Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Raul Villa

Raul Villa

Professor, English; Advisory Committee, American Studies; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and 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

Professor Shanna Lorenz

Shanna Lorenz

Associate Professor, Music
B.A., Reed College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. New York University
Shanna Lorenz teaches courses in ethnomusicology and popular music.
Jennifer Piscopo

Jennifer Piscopo

Associate Professor, Politics; Advisory Committee, Latin American and Latino/a Studies
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.
Professor Dolores Trevizo

Dolores Trevizo

Professor, Sociology; Advisory Committee, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
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

Lan T. Chu

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
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,...
Professor Salvador Fernández

Salvador Fernández

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language
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; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
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.

Richard Mora

Associate Professor, Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a & Latin American Studies
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 Mike Shelton

Michael Shelton

Professor, Spanish and French Studies; Cognitive Science; Affiliated Faculty, Linguistics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Advisory Committee, Group Language
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; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
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.
Professor Lisa Sousa

Lisa Sousa

Professor, History; Advisory Committee, Latina/o and Latin American Studies
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.