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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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Patti joined Chico State in Fall 2016 after teaching several years at California State University Dominguez Hills. She earned her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California - Los Angeles and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School. Before pursuing law and sociology, as an undergraduate she double majored in Psychology (Case Western Reserve) and Music Theory (Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve).

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Sociology; Classical Social Theory; Contemporary Social Theory; Research Methods; Analytical Statistics; Ethnographic Methods; Sociology of Gender; Contested Sexualities; Queer Theory; Sociology of Sexuality; Mass Media & Aggression Against Women; Work Labor and Social Justice; Law and Society; Sociology of Cheating; Sociology of Deviance; Corrections; Criminology; Youth Crime and Delinquency; Gangs and Adol. Subcultures; Drug and Alcohol Use; Globalization; Social Environment of Education; Self and Society; Social Psychology; Ark Work and Identity; Sociology of Mental Illness

Selected Writing:

In press. ìA Comparison of Promoter and Listener Preferences for Popular Music Artistsî Sociological Perspectives.

2010. ìHeterosexuality is Totally Metal: Ritualized Community and Separation at a Local Music Clubî Journal of Popular Music and Society. 22:3, 259-282.

2010. ìPopular Music, Gender, and Sexualization: A Latent Class Analysis of Artist Typesî Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media, and the Arts. 39:1, 44-63.

2010. ìPop Stars and Gender: The Relation of Representation, Promotion, and Listener Preferences to Artist Success.î Thesis, Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles

2000. ìSupreme Courtís Denial of Certiorari in Dallas Fire Fighters Leaves Unsettled the Standard for Compelling Remedial Interests.î Case Western Reserve Law Review 50:759-796.

2000. ìTrouble in River City: The Legacy of Romer vs. Evans Remains Despite Issue 3.î Thesis, Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve University Law School.


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.


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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After spending many years in San Francisco and teaching at Montana State University, I joined the Sociology department in Fall 2015.  I completed my MSc (2001) in Sociology at the London School of Economics and my PhD (2009) at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Before Hurricane Katrina, I also completed graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, an experience that resulted in my co-edited book about the sociological impact of the storm (see Narrating the Storm: Sociological Stories of Hurricane Katrina, 2011).  

As an Assistant Professor at CSU Chico, I teach classical and contemporary theory and courses that cover the areas of gender, sex and sexuality.  In all of my classes, I connect theoretical readings to students’ everyday lives and experiences.  Echoing student evaluations across my classes, a student recently expressed this sentiment: “I like that we are given many real-life, relatable examples for the theories we learn about because it allows me to visualize a connection that helps me better understand the (language of) theories, in general.”  As a professor, I want students to be able to both understand and use the material that we cover in my classes and meeting students where they are is part of that process. 

My research interests address the sociology of the body/embodiment, gender, sexuality and globalization.  Some recent publications are listed below.  I encourage all of my students to ask me about my research and, if they’re interested, working with me on my research or their own related research projects is always an option.

Recent publications: 

Hidalgo, Danielle. 2016. “Teaching Spaces of Possibility: Cultivating Safe, Relaxed, and Challenging Classrooms” in Ryanne Pilgeram and Kristin Haltinner, eds. Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. London: Springer.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette and Tracy Royce. 2016. “ ‘Tonight, You are a Man!’: Negotiating Embodied Resistance in Local Thai Nightclubs” In Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia, edited by Tiantian Zheng. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Bankston, Carl L. III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo. 2016. “The Waves of War: Refugees, Immigrants, and New Americans from Southeast Asia.” In Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Min Zhou & Anthony C. Ocampo. Albany: New York University Press.

Hidalgo, Danielle Antoinette. 2016. “Embodying Theory: Problematizing the Mundane in Everyday Life.” In ASA Section on Body & Embodiment Blog http://sectionbodyembodiment.weebly.com/blog/embodying-theory-problematizing-the-mundane-in-everyday-life

Nik Janos

Janos, Nik

Asst. Professor

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Nik Janos is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico. In 2012, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology from UC Santa Cruz. His work is at the intersection of urban and environmental studies. In particular, he examines urbanization and ecological crisis and disaster by exploring how capitalism, governance practices, and technology shape these crises. His work pays particular attention to how ecological vulnerabilities and inequalities intersect with race and class inequalities. His research sites have been Post-Katrina New Orleans and understanding the drawn out salmon crisis of the Puget Sound, in and around Seattle. He also spends a considerable amount of time understanding, and advocating for, the carbon free energy transition. He also runs the Green Space Notes blog, which is designed to catalogue and discuss current topics related to the environment, economy, politics, technology, and cities. He is a passionate teacher, and continuously pushes his students towards practicing a critical citizenship and participatory learning. 





Janos, N. and C. McKendry. 2014. “Globalization, Governance, and Re-Naturing the Industrial City: Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA.” Pp. 1–36 in, edited by S. Curtis.

McKendry, C. and N. Janos. 2014. “Greening the Industrial City: Equity, Environment, and Economic Growth in Seattle and Chicago.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 1–16.

