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Ethnic Studies Department Faculty

Ethnic Studies Department Faculty

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Aureen Almario

Asian and Asian American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Aureen Almario, adjunct faculty, graduated with a Master of Arts in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.  Aureen Almario explored the lived experiences of undocumented 1.5 Filipino/a immigrants in her thesis; “Documenting the Undocumented: Resisting Alienation.”  She is also a performance artist in the only Filipino/a American theater space, Bindlestiff Studio and served as apprentice teacher in San Francisco State University’s service learning project Pin@y Educational Partnership in Burton High School, Balboa High School, and City College of San Francisco. She teaches Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Laney College

Email: aalmario@peralta.edu

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Ayanna N.S. Anderson

African American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Ayanna N.S. Anderson holds an M.P.S. in Africana Studies and Research from Cornell University; an M.S. in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University; and a B.A. in English Arts from Hampton University. A Laney part-time faculty member since 2011, Ayanna teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to African American Studies and African American History. She takes great pride in creating a culturally responsive learning environment with the aim of transforming her students through experiential experiences outside of the classroom. In addition to teaching, Ayanna is an innovator of strategic community engagement campaigns, content, and conversations for national associations and Bay Area nonprofits. Ayanna volunteers with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and enjoys fun adventures–near and far–with her loving husband and two sons. A podcast devotee, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and patronizing the arts.

Email: ayanna.ns.anderson@gmail.com

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Paul Bolick-Mausisa

History and Ethnic Studies, Full-time Tenured Faculty

Paul Bolick-Mausisa earned degrees in History, Spanish and Ethnic Studies at Long Beach and San Francisco State Universities. He is a long time Bay Area educator, community organizer and musician. Every class Paul teaches revolves around a student centered pedagogy grounded in social justice themes and concepts. He currently teaches Ethnic Studies and History at Laney College supports the Social Justice Center and is the co-coordinator of the Labor Studies Department.

Email: pbolick@peralta.edu

 

 

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Alicia Caballero-Christenson

Ethnic Studies Department Chair and Mexican/Latin American Studies, Full-time Tenured Faculty

Alicia Caballero-Christenson is professor in Mexican/Latin American Studies who strongly believes in transformative education rooted in community praxis. She has been teaching at Laney College since 2012 and formerly served as a Campaign Organizer and Director of Civic Engagement at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She holds an M.A. in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Latino Studies from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies with a specialization in Human Rights from the University of California, Berkeley. Alicia’s research explores Women of Color leadership and gender relations within contemporary social movements. Currently, Alicia advises the Laney College Social Justice Center and is developing a study abroad program in Mexico. Alicia works, lives, and plays in Oakland.

 

Office: Tower-604

Email: achristenson@peralta.edu

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Roger Chung

Ethnic Studies, Full-time Tenured Faculty

Roger Viet Chung holds two masters degrees from University of California, Los Angeles–one in Asian American Studies, and the other in Public Health. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley. Currently, Roger serves as a faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies and teaches a variety of courses in the discipline that range from topics including: health, education, sports, community organizing and incarceration. At Laney, Roger directs Restoring our Communities, a reentry program that aims to address the unique and nuanced material and academic needs of formerly incarcerated community college students. Originally from Oakland, Roger is the lead instructor and curriculum developer of Asian Prisoners Support Committee’s ROOTS (Restoring our Original True Selves) Program in San Quentin and Solano state prisons. The ROOTS

Office: Tower-602

Email: rchung@peralta.edu

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Dana Grisby

African American Studies, Full-time Tenured Track Faculty

Dana Grisby is an African American Studies Instructor at Laney College. She received her M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. She has served in the U.S. Peace Corps twice, in both Botswana and Guyana. She has an intersectional approach to teaching that centers social justice and community involvement. She challenges students to think critically about the overlapping identities of race, sexualities, class, genders, social status and work toward dismantling systems of oppression. She creates a classroom environment that privileges the experiences of people from marginalized communities. She was recently awarded as a member of the inaugural class of 20 emerging leaders under 40 in her hometown of Merced, CA in 2017. She enjoys bike rides, camping, and trap music.

Office: Tower-602

Email: dgrisby@peralta.edu

 

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Nehanda Imara

African American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Nehanda Imara is an East Oakland, resident, and adjunct teacher for African American and Environmental Studies. Nehanda created the first Environmental Racism/Justice course at the Peralta Community College District. She also teaches African American Sociology with a focus on W.E.B. DuBois, the first American Urban Sociologist. Nehanda is the Collaborative Coordinator at EOBHC. In this role, Nehanda works a diverse group of community-based organizations that focus on Housing, Economic, Youth and Social Justice, for East Oakland residents. In 2014, Nehanda ran for Oakland District 7 City Council. Nehanda also serves as Co-coordinator of Merritt’s “Black Consciousness Raising Tours of Africa and the African Diaspora. Nehanda brings all of her activism, community organizing and global travel experience into the classroom. Story telling and small group discussions always complement in-class instruction. Fun Fact: Read more about Nehanda’s accomplishments in the Examiner.com article: “Nehanda Imara, Oakland’s mother of environmental justice (Links to an external site.” Education: B.S. Environmental Studies/Minor African American Studies San Jose State University M.A. Environmental Studies San Jose State University.

