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Faculty Research and Activities

Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside

Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson is currently an assistant professor in the Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology.  Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of Arab/Islamic feminisms; race, class, gender, sexuality; and racial/ethnic studies.  She is currently pursuing research on the intersection of race, gender, and capitalism in the War on Terror and its concurrent gendered and racialized impact on US Muslims.

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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Claire Garrido-Ortega

Ms. Garrido-Ortega earned a Master of Public Health with a Specialization in Community Health Education from California State University, Long Beach in 2005.  She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Ms. Garrido-Ortega’s contributions to research are published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health, and in Smoking and Women’s Health of Nova Science Publishers.  She has presented research at various scientific conferences of the American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, and the Southern California Public Health Association. For the past several years, Ms. Garrido-Ortega has worked as a Project Director of the Cambodian Tobacco Research Initiative and worked with the under-researched Cambodian American community of Long Beach, California. Prior to this, she assisted with conducting research on the cross-national comparison of patterns of substance abuse along the United States/Mexico border. Ms. Garrido-Ortega currently serves as the College of Liberal Arts Lecturer Representative for the Faculty Center for Professional Development Advisory Board.

Research interests:

Women’s health, epidemiology, racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health.

Recent Publications:

  • Friis RH, Garrido-Ortega C, Safer A, Wankie C, Forouzesh M. Socioepidemiology of Cigarette Smoking among Cambodian Americans in Long Beach, California. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2011, May 18. Available via Pubmed.
  • Friis RH, Kugler J, Pallasigui J, Garrido-Ortega C, Wankie C. Global diffusion of smoke-free bars laws that prevent exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. In: Friis RH, ed. The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers; in press.

Linh Hua

Linh Hua earned a Ph.D. in English from UCI with specialization in African American and Asian American literature and culture, feminist theory, and critical theory.  Her dissertation research examined how the confluence of liberal ideology and the transatlantic slave trade shaped modern definitions and practices of love, and how such definitions are challenged or refused by the experiences women of color.  Dr. Hua was recently awarded the Joe Weixlmann Prize for Best Essay on a 20th- or 21st- Century Topic by African American Review for her article, “Reproducing Time, Reproducing History: Love and Black Feminist Sentimentality in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.”  The article is published in Volume 44.3 (2012) of the journal.  From 2002-2005, Dr. Hua served on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, during which time she contributed to developing a national survey instrument on (Academic) Women in Mid-Career.  The results of the survey are available in the MLA’s journal Profession.

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.

Maythee Rojas

Maythee Rojas is an associate professor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at California State University, Long Beach. She received her Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University and her B.A. from Pomona College. Her research specializations include Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and issues of race and sexuality.  She is the author of Women of Color and Feminism (Seal Press: 2009). Her work has appeared in Frontiers, MELUS, Women’s Studies Quarterly and reference books such Notable American Women, Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.

In 2010-2011, she served as president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) and was the 2009-2010 Interim Editor for its journal, Ethnic Studies Review. She is the director of CSULB’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program.

Shira Tarrant

Shira Tarrant received her PhD in political science from UCLA. She is an associate professor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Tarrant is a nationally recognized expert on feminism, sexual politics, pop culture, and masculinity. Her books include

• Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge)
Men and Feminism (Seal Press)
• When Sex Became Gender (Routledge)
Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, with Marjorie Jolles).

Shira Tarrant’s writing also appears in Bitch Magazine, BUST Magazine, AlterNet, Jezebel, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Huffington Post, and in various journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. She is currently at work on her next book, New Views on Pornography (Praeger, with Lynn Comella).

Shira Tarrant is an invited speaker at college campuses and public events across the country. Reporters from the Toronto Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, KPCC, CNN, and CBS have relied on Dr. Tarrant’s expertise. Shira Tarrant has been described as an unconventional feminist redefining gender rights. Read more at