University Experts

Listed alphabetically below are campus experts on various topics. Each may be contacted directly or contact Jean Wasp, jean.wasp@sonoma.edu or (707) 664-2057 for assistance.

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  • Emily Acosta Lewis, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, is an expert in media effects, entertainment tv, children, teens, and emerging adults and the media.
  • Ruben ArmiƱana, President of Sonoma State University and a Professor of Political Science, has expertise in Cuba, higher education and Latin American politics and economics.
  • Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education and a Professor of Education, is an expert in formative assessment, pedagogies of assesment, hands-on and computer based science learning, and program evaluation.
  • William Babula, Professor in English, is an expert in Shakespeare, modern drama, creative writing, and play writing.
  • Chiara Bacigalupa, Associate Professor in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education, is an expert in early child education.
  • Christina Baker, Assistant Professor of American and Multicultural Studies, has expertise in education, the intersection of race and gender, mass media and society, and race/ethnicity and identity.
  • Jeff Baldwin, Associate Professor of Geography, has expertise in geopolitics, Latin America and the Caribbean, and international development and social movements.
  • Melinda Barnard, Vice Provost and Professor of Communication Studies, is an expert in the impact of social networks on pre-teens, media influence on children, and the impact of iPods, phones and the internet on socialization.
  • Stephen Bittner, Professor of History, is an expert on Russian and Soviet history.
  • Cynthia Boaz, Associate Professor of Political Science, is an expert in global nonviolent struggles, strategic nonviolent conflict, political development, quality of democracy, media coverage of war and conflict, women-led movements in US and Iran and the Burmese pro-democracy movement. She is an academic advisor for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
  • Wanda Boda, Professor of Kinesiology, is an expert in biomechanics, diving mechanics and space flight exercise.
  • Alexis Boutin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is an expert in biological and forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology and the archaeology of the Middle East.
  • Florence Bouvet, Associate Professor of Economics, is an expert in macroeconomics, international economics, regional economics and European economics.
  • Sam Brannen, Professor of Mathmatics, specializes in Geometry, Calculus, and Japanese History.
  • Glenn S. Brassington, Professor of Psychology, is an expert in performance, healthe and clinical psychology, sleep research and organizational development in executive training.
  • Michal Brody, Lecturer in the School of Education, is an expert in linguistics and sociolinguistics.
  • James Brown, Lecturer in the Psychology department, is an expert in depth pyschology, archetypal psychology, psychology and media.
  • Brantley Bryant, Associate Professor of English, specializes in medieval literature, Chaucer, and Fourteenth-Century English Literature and History.
  • Elizabeth Burch, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, is an expert in international media, media ethics, media criticism, environmental media and documentaries.
  • Noel Byrne, Professor of Sociology, is an expert in the sociology of evil, sociology of time and the sociology of moral orders.
  • Marco Calavita, Chair of and Professor of Communication Studies, is an expert in film history, theory, and criticism, screenwriting, media and children, news media, citizens, and political socialization, media literacy, and media education.
  • Rich Campbell, Associate Professor of Business Administration, is an expert in marketing, sports business, and brand management.
  • Susan Campbell, Assistant Professor in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education, has expertise in K-8 Social Studies education, sociocultural and critical perspectives of history, qualitative research methods, discourse analysis and academic literacy.
  • Ellen Carlton, Professor of Kinesiology, is an expert in exercise psychology, performance for athletes, performance enhancement, motivation, moral development in sports, sport psychology, youth sports and coach development.
  • Lorna Catford, Lecturer in the Psychology Department, is an expert in disability advocacy support, personal creativity and problem-solving, stress management and in autism training and support programs.
  • Anita Catlin, Professor of Nursing, is an expert in the fields of maternal child ethics, perinatal ethics, medical ethics, preconception health, pregnancy, and women's health.
  • Jean Chan, Professor of Mathematics, is an expert in hexagon magic, geometric gem, and packing spheres.
