Regular Faculty

Professor Raul Villa

Raul Villa

Professor, Latino/a & Latin American Studies
B.A., Yale University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
Raul Villa's major areas of scholarly and curricular expertise are in Chicano and U.S. literature and popular culture, urban studies (with a particular emphasis on Los Angeles cultural studies), and Southwest/Borderlands literature and expressive culture.

Advisory Committee

Michael Amoruso

Michael Amoruso

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.A., Lehigh University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Areas of specialization: death, race, and urban religion in the United States and Latin America.
Jennifer Piscopo

Jennifer Piscopo

Associate Professor, Politics
B.A., Wellesley; M.Phil, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Jennifer Piscopo teaches classes on gender and global politics, Latin American politics, Latino/a politics, and elections.
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Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr.

Associate Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Pitzer College; M.A., P.h.D., U.C. Riverside
Robert Sanchez specializes in Mexican/Latinx/Latin American philosophy, as well as existentialism, and he has interests in the philosophy of race, the philosophy of food, and the history of philosophy. He co-hosts a blog on Mexican philosophy. 
Professor Lisa Sousa

Lisa Sousa

Professor, History
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Sousa specializes in the histories of colonial Latin America, indigenous peoples and languages of Mexico, and women, gender and sexuality.
Professor Dolores Trevizo

Dolores Trevizo

Professor, Sociology
B.A., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Dolores Trevizo is a political sociologist and teaches courses in political sociology, social movements and revolutions, theory, immigration to the United States, and quantitative research methods.

Affiliated Faculty

Madeline Baer

Madeline Baer

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., American University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Madeline Baer’s research and teaching focuses on global political economy, human rights, and water policy with a regional focus on Latin America.
Professor Mariska Bolyanatz

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Gordon College, Massachusetts; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., UCLA
Mariška Bolyanatz Brown (IPA: [məˈɾiʃkə boʊliˈɑnɪts bɹɑʊn]) is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish. Read her Oxy Story profile.

Lan T. Chu

Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University
Chu’s research and teaching interests focus on the political role of religious institutions, the Catholic Church and global politics, faith diplomacy, religion and international relations theory, inter-religious dialogue, political ideologies (theory and practice), and the political liberalization processes of former and existing communist countries.
Professor Salvador Fernández

Salvador Fernández

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., UCLA
Salvador Fernández teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature and civilization, as well as Mexican and Chicano/a studies. His research areas of interest are the contemporary Mexican novel and Chicano/a studies.
Professor Mary Lopez

Mary J. Lopez

Professor, Economics
B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Professor Lopez is a labor economist. She specializes in immigration and immigration policy, Latino entrepreneurship, and poverty.
Professor Shanna Lorenz

Shanna Lorenz

Associate Professor, Music
Ph.D. New York University
Shanna Lorenz is a settler scholar who lives and works on the ancestral lands of the Tongva peoples and whose expertise includes Indigenous-led research, Immigrant and First Nations cultural traditions, ecological and racial justice movements, and the digital humanities.
Professor Viviana MacManus

Viviana MacManus

Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Viviana Beatriz MacManus’s research and teaching focuses on Latin American and Latinx feminist theory, literature, film, and cultural studies.

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology
B.A., Harvard College (Sociology); M.A., University of Michigan (Education); M.A., Harvard University (Sociology); Ph.D., Harvard University (Sociology & Social Policy)
Dr. Mora teaches courses on masculinities, youth cultures, education, immigration, violence, & social inequality
Professor Gloria Orozco Allan

Gloria Orozco

Visiting Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Professor Mike Shelton

Michael Shelton

Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Michael Shelton is a linguist, specializing in phonology and psycholinguistics.
Professor Ron Solorzano

Ronald Solórzano

Professor, Education
B.S., M.Ed., Loyola Marymount University; Ph.D., UCLA
Ron Solórzano teaches education policy, school reform and legal court cases, second language acquisition theories and practices, high stakes student and teacher assessments, program evaluation and race/class effects in education courses.
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