Jennifer Jackson earned an MA in English here at CSULA. She went on to teach composition for the department and is now an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts & Letters. Jennifer has also taught creative writing, theater, and dance for other universities and arts organizations. Off campus, she continues to work creatively. Her love of storytelling began in theater, where she developed original physical theater pieces. This led to work as a choreographer, creating character-based movement for actors on stage and screen. She won an NAACP Award for her work with Cornerstone Theater Company and shared an LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Revival with The Actors’ Gang. Jennifer also volunteers as a literacy advocate and is the author of a children’s book slated for publication in 2014 with Disney Hyperion.

Molly Talcott is Associate Professor of Sociology, and she also teaches in the programs in Latin American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies. Her research and scholar-activism lies at the intersections of critical race theory, feminism, globalization, and human rights in the Americas. She is coeditor of the volume, New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge) and has published her research in Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Studies, Sociology Compass, and Latin American Perspectives.

Allison Mattheis is an Assistant Professor in the division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education at California State University Los Angeles. She is based in the Educational Foundations M.A. program and also teaches in the Educational Doctorate program and undergraduate major in Urban Learning. Her research and teaching interests focus on critical explorations of the social, cultural, and political contexts of education, and intersectional understandings of individual identities. Sheis co-researcher of the national Queer in STEM research study, which documents the experiences of LGBTQA-identified individuals working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers. Her ongoing collaborative projects include an ethnographic investigation of power and discourse at the LAUSD School Board with CSULA undergraduate teacher candidates, and a survey (with Ed.D. students at CSULA and SFSU) of students, faculty, and staff at 15 CSU campuses about the inclusion (or not) of LGBTQA issues and identities in Ed.D. programs and support forresearch informed by queer theor(ies).

Msia Kibona Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pan African Studies. Dr. Clark’s research is in the areas of cultural studies and migration. She has published numerous papers on African migration, identity and African hip hop. Dr. Clark is also a human rights and community activist. Dr. Clark is a member of the Tanzanian Women’s Association and she is the Uganda Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. With AIUSA she has campaigned around human rights concerns in Uganda, most recently the criminalization of homosexuality in that country.

Warren Arbogast is an artist, writer, and communications expert.  Arbogast taught in the first-year MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and has, for more than 25 years, consulted leaders of such organizations as Nike, Pfizer and some 200 institutions of higher learning.  In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, clients told a reporter that Arbogast served them as a technology therapist and translator. A Dutch web service dubbed Arbogast the “Dr. Phil for IT-use in Higher Education,” which he eventually took as a compliment.

Arbogast has been Vice President of a NASDAQ-traded consulting firm; and, he’s an experienced entrepreneur who founded two successful management consulting firms. He’s worked with, and provided inspirational leadership and direction to, hundreds of organizational, academic, and technology executives across the United States and in Canada, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Korea, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. He is regularly quoted in such publications as USA Today and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Arbogast appears regularly on “Tech Therapy” (Link below image).

He is married to Stephen Forssell, Founding Director, Graduate Program in LGBT Health, George Washington University.  The couple has two children. 

Arbogast splits his time between Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Frederick Smith is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Bachelor of Journalism, Broadcast News) and Loyola University Chicago (Master of Education, Higher Education and Student Affairs). He is Director of the Cross Cultural Centers at California State University, Los Angeles.

Lucian Gomoll is an Assistant Professor in Liberal Studies and the Honors College at Cal State LA. He is a critical theorist who teaches and writes about disability, gender, race, indigeneity, sexuality, species, museums, art, performance, literature, and the sciences. For more information, including a list of publications, visit his website at:

Ann Garry has written and taught feminist philosophy since the 1970s.. One of the trail-blazers in the field, she was one of the founders of the Society for Women in Philosophy and of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, the leading journal of feminist philosophy. Along with helping to reshape the profession of philosophy in the US, she has been an active force at CSULA, building one of the most feminist departments in the nation. She was also founding director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities. While she has written influentially on wide-ranging topics such as pornography, abortion, and sexuality, her major long-standing research interest is feminist epistemology and philosophical methodology.  She’s one of the editors of feminist philosophy for the prestigious Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, for which she also wrote the entry “Analytic Feminism.” She co-edited Women, Knowledge, and Reality: Explorations in Feminist Philosophy (2nd ed., Routledge, 1996) and, with Talia Bettcher, co-edited a special issue of Hypatia:Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities.  Since 2011, when Ann retired fully from CSULA, she has taught as Humphrey feminist philosophy chair at the University of Waterloo and as a Fulbright professor at Eőtvős Loránd University in Budapest.  She remains active in CSGS activities.