Course taught:

Environmental Sociology, Wealth and Inequality, Global Problems, Classical Social Theory, Public Sociology

Lesa Johnson

Johnson, Lesa

Asst. Professor

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I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2016. My research and teaching specialties are Social Psychology, Race and Ethnicity, and Stratification/Social Inequality. I have been teaching college-level courses Sociology courses for five years. I am most experienced with teaching Ethnic and Race Relations (SOCI 350). I teach this course from the sociological psychology perspective of Intergroup Relations, and from the social inequality perspective which focuses on access to vital resources (or lack thereof). I also teach Self and Society (SOCI 360), which is a sociological psychology course focusing on the development of self and self-presentation, group processes, social movements, and how social structure informs culture, behavior, and personality. Other courses planned for 2018 are the Sociology of African Americans, and the Life Course Perspective.

I have conducted research on the social support and mental health of Black American and Black Caribbean women by socioeconomic status, on the social support and economic mobility prospects of Black American and South Sudanese women in the U.S., and on the social justice initiatives of university students from marginalized backgrounds at a predominately-white institution (PWI). Currently, I conduct participatory action research with two marginalized communities in Chico and surrounding areas. The first focuses on social capital utilization in the Hmong community to preserve cultural heritage while obtaining economic mobility. This project focuses on relationships between 1st generation immigrant parents and their offspring. The second uses two Freedom Schools - from Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements - to preserve and improve Black students’ community esteem by addressing educational inequalities, embracing ancestral resilience, and improving academic identity salience. This project is undertaken in conjunction with the Black Lives Matter Sacramento organization.

Alex K.

Kokkinakis, Alex


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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.


Lalich, Janja

Professor, FERP

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Loe Dilla

Loe, Dilia


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I am a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico. I have a BA in History from University of Texas at Arlington and a MTS from Emory University, Candler School of Theology. With twenty years experience in non-profit management, my teaching interests focus on human behavior in macro environments. With topics such as policy development, social welfare research, social service management, grant writing, and religious studies, I want to help students utilize their knowledge in community engagement. 

Paul Lopez

Lopez, Paul


Paul López is Professor of Chicano Studies and Sociology. He holds a joint appointment with the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Chico State, he held prior academic appointments at Boise State University, University of San Francisco, U.C. Santa Barbara, Northeastern University, and several other colleges and universities. He regularly teaches Introduction to Chicano Studies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Introduction to Multicultural and Gender Studies, and Chicanos in Contemporary Society. He received his BA in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge, his MA in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D in Sociology at Northeastern University. His first two books on the former U.S.-Mexico Bracero program are now coming out in second editions in the Fall of 2017. His third book (in progress) examines elderly braceros and continues his research and writing on the migration and settlement of former Mexican braceros.

Recent Publications

Paul López. Forthcoming.BrownPower/Chicano Movement.Forthcoming. In Lavariega Monforti, (editor), Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. ABC-CLIO.

Paul López. Forthcoming. Chicano Moratorium.In Lavariega Monforti, (editor), Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders. ABC-CLIO.

Paul López. 2017. (editor).¿Que Fronteras? Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration. Kendall/Hall Publishers. Dubuque, IA. Second Edition

Paul López. 2017.The Braceros: Guest Workers, Settlers, and Family Legacies. Kendall/Hunt Publishers. Dubuque, IA. Second Edition

Paul López. 2015.Bracero Program.In Frederick F. Wherry, and Golson, J. Geoffrey (editor). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society.

Paul López. 2013. Operation Wetback.In Dr. Carlos E. Cortes (editor). Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Paul López. 2013. Latinos.In Dr. Carlos E. Cortes (editor). Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Paul López. 2013.Chicanos.n Dr. Carlos E. Cortes (editor). Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications.

Paul López. 2011.A Response: Continuity and Change in Hispanic Identity.Ethnicities. Sage Publishers.

Paul López. 2009.Reflections on Research Perspectives and Strategies.In Alberto L. Pulido, Barbara Driscoll de Alvardo, and Carmen Samora, (editors). Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies. University of Illinois Press.

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Paiva, Marianne


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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. 

Marianne earned her BA in Sociology and MA in Social Science at CSU Chcio, and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University.

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


Skonovd, Norman


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Slusser, Suzanne


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Suzanne Slusser has a PhD in sociology from the University of Akron (2009). She teaches classes in the areas of gender, women, sexuality, and sociology of food. In the past she has taught social problems, introduction to sociology, women in global society, political sociology, poverty and social welfare, and applied sociology. Her past research has explored the global relationship between the political and economic orders and women's status. Other research interests include the sociology of teaching and learning, and political sociology, and her work has been published in Teaching Sociology and The Social Science Journal. Her other interests include permaculture and gardening, biking, minimalism, anything DIY, and the history and structure of racism.


Song, Chunyan


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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


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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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Dana Williams is an assistant professor and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Akron. Williams has teaching and research interests in the areas of social inequalities (class, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality intersectionality), social movements, political sociology, public sociology, and organizations. Williams enjoys regularly teaching Social Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Statistics, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Movements, and many other courses. Recent published research has appeared in Teaching Sociology, Critical Sociology, Journal of Black Studies, and Social Science Journal. Williams has also co-authored (with Jeff Shantz) a book entitled Anarchy & Society: Reflections on an Anarchist Sociology (published by Brill and Haymarket). Other interests include food security and cooperative food projects, permaculture, anarchist theory and practice, critical and people's histories, alternative transportation, and the free/libre/open-source software movement.

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.