/a Literature; Chican@s in Film; Freshman Composition; Creative Writing; Director of Chicana/o Studies Writing Program. Professor Orona-Cordova also serves as Coordinator of the Chicana/o Stuides Writing Lab. 

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