Dionne Espinoza, Ph.D. is Professor of Chicano Studies, Liberal Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the California State University, Los Angeles. Dionne was the director of the CSGS from 2004-2008. Ann Garry was founding director for the first year and she was the first full term director. As director she initiated the student conference as a result of student input and interest. She is also the coordinator and advisor of the Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Her published works center on Chicana activism, gender, and feminism in the Chicano movement. She is currently completing a book manuscript¡Soy Chicana Primero! Mexican American Women Activists in the Chicano Movement. Her interests also include Third World feminisms, Latin American women’s movement and feminisms, and contemporary intersectional Third and Fourth Wave women of color feminist activism.

Dr. Andrew Lyndon Knighton is the Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D. Endowed Chair of American Communities at California State University, Los Angeles.  He teaches in the Department of English, leading courses in theory, cultural studies, and American literature, with a particular focus on economic criticism.  His 2012 book, Idle Threats:  Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth-Century America (New York University Press) explores the often paradoxical construction of concepts of industry and idleness -- and their implications for the subjectivity of American men -- in the nineteenth century.  His work on other problems in American literature has appeared in journals including ESQATQ, and Literature Interpretation Theory; currently he is working on a reconsideration of the poetry of Tom McGrath, as well as a documentary and theoretical study of postwar library architecture in southern California.

Since 2009, Anna Carastathis (Ph.D., McGill University) is Assistant Professor of feminist philosophy in the Department of Philosophy. Anna’s research and teaching interests are in critical race feminisms, postcolonial and anti-colonial theory, and Marx. Her current research critically examines the concept of intersectionality. In 2010-2011, Anna was awarded a CSGS Faculty Research Fellowship to conduct research at San Francisco’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Archive. Anna has held two Postdoctoral Fellowships, at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (2008-2009), and at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia (2011-2012). Anna regularly teaches cross-listed courses in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies and has twice offered the integrated graduate seminar in WGSS. She has been a CSGS Board Member since 2010, and served as Acting Chair in 2012-2013. Together with the amazing people in her courses on feminist philosophy, Anna organized two conferences in collaboration with CSGS: ‘Breaking the Chain of Gendered Violence Through Education and Empowerment’ (2010) and ‘What is Done in the Dark Must Come to Light: Imagine an End to Gendered Violence’ (2013). Among her most treasured experiences at CSULA are serving as faculty advisor to the Queer Connection, and mentoring students working on M.A. theses or independent studies in the areas of gender, sexuality, ‘race’ and ethnicity, and social justice.

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and serves as the Basic Course Director of COMM 150 at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the CSULA faculty in the fall of 2013, Kristina, a New Jersey native, attended Villanova University located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Latin American Studies, and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication. While completing her master’s degree, Kristina worked as a retention specialist in the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) at Villanova working with first-year students on goal-setting, and skills for college success. Kristina then served the CMA as the Assistant Director for strategic planning, outreach, and assessment of diversity initiatives. While at Villanova, Kristina founded the St. Thomas of Villanova Scholars (STOVS) program, an academic bridge program aimed at preparing students for their freshmen year of college. Feeling like there was more work to be done to improve campus climate and retention, Kristina left Villanova University to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder to pursue her Ph.D. in Communication, focusing on issues of identity and higher education.

Currently, Kristina’s research interests involve the impact of race, gender, and sexuality on identity formation, communication, and maintenance within higher education. Previous research on the academic impact of experiencing racial microaggressions at a predominately White institution of higher education has been used to create programming and improve support services for underrepresented students throughout the nation.

At CSULA, Kristina teaches a variety of courses on sex, gender, race, identity, and instructional communication. When not on campus, Kristina enjoys singing, watching telenovelas, volunteering in animal care at a marine mammal rehabilitation center, traveling, and spending time with her family, included her dog, Lucien.