Alumni Spotlight:

Daniel Magno, BA in Philosophy, Class of 10

Daniel graduated Summa cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy, a minor in Film and Electronics Arts, and a nearly perfect GPA. Since then, he returned to CSULB to complete a MA in Educational Technology and Media Leadership with graduate coursework in Business and Administration. Currently, Daniel works at CSULB with Academic Technology Services, where he supervises front-line support for the university’s instructional technology—most notably the campus’ Learning Management System (BeachBoard). He also provides instructional design support with an emphasis on online education.



Here’s a sample of what some of our other alumni are up to:

Emily Barrett, MA in Philosophy Class of 14
PhD student University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is her bio from the University of Wisconsin Department of Philosophy: Emily received a B.A. in philosophy from Colby College and an M.A. in philosophy from Cal State Long Beach. In her master’s thesis she defended the view that delusions are beliefs, and her research sparked an interest in philosophy of psychiatry. She also has interests in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of cognitive science.

Raisa Lobo, BA in Philosophy, Class of 14

With a major in Philosophy and a minor in Finance, Raisa graduated with department honors from Cal State Long Beach, where she also served as President of the Student Philosophy Association. Raisa began a career in real estate during college, and immediately joined one of the highest producing teams in Los Angeles after graduation. From there, she went on to start her own real estate company, The Lobo Group, in Brentwood, California. Raisa currently runs and manages The Lobo Group on the Westside. She writes, ‘I landed in a career far different, but I feel like if you can make it through a Philosophy curriculum then you can make it in most any field’.

Neil Richmond, MA in Philosophy Class of 13
After earning his MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, Neil went on to earn his JD from Loyola Law School in 2016. He then joined the professional services and accounting firm Ernst & Young as a Tax Senior specializing in international tax law, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Chantal.

Anthony Mendoza, BA in Philosophy & History Class of 13
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Philosophy & History, Anthony went on to Xiamen University and then National Taiwan University, and has since continued on to Columbia University in New York for an MA in East Asian History, and to UC Berkeley more recently.

Kele Perkins, MA in Philosophy Class of 13Kele Perkins
Kele works at Whittier High School, where he teaches AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, and Speech & Debate (including Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, and Model UN). He is also the advisor of the school’s Philosophy Club and Chess Club. Under Kele’s supervision, the Whittier Chess Club won the 2014 National Junior Chess Congress Championship in the ‘Age 16 and Under’ division. They have also won 5 consecutive league titles, and in 2016 they won the state championship for the ‘Under 1400’ division. In 2013, Kele earned the MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, where he pursued interests in logic and epistemology, with particular interest in the issue of epistemic closure. Kele also teaches as a part-time faculty member at Long Beach City College. He is married and has two children.

Rebekah Cummings, BA in Philosophy Class of 11Rebekah.Cummings
Rebekah is a faculty member at the University of Utah where she works as a Research Data Management Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library. After graduating from CSULB in 2011, Rebekah earned her master’s degree in library and information science at UCLA and worked on a National Science Foundation grant studying the data practices of scientists. Upon graduation, Rebekah received the 2013 UCLA Chancellor’s Marshall Award, “an honor given to one Information Studies student who exemplifies academic excellence and service to the Department and its community.” Rebekah trains researchers at the University of Utah in data management best practices and works closely with them to find, manage, and share their data. In addition to her data management work, Rebekah is the library liaison to the Department of Philosophy and chairs a steering committee to build a digital scholarship space on campus. Rebekah enjoys politics, and was recently elected as the President of the Utah Library Association. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, son, daughter, and Australian Shepherd.

Dr. John Clevenger, MA in Philosophy Class of ’11
John earned an MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach in 2011. He went on to earn his PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017, where he studied the cognitive and neural processes underlying human object recognition and visual attention. John is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Netflix, where he helps drive product innovation through experimentation and analytics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife (and fellow PhD) Pamela.

Dr. Clinton Castro, BA in Philosophy Class of ’10
After completing his PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Clinton was recently hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Florida International University. Clinton is primarily interested the (meta)ethics of belief, epistemic permissivism, and credences. He also enjoys thinking about issues in applied ethics having to do with the moral limits of markets (particularly with respect to data markets) and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Saad Anis, MA in Philosophy Class of ’09
After finishing his MA Philosophy, Saad went on to complete a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in 2016, with a specialization in Philosophy of Science. His dissertation focused on the relationship between theory and experiment in the advancement of our knowledge of phenomena, in the context of historic and contemporary proposals and debates in philosophy. Dr. Anis is currently working as an Editor at the Edanz Group in Japan.

