Kent Baxter, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of English, College of Humanities, CSUN

Dr. Baxter has a special interest in how age categories -- in particular, the developmental stage of adolescence -- are constructed in modern and contemporary culture. He has explored this topic in two books: "The Modern Age: Turn-of-the-Century American Culture and the Invention of Adolescence" (University of Alabama Press, 2008) and "Critical Insights: Coming of Age" (EBSCO/Salem Press, 2012).

Dr. Baxter has also written a number of articles and delivered presentations on various aspects of the adolescent experience. For example, his presentation on "The Ring, Siegfried, and the Adolescent" was part of the "Opera, Culture, History, and Thought" series of lectures given at the University of Southern California in June, 2010. More recently, he presented "When Queer Isn’t So Queer: The Absent Adolescent in the work of David Levithan" at the January 2014 Modern Language Association in Chicago.

Dr. Baxter earned his B.A in English (with honors) at CSUN and his M.A. in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California, where he also received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Baxter teaches “Family and Life Cycles” (HUMA 530).


Ronald A. Davidson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Geography, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUN

Dr. Davidson is a humanistic geographer. This subfield of geography explores themes such as the relationships between humans and their environments, phenomenology, and subjective experience. Dr. Davidson’s research topics include public space and education in the U.S. and Japan. He has also taught a wide range of courses in the broader field of geography, including cultural geography, urban social geography, and world geography.

Dr. Davidson’s most recent scholarly articles include "Friendly Authoritarianism and the Bedtaun: Public Space in a Japanese Suburb" (Journal of Cultural Geography, 2013), and "See Your West: Standard Oil Markets Manifest Destiny," co-authored with James Craine and Chris Dando, (“The Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography”, 2014).

Dr. Davidson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master of Arts degree in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from University of California, Los Angeles.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Davidson teaches “Norms and Knowledge” (HUMA 640).

Edward L. Jackiewicz, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUN

Dr. Jackiewicz’s current research areas of interest include tourism and lifestyle migration, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Among his most recently published work is the chapter “Questioning the Right to ‘Stay Put’ as an Explanation of Lifestyle Migration and Residential Tourism Development” (co-authored by Michaela Benson) in “The Fight to Stay Put” (Verstag Publishers, 2013).

Dr. Jackiewicz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Arizona before receiving his Master of Arts in Geography from Temple University. His Ph.D. in Geography is from Indiana University.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Jackiewicz teaches “Nation, Empire, Law and Government” (HUMA 630).

Kenneth Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Asian Religions, Department of Religious Studies, CSUN

Dr. Lee’s scholarly publications include “The Prince and the Monk: Shotōku Worship in Shinran’s Buddhism” (State University of New York Press, 2007); the chapter “Kannon: The Goddess of Compassion in Japan” in “The Constant and Changing Faces of the Goddess: Goddess Traditions of Asia” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008); and “The Most Venerable Sangwol: Reincarnation of Kwanseum in Korea” for the International Conference of the Korean Buddhist Cheontae Order (Wongak Buddhist Research Institute, 2011).

Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Occidental College and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned both his Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Religion degrees at Columbia University.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Lee teaches “What is the Sacred?” (HUMA 510)

Sheena Malhotra, Ph.D.

Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Director, M.A. in Humanities Program, CSUN

Dr. Malhotra’s academic research focuses on the intersections of gender, media and global culture, with a post-colonial analysis of media in India and the Indian diaspora. Prior to her career as an educator, Dr. Malhotra worked as an executive producer and a commissioning editor of programs for Business India Television, a privately held television network. She also served as an assistant director on feature films directed by well-known “Bollywood” director Shekhar Kapur (“Bandit Queen” and “Elizabeth”).

Dr. Malhotra joined CSUN in 2000 in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, where she taught courses on women and popular culture as well as general women’s studies classes. She has developed considerable expertise in teaching online and hybrid courses.

With Dr. Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Dr. Malhotra co-edited "Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), an anthology that explores silence as a space of possibility from a feminist perspective. Her most recent book is Answer the Call: Virtual Migrations in Indian Call Centers (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), which was co-authored with Dr. Carrillo Rowe and Dr. Kimberlee Perez.

Dr. Malhotra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies at DePauw University and her Master of Arts in the same field at Pepperdine University. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies -- with an emphasis on gender, media and intercultural communication -- from the University of New Mexico.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Malhotra teaches Identity, Meaning and Culture (HUMA 600).

Claire White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, CSUN

Upon joining CSUN’s Department of Religious Studies in 2012, Dr. White became the first person to hold a position in the “Cognitive Science of Religion” in a Religious Studies department at a U.S. university.

Dr. White describes herself as a psychologist who specializes in the interaction between cognition and culture. Her research focuses on using cognitive and evolutionary theories, methods and findings to explain how and why some representations are cross-culturally recurrent as well as to understand how these representations affect human behavior and well-being. Her research to date has focused on reincarnation, supernatural agents, funerary practices, and end-of-life care and grieving.

A native of Northern Ireland, Dr. White holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Queen’s University, Belfast, and she completed her Ph.D. at that university’s Institute of Cognition and Culture with research on the topic of reincarnation.

Since then, she has held research positions at the Psychology and Religion Research Group (University of Cambridge), the Centre for Anthropology and Mind (University of Oxford), the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College, London), and the Institute of Cognition and Culture (Queen’s University, Belfast).

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. White teaches Science and Magic: The Varied Modes of Knowing and Believing (HUMA 620).