Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section. To share faculty news, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts and Humanities
Salim Faraji, professor of Africana Studies, was featured on a panel hosted by the U.S. Africa Institute and U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa on June 24, 2021. The discussion centered on Juneteenth 2021, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.
Mara Lee Grayson, assistant professor of English, had her poem “Missing Barcelona on Christmas Day in Southern California” published in West Trade Review.
Grayson’s article “To Teach or Not to Teach First-Year Composition: That is the Profession” was published in UC Davis’ Writing on the Edge Journal. She also authored “Information, Identity, and Ideology: Reading toward Racial Literacy in a Composition Classroom,” which was included in Pedagogy.
She was also announced as a 2021 poetry finalist by Slippery Elm literary journal for her poem “Kettle of Fish.”
Mary Talusan Lacanlale, assistant professor of Asian Pacific Studies, was published in Routledge Handbook of Asian Music: Cultural Intersections. Her chapter was titled: “Tradition and Innovation in the Dayunday Courtship Drama of the Magindanao, Muslim Filipinos from the Southern Philippines.”
Lacanlale also gave a lecture for the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies entitled “Indigenous Musical Responses to U.S. Colonization: The Philippine Constabulary Band and the Continuity of Filipino Tradition” on May 19, 2021.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Ann Young, full-time lecturer of Criminal Justice Administration, was featured on a USC-sponsored panel of female law enforcement veterans to discuss women and policing on May 15, 2021. The event focused on Fanchon Blake’s historic class action discrimination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department.
College of Education
Assistant Professors of Education Stephanie Cariaga, Edward Curammeng, and Elexia Reyes McGovern, along with their colleagues, co-authored “A Praxis of Critical Race Love: Toward the Abolition of Cisheteropatriarchy and Toxic Masculinity in Educational Justice Formations.” It was published in Educational Studies, the flagship journal of the American Educational Studies Association. In this conceptual paper, they offer an intersectional framework of a “praxis of critical race love” to highlight cisgendered, heteropatriarchal toxic masculinity often reified in education contexts, and use narratives to demonstrate how they apply a healing-centered praxis within their service, teaching, and research to challenge such harm.
Stephanie Cariaga, assistant professor of education, also co-authored “Social and emotional learning is hegemonic miseducation: students deserve humanization instead,” published in Race Ethnicity and Education. In this article, they posit humanization in place of social and emotional learning (SEL) because SEL’s inadequate analysis of intersecting oppressions justifies existing power relations in communities and schools. In essence, this article examines the pedagogy and psychology of humanization as a viable framework to confront systemically imposed self-hate, divide and conquer, and suboppression if it teaches students knowledge (and love) of self, solidarity, and self-determination.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Terry McGlynn, professor of biology, has been appointed as director of the CSU’s California Desert Studies Consortium. A collaborative of seven southern California CSU campuses (Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, and San Bernardino), the consortium works to advance understanding about desert environments through faculty and student research. The consortium also operate CSU’s Desert Studies Center field station in the Mojave National Preserve. During the appointment, McGlynn would continue to run his research lab on campus.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
Giacomo Bono, associate professor of psychology, was interviewed about how gratitude can shape children’s development, personal relationships, and social skills. The article, “Childhood Illness Inspired This Dad’s Lifelong Interest in the Power of Positive Relationships,” was published by Parent Map.
Thomas Norman, professor of management, was interviewed for the podcast Learning Made Easier. He spoke about building the best applied business administration program in Southern California, and his insights about how to apply that learning both within and beyond the classroom.
“Asians are thorough otherized in American society, which makes discrimination against Asians different from discrimination against Blacks. Whereas Blacks are others inside American society, Asians are others who are kept outside of American society,” — Jung-Sun Park, professor of Asian-Pacific Studies. Park was quoted by South Korean newspaper The Hankyoreh for the article “Racism Behind ‘You Speak English So Well!’”
Mary Talusan Lacanlale, assistant professor of Asian Pacific Studies, was quoted in Random Lengths News to comment on the rise of anti-Asian attacks:
“The rhetoric of the past administrations, specifically former President [Donald] Trump exacerbated the very unnecessary target of Asian Americans in general. The whole focus on the origin of the pandemic in China, that combined with just general ignorance about where Asian Americans come from. That encouraged not just his supporters, but it really played off the American public’s ignorance against Asian Americans.”
Lacanlale was also quoted in “Reclaiming Filipino musical identity and tradition against U.S. empire,” an article by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies reviewing her scholarship presented at a colloquium in May 2021.