  • Caroline Christian: Associate Professor of Enviornmental Studies, is an expert in population and community Ecology, conservation Biology and planning, restoration Biology and planning, restoration Ecology, and invasion Biology.
  • James L. Christmann, Professor emeritus of Biology, is an expert in biotechnology, recombinant DNA, molecular biology and molecular genetics.
  • Matthew Clark, Associate Professor of Geography and Global Studies, is an expert in Economic Globalization, land use change in Latin America, lidar and hyperspectral remote sensing, and decision support systems for nature conservation.
  • Liz Close, Chair of the Nursing Department, is an expert in distance education and learning and health care.
  • Lynn R. Cominsky, Professor and Department Chair of Physics and Astronomy, is an expert in X-Ray and Gamma Ray Astronomy, high energy Astrophysics, and non-classified knowledge of nuclear weapons, arms control and weapons proliferation issues.
  • Dan Crocker, Associate Professor of Biology, is an expert in physiological ecology, comparative physiology, behavioral ecology, reproductive energetics, diving physiology, renal physiology, wildlife telemetry and marine mammals.
  • Steven Cuellar, Professor of Economics, is an expert in labor economics, public policy, Econometrics, pricing and promotion in the wine industry, wages, discrimination and inequality.
  • J. Hall Cushman, Professor of Biology, is an expert in community, plant and restoration ecology, conservation biology, cattle grazing as a land management tool, and the Ecology of Sudden Oak Death.
  • Kristen Daley, Chair of and Associate Professor of Theatre Art and Dances, is an expert in modern dance technique, ballet technique, jazz technique, 20th century dance history, and hip-hop dance and culture.
  • James Dean, Associate Professor of Sociology, is an expert in social construction of heterosexual, lesbian, and gay identities in contemporary America.
  • Randall Dodgen, Professor of History, is an expert in China Since 1600, Chinese technology and science, Pacific Rim issues, modern Japan and Chinese folk religion.
  • Mike Dominguez, Intramural, Kids Camp, and Marketing Coordinator for Campus Recreation, specializes in recreational studies and referee certifications
  • Paul Draper, Professor of Theatre Arts, is an expert in Shakespeare, theatre, artistic directing, directing, acting, program directing, general education, 20th century theatre.
  • Stephanie Dyer, Associate Professor of American History in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, is an expert in consumer society, the history of shopping center development and retailing, mass media, popular culture, business and economic history.
  • Steve Estes, Professor of History, specializes in modern American history, civil and human rights, American race relations and gays in the military since WWII.
  • Robert Eyler, Professor/Chair of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis, specializes in macroeconomic and monetary theory, financial theory, financial analysis, economic history, and economic indicators for Sonoma County.
  • Michael Ezra, Professor of American Multicultural Studies, specializes in post World War II African American history, sports, media, and popular culture.
  • Steve Farmer, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has expertise in organic chemistry, polymers and nanoparticles.
  • Susan Hillier Ferreira, Professor of Psychology, specializes in developmental psychology, later life development, psychosocial gerontology, and adult development
  • Johanna Filp-Hanke, Professor of Education, specializes in teacher preparation, early childhood education, low income educational needs, evaluation of educational innovations, multicultural education, and school-family collaboration.
  • Cinzia Forasiepi, Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department, specializes in second language acquisition, learning, teaching, and bilingualism.
  • Ben Ford, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics is an expert in mathematics education and teacher professional development.
  • Nick Franceschine, Lecturer in Mathematics, specializes in actuarial science, retirement plans, post-retirement healthcare plans and number theory.
  • Bill Fusco, Director of Athletics, is an expert in Title IX, gender equity in sports, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Recruitment of Student Athletes, intercollegiate athletics, marketing and development.
  • Melissa Garvin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is an expert in human development, infant, child, and adolescent development.
