CSP 1 (Im)migrant Communities of California
Team-Taught–Mary Christianakis, Ph.D.; Salvador Fernández, Ph.D.; and Richard Mora, Ph.D.
This course offers students the opportunity to analyze the sociohistoric, legal, and cultural tensions surrounding various (im)migrant communities in California. Students will explore the various waves of (im)migration across time to understand the diverse communities of California. Students will also build critical and interpretive capacities through the examination of state policies, statistics, and various historical and empirical studies. Additionally, through the construction and revision of several expository, research-based writings on immigration, students will hone their writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.
CTSJ 105 Immigration and Education
This course will locate the topic of immigration and education within historical, legislative, and cultural debates on what it means to be an American and who has the right to an Education. Students will explore and debate precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, such as Mendez v. Westminster, which challenged the segregation of Mexican children into separate schools, and Lau v. Nichols, which fought hard for non-English speaking students to have linguistic access to the public school curricula. In addition, students will research the historical antecedents to the recent anti-immigrant movements in California, Arizona, and Colorado, which target the use of languages other than English in school settings, and have all but abolished bilingual public schools. Against this historical and legislative backdrop, students will examine ethnographic research detailing the persistent challenges that immigrant children face in schooling, including migrant children, and the ways in which they, their parents, and communities experience those challenges. This course will count towards the Critical Theory and Social Justice (CTSJ) Major, as an Education Minor elective, and also fulfill the group 6 (Intercultural) geographical group for Core Program requirements.
CTSJ 210 Mother Goose to MySpace: Children’s Literature and Popular Texts
Why did the London Bridge fall down? Is Rub-a-dub-dub really about bath time? Why didn’t an old man live in a shoe? Who is more imperialist, Babar or Peter Pan? Is Tinky Winky gay? Is South Park a children’s show? Is Harry Potter a Hero? How tired was Rosa Parks? Using different critical approaches, this course will examine children’s poetry, picture books, novels, cartoons, feature films, and music videos. Analysis will include topics related to gender, race, culture, and nation, as they play out in the aesthetics, images, and poetics of children’s texts.
CTSJ 310 Children, Poverty, and Public Policies
In this course, students examine contemporary child poverty both in the United States and abroad. Topics include how poverty is defined both locally and globally, the numbers and distribution of poor children, as well as the causes of child poverty. Readings explore poverty in relation to education, economics, homelessness, child labor, family, gender, and race. Students analyze historical anti-poverty policies such as the New Deal, the War on Poverty, and the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child, as well as contemporary proposals to reduce child poverty such as childcare, welfare, job training, job creation, and tax policy.
Articles (Double-Blind Peer Reviewed)
Christianakis, M. (2011). Children’s text development: Drawing, pictures and writing. Research in the Teaching of English, 46(1), 22-54. http://www.ncte.org/journals/rte
Christianakis, M. (2011). Hybrid texts: Older children, rap music, and writing. Urban Education, 46(5), 1131-1168. http://uex.sagepub.com/content/46/5/1131.full.pdf+html
Christianakis, M. (2011). Parents as “help labor”: Inner-city teachers’ narratives of parent involvement. Teacher Education Quarterly 38(4), 157-178. http://www.teqjournal.org/
Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (2011). Charter schools, market capitalism, and Obama’s neoliberal agenda. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 4(1), 93-111. https://journal.buffalostate.edu/index.php/soe/issue/current
Christianakis, M. (2010). “I don’t need your help!”: Peer status, race, and gender during peer writing interactions. Journal of Literacy Research, 42(4), 1-41. http://www.nrconline.org/jlr.html
Christianakis, M. (2010). Collaborative research and teacher education. Issues in Teacher Education, 19(2), 109-125. http://www1.chapman.edu/ITE/public_html/Fall_10_TOC.htm
Christianakis, M. (2010). Lessons for life: Roma children, communal practices, and the global marketplace. Perspectives on Urban Education, 7(2). http://www.urbanedjournal.org/
Christianakis, M. (2008). Teacher research as a feminist act. Teacher Education Quarterly, 35(4), 99-113. http://www.teqjournal.org/
Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (2012, in press). Feeding the school-to-prison pipeline: The convergence of neoliberalism, conservatism, and penal populism. Journal of Educational Controversy, 7(1).
Book Chapters (Open Peer Reviewed)
Christianakis, M. & Mora R. (2013). Urban latino parents’ narratives of parent involvement. In B. Gastic and R. Verdugo (eds.). The Education of the Hispanic Population, Volume 2. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (forthcoming). Missing the mark: Neoliberalism and the unwarranted rise of charter schools. In Left behind in the Race to the Top: Realities of education reform, Eds. J. Gorlewski & B. Porfilio. Information Age Publishing.
Christianakis, M. & Mora, R. (2012). E pluribus unum: Elementary school narratives and the making of national identity. In H. Hickman and B.J. Porfilio (eds.). The New Politics of the Textbook: Challenging the Curricular Dominance of Textbooks. (pp. 207-228). Boston, Massachusetts: Sense Publishers.
Christianakis, M. & Mora R. (2012). A critical analysis of social hierarchies in children’s television. In M. K. Booker (eds.). Blue Collar Pop Culture in Television (pp. 210-223). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Press.
Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (2012). “No free rides, no excuses”: Urban Working Class Students and the Myth of Meritocracy on Film. In M.K. Booker (eds.). Blue Collar Pop Culture in Film (pp. 167-180). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Press.
Christianakis, M. & Mora R. (2011). Charting a new course for public education through charter schools:Where is Obama taking us? In Paul R. Carr & Brad J. Porfilio(eds.). The phenomenon of Obama and the agenda for education:Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism? Charlotte, NC:Information Age Publishing.
Mora, R., Christianakis, M. & Fernandez, S. (in press). College curriculum as counter discourse: The California immigration semester at Occidental College. In E. Daniels and B.J Porfilio (eds.). Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narrating for Understanding Solidarity, Resistance, and Community in the Age of Neoliberalism. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.
Mora, R. & Christianakis, M. (forthcoming). California’s not so public schools: Private money in public education. In P. Gorski and J. Landsman. (eds.)The Poor Are Not The Problem: Insisting on Class Equity in Schools. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press.
Christianakis, M. (2011). Teen Courts. In L. Finley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence.(2nd Ed., Vols. 1-2, pp. 488-490). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
Christianakis, M. (2011). New Jersey v.T.L.O (No.83-712) 469 US. 325. In L. Finley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence. (2nd Ed, Vols. 1-2, pp. 316-317). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
Christianakis, M. (2011). Veronia School District 47 J v. Acton et ux., Guardians ad Litem for Acton (No.94-590)515 U.S. 646. In L. Finley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence. (2nd Ed., Vols. 1-2, pp. 499-501). Santa Barbara, CA:Greenwood Press.
Christianakis, M. (forthcoming). Vilma Socorro Martínez. In R.K. Rasmussen (Ed.), Great Lives from History: Latinos. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
Christianakis, M. (forthcoming). Antonia Hernández. In R.K. Rasmussen (Ed.), Great Lives from History: Latinos. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
Schneider, D.& Christianakis, M. (2006). [Review of the book Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy and Popular Culture]. Men and Masculinities, 9(1), 120-123.
Christianakis, M. (2004). [Review of book Meeting of Minds]. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 4(3), 331-332.
Christianakis, M. (2002). [Review of book Children, Technology and Culture:The Impacts of Technologies in Children's Everyday Lives]. Contemporary Sociology, 31(3), 346-347.
Christianakis, M. (2010). Interview with James Gee. Newsletter of the California Council on Teacher Education. Gaddo Gap Press,21(1), 9-11.