CSUSM's Experts Directory is an online resource for journalists and media professionals seeking expert commentary and insight from the university's distinguished faculty on a variety of topics. New experts are added routinely, so the directory is not necessarily exhaustive and may not include every available topic of interest.

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Featured Experts

Middle East History

Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Ph.D.
Associate history professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Ibrahim Al-Marashi .
Al-Marashi is an Iraqi-American who has lived in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey, and his research deals with the modern history of Iraq. He is a co-author of the books “A Concise History of the Middle East” and “The Modern History of Iraq.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Near Eastern studies from UCLA, a master’s in political science from Georgetown University and a doctorate in history from Oxford University.

Email: ialmarashi@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8010


Rajnandini (Raj) Pillai, Ph.D.
Founder and director, Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB), College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Rajnandini (Raj) Pillai .
Pillai is a multiple award-winning faculty member whose areas of teaching and research interest are leadership (including presidential leadership), ethics, organizational justice and cross-cultural management. She regularly speaks about leadership to various organizations in San Diego County. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Bombay in India and a doctorate in organizational behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Email: rpillai@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4234

Sports Marketing

Vassilis Dalakas, Ph.D.
Marketing professor and department chair, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Vassilis Dalakas .
Dalakas has published research on such topics as marketing and advertising, consumer psychology and behavior, sports marketing, sponsorship, and rivalries, and his research has been featured in media outlets including ESPN, Sports Business Journal, Science Daily, New York Magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has taught sports marketing for San Diego State’s sports MBA program as well as universities in France and Denmark. He received a doctorate in marketing from the University of Oregon.

Email: vdalakas@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4226

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