  • Nicholas R. Geist, Professor of Biology, is an expert in paleobiology, dinosaur biology, vertebrate anatomy and functional morphology, herpetology, reptilian biology, ornithology, evolution of birds and avian physiology.
  • Brenda Gilchrist, Adjunct Professor of Business and Human Resources Consultant, has expertise in organization development, talent management and aquisition, and facilitation/team development and training.
  • Armand Gilinsky, Professor of Business Administration, specializes in business plans, case studies, entrepreneurship, executive coaching, financial analysis, social responsibility, strategy and leadership and wine business strategy.
  • Robert Girling, Professor of Business Administration, specializes in sustainability, business in Latin America, International education, education reform, corporate social responsibility, and academic planning.
  • Michelle Goman, Assistant Professor of Geography, is an expert in climate and enviornmental change.
  • Karen Grady, Professor and Chair of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education, is an expert in adolescent literacy, second language pedagogy, curriculum theory, and language and literacy policy.
  • Diana Grant, Professor of Criminal Justice Administration, is an expert in juries and jurors, social and legal issues in selecting jurors, jury decision making, jury reform, the purpose of the jury system, gender issues in Criminal Justice, female police officers, white collar crime, psychology and law, eyewitness ID issues, and hate crimes.
  • Michaela Grobbel, Associate Professor of German, is an expert in German language, literature and culture of the German-speaking world, world literature with a focus on Romani ('Gypsy') studies, feminist studies, and Afro-German studies.
  • Maria Hess, Professor of Psychology, specializes in counceling and pyschotherapy, depth-oriented methods, clinical education, psychopathology, assessment and diagnosis, community mental health.
  • Roberta Hodges, Academic Coordinator and Instructor for Extended Education and Sonoma State American Language Institute, is an expert in multicultural teaching, curriculum development, and program development.
  • Penelope Huang, Adjunct Faculty, is an expert in family demography, research methods, Sociology of Gender, and work and families.
  • Patrick Jackson, Professor of Criminal Justice Administration, is an expert in research methods, community corrections, evaluation research, electronic publication, criminology and juvenile delinquency, animals and society, attrition of justice.
  • Matthew James, Professor of Geology, is an expert in the life and work of Charles Darwin, paleontology, The Galapagos Islands, The Hawaiian Islands and maritime history.
  • Michelle Jolly, Professor of History, specializes in United States History before 1900, the West, Gold Rush, California history and California women's history and is part of The Sonoma County Women's Oral History Project.
  • Cael Keegan, Lecturer for Women and Gender Studies, specializes in American history and politics, queer theory, LGBTQ studies, popular culture and film and television studies.
  • Nelson Kellogg, Professor of Interdisiplinary Studies, specializes in education, communications and community science, history of science and technology, developments in science education, and present/future apllications.
  • Haider Khaleel, Assistant Professor of Engineering Science, is an expert in wearable and flexible wireless systems, metamaterial based antennas, bio-electromagnetics, telemedicine and wireless body area networks.
  • Chong-Uk Kim, Associate Professor of Economics, is an expert in macroeconomics, international economics, and econometrics.
  • Patricia Kim-Rajal, Associate Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies, is an expert in the fields of Spanish-language media, globalization, Latino audiences, and Latino images in the media.
  • Karin Enstam Jaffe, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is an expert in primate behavioral ecology, anti-predator behavior, polyspecific associations, evolution of primate social systems and human evolution.
  • Deborah Kindy, Professor of Nursing, is an expert on psychiatric nursing, qualitative health research, human sexuality, mental illness, and narrative analysis.
  • Amy Kittelstrom, Associate Professor of History, is an expert in United States history, including pragmatism and reform and the history of science.
  • John Kornfeld, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Education, is an expert in curriculum development, curriculum reform, integrated curriculum development, multicultural education, social studies education and teacher education.
  • Jeanette Koshar, Professor of Nursing, is an expert infertility, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent health, contraception, and women's health.