Jonathan Dixon, MA in Philosophy Class of ’08
After earning his Master’s at Cal State Long Beach, Jonathan was admitted to the PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is currently finishing his dissertation.

Errol C. Dauis, BA in Philosophy Class of ’07Errol.Dauis
Errol Dauis is an associate at Boutin Jones law firm. Mr. Dauis represents private- and public-sector employers across a broad spectrum of employment law, providing his clients with counsel and representing them in litigation. In 2004, Mr. Dauis earned his Associate in Arts in Philosophy from Cerritos College. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach and graduated Cum Laude. While at CSULB, Mr. Dauis interned with the Orange County Office of the Public Defender, participated in the Philosophy Department’s Honors Program, and was selected as the Philosophy Department’s Outstanding Graduate of 2007. In 2011, Mr. Dauis graduated from the UC Davis School of Law, where he served as the Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review, and was admitted to the State Bar of California. In addition to practicing law, he currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at UC Davis School of Law and on the Board of Directors of the Davis Food Co-op. Mr. Dauis currently lives in Sacramento with his wife and their dog.

Chhunny Chhean, BA in Philosophy & English, Class of 05
Chhunny attended Cal State Long Beach as a first-generation college student and as a President’s Scholar. Philosophy was a new area of study for her, and she found a freedom in its promotion of independent thinking that she carries with her today. She also used her courses to guide her summer travels, reading Sartre in Paris and Kafka in Prague. The Department of Philosophy was supportive of her interests and of the SPA, which she helped lead. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, Chhunny went on to earn her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. Her legal career has taken her to places ranging from New York City to the US/Mexico border in Texas, and allowed her to provide legal assistance to both large corporations and indigent criminal defendants. Lately, she has been part of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office; now Dallas’s Chief of Community Prosecution, Chhunny leads a team of about 15 attorneys that work out of neighborhood offices throughout Dallas to eliminate criminal and nuisance properties through co-operative relationships with property owners and affirmative litigation.

Geneva Englebrecht, BA in Philosophy Class of ’05
Associate Attorney at Thompson & Horton, LLP. She specializes in disability law, education law, and children’s rights. Before pursuing her J.D. at Whittier Law School (2008), Geneva received numerous awards from CSU Long Beach, including President’s List, Distinguished Student Award, and Dean’s List. She was also a Senior Attorney with the California law firm of Atkinson, Anderson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

Nathan Brodnax, BA in Philosophy Class of ’04Nathan.Brodnax
Nathan Brodnax is a Partner at Zieve, Brodnax & Steele, LLP—an Irvine based law firm specializing in creditor rights matters. Mr. Brodnax concentrates his practice on foreclosure litigation and title curative issues, as well as a variety of other loan default related areas. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named the Department’s Outstanding Graduate of 2004. Nathan went on to graduate Cum Laude from the Pepperdine School of Law, where he was a member of its Law Review program. After being admitted to practice law in California in 2007 he became dual licensed in 2011 after passing the Arizona Bar Exam. In his free time Nathan is a regular contributor to a variety of legal publications, including the United Trustee Association Quarterly and the Legal League Quarterly. Nathan currently lives in Huntington beach with his wife and three daughters.

Jared Creason, BA in Philosophy, Class of 03
After majoring in Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach, Jared went on to Virginia Commonwealth University to receive a Masters of Science in Communications. From there, he began a career in advertising. Jared brings a unique passion for both art and copy, and has worked at some of the top advertising agencies around the globe. These opportunities allowed him to contribute to some of the world’s best brands and their respective campaigns, two of which scored #1 and #2 on the Super Bowl, and one spot even taking him as far as Antarctica. Jared recently opened his own advertising agency—Beach Day Creative—in Newport Beach.

