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African-American History

Jill Watts, Ph.D.
History professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Jill Watts .
Watts’ research interests include U.S. social and cultural history, digital history, African-American history, film history, and biography. Two of her books – “God, Harlem U.S.A: The Father Divine Story” and “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood” – have been optioned for film, and her most recent work, titled “The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics in the Age of Roosevelt,” was published by Grove Atlantic in 2020. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC San Diego and a master’s and doctorate in history from UCLA.

Email: jwatts@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4114
Website

American Indian Studies

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D.
American Indian studies professor and department chair, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Joely Proudfit .
A descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Proudfit is the founding director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at Cal State San Marcos. In 2016, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She owns Native Media Strategies, a company dedicated to promoting American Indian representation in the film, TV and media industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Long Beach and a master’s and doctorate in political science with an emphasis in public policy and American Indian studies from Northern Arizona University.

Email: jproudfi@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4619
Website

Brewing history

Judith Downie
Special Collections and history librarian, University Library
Judith Downie .
As the curator of the Brewchive, CSUSM’s archive of craft brewing in San Diego, Downie has expertise in San Diego brewing history, women in brewing and affiliated industries, women during Prohibition, representation of women in beer media, and underrepresented groups in brewing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from CSUSM and a master’s in library science from San Jose State.

Email: jdownie@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4374

Business Law

Richard Nervig
Business law lecturer, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Richard Nervig .
Nervig has expertise in business law, securities and financial markets regulation and litigation, securities and financial fraud, elder financial abuse, and federal and state court litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a law degree from Ohio Northern University.

Email: rnervig@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-451-2300
Website

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Kambiz Hamadani, Ph.D.
Associate chemistry and biochemistry professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Kambiz  Hamadani .
Hamadani’s areas of expertise are protein folding, dynamics and function; single molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy; genetic code reprogramming; purified and reconstituted in-vitro translation systems; directed evolution; and virtual and augmented reality educational technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCLA.

Email: khamadani@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4189
Website

Communication

Amy Corey, Ph.D.
Communication lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Amy Corey .
Corey teaches and writes about issues of diversity and social justice, especially as communicated in media and popular culture. Working from feminist and critical traditions, she’s particularly interested in media criticism, the politics of representation, race, gender, sexuality, cultural practices/appropriation, and intercultural communication in a global environment. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of San Francisco and a master’s and doctorate in the same subject from the University of Denver.

Email: acorey@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8048
Website

Computer Science

Rika Yoshii, Ph.D.
Computer science and information systems professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Rika Yoshii .
Yoshii served as the faculty director of CSUSM’s Master of Science in cybersecurity program, and her areas of expertise include developing adaptive intelligent tutoring software and tutoring systems for languages. Before joining the Cal State San Marcos faculty in 1993, she worked as a project leader at Rockwell and a researcher for the Northrop Research and Technology Center. She earned a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of California, Irvine.

Email: ryoshii@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4121
Website

Education

Erika Daniels, Ed.D.
Education professor, College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)
Erika Daniels .
Daniels teaches teacher credential candidates about effective literary practices in elementary and middle school, and her research interests focus on ways in the context of schooling fosters or hinders the motivation of young adolescents. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the same school, and a doctorate in literacy from a joint program between San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.

Email: edaniels@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8547

Entrepreneurship

Bennett Cherry, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurship and management professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Bennett Cherry .
Cherry’s major areas of research include entrepreneurship, creativity, service delivery strategy, fanatical customer behavior, new venture creation, employee engagement, and humility and trust in leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University and a master’s and doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Arizona.

