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Faculty Research and Activities

Lori Baralt

Lori Baralt received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, with expertise in feminist theory, social movements, and women’s health. She also completed a specialization in Gender, Justice and Environmental Change through the Women and International Development Program.

Her dissertation, “Health Social Movements in a Transnational Context: Racing around the World for a Cure” examined the global expansion of biomedical breast cancer advocacy. In addition to her dissertation research, she has also co-authored an article on the collaborationbetween breast cancer advocates and scientists in the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers that have been funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Studies and the National Cancer Institute.

Her work has been published in the 21st Century Handbook of Sociology, Health and Environment: Social Science Perspectives, and Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. She has presented papers to Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Feminist Research Group at the University of Windsor, the Michigan Women’s Studies Association, and the American Sociological Association.

Currently she is continuing her research on biomedical and environmental breast cancer advocacy as well as collaborating on a project examining the media portrayal of mercury contamination in fish with regard to scientific uncertainty, health, and responsibility.

Elyse Blankley

Elyse Blankley, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of English, received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. As a specialist in literary modernism, she has published on 20th-century fiction, literature and film, contemporary poetry, and expatriate women writers in Paris.

Her essays and reviews have appeared in anthologies, journals, reference works, and magazines, such as the NWSA Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Women’s Review of Books, and Albion. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Université de Bordeaux III in France, and she has presented widely at scholarly conferences both in the US and abroad.

Elyse is currently a board member of the Long Beach Literary Women Festival of Authors, and is active in the Modernist Studies Association. A portion of her current work on film adaptations of E.M. Forster’s novels has recently been published in Visual Media and the Humanities (U. of Tennessee Press).

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla has a joint appointment in Women’s Studies and Sociology. Her recent research focuses on women’s movements in Latin America and Central American immigration to Los Angeles. She was Fullbright Fellow to Guatemala in 1965 and received one of two CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement awards for 1996-1997.

Her recent book, Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles (Temple University Press, 2001), co-authored with Nora Hamilton, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California, was awarded the 2002 prize for Best Book published in the area of Race/Ethnicity and Foreign Policy/Globalization by the American Political Science Association.

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Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Reed received her PhD in Comparative Culture from UCI. Her dissertation research focused on one-woman shows and the ways they provided alternatives to dominant images of women through representations of race, class, and sexuality. Her research has since focused more on television and representations of gender and sexuality.

She has written on the various personae of Lily Tomlin, Roseanne, and Ellen DeGeneres, postfeminism on television, and is currently at work on representations of female masculinity on The L Word. Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, and the anthology Third Wave Agenda.

She has presented her work at the National Women’s Studies Association, The Popular Culture Association, and the International Studies Association.

Shira Tarrant

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Shira Tarrant’s work appears in various anthologies, journals, and online news sources such as AlterNet, In These Times, Jezebel, Ms., Bitch magazine, and Huffington Post. Her books include Men and Feminism (Seal Press); Men Speak Out:Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge); Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century (Routledge); and The Pornography Industry (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Shira Tarrant’s commentary on gender, sexual politics, and pop culture has been featured on global media including the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, NBC, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, and on radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston. She is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. You can read more at