Dean of Graduate Studies

Karin Elliott Brown
Karin Elliott Brown, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Karin Elliott Brown currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for three years, Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA for five years, Director of the BA in Social Work program for six years, and as a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience within the field of social work as an educator and practitioner. Her practice experience has been in public child welfare and medical social work. 

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Professional Staff

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Andrew Chavez, M.A.
WSCUC (WASC) Staff Support

Andrew is a recent M.A. graduate from Cal State LA’s Department of Psychology, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He examines issues in multicultural psychology from social and counseling psychology perspectives and his research focuses on the relationships between social identities, discrimination, and academic-related variables. He has served multiple roles in the Office of Graduate Studies since March 2015. Currently, he provides administrative support to the different committees and teams who are working on WSCUC accreditation, program review, and assessment.

Jessica Dennis, PhD
Director of Assessment

Dr. Dennis has been a professor at Cal State LA since 2005, where she was also a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct faculty from 2003 to 2005. Her research focuses on development in emerging adulthood with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues in family and peer relationships and the ways in which these relationships impact academic and psychosocial outcomes.

Andrea Gutierrez
Andrea Gutierrez, MFA
Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center

Andrea is a seasoned higher education professional and college instructor. She has worked with undergraduates and graduates at colleges and universities throughout California, including the Claremont Colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, and now Cal State LA. She earned a B.A. in German Studies at Scripps College in Claremont and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Riverside. In her spare time, she plays soccer and softball, bikes, gardens, takes photos, and writes essays, poems, and plays.

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Veronica Ramirez, B.S.
Office Manager

Veronica has worked at all levels of education since 2000, having worked at USC, USC Head Start, Long Beach Day Nursery, and California State Preschool Program before coming to Cal State LA. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services and Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently researching potential master's degree programs. She is a parent advocate and enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Graduate Student Assistants

Francesca Campos
Graduate Student Assistant & M.S. Candidate, Counseling
Mariah Carrasco
Graduate Student Assistant & M.S. candidate, Counseling

Mariah is a second-year graduate student earning the Master of Science in Counseling with an option in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Higher Education and Career Counseling certificate. She is passionate about serving vulnerable communities and populations such as the homeless, individuals who are undocumented, persons with disabilities, and more. Though Mariah is still navigating what kind of counselor she wants to be, she finds that navigating is the exciting part; she gets to learn more about her options, the people she is passionate about, and how to grow as a future professional. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones, exploring the outdoors, and watching movies.

Writing Consultants, Spring 2018 (Student Staff)

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Hazina Cain-Houston
Writing Consultant & M.S. candidate, Economics

Hazina is a graduate student studying Financial Economics in the College of Business and Economics. While working towards her B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in International Economics from the University of Alabama, she discovered an interest in econometrics and big data, particularly in the analysis of data to study human behavior. Her studies center on the facilitation and improvement of international relations between companies via cultural sensitivity and language training of employees. She also volunteers as an interpreter for new immigrants in downtown Los Angeles, and aims to use her enjoyment of languages to further her translation business. Her hobbies include finding new recipes to try, drawing what she sees in everyday life, and traveling and experiencing different lifestyles.

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Angela Gee
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, Sociology

Angela ("Angie") is a non-traditional graduate student in the field of Sociology. She returned to school after a 30-year hiatus and received her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Diversity and a minor in Philosophy from Cal State LA in the spring of 2014. Her research interests center around equality and equity for all and human rights issues. Her thesis will be based loosely on the “HeForShe” campaign that focuses on men’s perspective of equality and equity for women. Angela is uncertain if a PhD is in her future. Her other interests and hobbies include animal rights, reading, and writing.

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Marcel Young
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, Anthropology

Marcel Young is a graduate student in Anthropology specializing in Archaeology. He attended California State University, Long Beach, earning a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Native American Cultures. A few of his scholarly pursuits include aboriginal shell and lithic technologic industries, complex social organization in ancient societies, and participating in the California Coastal and Island Research Program. Closely working with local Indigenous groups in legal repatriation cases, Marcel has advocated on their behalf at professional conferences where he has presented about ethics and other related issues surrounding the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. As a wilderness enthusiast and backpacker who enjoys adventures into National Forests and Parks, Marcel is planning his next excursion.

Thesis Reviewers, Spring 2018 (Student Staff)

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Claudia Camacho-Trejo
Thesis Reviewer & M.A. candidate, Anthropology

Claudia was born in Mexico City and moved to California in 2001. She is a third-year graduate student in Anthropology, with a focus on Mesoamerican Archaeology. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from East Los Angeles Community College and her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Mesoamerican studies from Cal State LA. As a graduate student, Claudia has had the opportunity to volunteer and work in an interdisciplinary setting allowing her to work in conservation and on archaeological projects in Mexico and California. She is currently working on her master's thesis proposal research specializing in the ancient stone tool and its ritual use and context in the Mexica precinct of Tenochtitlan, Templo Mayor. In the next upcoming year, Claudia wishes to complete her theses and apply to a PhD program with a focus in Archaeology. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums, reading, knapping stones, and traveling.

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Cinthia Campos
Thesis Reviewer & M.A. candidate, Anthropology

Cinthia is a graduate student in the Archaeology track of Anthropology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Monterey Bay, where she discovered her passion for archaeology while excavating California Missions. Her interests lie in the study of Mesoamerica, in particular that of her ancient ancestors, the Tarascans of West Mexico. As a member of Dr. James Brady’s Mesoamerican Cave Archaeology Research Program, she has participated in international excavations and interdisciplinary research. She plans to focus her future research on archeometry, bioarchaeology, and ethnoarchaeology to better understand the religious significance and function of the sacred landscape in Mesoamerica. Following the completion of her master’s degree, Cinthia hopes to attend a PhD program focused on Mesoamerican archaeology and aspires to become a research professor. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, concerts, museums and exploring new sites.

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Wil Schimmeyer
Thesis Reviewer & M.M. candidate, Music
Natalie Vindivich
Natalie Vindivich
Thesis Reviewer & M.A. Candidate, Anthropology

Natalie is a third-year graduate student in the Anthropology department. She looks at cultures from a historical and sociocultural point of view and helps to interpret their stories in a way that might be beneficial to the world today. Her current research involves examining her time spent collecting data in Alaska and she aims to eventually pursue a PhD. Natalie received her B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in English Literature in 2008, where she worked as a writing center consultant. In addition to her work at Cal State LA, she freelances as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, is an AirBnB host, and enjoys playing guitar and banjo.