Email: bcherry@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4217
Website

Environmental Science

Christina Simokat
Environmental science and biology lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Christina  Simokat  .
Simokat’s areas of expertise include pollinators, Southern California native plants, fire management in San Diego, the effects of sea-level rise in San Diego and open space habitat management at local levels. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Cal State San Marcos and a master’s in conflict management and environmental policy from Cal State Dominguez Hills. science, environment, environmental science, conflict management, environmental policy, pollination, Southern California native plants, fire management, sea-level rise, habitat management

Email: csimokat@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8054
Website

Finance

Dimitris Magemeneas
Management lecturer, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Dimitris   Magemeneas .
Magemeneas specializes in personal finance, wealth management, financial planning and investing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s in finance and marketing from the University of San Diego.

Email: dmagemeneas@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-291-8840
Website

Finance

Qi Sun, Ph.D.
Associate finance professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Qi Sun .
Sun’s research interests are in corporate earnings, corporate governance, corporate sustainability investment and disruptive financial innovations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Peking University in Beijing, a master’s in finance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a doctorate in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Email: qsun@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4282
Website

Global Studies

Anne Randerson, Ph.D.
Global studies lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Anne Randerson .
Born and raised in San Diego, Randerson has lived abroad for 25 years in Belgium, Japan, Spain and France, speaks six languages fluently, and leads seminars for expatriates trying to acclimate to new surroundings around the globe. She is an executive coach, author, intercultural consultant and mindfulness trainer specializing in intercultural communication, cultural intelligence, global leadership, cross-cultural negotiation, conflict resolution, expatriation, diversity and inclusion, contemplative practices, social justice, writing and publishing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of California, Davis and a master’s and doctorate in human life studies from Koriyama Women’s University in Japan.

Email: aranderson@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4108
Website

History

Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, Ph.D.
History professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall .
Sepinwall’s research specialties include the French and Haitian revolutions, modern Haitian history, French colonialism, slavery in film, French-Jewish history, the history of gender and how history is portrayed in video games. Her books include “The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism” and “Haitian History: New Perspectives.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in intellectual history and political philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate in history from Stanford University.

Email: sepinwal@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8053
Website

Human Development

Fernando Soriano, Ph.D.
Human development professor, College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)
Fernando Soriano .
Soriano is an expert in youth violence, delinquency and substance use, and prevention program development, particularly with multicultural youth. His research focuses on the role of culture in behavior and cognition as it relates to social problem behaviors. He also has conducted research on the prevalence, risk and protective factors associated with intimate partner violence among Latina populations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and a master’s and doctorate in social-personality psychology from the University of Colorado.

Email: fsoriano@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8033

Immunology

Bianca Mothé, Ph.D.
Biology professor, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Bianca  Mothé .
Mothe’s areas of specialization are immunology and virology, with research interests in designing novel vaccines for rapidly mutating pathogens, including HIV and SIV. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and theater arts from Beloit College and a doctorate in immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Email: bmothe@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4637
Website

Latin American History

Carmen Nava, Ph.D.
History professor and department chair, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Carmen Nava .
Nava’s research centers on nationalism in Brazil, gender in Latin America and Chicano/Latino history. The book “Brazil in the Making,” for which she was lead co-editor and contributing author, features multidisciplinary work by Brazilian scholars on Brazilian national identity. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Cal State Northridge and a doctorate in Latin American history from UCLA.

Email: cnava@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8028
Website

Leadership

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
Website

Literature

Heidi Breuer
Associate literature and writing studies professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Heidi Breuer .
Breuer specializes in medieval and Renaissance literature, the history and literature of witches and witchcraft, speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction and horror), monsters and monster theory, popular culture, comics and graphic fiction, intersectional feminist theory, sexuality studies, film studies and children’s literature. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Florida Southern College, a master’s in English from Florida State University and a doctorate in English from the University of Arizona.

Email: hbreuer@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8570

Literature

Natalie Wilson, Ph.D.
Women's gender and sexuality studies lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Natalie Wilson .
Wilson specializes in popular culture, horror, feminism, television and film studies, contemporary literature and memoirs. She earned a master’s degree in literature from San Diego State University and a doctorate in the same subject from the University of London.

