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Cal State L.A. Faculty and Students Research
Topics of Gender and Sexualities
Los Angeles, CA -- Faculty members and students at California State University, Los Angeles are currently engaged in research projects that study gender and sexuality through a special program funded by the UniversityÂs Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (CSGS). The CSGS is part of Cal State L.A.Âs new Integrated Humanities Center.
Beth Baker-Cristales (Tujunga resident), an assistant professor of anthropology, is researching ÂGender, Agency, and Equity in Central American Hometown Associations.Â Melina Abdullah (Los Angeles resident), assistant professor of Pan-African Studies, and Kimberly King (Los Angeles resident), assistant professor of psychology, are working on a joint project, ÂMotivating Factors and Organizing Models for Anti-Poverty Activism among Poor Women and Men of Color: An Ethnographic Study.Â These faculty members were awarded release time under the Faculty Grant Writing program and given stipends to support a student research assistant. Additionally, Connie Corley (South Pasadena resident), professor of social work, was awarded research assistance for her project, ÂWomen and Aging.Â
Five stipends were also awarded for individual research through a competitive application process open to graduate students and upper-division undergraduates. Winners were: Courtney E.J. Bates (graduate student, communications) for her research project, ÂRepresentations of Queerness in Blaxploitation FilmsÂ; Paula Garcia (graduate student, Chicano Studies) for her thesis project, ÂRebellious Voices: Mexicana/Chicana Singer in La Cancion RancheraÂ; Christine Hickerson (graduate student, history) for work on her thesis, ÂEngendering Famine: Women in the North Korean FamineÂ; Andrew Lau (undergraduate senior, psychology) for his work on ÂInvestigating Modern Homophobia: The Role of Implicit AttitudesÂ; and Monica Rodriguez (graduate student, anthropology) for her thesis work, ÂWomenÂs Motivations to Use Preventative Health Care Services in Los Angeles County.Â
The CenterÂs mission is to provide support for scholars, teachers, students, and community partners who investigate gender and sexuality, in particular, work that bridges the diverse communities represented at Cal State L.A. and its surrounding area. As a multi-ethnic, federally-designated Hispanic-serving university, Cal State L.A. is uniquely positioned to explore these subjects, particularly as they intersect issues or race, class, nationality and culture. The UniversityÂs diverse cultural climate manifests different representations of gender, the study of which can lead to new opportunities for communication and understanding.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu
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