Liberal Studies



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R. DeChaine

Robert DeChaine

I come to the Liberal Studies department as an alumnus of CSULA, and I’m happy to call this campus my second home. I teach each of the Liberal Studies core courses, as well as courses in cultural studies, globalization, social movements, community studies, and critical pedagogy. I hold a joint appointment in the Communication Studies department, where I teach courses in rhetorical theory, history, and criticism. I’m also a departmental advisor who’s eager to help students to formulate and realize their goals at CSULA.

As a scholar, I explore the rhetorical and cultural politics of everyday life. I earned my Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the Claremont Graduate University, where I studied rhetoric and public argumentation, critical social theory, human rights, social movement theory, and political philosophy. In 2005, I published a book entitled Global Humanitarianism: NGOs and the Crafting of Community (Lexington Books). In it, I examine how contemporary humanitarian-based nongovernmental organizations attempt to shape understandings of “community” in a globalized world. My recent research has included studies of the Minuteman Movement, public performances of citizenship, and subversive uses of play in everyday life. I’m currently at work on a project that examines physical and symbolic constructions of borders and their social and cultural significance

D. Robert DeChaine, E&T 416, 343-4199, [email protected]

D. Espinoza

Dionne Espinoza

DIONNE ESPINOZA was raised in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and El Monte. She received her B.A. at UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Cornell University in English Language and Literature. At CSULA, she holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Chicano Studies. She teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies curriculum of the Department of Liberal Studies and serves as Coordinator and Advisor of the Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, the Certificate in the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, and the Liberal Studies Major with a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. She is also the Coordinator of GE Upper Division Theme C, Gender in the Diversity of Human Experience.

She has published essays on Chicana/o youth culture, feminism, and the women's participation in the Chicano movement (el movimiento) of the 1960s & 1970s. She is completing a manuscript, Bronze Womanhood: Chicana Activism in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement 1965-1980, which draws upon archival materials and oral history to tell the stories of women's involvement in MEChA, the Brown Berets, Raza Unida Party and the Crusade for Justice. Her current and ongoing research interests include intersectionality in social movement activism and organizations and Chicana/Latina, women of color, and U.S. Third World feminist theories of decolonization and social justice.


Dionne Espinoza, KH C4035, 343-5348, [email protected]

A. Marchevsky

A Marchevsky

Alejandra Marchevsky was born in Argentina and raised in a bilingual, bicultural home on both coasts of the United States.  She holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Marchevsky has published widely on the subjects of Latina immigrants, poverty and social welfare, and globalization and immigrant labor in the Americas. Her book entitled, "Not Working: Latina Immigrants, Low-Wage Jobs, and the Failure of Welfare Reform" was published by New York University Press in 2006, and her writing appears in the Journal of American Studies, the Journal of Sociology and Social Work, and Contemporary Sociology. She is currently at work on two research projects: the first looks at the experiences of low-income single mothers in higher education; the second traces the history of the multi-racial welfare movement in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr Marchevsky has served on the Liberal Studies faculty since 1999, and also teaches courses in Women's and Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Honors College.  Her courses include: "The Myth of the Welfare Queen: Race, Gender and Poverty in the U.S." (offered as LBS 454); "Gender, Sexuality and Migration" (WOMN/LAS/CHS 485); "Race and Rights in Los Angeles" (LBS 490); "Immigrant Labor in California"(LBS 490); and a forthcoming course on "The Politics of Motherhood" (WOMN/LAS 454).  Dr Marchevsky is a founding member of a national network of scholars and community organizers that seeks to expand educational opportunities for low-income mothers, and she also serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Dolores Huerta Labor Studies Center at the Los Angeles Community College District.

Alejandra Marchevsky, E&T 411, 343-5810, [email protected]

P. Sharp

Patrick Sharp

Patrick B. Sharp is Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published extensively on issues related to science, technology, race, and gender. His first book, Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture, was published in 2007 by the University of Oklahoma Press. He has recently co-edited two anthologies: Darwin in Atlantic Cultures was published by Routledge in 2009, and Practicing Science Fiction was released by McFarland in 2010. Dr. Sharp's current book project focuses on representations of gender and warfare in evolutionary narratives. Dr. Sharp has also published articles in journals such as 20th Century Literature, SFRA Review, and Science Fiction Film and Television. He serves on the Editorial Board of Science Fiction Film and Television and is on the Executive Committee of the Science Fiction Research Association.

Dr. Sharp teaches a number of courses at Cal State Los Angeles. He has taught courses on American literature in the English department, as well as a number of interdisciplinary courses in Liberal Studies. Dr. Sharp regularly teaches Liberal Studies 301 (Interdisciplinary Investigation), Liberal Studies 302 (Writing the Interdisciplinary Essay), Liberal Studies 360 (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society), Liberal Studies 386 (Gender in Science), and Liberal Studies 420 (Science, Culture, and Representation). He is currently working on several projects for the campus including redesigning the General Education curriculum, establishing an Early Start program, and developing a new Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.

Web page: /sites/default/files/faculty/psharp
Office: E&T A405
Phone: (323) 343-4100
Email: psharp (at) calstatela (dot) edu

V. Viesca

Victor Viesca

Victor Hugo Viesca is a Los Angeles native who was trained in American Studies at New York University in New York City. His teaching and scholarship draws from the fields of ethnic studies, urban studies, and cultural studies. His work has appeared in the American Quarterly, the British journal Cultural Values, and in a newly published collection of classic and contemporary writings on popular culture titled Popular Culture: A Reader (Sage, 2005). Professor Viesca is also the co-founder of the urban art and skateboard company UN SK8's which provides after-school workshops for middle school youth in Boyle Heights. Victor was recently awarded a UC President's Post-Doctoral Fellowship which he will use to revise his dissertation, “Chicana/o Youth Culture in Post-Industrial Los Angeles: Race, Space, and Migration in the Greater Eastside,” into a book.

Victor Viesca, FA 358, 343-4185, [email protected]

M. Willard

Mike Willard

Michael Willard holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. His teaching, research, and publications focus on popular/youth culture and racial formation in Los Angeles of the past and present. He co-edited Generations of Youth: Youth Cultures and History and Sports Matters: Race, Recreation, and Culture. His articles have appeared in American Quarterly and edited collections on popular culture and American cultural history.

Michael Willard, E&T 416, 343-4135, [email protected]

Y. Lee

Yvonne Lee

Yvonne Lee is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Department of Liberal Studies.

Yvonne Lee, Administrative Coordinator, E&T 405, 323-343-4100, [email protected]