Email: nwilson@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8054
Website

Literature

Rebecca Lush, Ph.D.
Associate literature and writing studies professor and department chair, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Rebecca Lush .
Lush’s teaching and research interests include American ethnic literature, speculative literature (science fiction/fantasy), the western and gothic/horror. She is co-president of the Western Literature Association (WLA) and vice president of the Stephen Graham Jones Author Society. Her recent publications have focused on the “weird western,” a form of the western that infuses science fiction, fantasy and/or supernatural horror elements. She earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of Maryland.

Email: rlush@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8004
Website

Literature

Yuan Yuan, Ph.D.
Literature and writing studies professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Yuan Yuan .
Yuan’s teaching and research interests include U.S. literature, cultural studies and critical theories, ethnic literature and postcolonial discourse, modernism and postmodernism, and film studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and literature from Shandong University in China, a master’s in modern American literature from the same school, and a doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Email: yuan@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4081

Management

Kimberly McCarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant management professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Kimberly McCarthy .
McCarthy’s areas of research interest include workplace communication, incivility and high-performance teams. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Creighton University and a doctorate in management from the University of California, Irvine.

Email: kmccarthy@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4233
Website

Management

Ofer Meilich , Ph.D.
Strategic management professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Ofer  Meilich  .
Meilich’s specialties include management of technology, knowledge management, organizational learning, research methods and management education. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and a doctorate in strategy and organization theory from the University of Southern California.

Email: meilich@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4235
Website

Management

Paola Ometto, Ph.D.
Assistant management professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Paola  Ometto .
Ometto has expertise in social enterprises, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, emerging markets and the intersection of entrepreneurship with social movements, poverty, religion and community. She holds two doctoral degrees – one in public management from FGV EAESP in Brazil and one in business from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Email: pometto@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4257
Website

Management Information Systems

Yi Sun
Management information systems professor and department chair, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Yi Sun .
Sun’s research interests include information systems, network latency facility location models, electronic commerce, cybersecurity, enterprise systems and the internet of things. He has published many research papers in academic journals in his field. He earned a doctoral degree in decision and information systems from the University of Florida.

Email: ysun@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4232
Website

Marketing

Camille Schuster , Ph.D.
Marketing professor emerita, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Camille  Schuster  .
Schuster’s areas of expertise are international negotiation, international marketing and consumer-centered business paradigms. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s in communication from Arizona State University and a doctorate in communication from Ohio State University.

Email: schuster@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4215
Website

Marketing

Glen Brodowsky, Ph.D.
Management professor and department chair, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Glen Brodowsky .
Brodowsky’s research interests focus on global marketing strategy, cross-cultural time concepts and their effects on consumer behavior, country-of-origin effects on product choice, survey research methods, and marketing pedagogy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Far Eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago and a master’s and doctorate in marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Email: glenbrod@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4261
Website

Marketing

Kristin Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant marketing professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Kristin Stewart .
Stewart’s research contributes to advertising, consumer psychology, and consumer behavior theory and practice. She has published articles on the effectiveness of digital video advertising, consumers’ trust in and morality with technology and media, and sensory marketing. She is currently studying technology in marketing and emerging new rules of how consumers behave. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Auburn University, a master’s in business administration from Auburn and a doctorate in advertising and public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Email: kstewart@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4218
Website

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
Website

Music

Merryl Goldberg, Ed.D.
Music professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Merryl Goldberg .
Goldberg gained national and international recognition for founding Cal State San Marcos’ Center ARTES (Arts, Research, Teachers, Education, Schools) in 2003, offering innovative programs for teaching art to young students. Her research focuses on the role that arts play in academic success, career development and empathy. Before entering academia, she was on the road for 13 years as a saxophonist with the Klezmer Conservatory Band out of Boston. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s and doctorate from Harvard University.

