Liberal Studies

Joseph Herman

by Joseph Herman
Liberal Studies


Dr. Patrick B. Sharp

Dr. Patrick B. Sharp is Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of the University of California Santa Barbara, with a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from that institution. He came to CSULA in 2001 after two years as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow and one year as a Program Coordinator at Georgia Tech.

As Chair of the Liberal Studies department, Dr. Sharp oversees a major of over 350 undergraduates who are pursuing options in Elementary Teacher Preparation and Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and Society. He has also obtained over $130,000 in grants for the purpose of improving curriculum and instruction during his career at CSULA. He spearheaded the effort to convert the Liberal Studies curriculum from a quarter to a semester calendar, which takes effect in 2016. As a part of this, he created several new courses in science fiction and is developing a minor in Science Fiction Studies that draws mostly from approved general education courses. Dr. Sharp has taken on the role of Faculty Director of Eagle-Con, CSULA's science fiction convention which is set to return to campus on May 14-15, 2015.

Dr. Sharp is an established interdisciplinary scholar of science studies and science fiction who has published one monograph, two co-edited anthologies, and a number of book chapters and journal articles in his fields. He is the founding co-editor of the book series New Dimensions in Science Fiction from the University of Wales Press. His next book is a co-edited anthology entitled Women’s Work in Science Fiction, which will be released by Wesleyan University Press in spring 2016. For more information on Dr. Sharp’s publications and academic achievements visit these links:



Eagle-Con 2015

The Department of Liberal Studies and College of Arts and Letters have once again teamed up with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC) to bring Eagle-Con to Cal State LA. Eagle-Con is a conference that includes engaging presentations by scholars and industry professionals, an art exhibition from the Art Directors Guild, a vendor’s room, and a cosplay masquerade.  The purpose of Eagle-Con is to bring our students and communities together through exploring and celebrating diversity and culture through the genre of Science Fiction across media. The faculty director for Eagle-Con, Dr. Patrick Sharp (Liberal Studies), is collaborating with the Student Union and its sponsor The Art Director’s Guild of Los Angeles to create this two-day event on May 14-15, 2015. Last year's event focused on multiethnic science fiction with an emphasis on comics, super heroes/villains, and film, with over 450 attendees. It is expected to be twice as big this year, and it is something you will not want to miss. For more information please visit the website here:

Margaret Salazar-Porzio (2005)

Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a Liberal Studies alumna (class of 2005) who continued her education at University of Southern California where she received an M.A. and Ph.D in American and Ethnicity Studies. Recently she has taken the position of Curator in the Division of Home and Community Life at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Her focus is on Latina/o History and Culture in the 20th century. With this new position as Curator she intends to promote community relationships by bringing forth Latina/o stories and objects. Her future projects with the Smithsonian include Our American Journey: Many Voices One Nation. The exhibition will open some time in 2016, which will increase community awareness of important histories. For more information, watch her clip here: