Faculty / Staff

Faculty (Tenured, Tenure-Line)

 Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal
Dolores Delgado Bernal
Department Chair
Phone/Ext:
323-343-2190

Office: King Hall C4069

Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal earned her Ph.D. from UCLA as a first-generation college student. Her scholarship draws from critical race studies, Chicana feminist methodologies, and educational studies to investigate educational (in)equity, Latinx educational pathways, feminista pedagogies, and different forms of resistance. Her co-authored and co-edited books include: Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students: A Critical Race Feminista Praxis (2017), Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (2015), and Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006).  She is an affiliated faculty with the Charter College of Education. Some of her awards include American Educational Research Association Distinguished Scholar Award, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Tortuga Outstanding Scholar Award, and Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick Bell Legacy Award. Her biggest award is being mamá to three teenage boys.

 

 

Ester E. Hernández
Ester E. Hernández
Associate Chair
Phone/Ext:
323-343 - 5349

Office: King Hall C-4035

Dr. Ester E. Hernádez earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at UC Irvine and joined CSULA's Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies in 2002. She has published on Salvadoran migration and remittances in social science journals such as the Journal of American Ethnic History and Economy & Society.  She received a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, 2003-2004, CSULA on the theme of "Families and Belonging in the Multi-ethnic Metropolis."  Born in El Salvador, she is on the board of directors of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and is the co-editor of the anthology U.S. Central Americans:  Reconstructing Memories, Struggles and Communities of Resistance (University of Arizona Press) about 1.5 and second generation Centroamericanas/os and U.S. Central Americans.  Her current research is linked to immigrant rights, economic development and cultures of memory.

Valerie Talavera-Bustillos
Valerie Talavera-Bustillos
Professor
Phone/Ext:
3 - 2197

Office: King Hall B-3023

Professor Talavera-Bustillos is a fourth-generation Chicana and a first-generation college student from South Gate.  She graduated from Pius X High School, attended UC Irvine, and received her doctorate in 1998 from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, mentored by Professor Daniel G. Solórzano. She began teaching Chicano Studies in 1999 as an adjunct and joined the faculty in 2003.  Another mentor, Professor Rita Ledesma guided her passion for teaching and supporting students. Professor Talavera-Bustillos is a full professor and served as Summer Department Chair from 2014-2016 and was Interim Department Chair in 2016. She was the director of two mentorship programs and Chair of the Chicano/Latino faculty advocacy group in 2017. She brings her personal experiences and academic training to her teaching to help students become critical thinkers, develop as scholars-in-training, and serve our community now and after they graduate.

Jose Anguiano
Jose Anguiano
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
343-5960

Office Location: King Hall D1052A

Dr. José G. Anguiano earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 as part of the first cohort of Chicana and Chicano Studies PhDs in the nation. His research is in the areas of: Chicana/o and Latina/o popular music and culture; sound and listening studies; and music, race and citizenship. His primary focus is listeners and audiences of popular music. Dr. Anguiano’s research documents how popular music links communities of listeners across time and space, and how listening can be an active and creative form of claiming space, citizenship and respect. This research has led to a book project tentatively titled Latino Listening Cultures, which is an ethnographic account of select contemporary Latino listeners in the Southern California region. Dr. Anguiano teaches courses for Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and the Honor's College in literature, music and sound in Chicana/o and Latina/o communities.

 

Alejandro Covarrubias
Alejandro Covarrubias
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
3-2987

Dr. Alejandro Covarrubias earned his PhD at UCLA and joined the Department of Chicanx and Latinx Studies in 2008. His praxis confronts persistent and pervasive patriarchal, White-supremacist colonialism in American institutions, policies, and practices. Dr. Covarrubias studies intersectional institutionalization of educational (in)opportunities, with a focus on the experiences of refusal and resistance by high school Push-Outs, the policies that lead to removal, displacement, criminalization, and commodification/elimination of indigenous brown bodies, and the community-based places that reengage Pushouts in alternative educational projects. He was a 2017-2018 Fellow for the Public Good at CSULA and has published in Race, Ethnicity, and EducationUrban EducationTeachers College RecordJournal of Latinos and Education, anthologies focusing on critical race quantitative methodologies and Chicanx resistance, and in other venues. Working in community with PushOuts, Alejandro founded LA CAUSA and INSPIRE in East LA and Watts, respectively.

Lecturers

Leda Ramos
Leda Ramos
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Leda Ramos earned her M.F.A. from Rutger's University and teaches Chicanx Latinx art, film and visual culture.  Research includes feminist social movements, political graphics and cultural memory, including the Central American Memoria Historica Archive at Cal State LA. In 2018, she participated in the International Zapatista Women’s Convocation in Chiapas. She was a member of the collective ADOBE LA (Architects, Artists and Designers Opening Up the Border Edge of Los Angeles) and co-edited the book, Izote Vos:  A Collection of Salvadoran American Writing and Visual Art. Her social art practice is featured in Space, Site and Intervention: Situating Installation Art published by Minnesota Press and Hidden Labor: History of the Garment Industry, Common Threads Artists. She developed education programming at CARECEN, Museum of Contemporary Art – LA (MOCA) and was a College Art Association Fellow at The Getty Research Institute-LA.as Subject.

 

 

Nora Cisnernos, PhD.
Nora Cisneros
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. Nora Alba Cisneros received her Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors degrees from UCLA. Professor Cisneros specializes in Chicana and Indigenous Feminist Pedagogies, Critical Race Theories in Education, Writing, and Adolescent Psychology. Proudly raised by padres Mexicanos in Inglewood, Professor Cisneros researches how Indigenous and Chicana/Latina youth are engaged as writers to create more just education policies, more meaningful social movements, and ultimately more empowered ways of living while refusing settler colonialism and heteropatriarchy. As a founding member of the Mothers of Color in Academia (MOCA) collective, Professor Cisneros is a strong advocate for students with dependents. Her writing has been featured in The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, in Chicana M(other)work Anthology (forthcoming, University of Arizona Press) and in The Huffington Post. She lives in Compton and adores family time, cafecito and vintage sci-fi. 

 

 

Michelle L. Lopez
Michelle L. Lopez
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Michelle L. Lopez is a Cal State LA alumna earning both her M.A. and her M.F.A. from the institution. In 2014, she joined the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Department as a lecturer. She is an educator, artist, curator, grant writer, community organizer, and mom. The focus of her research is in pre-Columbian and contemporary cultural studies and different forms of activism. Michelle serves as the finance director for the artivist (artist and activist) organization Mujeres de Maiz, and she also works with the Boyle Heights arts organization Self Help Graphics & Art. Her most recent work in fall 2018 includes co-curating the exhibition, Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art at the Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery. 

 

Lauren Arenson
Lauren Arenson
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. Lauren Arenson completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Intercultural Education. In addition to her years of teaching at Pasadena City College and CSULA, she has worked at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and the Los Angeles Zoo. Dr. Arenson also currently teaches in the CSULA Department of Anthropology. She has worked on three textbooks and an online lab manual in Physical Anthropology. She was awarded the Ralph Story Service Award for significant contributions to the college, to the community, and to the field of education. As a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, her research interests focus on climate change and issues of diversity, health inequities and environmental justice.

Daniel M. Estrada
Daniel M. Estrada
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. Daniel M. Estrada received his doctoral degree in Government, emphasizing International Relations and Political Theory, at the Claremont Graduate University. He was an Assistant Professor at Washington State University and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center.  Dr. Estrada, previously researched Pacific Northwest Chicano political organizations and Mexican origin populations. One of his articles, Chicanos in the Northwest and Midwest United States: A History of Cultural and Political Commonality, was co-published with Dr. Richard Santillan in Perspectives in Mexican American StudiesWith nineteen years as a Los Angeles County probation officer, Dr. Estrada has edited a book on California’s gang enhancement laws, and he is editing a second book on this topic.  He is currently writing case studies on California’s Voting Rights Act and on California immigration issues and the state’s conflicts with federal immigration policy.

 

 

 

Jorge N. Leal
Jorge N. Leal
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
302190

Jorge N. Leal is an urban and cultural historian whose research focuses on how youth culture producers and participants have reshaped the urban space in transnational Latina/o communities within and beyond South East Los Angeles (S.E.L.A.) Leal first wrote about the S.E.L.A. communities as a journalist assigned to cover Los Angeles politics and Latina/o culture for publications in Southern California, Mexico, and Spain. Professor Leal holds a Masters in History from CSUN, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego. Prof. Leal is a publicly engaged scholar who curates The Rock Archivo LÁ, an online repository that collects, shares, and examines youth cultures ephemera. As a lecturer for the CLS Department, Professor Leal teaches lower and upper division courses on race, class, gender, and cultural production with emphasis on relational and transnational historical perspectives.

 

Arturo Zepeda
Arturo Zepeda
lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

I received my BA degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in Central American Studies. II completed my first MA degree in Chicana/o Studies and I am currently finishing my second MA in History. My area of interest is in ethnic politics, grassroots organizing, and social movements in Latin America. My research focuses on migration, barrio activism, and the transnational experience of Chicana/os and Latina/os in the United States. I use ethnography, oral history, and community pedagogy in my style of teaching as well as in my research. Prior to committing myself to teaching, I was a community organizer with day laborers who taught me the spirit of lucha.

During my free time, I enjoy traveling, watching foreign films, and being with my daughter.             

Omar G. Ramirez
Omar G. Ramirez
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Omar G. Ramirez’s methodology is rooted in Chicanx art, specifically the intersection of art in public spaces and community transformation. He uses a Restorative Cultural Arts Practice holding space for collaboration, participation, and engagement. It’s a process that facilitates and encourages transformation, cultural perpetuity, and the use of historical/cultural knowledge. It provides a critique of social oppression and a pathway toward social, economic, and environmental justice for participants and audience. The process emphasizes creative problem-solving and promotes collaborative solution practices. As a practitioner, teaching artist, and creative strategist his work focuses on a process that defuses focus on object monetization and engages through dynamic interactions addressing the social and emotional needs of participants and audiences. Ramirez has been facilitating, participating, and collaborating for over 20 years in community spaces, educational institutions, and with incarcerated populations. 

 

 

"Sonny" Richard E. Espinoza
"Sonny" Richard E. Espinoza
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. “Sonny” Richard E. Espinoza has taught in the field of Chicana/o Studies for more than 15 years at institutions such as UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, UC Irvine, and Cal State LA.  At Cal State LA, he also teaches in the Department of TV & Film and the Department of Liberal Studies.  He is a passionate educator, scholar, activist, and father, whose research interests include race & mass media, Chicano media, third world cinema, Mexican cinema, American film & television history, and the use of digital media in the service of social justice.  His teaching pedagogy consists of the application of critical race theory to the interrogation of mass media for the purpose of developing media literacy and conscientization.  He has also taught community engagement courses in the Los Angeles Boyle Heights District, where CSULA students and local youth have collaborated to create media to address social justice and community health issues.  He has collaborated with organizations such as the Eastside Heritage Consortium (EHC) and the Los Angeles Conservancy (LAC) to host walking tours of the East Los Angeles community that address its rich cultural and political history and to moderate panel discussions on the legacy of the Chicano Moratorium movement.  He is a veteran videographer of the anti-war and immigrant rights movements of the early 21st century, and is currently an advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and Native American sovereignty. 

Dr. Espinoza received his doctoral degree in Critical Studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and has published on Latinos in Hollywood and Mexican comedic icons Cantinflas and Tin Tan.  His current research focuses on the visual documentation of the Chicano Moratorium movement.

Lani Cupchoy
Lani Cupchoy
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

A public historian-artist-photographer-filmmaker, Dr. Lani Cupchoy earned her B.A. from UCLA, M.A. from California State LA, and PhD. from UC Irvine.  Her research focuses on public culture, oral history, gender, and community engagement, particularly through social and cultural expressions by people of color.  She has authored several publications including “Fragments of Memory” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2010: 35 and “Breaking the University Myth,” Diálogo, 21:2, 2018.  Her article, which appeared in Yes! Magazine, captures the story of Bell Gardens Elementary school teacher Leslie Hiatt and her students who inspired Assemblymember Cristina Garcias’ AB 146 into a law requiring that the unconstitutional deportation of Mexican-Americans during the 1930s be included in California textbooks.  Focusing on Hiatt and her students, Lani’s latest documentary, Truthseekers illuminates the power of youth activism, community engagement, and ethnic studies.

Olga A. Garcia
Olga A. Garcia
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Olga García Echeverría, M.F.A., is a Chicana creative writer and instructor of language arts. During the past 20 years, she has worked with a wide variety of students, from immigrant adults to K-12 and college students. At the college level, she has taught English Composition, Poetry, Literature, and Creative Writing. Olga is the author of Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas. Her essays and poems have appeared in publications such as Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words, U.S. Latino Literature Today, Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language, Los Angeles Water Works: Histories of Water and Place, Wonder & Awe, The Sun Magazine, Bird Float, Tree Song: Collaborative Poems by Los Angeles Poets. In 2013, she was selected by A Room of Her Own (AROHO) as the Touching Lives Fellow, given to women writers who have demonstrated significant contributions to students. In the spring of 2015, she was a finalist for AROHO’s Orlando Literary Prize in the genre of Creative Non-fiction. Olga has shared her cucaracha-obsessed-Spanglish poesía with live audiences in communities, libraries, and bookstores throughout the Southwest, in Nueva York, Minneapolis, North Carolina, Mexico City, Cuba, and France. Currently she teaches Modern Mexican Literature at Cal State LA and creative writing to 5th graders in the Los Angeles area. She also writes for La Bloga, a collective Latino blog site that focuses on art, literature, and community. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso, and an honorary degree in code-switching from La Universidad Autónoma de Lenguas Desbordadas.

Helen Burgos Ellis
Helen Burgos Ellis
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. Helen Burgos-Ellis earned a Ph.D. (Art History) and an M.A. (Latin American Studies) at UCLA, where her training included Latin American art, literature, and history (pre-Columbian to modern). In 2011–12 she received a Fulbright-Hays/IIE Fellowship, funded by the Mellon Foundation, to conduct archival, museum, and field research in indigenous communities throughout Mexico. That work produced the book Aztec Science: Plant Sexuality and the Domestication of Maize in the Codex Borgia (University Press of Colorado), which she is currently editing. The book relates the scientific literature on maize to analyze Late-Postclassic (ca. 1250–1521) artifacts bearing images and glyphs referencing plants to argue that these evoke pollination, plant sexuality, and maize’s origin from a common grass. She publishes articles in pre-Columbian and early-colonial art and teaches courses about the cultural experience of indigenous and Latinx peoples throughout the Americas.

 

Daniel Topete
Daniel Topete
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Daniel Topete is a Chicanx Studies scholar. He received a Ph.D. in American Studies in 2016 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He also received a Bachelors and Masters in Chicano Studies from Cal State LA in 2006 and 2009, and wrote a Master’s thesis titled Undocumented Music: Belonging and Citizenship through Los Angeles based Hip-hop. His work focuses on artivism, Chicana/o Latina/o education, construction of the Nation, assimilation, Chicanx social movements, and gender performance. He taught in American Studies and Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota from 2009 to 2015 and began teaching at Cal State LA in Fall 2015. His dissertation is titled Taking Back Mi Lengua: Spanish Rock, Space, and Authenticity in Chicana/o Barrios & Academia, and he is currently working on the manuscript, ‘Nunca Me Voy A Transformar En Ti:’ Negotiations of Mexican Nationalism in Chicana/Chicano Identity.

Rudy Casarez
Rudy Casarez, MA
Lecturer
Phone/Ext:
3-1290

I am an American born Mexican who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Seeing education as the most direct avenue to improve upward mobility, I focused on the educational success and failures of minorities from underprivileged communities like my own. I set the personal goal of trying to uplift my community by giving back and challenging discrimination and prejudice. I Mastered in Chicano Studies at CSUN, and Mastered in Communication Studies at Cal State LA. I have been a professor for ten years and teach regularly in the Los Angeles Community College District, and at my alma matter Cal State LA. My hobbies include fishing, camping, boxing, mechanics, and enjoying leisurely time with friends and family when I am not busying myself with strategies of empowerment for the community from which I claim membership. Personal goals of mine include preparing my students for success in college and university, and raising the graduation/transfer rate of college/university students. My philosophy is based upon the idea that leadership is the sum of those qualities that enable a person to inspire and to lead a group of people successfully and that the core values of leadership do not change.  In short, I am committed to forming leaders from underprivileged communities that will want to make more of a difference, will foster change, build community, take action, communicate vision, understand responsibility, embrace sound ethical direction and decisions for themselves and others when necessary.

 

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Emeriti

Francisco E. Balderrama
Francisco E. Balderrama
Professor Emeritus
Phone/Ext:
3 - 2987

Office: King Hall C-3059


Website: www.calstatela.edu/faculty/fbalder/

Roberto Cantú
Roberto Cantú
Professor Emeritus
Phone/Ext:
3 - 2195

Office: King Hall B-3023

I was born in Guadalajara, México, but grew up in Tijuana, thus on the crossroads of the Mexico-U.S. border. I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Diego State University, a campus that honored me in 1975 with a Distinguished Alumni Award. My studies at UCLA led to a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, with a doctoral dissertation on Mexican historian Edmundo O’Gorman. My dissertation was written under the direction of Argentine philosopher Aníbal Sánchez-Reulet, a former student of Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. I began teaching in the Department of Chicano Studies in the fall 1974 on a part-time basis, and joined the Chicano Studies faculty in 1976 as assistant professor and Acting Department Chair. In 1994 I began my joint appointment in the English Department. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in literature (Chicano, European, Latin American, Mesoamerican, Mexican), and have directed numerous master’s theses in both departments. My courses generally have an emphasis on the novel, short fiction, the essay, and on narrative myths (when Mesoamerican).

Teaching at Cal State L.A. for more than 40 years has been a most rewarding experience in my life. I have worked with colleagues, staff, and students on various international conferences; founded the Chicano Studies Publications Center (1976-1984), with two journals (Campo Libre and Escolios). I have also produced plays on campus (Bodas de sangre, by Federico García Lorca; and Bless Me, Ultima, a play adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima). As project director of the annual Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conferences, I have organized with fellow colleagues conferences on Mesoamerica, Octavio Paz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Carlos Fuentes and, most recently, on Rudolfo Anaya, Mariano Azuela, and Américo Paredes. My publications range from book reviews and articles to books on Chicano and Mexican writers, as well as on Mesoamerican civilization and on humanism, critique, and modernity (for more specific information, visit my additional website [see below]).  I have been very lucky: Cal State L.A. has honored me with an Outstanding Professor Award (1990), and with the President’s Distinguished Professor Award (2010).       

For more specific information, visit my additonal website  www.robertocantucv.blogspot.com.

David Diaz
David Diaz
Professor Emeritus

Office: FA - 230

Professor David Diaz retired from the department 2015
Dr. Diaz is an expert in both urban planning and environmental impact analysis. His research interest focus on the intersections of ethnicity and class in relation to federal and local redevelopment policy. He works with community based non-profit groups in relation to urban policy and gang intervention programs. Dr. Diaz obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from UCLA. He is a contributing columnist to La Opinion, Los Angeles’ leading Spanish language newspaper.

Dr. Diaz is the author of, Barrio Urbanism Routledge, 2005, a pioneering project linking conventional urban policy issues, conflicts between the planning profession and Chicanas/os, and the historical urbanization of Chicanas/os in the Southwest.  Dr. Diaz is also developing a field research project in the community of Lincoln Heights focusing on the cross-cultural issues related to the significant in-migration of working class Asians into a traditional Chicana/o barrio.

Louis R. Negrete
Louis R. Negrete
Professor Emeritus
Phone/Ext:
3-2190

Dr. Louis R. Negrete joined the Mexican American Studies Program in 1969, thus becoming one of the founding faculty of the Department of Chicano Studies. He served several terms as Department Chair and was principal academic adviser for most of his tenure on campus. He wrote the first department academic programs with general and teacher options, and also wrote the Master of Arts Degree program in Mexican American Studies.

Dr. Negrete taught undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. His students were encouraged to evaluate academic theory based on their own experience and observation, and to explore ways to create democracy in local neighborhoods and to learn skills for community organizing. He served as principal academic adviser of several M.A. thesis projects.

Dr. Negrete published articles in the Journal of Comparative Cultures, La Causa Política: A Chicano Politics Reader, Borderlands Journal, Aztlán Journal, and in Contemporary Sociology. In addition, he published articles in newspapers such as Los Angeles Times, La Opiniόn, and the Los Angeles Business Journal, and presented papers at professional and community conferences, including interviews for radio and television.

In 1993 he was the recipient of the Campaign For Human Development Empowerment award. This is the highest award given annually from the Office of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to an individual whose life and work embodies action towards empowerment of the poor and commitment to institutional change that breaks cycles of poverty. Dr. Negrete also served as an officer of the campus California Faculty Association (CFA). The CSULA Alumni Association honored Dr. Negrete with the Distinguished Faculty Alumnus Award in 2000.

Dr. Negrete retired in June 2001, but continued to serve Cal State L.A. as a member of the President’s Associates that funds student scholarships, and as Vice President of the CSULA Friends of the Library Advisory Board. In June 2005 he was elected President of the CSULA Emeriti Association, and was also separately elected Delegate-at-Large on the State Council of the CSU Emeriti And Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA) through 2008. Based on his faculty leadership and experiences at Cal State L.A., and direct participation in community service, Dr. Negrete published a book titled Chicano Homeland: The Movement in East Los Angeles for Mexican American Power, Justice and Equality (2016).   

 

Staff

Velia Murillo
Velia Murillo
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
3 - 2190

Office: King Hall C-4069