LAB Los Angeles-Based Symposium Speakers



Kim Costino

Kimberly Costino is Professor of English and Director of Quarter to Semester Transformation (Q2ST) at CSU, San Bernardino. Prior to her appointment as Q2ST Director, Kim served as the Director of CSUSB's Teaching Resource Center (TRC) and as Composition Coordinator for the English Department and for the CSU English Council; she played a leadership role in developing and implementing CSUSB’s First-Year Writing “Stretch” Program and directed the pilot of CSUSB’s “Gateway” first-year experience program. She also currently serves on her campus’ GE Taskforce and as the Co-Director of the California Community College Success Network’s (3CSN’s) “Threshold Project,” a community of practice dedicated to bringing community college and university faculty colleagues together to re-envision the alignment of our curriculum and pedagogy through a focus on discipline-specific “threshold concepts” and a rethinking of general education courses as introductions to disciplinary habits of mind.  Kim has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Composition and Literacy Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her research interests include literacy, composition, cultural studies, and critical race theory; she is particularly interested in the politics of language, the relationship between language and identity, and issues of access to higher education.  



Temporary imageNika Hogan is Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College (PCC) and the Reading Apprenticeship College Coordinator for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd (SLI). She currently coordinates the Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network, funded by the Helmsley Trust. In addition, she co-directs two statewide Communities of Practice for the California Community College Success Initiative (3CSN): the Reading Apprenticeship Project (with Ann Foster) and the Threshold Project (with Kim Costino). Her work is focused on developing pedagogical, curricular, and institutional approaches and structures that will maximize the retention and success of all students. She has been involved in many learning communities through PCC’s Teaching and Learning Center and helped to develop the First Year Pathways program, which was awarded the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Award for a Student Success Initiative. She has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Multiethnic U.S. Literatures from the University of Massachusetts.




Allison MattheisAllison Mattheis joined the Cal State LA faculty in 2013 and teaches in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, M.A. in Educational Foundations, and B.A. in Urban Learning degree programs in the Charter College of Education. She is a former secondary school science teacher and holds a K-12 Principal's License (administrative credential) from the state of Minnesota. Her research interests include sociocultural analysis of policy and the exploration of educational cultures and climates, using ethnographic qualitative approaches as well as interdisciplinary mixed methods. Her work as an educator is driven by a commitment to creating inclusive learning environments that value diversity and promote equity for all students.




Allison Mattheis

Stephen Mulherin has been a member of the Geosciences and Environment Department at California State University Los Angeles since 2000.  He holds degrees in Geography and teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including Cultural, Political and Urban Geography, as well as graduate seminars in Urban Geography. His research interests include Geographic Education and Urban Geography. Spreading spatial awareness, or understanding how and why human activity varies across space, is the primary motivation for his teaching and research activities.










Ralph Sonensheom - Director

Raphael J. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles.  Previously, he was Chair of the Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice at CSU Fullerton.  He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. He is the author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government.  Dr. Sonenshein served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles (Appointed) Charter Reform Commission. He served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission. He was Best Educator and Distinguished College Faculty Member at CSUF. He received a Wang Family Excellence Award. He was the first winner of the campus wide Carol Barnes Award for Teaching Excellence and one of two co-winners of the Haynes Foundation Research Impact award.   He was the fall 2008 Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Paris 8.