csula-y2k history experts



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PEOPLE: Blast to the Past --- As the turn of a century draws closer, stories reflecting the past and forcasting the future will be of interest to the public. Cal State L.A. has experts who can speak on the past 100 years of events, such as the Depression era, the civil rights movement, the fight for women's suffrage, the waves of immigration into the United States, the Mexican railroad labor, and more. Our professors can also offer their perspective on what to anticipate in the next hundred years. Listed below are some of Cal State L.A. faculty members with their areas of expertise.

If you need a quick directory of experts for other breaking news items, go directly to Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A., www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/media/jourpage.htm. The on-line media guide includes 360 faculty experts from Cal State L.A. who are available and willing to speak to the media.

For assistance, contact the Cal State L.A. Office of Publications/Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.

John M. Allswang
Professor of History; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Twentieth century U.S. history, American and California politics and ethnic relations are among Dr. Allswang's areas of expertise. He is the author of several books on politics, including California Initiatives and Referendums, The New Deal and American Politics and Bosses, Machines & Urban Voters.

Francisco E. Balderrama
Professor of Chicano Studies; Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

The 20th century history of the Mexican in the United States, Mexican immigration and the American Southwest are among Professor Balderrama's areas of expertise. He was recently presented an award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the study of Human Rights in North America for his book, coauthored with Raymond Rodriguez, on the subject of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s.

Neil Garston
Professor of Economics and Statistics; Ph.D., Brown University

Dr. Garston's research interests are in the areas of regulation, macroeconomics and bureaucracy. In regulation, he has written on the dynamic effects of rate-of-return and operating-ratio regulatory regimes. In the area of macroeconomics, he has written on the effectiveness of economic policy in controlling interest rates, unemployment and inflation, and on the relevance of the rational-expectations hypothesis. He is currently writing on the role, behavior and significance of bureaucratic organizations, on voucher-based policies and on affirmative action.

Ali Modarres
Professor of Geography and the associate director for the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.; Ph.D., University of Arizona

Born in Iran, Dr. Modarres' expertise is in urban geography and ethnic community development in the U.S., as well as Geographical Information Systems. His most recent book, The Racial and Ethnic Structure of Los Angeles: A Geographic Guide, published by the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., uses 1990 and 1980 census data to portray changes in the demography and cultural landscape of L.A. County.

ChorSwang Ngin
Associate Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., UC Davis

Dr. Ngin specializes in Asian and Asian-American studies, comparative ethnic studies and Southeast Asia. Her research interests in women's studies encompasses "racialized" perspective of women's studies, women and economic development, and Third World feminism--as well as research methodology, including postmodernist, "borderland" and "gendered" perspectives, oral history and ethnographic studies. She is currently doing a study on Vietnamese "boat" people. Dr. Ngin acts as a consultant for the RAND Corporation on issues involving cultural beliefs, Islamic laws on inheritance, living arrangements among Malays, and Chinese and Indians in Malaysia. In addition, Dr. Ngin was a resettlement and social adjustment consultant for the World Bank in Washington D.C. She is the author of numerous publications.

Fluent in: Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Malay and Taiwanese.

Martin Schiesl
Professor of History; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Los Angeles history and politics and Government in the 20th century are two areas of Dr. Schiesl's expertise. He is the author of The Politics of Efficiency: Municipal Administration and Reform in America, 1880-1920. Dr. Schiesl has co-edited 20th Century Los Angeles, a book on Los Angeles politics and government.

Lael Sorensen
Professor of History; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Sorensen specializes in the study of Medieval Europe, Great Britain, and Early Modern Europe. She has also done research on the history of the legal system. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University and Yale University Law School before joining the faculty at Cal State L.A. in 1993. In the upcoming winter quarter, she will be offering a history course on the year 1000, better known as the "first millennium."

Carole Srole
Associate Professor of History; Ph.D., UCLA

Frequently published, Dr. Srole is the author of "A Blessing to Mankind, and Especially to Womankind: The Typewriter and the Feminization of Clerical Work" in Transformations: Women, Work and Technology. As an expert in women's studies, she has given countless presentations on Women's Culture in American Society and is the faculty organizer of the Cal State L.A. Women's History Month events. She was a recipient of the Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Award for 1994-95.

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