Andrea Gutierrez, MFA
Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center
Andrea is a seasoned higher education professional and college instructor. She has worked with undergraduates and graduates at colleges and universities throughout California, including the Claremont Colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, and now Cal State LA. She earned a B.A. in German Studies at Scripps College in Claremont and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Riverside. In her spare time, she bikes, takes photos, and writes essays, poems, and plays.
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M.A. Candidate, Psychology
Andrew is a graduate student studying Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. During his undergraduate career at Cal State LA, he immediately discovered an interest in research and research methods. After receiving his B.A. in Psychology, Andrew decided to pursue an M.A. to better prepare himself for the rigorous courses offered in a PhD program. His main interest is the statistical methods that lie behind psychological research, and he hopes to one day create statistical models that will improve psychological research. He is currently working alongside with his mentor on publishing work on the “Positivity Effect,” and plans to focus on implicit artificial grammar learning for his thesis. Some of his hobbies include spending time with his loved ones, bike riding, and drag racing.
M.A. Candidate, Communication Studies
While pursuing her baccalaureate degree from Cal State LA in one field of interest, Communication, Emily decided college was fun, and wanted to stay longer and learn more. After graduating in Fall 2014, she pursued classes toward a degree in another field of interest, Veterinary Technology, during the warm months in advance of beginning graduate school. Since starting the graduate program for Communication Studies, Emily has noticed her research interests tend toward feminism and media bias, so that is likely on what she will focus her thesis. She spends copious hours volunteering on behalf of homeless, abandoned shelter animals, and has been known to open her heart and home to a few of them every now and again. (Well, okay, maybe more often than that.) Her third primary interest is pizza — she really likes pizza.
M.A. Candidate, Anthropology
Claudia was born in Mexico City and moved to California in 2001. She is a third-year graduate student in Anthropology, with a focus on Mesoamerican Archaeology. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from East Los Angeles Community College and her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Mesoamerican studies from Cal State LA. As a graduate student, Claudia has had the opportunity to volunteer and work in an interdisciplinary setting allowing her to work in conservation and on archaeological projects in Mexico and California. She is currently working on her master's thesis proposal research specializing in the ancient stone tool and its ritual use and context in the Mexica precinct of Tenochtitlan, Templo Mayor. In the next upcoming year, Claudia wishes to complete her theses and apply to a PhD program with a focus in Archaeology. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums, reading, knapping stones, and traveling.
M.A. Candidate, Latin American Studies
Cassandra is a graduate student in the Latin American Studies department. She received her B.A. in Chicano Studies from Cal State LA. Her research interests center on feminism, media, and gender — specifically Latinas. Her thesis will focus on the eroticization of Latinas in media and popular culture and how these unrealistic images affect Latinas from the general population who are often unable to live up to such high standards of beauty. Following the completion of her master's degree, Cassandra plans to obtain a PhD in Media Studies in order to prepare her for publication and a lifelong career as a research professor. In her spare time she enjoys creating nail art, reading fashion magazines, listening to Latin Freestyle music, and traveling.
M.M. Candidate, Music
M.S. Candidate, Biology
Amaia Sofia Skerritt-Perta
M.A. Candidate, Psychology
Amaia is a second-year graduate student working toward a master's degree in Forensic Psychology. Her main areas of research are eye witness testimony and memory. She grew up in rural Vermont and earned her B.A. from Bard College in New York, where she studied theater and performance before moving to New York City and founding a theater company. In addition to her work at Cal State LA, she is currently an intern at a mental health clinic in Hollywood and the producer/host of a psychology podcast called Psychologia.
M.A. Candidate, History
Aeden is finishing her last class for a master's degree in History. Her specialty is Class/Social History with focuses on American history between the 19th and 20th centuries; on Latin American history, especially Mexico and the Porfiriato period; and on South/East Asian history especially China and the Cultural Revolution. Social justice is of utmost importance to her as she researches the historical trajectory of single payer universal health care and hopes to work as an advocate for health care reform. Aeden received her B.A. from CSUN in English Literature with an emphasis on historical time periods and texts. She hopes to work as an adjunct professor or as an advocate for social justice in most any capacity. Her hobbies are trekking, camping, food, music, biking, reading, and most outdoor activities.
M.A. Candidate, Anthropology
Natalie is a second-year graduate student in the Anthropology department. She looks at cultures from a historical and sociocultural point of view and helps to interpret their stories in a way that might be beneficial to the world today. Her current research involves examining her time spent collecting data in Alaska and she aims to eventually pursue a PhD. Natalie received her B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in English Literature in 2008, where she worked as a writing center consultant. In addition to her work at Cal State LA, she freelances as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, is an AirBnB host, and enjoys playing guitar and banjo.
M.S. Candidate, Criminalistics
Naomi is a first-year graduate student in the Criminalistics program at Cal State LA. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, completing her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California and earning a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Forensics and Criminality. Aside from being a thesis reviewer, she is also currently a graduate assistant for the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics and is always pursuing volunteer opportunities at local crime labs. Becoming a criminalist is her lifelong dream. Her other interests include football (NFL and college), everything Harry Potter, and corgis.