Faculty Fellows' Biographies


Professor Chale - Summer Fellow   Leigh Ann Tipton, Ph.D.

Charter College of Education

Dr. Leigh Ann Tipton is a full-time lecturer for School Psychology in the Charter College of Education. She received her PhD from UC Riverside and this is her second year at Cal State LA. The majority of her research has focused on the factors for school success for both preschool children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Improving service delivery, rather than trying to change the individual, is a focus of the systems level research that is of interest. Current projects continue on this line of research, such as the collaboration in projects with Dr. Saeki exploring ways to better develop school-based interventions to support our at-risk students. Additional interests lie within the special education legal system and the factors that lead to family and schools facing mediation and due process. 





Carly Dierkhising, PhD - Summer Fellow


Elina Saeki, Ph.D.

Charter College of Education

Dr. Elina Saeki is an assistant professor in the Charter College of Education. She received her doctorate in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Saeki's research examines school-wide efforts to enhance youth academic, social, and emotional outcomes. In particular, her scholarly work focuses on the impact of test-based accountability policies on teachers and students, social-emotional literacy intereventions, mechanisms to enhance student engagement and motivation, and training and supervision in school psychology.





Susan Mohini Kane - Professor of Music & Voice

Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and History

Dr. Priscilla Leiva is an Assistant Professor of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and History. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. He research interestes include racial formation, urban change and U.S. popular culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled New Stadiums, New Battle Grounds: Race and Civic Identitiy in Postwar America in which she examines how stadiums have historically functioned as critical sites of racial formation that shape ideas about the city and who belongs. 








Carly Dierkhising, PhD - Summer FellowCarole Frances Lung

Department of Art 

Carole Frances Lung is a soft guerilla activist, artist, and academic living in Long Beach, CA. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances investigating the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time, through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments.

Her performances have been exhibited at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Craft in America Study Center, Maloof Foundation, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Art and Design, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti.


Publications include: KCET Artbound, Surface Design Journal, Chicago Arts News, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany, The School of Art and Design Oslo, Norway, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Arrowmont and Haystack Mountain School of Craft. She has been awarded: Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Craft Creativity and Design Center Grant, CSULA creative leave 2014, creative mini grant 2014, 2013, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany award, At the Edge Gallery 400 award and Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship. Carole is an Associate Professor in Fashion, Fiber and Materials in the Department of Art at California State University Los Angeles, and maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory in downtown Long Beach.





Susan Mohini Kane - Professor of Music & Voice

Allison Mattheis, Ph.D.

Charter College of Education

 Dr. Allison Mattheis is an educator and researcher of the sociopolitical contexts of community-based practices. After teaching middle school science for eight years, she completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education in the Charter College of Education, where she works with pre-service teachers, leaders, and scholars. Her ongoing research projects include a national study of LGBTQ individuals working in STEM fields, examining how political power and social privilege impact stakeholder interactions with the LAUSD School Board, and developing youth cyclists as critical community ethnographers.


She was recently named a Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellow by the Council on Anthropology and Education and has published in journals including Critical Policy Studies, Educational Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of Homosexuality, and Cell Biology Education. She is honored to serve as the faculty advisor to The Queer Connection student organization and to support the work of the Cross-Cultural Centers, the Women’s, Genders and Sexuality Studies program, and the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at Cal State L.A.. This project is an extension of collaborative work with Dr. Adonia Lugo, community activist and part-time lecturer in Chican@ Studies, with whom she recently published a book chapter entitled “Bicycle Anthropology of Los Angeles.”