I am a native Californian, born and raised in Boyle Heights. I joined the Political Science department at CSULA in the Fall of 2008 and am also affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program.
I teach a wide variety of courses in World Politics, Model United Nations, Foundation of Global Politics, International Poltiical Economy (undergraduate and graduate courses), Latin American Politics (undergraduate and graduate) and Central American & the Caribbean.
I am also the faculty adviser for the Model United Nations program at CSULA. This program is based on enrollment in two courses (POLS 4201 and POLS 4202) which are offered every other year. This program is open to all CSULA undergraduate students, irrespective of major. Students who wish to participate in this program will learn about the structure, history and mission of the United Nations in POLS 4201. Additionally, students will learn how to prepare for the role of ambassador to the United Nations, as well as how to accurately represent the issues from the perspective of the country repesented in New York in POLS 4202.
I am also the faculty adviser for the Model UN Club, which is a student-led organization that operates independently from the Cal State LA participation in the NMUN-New York conference. The Club provides students with an opportunity to participate in civic engagement with local communities, putting into practice the values of the United Nations, as well as offer students the opportunity to compete in local conferences. Please visit the Model UN Club's Facebook page for more information.
Our Model UN program is very strong and since I started in Fall 2008, we have had the privilege of representing Cuba, Turkey, Spain, Belgium, El Salvador, and Colombia. Our student delegates have been recognized for their Outstanding Position Papers and their Outstanding Performance as delegates at the conference.
Ph.D. Political Science 2008
- Claremont Graduate University
M.A. International Political Economy 1999
- Claremont Graduate School
B.A. Political Science 1992
- University of California, Berkeley
|POLS/ECON 4260||International Political Economy||
Mondays & Wednesdays 12:15-1:30pm
|SH C137||Fall 2017|
|POLS 4201||Model United Nations||Tuesday & Thursdays 10:50-12:05pm||KH B4016||Fall 2017|
|POLS 4202||Model United Nations||
Mondays & Wednesdays 1:40-2:55pm
|POLS 4510||Latin American Politics||Wednesdays 6:00-8:45pm||TBA||Spring 2018|
|POLS 5270||Seminar: International Relations||Mondays 6:00-8:45pm||TBA||Spring 2018|