William Senior, BA in Philosophy Class of ’02
Senior Associate Attorney at Benjamin L. England & Associates. He specializes in food, drug, device, and cosmetics law. After leaving CSULB, William earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Michael Zar, BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies Class of ’02
Associate Attorney at Kushner Carlson. Before pursuing his law degree at University of San Diego, Michael was a Peccorini Scholarship Award winner and Honors student. Michael specializes in business and real estate law.

Franica Tawn, BA in Philosophy & Political Science Class of ’01
Earned her J.D. at U.C. Hastings Law School in 2007, and is a general practice attorney in Lancaster, CA.

Kathryn Gainey, BA in Philosophy & Economics Class of ’00
After finishing a double-major at Cal State Long Beach, where she was named CLA’s Outstanding Baccalaureate, Kathryn went on to earn her J.D. in 2003 from Harvard Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She clerked for a federal judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and then the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit. Kathryn is now an associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003, and to the District of Columbia Bar in 2004.

Ted M. Preston, MA in Philosophy Class of ’00Ted.Preston
Ted received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy & Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, and a Ph.D in Philosophy from UC Riverside. He later taught at both Cal Poly Pomona and UCR before being hired tenure-track at Rio Hondo College in 2005. Ted’s area of specialization is Ancient Philosophy (especially Stoicism). Both personally and pedagogically, he subscribes to the ancient model of philosophy, according to which philosophy is a ‘way of life’ aiming at self-transformation, and he attempts to convey the practical, therapeutic value of philosophy in all his courses, as much as is possible. His writing agenda has shifted entirely to the creation of affordable, accessible textbooks for the introductory-level student/reader (see here). Of his time in the graduate program at CSULB, Ted claims that “of all the campuses where I studied philosophy, I acquired the most breadth and depth of understanding at Long Beach.”

David Macaray, BA in Philosophy
After majoring in Philosophy, David volunteered to join the Peace Corps and went on to become an accomplished author, playwright, columnist for Huffington Post, and former labor union representative. See the interview in the Fullerton Observer.

Dr. Michael Ashooh, MA in Philosophy Class of ’97
Michael earned an MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach in 1997, and went on to earn his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2007, where he specialized in Philosophy of Science and History of Analytic Philosophy. Michael teaches courses in Ethics, Medical Ethics, and Kant at the University of Vermont.

Michael Sigman, MA in Philosophy Class of ’94
After earning a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach, Michael took up a teaching position at East Los Angeles Community College in 1995, eventually serving as Department Chairperson and an Academic Senator. Michael’s area of specialization is Social and Political Philosophy, with emphases in feminist politics and social contract theory.

Michael Allen, MA in Philosophy Class of ’92
Michael received both his BA degree and MA degree in Philosophy at CSULB, along with a certificate in Asian Studies. He was heavily involved in the SPA, serving as President and helping to organize a symposium on applies ethics in 1988. He also presented at the 6th Congress for the International Society of Chinese Philosophy in Hilo Hawai’i in 1989, and later attended a Philosophy of Science conference in Beijing with Dr. Paul Tang. In SP92, Michael graduated with a 4.00 GPA, with a Master’s thesis on Confucian and Aristotelian views on Practical Wisdom. Since then, Michael has served as the West Coast Director for the Surfer’s Medical Association, as well as the Director and Head Coach of the Santa Cruz Pleasure Point Surf Club teaching children safety in the ocean, the love of surfing, and the healing elements that the ocean brings for life. Michael is also an author, film-maker, and technical writer for companies in Silicon Valley, and is happily married with three children.

J. Mark Appleberry, BA in Philosophy Class of ’92
After majoring in Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach, Mark went on to receive his J.D. from Boston University in 1995, where he was an editor on the Law Review, and was admitted to the bar in Illinois and Kentucky. He went on to clerk on the U.S. Sixth Circuit federal court of appeals and worked as an attorney at Frost Brown Todd. Mark is also a business consultant, having founded Thoroughbred Technologies and Docamoda LLCs.

Dr. Andrew Fiala, MA in Philosophy Class of of ’92
Andrew earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach, winning the Wittington Scholarship along the way. He was admitted to the PhD program at Vanderbilt University, and become a philosophy professor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. In FA05, Andrew moved to Cal State Fresno, where he now serves as the Department Chairperson, and has published 7 books and dozens of scholarly articles on ethics, just war theory, and pacifism.