Email: nimara@peralta.edu

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Janine Midori Fujioka

Asian American Studies, Full-time Tenured Faculty

Fujioka is a teacher with a passion for Japanese anime, manga, otaku culture, Noh drama, taiko drumming, and calligraphy.  She is gosei, a fifth generation American of Japanese descent, with roots in California and Hawai’i.  Since 1989, she has taught Japanese Film and Literature, Asian American Studies, and Women’s Studies, connecting with approximately twelve thousand students over twenty-eight years. She hopes her courses are perspective-altering experiences that transform students’ views of the social and intercultural world they live in. Her projects view the Japanese American family through multiple lenses, with a focus on nisei (second generation) experiences of displacement, loss, and survival during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  She is a recipient of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship for Peace at Middlebury College, a National Endowment for the Humanities-Asian Studies Development Program Teaching Fellowship at the East-West Center of Hawai’i, a Freeman Foundation of Asia-Japan Studies Association Teaching Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, amongst others. Fujioka attended Scripps College, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), UCLA, UC Berkeley, Middlebury College, and Bread Loaf School of English.

Email: jfujioka@peralta.edu

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Holly Raña Lim

Asian American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Holly received a BA in Political Science/Law and Society at UC Riverside and an MA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, Holly’s research focused on Asian American women political leadership, and she began teaching Asian American Studies and Filipino American Studies through Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP). Outside of education, Holly has worked as a grassroots organizer, political campaign manager, cultural worker, and non-profit manager for local Bay Area nonprofit organizations. She is currently the Director of Public Allies, a fellowship focused on young adults and leadership development, and she also serves as the Board Vice-President for Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ).

Email: hollyrlim@gmail.com

 

 

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Bianca Louie

Asian American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Bianca Louie received her B.A. in Public Policy from Mills College and her M.A. in Asian American Studies from SF State. She teaches Women of Color, Asian American Women, Asian American history, and Ethnic Studies courses. In addition to Laney College, Bianca has also taught at San Francisco State, City College of San Francisco, and Burton High School. Her areas of research and interest involve the intersections of queer identities, spirituality, and race. Bianca’s pedagogical approach to teaching is grounded in relevance, community, and activism. By connecting histories and theories to students’ lives and building a sense of interconnected community within and beyond the classroom, students gain frameworks and strategies to identify and solve problems in their own communities.In addition to teaching, Bianca is a youth organizer at API Legal Outreach, mobilizing Bay Area high schoolers to end teen dating violence and gender-based violence in and beyond API communities. Bianca also volunteers with Network on Religion and Justice, providing community spaces, spiritual resources, and leadership development for API LGBTQ+ people of faith and allies.

Email: biancalouie@gmail.com

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Abhijeet Paul

Asian American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Abhijeet teaches Asian-American film and media helping students learn the relationship between technology, community, and politics in a globalizing world. He also teaches South Asian studies at UC Berkeley and has taught Asian-American studies at Berkeley City College, comparative literature at Middlebury College, and Asian literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Abhijeet received his Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies from UC Berkeley in 2015. Earlier, he completed a Ph.D. in English from Calcutta University in India. He is currently finishing his film on analog and digital cultures in India and the South Asian diaspora. He has received several fellowships, including the Fulbright Fellowship. He has given numerous talks on technology, media, and ethics, South Asian studies, globalization, and identity politics. Currently, he is a contributor to a podcast called SynTalk in Mumbai. He is also a book reviewer for Critical Inquiry. Abhijeet is involved in community projects in India to help improve educational and technological opportunities for local youth. Abhijeet loves to cook.

Email: abhijeet@berkeley.edu

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Bobby Seals

African American Studies, Part-time Faculty

Bobby Seals is a lecturer at Laney College, San Jose State University, Evergreen Valley College and at Chabot College. He holds a B.A. in African American Studies from SJSU and a M.A. in Ethnic Studies (with an Emphasis in Africana Studies) from San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies and is currently completing his doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies.  As a scholar, activist, and cultural worker, his teaching and research critically examines and deconstructs resistance movements, specially (Literary / Cultural) Marronage and the African Diasporic existential experience in relation to the effects and consequences of modernity, post-coloniality and globalization in non-western spaces. Prof. Seals’s scholarly interests also includes Hip-Hop Studies, Caribbean Studies, Fanonism & the the Counter-Narrative, Decolonization, Black in Latin America, Black Existentialism, Environmental Racism, New World Slavery and Whiteness Studies.  He has several years of professional experience in organizing Student study-Abroad projects, volunteerism, and in the non-profit sector.

Email: bseals@csustan.edu

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Nate Tan

Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Part-time Faculty

Nathaniel (NateTan is an adjunct faculty in the Ethnic Studies department at Laney College. He received his B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. In addition to teaching at Laney College, he also teaches in the Race and Resistance Studies program at San Francisco State University. Nate‘s pedagogical approach to teaching is rooted in social justice, love, and community. His research and academic interest includes: refugee studies, Southeast Asian studies, critical Ethnic Studies and carceral studies. Nate is an anti-deportation organizer with the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) and has lead campaigns to stop the deportations of Southeast Asian refugees. He currently teaches, Southeast Asians in the United States at Laney College.

Email: nathanvt@gmail.com