  • Laura Krier, Assistant Professor and Web Services Librarian, specializes in data modeling, metadata, web development, and feminist and literary theory.
  • Catherine Kroll, Associate Professor of English, specializes in Anglophone African literature, 19th-century british literature.
  • Brigitte Lahme, Professor of Mathematics, is an expert in mathematics education, undergraduate mathematics education, pre-calculus and calculus.
  • Heidi LaMoreaux, Director of Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Professor, is an expert in Physical Geography, Archaeology of the Southeastern U.S., Paleoenvironmental analysis, Charcoal analysis, Pollen analysis, Paleoclimatology, Earth Art, 3D Collages, and Graphic Novels.
  • Paula Lane, Associate Professor of Literacy Studies and Elementary Education, specializes in science education, elementary education, qualitative research methods, case study research, assessment, electronic portfolios, physical education, art education, professional development, and gender equity.
  • Rheyna Laney, Professor of Geography, has expertise in Africa, Sahara, ecology, global agricultural systems, and remote sensing.
  • Elaine Leeder, Professor of Sociology, is an expert in prison rights and education, domestic violence, lesbian and gay battering, Jewish domestic violence, domestic violence in different ethnic groups, Holocaust, contemporary genocide, social change, revolutions, social movements, technological innovation and emerging global family structures.
  • Doug Leibinger, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music, is an expert in jazz improvisation, arranging and compostion.
  • Jim Liebich, Lecturer in Kinesiology, is an expert in fencing.
  • Jennifer Lillig, Associate Professor or Chemistry, has expertise in biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, membrane: peptide interactions, and anti-listerial bacteriocins
  • Joseph Lin, Assistant Professor in Biology, specializes in immunology, molecular, and cellular biology.
  • Linda Mansi, Lecturer in the Business and Economics department, specializes in employment law, business entity formation, taxation of business entities, contract negotiation, and mediation.
  • Daniel Malpica, Associate Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies, has expertise in international migration to the United States, race and ethnicity, racial and ethnic minorities and the U.S. labor market, Mexico and the United States, and Latino poverty.
  • David McCuan, Professor of Political Science, is an expert in electoral politics including California elections and politics, initiatives and direct democracy, State budget policy, and public policy including Maritime policy and National Security law.
  • Elaine T. McDonald, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, is an expert in probability, and random walks.
  • Edith Prentice Mendez , Professor of Mathematics, is an expert in mathematics, history of math, teaching and learning math, and women in mathematics.
  • Andy Merrifield, Professor of Political Science, specializes in political science, politics, elections and voting behavior, local government, the U.S. presidency, public administration, and public policy.
  • Scott Miller, Professor of English and Director of Sonoma State University Writing Center, is an expert in academic and professional writing, literacy education, history and theory of rhetoric.
  • Melinda Milligan, Professor and Chair of Sociology, is an expert in urban and community sociology, organizations, emotions, social psychology, symbolic interaction.
  • Matty Mookerjee, Associate Professor of Geology, is an expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics and the kinematics of highly strained zones.
  • Amanda Morrison, Lecturer for Chicano and Latino Studies, is an expert in Latino media, American culture, Latin music, Race and Ethnicity, Youth and hip-hop.
  • Dwayne Mulder, Lecturer for Philosophy department, is an expert in theory of knowledge and reality, Philosophy of science, critical thinking, and rationality.
  • Laura Naumann, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is an expert in personality, cultural differences, appearance-based judgments, self-perception processes, self-enhancement bias..
  • Catherine Nelson, Chair of and Professor of Political Science, with expertise in politics, American government, gender, race, media, political philosophy, and feminist theory.
  • Sandra Newton, Associate Professor of Business, has expertise in management information systems.
  • Mary Ann Nickel, Professor of Education, specializes in reading, language arts, curriculum and standards, public school/university partnerships,first and second language acquisition, and English language development.
