Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Nandi Crosby

Crosby, Nandi

Department Chair, Professor

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A proud Baltimore native, I joined the faculty of Chico State in the fall of 1999. I earned a B.A. in psychology from St. Mary’s College in southern Maryland; an M.A. in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University; and a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University. I hold a joint appointment in Sociology and Multicultural & Gender Studies, with specific interests in all things related to social inequality: poverty, gang violence, police brutality, feminist theory, systematic racism and sexism, gender politics, transgender visibility, and a host of other social justice issues. I’ve taught more than 20 classes at Chico State in areas ranging from multicultural studies, African American studies, feminist theory, gangs, gender, sexuality, and criminology. Recently, I earned the University’s prestigious “Outstanding Teacher” award for the 2015-2016 academic year and I began serving as Chair of the sociology department in summer of 2016.

Patricia Donze

Donze, Patricia

Asst. Professor

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Gordon

Gordon, Liahna

Vice Chair, Professor

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Dr. Liahna E. Gordon, Professor of Sociology, teaches many of the core classes for the Sociology Program, including Social Research Methods, Contemporary Social Theory, Doing Social Research, and Maneuvering the Job Market with a Sociology Degree. She is continually impressed by the high level of engagement that her students show in these required courses. Her area of specialty within sociology is the sociology of sexuality, and she teaches both Sociology of Sexuality and Constructing Sexualities. She has also taught Sexuality and Globalization twice for the USAC study abroad program in Madrid, Spain.

Research Interests and Publications:

Most recently Dr. Gordon published a research methods textbook written specifically for sociology students.  Her research interests generally revolve around the intersections of sexuality, deviance, and gender.  Her publications are often inspired by classroom discussions or questions from students.  Recent publications include:

Liahna E. Gordon.  2016.  Real Research:  Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use Thousand Oaks:  Sage.

Liahna E. Gordon and Tony Silva.  2015.  “Inhabiting the Sexual Landscape:  Toward an Interpretive Theory of the Development of Sexual Orientation and Identity,” Journal of Homosexuality 62(4): 1-36.

Liahna E. Gordon.  2013.  “Wankers, Inverts, and Addicts:  The Scientific Construction of Sexuality as a Social Problem,” in Joel Best and Scott Harris (eds.), Making Sense of Social Problems:  New Images, New Issues.  Boulder:  Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Liahna E. Gordon.  2006.  “Bringing the U-Haul:  Embracing and Resisting Traditional Sexual Stereotypes in a Lesbian Community,” Sexualities 9(2):171-192.

Liahna E. Gordon and Lyndall Ellingson, 2006.  “In the Eyes of the Beholder:  Student Understandings of Pleasure and Danger in Sexuality Education Lessons,” Sex Education 6(3):251-264.

Gordon regularly presents both research and teaching presentations at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual meetings.

Service

Dr. Gordon has served on the Board of Directors or as an advisor for three different campus groups.  She was recognized by the GSEC with a Harvey Milk Award for her advocacy both on campus and in the city of Chico for her advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, and has served on a number of committees and boards for the campus, community, and professional organizations.  She currently volunteers with the Chico’s Safe Space Winter Shelter.

 

Danielle Hidalgo

Hidalgo, Danielle

Asst. Professor

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Nik Janos

Janos, Nik

Asst. Professor

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Lesa Johnson

Johnson, Lesa

Asst. Professor

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Alex K.

Kokkinakis, Alex

Lecturer

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Alexandra Kokkinakis is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Chico. She holds an MA in Social Science as well as a BA in Comparative Religion (with minors in Sociology and Ethics), both from CSU Chico. Kokkinakis teaches classes in the areas of deviant behavior, popular culture, social problems, and introductory sociology. Her research and future teaching interests include the sociology of film and music, environmental sociology, social psychology/microsociology, social inequalities, social justice, countercultures, and social movements. She also teaches in CSU Chico’s First Year Experience, offering courses on sustainability and identity. Her published works include a chapter entitled “Alternatives Schools” in The Encyclopedia of Family Studies. She also co-facilitates/develops CSU Chico’s Sense of Place semi-annual event, including 2016’s “Community Action Symposium.” Additional interests include local music and art, local activism, punk rock music and culture, permaculture, alternative/free education, prisoner/inmate advocacy, animal and environmental rights, censorship, and filmmaking. She is actively involved in Chico’s local arts and music community and participates in local sustainability projects as well.

Janja

Lalich, Janja

Professor, FERP

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Loe Dilla

Loe, Dilla

Lecturer

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Paul Lopez

Lopez, Paul

Professor

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Paiva

Paiva, Marianne

Lecturer

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Marianne Paiva is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Chico. She is also a recovering paramedic, a mother, wife, sister, and daughter.

Marianne’s research interests focus on Population and the Environment, Migration, Immigrant Populations, the intersectionality of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class, and every now and then, paramedics. 

She is the author of Breathe: Essays from a Recovering Paramedic (2011) and the editor of Sociology in Everyday Life (2016). 

Cynthia

Siemsem, Cynthia

Professor

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Norman

Skonovd, Norman

Lecturer

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Suzanne

Slusser, Suzanne

Lecturer

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Song

Song, Chunyan

Professor

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Chunyan Echo Song is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico. She was born and raised in Shandong, China. Chunyan can be pronounced approximately as “tree-yan” in English. She also goes by her middle name “Echo” to spare new friends the trouble with her problematic first name. She has a B.A in English and Literature from Beijing Language & Culture University. In 2005, she received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University. She teaches the following classes on a regular basis: SOCI/AAST 152 Asian American Experience, SOCI310 Social Research Methods, SOCI315 Social Science Statistics, SOCI354 Ethnicity and Nationalism, and SOCI370 Population & Migration. Her research interests and publications are on educational performance among immigrant youth, sociology of family, and demography. Over the time, her research interests have shifted. Since 2009, she has been working on a collaborative research project to compare child feeding practices in three cultures: China, Japan, and the U.S. 

Tony Waters

Waters, Tony

Professor

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Tony Waters started teaching at Chico State in 1996.  He normally teaches classes in Social Theory, Population, Global Issues, and International Engagement.  While at Chico State, he has also been a guest professor in Tanzania, Germany, and Thailand.  Among his publications are Weber’s Rationalism and Modern Society (2015), When Killing is a Crime (2007), and Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan (2001).  He is currently on leave in Thailand at Payap University, where he has research projects dealing with the 2015 Ceasefire in Myanmar, and Thai-English literary translation.  He will return to Chico State in January 2018, and is looking forward to again connecting with Chico State students interested in international issues.

Dona Williams

Williams, Dana

Asst. Professor

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Lauren Wilson

Wilson, Lauren

Advisor, Lecturer

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My name is Lauren Wilson. I am a graduate of Chico State. I hold Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Multicultural Studies and a Master’s Degree is Multicultural Education. Currently I teach both at Chico State and Butte College and am the Academic Advisor for the Sociology Department here at Chico State.

Staff

Ahearn-McQueen, Jana

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