Email: goldberg@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4322
Website

Neuroscience

Keith Trujillo, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES) , College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Keith Trujillo .
Trujillo is a neuroscientist and psychopharmacologist with a longstanding interest in the neural basis of drug abuse and addiction. As the director of OTRES, he oversees programs aimed at helping students from underrepresented groups succeed in the sciences and as professional researchers. He performed research on the brain and behavior for several years at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at CSUSM. He earned bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences, psychology and chemistry from Chico State and a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Irvine.

Email: keith@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-3680
Website

Physics

Jim Means, Ph.D.
Physics lecturer, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)
Jim Means .
Means’ areas of expertise are Santa Ana winds and fire weather, Southern California climate, forensic meteorology and San Diego County gem mining. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from San Diego State, a master’s in physics from the University of California, Irvine and a doctorate in earth science (climate dynamics specialization) from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Email: jmeans@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4273

Psychology

Sharon Hamill, Ph.D.
Psychological sciences, child and adolescent development professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Sharon Hamill .
Hamill’s areas of expertise include adolescent development, adult development, family caregiving, palliative care and prosocial development. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach and a master’s and doctorate in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

Email: shamill@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8029

Psychology

Wesley Schultz, Ph.D.
Psychology professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Wesley Schultz .
Schultz is a social psychologist whose research focuses on social influence and behavior change. Recent projects include studies on environmental programs (such as energy conservation, water conservation, recycling and green marketing), the behavioral dimensions of climate change, and cross-cultural research on environmental attitudes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a doctorate in psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Email: wschultz@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-8045
Website

Sociology

Chris Hardnack, Ph.D.
Sociology lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Chris Hardnack .
Hardnack’s areas of expertise include social, immigrant rights, left-wing, global justice and antiwar movements; neoliberalism, environmental sociology, Marxism and Occupy Wall Street. He earned a master’s degree in sociological practice from Cal State San Marcos and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Oregon.

Email: chardnack@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4117

Sociology

Karen Glover, Ph.D.
Associate sociology professor, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABBS)
Karen Glover .
Glover’s main areas of research are racial profiling, law enforcement and inequality. She earned a doctoral degree in sociology from Texas A&M University.

Email: kglover@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4170
Website

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
Website

Supply Chain Management

Nima Zaerpour, Ph.D.
Assistant operations and supply chain management professor, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Nima Zaerpour .
Zaerpour has published numerous articles in dozens of leading supply chain journals, books and popular press. He has developed cost-cutting tools as a consultant for supply chain and logistics companies. He earned a doctorate in operations and supply chain management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Email: nzaerpour@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4272
Website

Supply Chain Management

Robert Aboolian, Ph.D.
Operations and supply chain management professor and department chair, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Robert Aboolian .
Aboolian’s research interests include supply chain management, location of competitive facilities, service system design, reverse logistics, business analytics, supply chain analytics and supply chain network design. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and a doctorate in operations and supply chain management from the University of Toronto.

Email: raboolia@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4221
Website

Technology

Fram Akiki
Management information systems lecturer, College of Business Administration (CoBA)
Fram Akiki .
Akiki has 35 years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry, including executive positions with IBM, Qualcomm and Siemens. He’s currently president of Joun Technologies, a San Diego-based consulting firm. His areas of expertise include 5G technology, smart/connected devices, internet of things, digital transformation, and semiconductor design and manufacturing trends. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in New York and a master’s in electrical engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Vermont.

Email: fakiki@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4255
Website

Writing

Laurie Stowell, Ph.D.
Education professor, College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)
Laurie Stowell .
Stowell’s research interests include writing, children’s and adolescent literature, and middle school literacy. In 2001, she founded the San Marcos Writing Project, which aims to boost the skills of K-12 writing teachers through professional development workshops, seminars and an abundance of resources. She received a master’s degree in reading from Ohio State University and a doctorate in language, literature and reading from the same school.

Email: lstowell@csusm.edu
Phone: 760-750-4286


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760-750-7306
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760-750-7314
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