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Jyotsna Pattnaik

Professor, Department of Teacher Education

Phone: 562-985-9370



Dr. Pattnaik received her doctorate in Early Childhood Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Her research interests include multicultural and international education, preprimary/primary education (early childhood education), and children’s issues in developing countries.

As a member of the academic advisory board for the Yadunandan Center for India Studies and co-chair of the South Asia committee at CSULB, she is currently involved in facilitating collaborative activities between California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and selected universities in India.

Bradley Hawkins

Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies


Dr. Brad Hawkins is a specialist in the early religious history of South and Southeast Asia.  He received his Hons. B.A. in Islamic and Asian Studies, and a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto where he studied under such teachers as A. K. Warder and A. L. Basham, a Master’s degree in Catholic theology from Loyola University and his doctorate in comparative religions with an emphasis in Southeast Asian religions under the supervision of Ninian Smart.

Currently teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at California State University Long Beach, he is the author of a number of books including Buddhism: Many Paths, One Goal and Introduction to Asian Religions.  He is working on a new book, The World Religions and the Challenge of Modernity, to be published by Longman.


Rachna Soni

Lecturer, Department of Human Development

Phone:  562.985.2124


Dr. Soni received her doctoral degree in Human Development from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are personality and social development during adolescence, particularly the role of temperament in adolescent stress and coping. She currently teaches courses on childhood and adolescence, adulthood and aging, and research methodologies in human development. Dr. Soni also teaches a course on child development and learning in the School of Education.