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Lara Medina
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
R 114A

Biography

Education:
Ph.D., 1998, Claremont Graduate University in American History

Areas of Interest: Chicana/o religious/spiritual practices; Chicano/a religious history; religion and social change; religion, politics, and art; oral history; family histories; Chicana/o history.

Professor Medina received her Ph.D. in American History from Claremont Graduate University (1998) with an emphasis on Chicana/o history. Her research focuses on Chicana/o religious/spiritual practices; religious history; religion and social change. Her published work includes Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious - Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church (Temple University Press, 2004), "Nepantla Spirituality: An Emancipative Vision for Inclusion" in Wading Trough Many Voices (2011) and several chapters in various anthologies.

Academic Organizations, Scholarly Societies, and Artistic / Musical Groups / Professional / Advocacy Institutions

  1. National Association for Chicana/o Studies
  2. National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies
  3. Cultural Studies Association
  4. American Studies Association
  5. American Anthropological Association
  6. American Sociological Association
  7. National Association for Ethnic Studies
  8. American Political Science Association
  9. Latin American Studies Association
  10. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  11. American Historical Association
  12. National Women's Studies Association
  13. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  14. Society for Ethnomusicology
  15. Congress on Research in Dance
  16. International Traditional Music Society
  17. The American Folklore Society
  18. American Academy of Religion
  19. Hispanic Theological Initiative
  20. Mujeres Activas de Letras y Cambios Social
  21. Mujeres de Maiz
  22. National Council For La Raza
  23. Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund
  24. Save Ethnic Studies
  25. Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life #81 Arizona Biopower Issue
  26. Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural
  27. Bienestar: Access, Education, Mobilization... Our Communities Solution!
  28. Interntational Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
  29. Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc
  30. M.E.C.H.A.de CSUN
  31. Ballet Folklorico Aztlán de CSUN
  32. Mexican (Latin/o) Music Ensemble
Marta Lopez-Garza
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 121A

Biography

Education: Ph.D., 1985, University of California, Los Angeles in Sociology

Areas of Interest: Women’s/Feminist Studies, Ethnographic Field Research, Immigration and Public Policy, Economic Development, Race and Class Studies, and Urban Sociology. 

Maria Isabel Herrera
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2605
Office location:
JR 144B

Biography

Education:
M.A., 1985, University of California, Los Angeles in Folklore/Mythology

Areas of Interest:
Regional music of Mexico; Chicano culture; Dance of Mexico; Children’s songs and games; Speech communication. 

Fermin Herrera
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 143F
Gabriel Gutierrez
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-2734
Office location:
JR 144A

Biography

Dr. Gabriel Gutiérrez is Professor of Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Northridge where he served as Associate Chair from Fall 2007-Spring 2011. He also serves as Director of the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA).

He earned a Ph.D. in Chicano/a History at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997. an MA in Latin American and Nineteenth-Century US history at UCSB in 1993, and a BA in Chicano/a Studies and Political Science from UCSB in 1990.

His publications include "Affirmative Action of the First Kind: Social and Legal Constructions of Whiteness and White Male Privilege in Nineteenth-Century California," and the coauthorded introduction with Co-Editor KarenMary Davalos, "Erasing Boundaries: Chicana/o Studies and Critical Race Theory," in Latino Studies Journal, Special Issue: Chicano/a Studies and Critical Race Theory.

His ongoing research on Disney and Latinos/as resulted in the publication of “Deconstructing Disney: Chicano/a Children and Critical Race Theory,” in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and “Social Imagineering in Disney’s The Lion King: The Three ‘C’s’”, in Roberta Orona-Cordova, ed. Chicano/a Studies Reader: A Bridge to Writing.

Dr. Gutierrez has examined contemporary environmental racism resulting in publication of “Juana Beatríz Gutiérrez: Activist Mother,” in John Mongillo and Bibi Booth, eds., Environmental Activists, and “The Mothers of East Los Angeles Strike Back,” in Robert D. Bullard, ed., Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color. 

Trained as a nineteenth-century California historian, Dr. Gutiérrez's dissertation "Bell Towers, Crucifixes, and Cañones Violentos" examines the Mexicanization of California Indians prior to industrialization.

While conducting research in the Santa Barbara Mission Archives Library , he developed a study on nineteenth century cultural economy, patriarchy and gender relations as seen through the letters of Santa Barbara ranchero and politician Pablo de la Guerra to his wife Josefa Moreno de la Guerra. The study, “Con Sus Calzones Al Revés, With His Underpants on Inside Out: Cultural Economy and Patriarchy in the Letters of Pablo de la Guerra to Josefa Moreno de la Guerra, 1851-1872,” was published by the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University.

His encyclopedia entries are included in the Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, Oxford University Press and Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society, Grolier Press. He has presented his work nationally and internationally including conferences in Mexico, Canada, and Cuba.

Between December 2003 and November 2009, Dr. Gutiérrez produced and hosted the weekly show “The Morning Review with Gabriel Gutiérrez” on Pacifica Radio Network’s Los Angeles Affiliate KPFK 90.7 FM. The show was one of the top ten shows on KPFK during its run.

Currently, Dr. Gutiérrez is working on a two volume reference book Latinos and Latinas: Risks and Opportunities (ABC-
CLIO Publishers) that examines quality of life issues throughout the Latino/a lifecycle.

Though he never played it himself, he spends most of his evenings and weekends coaching or watching his three children play fútbol. He currently serves as Registrar for International Fútbol Club in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Dr. Rosemary Gonzalez
Full-Time Faculty
Email:
Phone:
818/677-3385
Office location:
SQ 289B

Biography

Education:
Ph.D., 2003, Stanford University, Psychological Studies in Education

Areas of Interest:
Achievement motivation; Child and adolescent development; Ethnic identity; Multicultural education pedagogy; Resilience of youth placed “At-Risk”. 

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