  • Karina J. Nielsen, Professor of Biology is an expert in ecology of coastal ecosystems, algal ecology, invertebrate biology, marine biodiversity, marine conservation and the Sea Palm.
  • Kathleen Noonan, Professor of History, specializes in British and Irish history (1500-present), tthe history of poverty and charity, the Atlantic world (1500-1800), and religion in Europe and America.
  • Jann Nunn, Professor of Art, is an expert in contemporary issues in sculpture, public sculpture and sculptural installation.
  • Wendy Ostroff, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science/Developmental Psychology in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, is an expert incognitive science, Developmental Psychology, perception and perceptual, language acquisition, speech perception, and native language processing.
  • Noelle Oxenhandler, Professor of English, is an expert in non-fiction creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and personal essays.
  • Jessica Parker, Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education, is an expert in digital media and learning, educational technology, new literacies and media literacy.
  • Diane L. Parness, Professor of Political Science, is an expert in Comparitive Politics and European, German and Russian politics.
  • Elena Parolini, Adjunct Faculty in Education, with expertise in applied behavior analysis and teacher education.
  • Shawn Percell, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach, is an expert in soccer.
  • Mark Perri, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is an expert in analytical Chemisty, enviornmental sciences, astrospheric chemistry, aerosol chemistry.
  • Peter Phillips, Professor of Sociology, specializes in political sociology, sociology of media/censorship, transnatiional capitalist class, and power.
  • Jorge E. Porras, Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics, and specializes in Spanish syntax, semantics, phonology, pragmatics, grammar, sociolinguistics, Spanish in the United States, Afro-Iberian Creoles, first and second language theory and practice, Spanish writing for the professions, Spanish/English translation and interpretation, and poetry writing.
  • Paul Porter, Professor of Education, specializes in school law, governmental personnel issues, behavioral management, leadership and organizational development, and distance learning.
  • James Preston, Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology, is an expert on new spiritual movements, global identities, and Catholic devotions among Native American populations
  • Saeid Rahimi, Professor of Physics, has expertise in photonics computer-controlled instrumentation, fiber optics, semiconductors, holography, lasers, laser spectroscopy, laser micro-machining and human-computer interaction.
  • Nathan Rank, Professor of Biology, is an expert in biology, plant pest, herbivore, entomology, genetics, population and conservation, and insect ecology.
  • Bala Ravikumar, Professor of Computer Science, specializes in computer science, automata theory, formal languages, computation theory and complexity, parallel computing, and data mining.
  • Jeffrey T. Reeder, Professor of Modern Languages, and specializes in Spanish and Spanish language translation and linguistics.
  • Christine Renaudin, Professor of Modern Languages, is an expert in French, Lilas Desquiron and the Haitian novel, and Verlaine.
  • Suzanne Rivoire, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is an expert in computer architecture and energy-efficient computing.
  • Deborah A. Roberts, Professor of Nursing, is an expert in nursing/education, leadership and pediatric nursing, and nursing education and leadership.
  • Gregory Roberts, Chair of Art and Art History and Professor of Art, is an expert in ceramics.
  • Andrew Rogerson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology, specializes in microbial ecology with an emphasis on eukaryotic microbes.
  • Andy Roth, Lecturer in Sociology and Associate Director of Project Censored, is an expert in news media and political discourse, censorship, and documentary film.
  • Dana Schneider, Lecturer, is an expert on mediation, collaborative research, family therapy, and the affects of divorce on children.
  • Michael Schwager, Associate Professor of Art, Director of the University Art Gallery and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and specializes in art museums, art history, Bay Area art (1900-present), modern and contemporary art, and public art.
  • Scott Severson, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Observatory Director, is an expert in astrophysics, astronomical instrumentation, optics, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
  • Jennifer Shaw, Professor of Art History, has expertise in the history of art, especially modern European art.
  • Victoria Sheridan, Instructor for the Art Department, specializes in history of art and architecture , Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, history of photography, photography practice, documentary photography, museum studies, Venetian art and architecture, history of architecture.
  • Julie Shulman, Associate Professor, Counseling Department and a psychologist, is an expert in therapy with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients, same-sex marriage, therapy with same-sex couple, feminist therapy and women's sexuality and body image.
  • William Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, is an expert in leadership, buisness strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation, regional economic development and the wine business.
  • Daniel Soto, Assistant Professor of Enviornmental Studies and Planning, expert in energy, energy efficiency, rural electrification.
  • David Sowerby, Consultant and Author for the Department of Psychology, specializes in intuition, dreams, consciousness, spiritual development, and hollistic health.
  • Lynn M. Stauffer, Dean of the School of Science and Technology, Professor of Computer Science, is an expert in computer science, algorithm design and analysis, data compression and women in computer science.
  • Thaine Stearns, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of English, is an expert in 20th-century British and Irish literature, literary criticism and theory, and visual culture.
  • John Sullins, Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializes in the philosophy of technology, artificial intelligence and robotics, cognitive science, science, engineering, and computer ethics, fencing, fight directing for the stage, and the history of swordplay.
  • Elaine Sundberg, Associate Vice Provost, specializes in graduate programs, remedial education, remedial program administration, remedial writing instruction, accreditation and student learning outcomes and assessment.
  • Zeno Swijtink, Lecturer of Philosophy and Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, has expertise in philosophy of science, foundations of statistics, environmental advocacy, sustainability and the food system.
  • Laxmi G. Tewari,Professor of Music, is an expert in the music of India, the religion of India, music and society, and non-Western music.
  • Elizabeth Thach, Professor of Business Administration, is an expert in the fields of leadership training, coaching human resource management, wine marketing and strategy, wine tourism, and wine business management.
  • Suzanne Toczyski, Professor of French, is an expert in the fields of 17th Century French literature, food in literature, early modern history and culture and Bay Area francophile events.
  • Robert Train, Professor of Modern Languages, is an expert in the fields of the standardization of language and culture, issues of linguistic and cultural diversity in language education, language ideologies, foreign-language teaching (sociolinguistic perspective, technologies), and political and cultural aspects of viticulture in France.
  • Charlene Tung, Chair and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, specializes in gender and migration/immigration, gender and globalization, and gender and race in popular culture.
  • Michael Visser, Associate Professor of Economics, is an expert in the fields of behavioral and experimental economics, game theory, industrial organization, and econometrics.
  • Greta Vollmer, Professor of English, is an expert in the fields of first and second language acquisition, and teacher education.
  • Mathew Wadlund, Temporary Faculty in the Enviornmental Studies and Planning Department, specializes in sustainable design, energy efficiency in buildings, green design, net zero energy design, and achitecture.
  • Merith Weisman, Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement, is a specialist in service-learning, community research, public scholarship, civic engagement and Indonesia.
  • Richard Whitkus, Professor of Biology, is an expert in the fields of genetics, GMO's, evolution and taxonomy in Plant Biology.
  • Mary Ellen Wilkosz, Associate Professorof Nursing and Assistant Director of FNP Program, specializes in family practice and primary care, pharmacology, and pathophysiology.
  • Brian Wilson - Professor of Music and Chair of Music is an expert in composition and theory, music theory pedogogy, Klezmer music, and the music of Percy Grainger.
  • Ruth Wilson, Lecturer in the Music Department and Music Department Publicist, has expertise in the French horn and music publicity.
  • John D. Wingard - Dean of Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is an expert in the fields of sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, agricultural economics, and tourism.
  • Steven V. Winter - Professor and Chair of Kinesiology, is an expert in the field of sports injuries including prevention, evaluation, emergency treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • Ai-Chu Wu, Lecturer, is an expert in statistics, quality, and population equality.
  • Marcus Ziemer, Men's Soccer Coach, is an expert in soccer and international soccer.