Xochitl Alvizo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, CSUN

Dr. Alvizo teaches in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. Her work brings an intercultural feminist approach to the study of religion and integrates feminist, queer, and congregational studies to theology.

Her research focuses on current embodiments of church that are re-imagining their organizational, leadership, and economic practices. Recent research projects include qualitative research study of current Wesleyan congregations that practice a form of economics that could be considered radical and reforming in the United States, and qualitative research study of the ecclesiology practiced by the Emerging Church in the U.S. from a feminist perspective.

She is co-founder of Feminism and Religion (FAR) – an online project that brings together multiple feminist voices from around the world to dialogue about feminism in religion. Her volume, co-edited with Gina Messina-Dysert, Women Religion Revolution, is now available through FSR Books.

Dr. Alvizo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from University of Southern California; a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology; and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University School of Theology.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Alvizo teaches “The Sacred: What is it? What Makes Us Seek it?” (HUMA 510).

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).

Mauro Carassai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, CSUN

Dr. Carassai teaches courses in American literature and Digital Humanities. Fascinated by the interconnections between the sciences and the humanities, Dr. Carassai’s research combines literary theory, philosophy of language, and digital literatures within a larger framework of American literatures and American studies.

Dr. Carassai is using several recent grants to produce innovative resources for teaching, including digital ones. His scholarly work has been published in journals such as Culture Machine, LEA Almanac, and ADA. Co-editor of a double issue for the Digital Humanities Quarterly, entitled “Futures of Digital Studies,” Dr. Carassai is currently at work on a manuscript exploring problems and perspective in configuring an Ordinary Digital Philosophy.

Dr. Carassai has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Comparative Languages and Literatures from the University of Macerata in Italy. He also possesses an M.A. in American Literature and Culture from the University of Leeds (UK) as well as a B.A./M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Macerata in Italy.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Carassai teaches “Directed Comprehensive Studies” (HUMA 696A, 696B, and 697).


Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Studies, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications, CSUN

Dr. Carrillo Rowe’s teaching and writing focus on human and inhuman processes and performances of becoming as relational, embodied, and fluid across contexts, including U.S. popular culture, Indian workplaces, and U.S. Latino/a performing arts communities.

Her books include Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances (Duke University Press, 2008), Answer the Call: Virtual Migration in Indian Call Centers (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound (Palgrave, 2013).

Dr. Carrillo Rowe is currently working on a book entitled Queer Xicana: Performing the Sacred, which examines the vexed politics of healing, longing, and Indigenous erasure in queer Xicana performance.

Dr. Carrillo Rowe earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Washington.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Carrillo Rowe teaches “Identity, Meaning and Culture” (HUMA 600).

Ranita Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of English, and Director, Liberal Studies Program, CSUN

Dr. Chatterjee joined CSUN’s English department in 2000. Her areas of expertise include British Romanticism, the gothic, the British Nineteenth Century, literary theory, and cultural studies. She has an eclectic interest in theory, but favors poststructuralist, Lacanian, feminist and queer schools of thought.

She has also taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on the gothic novel; the Godwin-Shelley literary family; and the Romantic poets William Wordsworth and PB Shelley; “Gothic Sexualities and Romantic Subjectivities;" “Sex, Drugs, and Rights: Experimentation in the British Romantic Era;” and "Harry Potter and Critical Theories."

Dr. Chatterjee has published articles on the Godwin-Shelley literary family, feminist psychoanalysis, queer theory, and gothic novels of the 1790s. She is also working on a book about the queer intertextual dynamics of the writings of William Godwin and several 1790s women writers, including his daughter Mary Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft.

Dr. Chatterjee received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary; her Master of Arts from McMaster University; and her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Chatterjee teaches “Capstone: The Good Life” (HUMA 650).

James Craine, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, CSUN

Dr. Craine’s research involves the study of cultural geography, media geographies and data visualization. He is focused especially on the development of new theories for the geographic engagement of visual information.

In addition, Dr. Craine is working with QGIS and Civil AutoCAD to determine how students can incorporate such technologies into their studies. He’s also involved in a long-term project on housing price changes in Southern California.

In 2016, Dr. Craine received the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he is co-author of The Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography.

Dr. Craine received his Bachelor of General Studies degree from Ohio University Film Studies; his Master of Arts in Geography from CSUN; and his Ph.D. from San Diego State University / University of California, Santa Barbara.

In CSUN's online Humanities program, Dr. Craine teaches "Space, Place and Geography" (HUMA 610).

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).

Tomo Hattori, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, College of Humanities, CSUN

Dr. Hattori teaches undergraduate courses in Asian American literature and cultural studies. His current interests include graphic novels, adolescent fiction and critical theory.

Dr. Hattori is the author of “Song for a Murdered Cousin: Violence in The Woman Warrior” in Critical Insights: Coming of Age (Salem Press 2012) as well as other journal articles and book chapters on Asian American literature and critical theory.

Dr. Hattori earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto. His Master of Arts degree, as well as his Ph.D., are both in English Literature and from McMaster University.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Hattori teaches “Capstone: The Good Life” (HUMA 650).

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).

Christina Low von Mayrhauser, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Anthropology, CSUN

Dr. von Mayrhauser teaches courses incorporating her interests in health and well-being, music, sociocultural aspects of communication, precarity in vulnerable communities, as well as anthropological theory and research methods.

Dr. von Mayrhauser’s current research focus is community wellbeing, with a special focus on community-based music practice and its potential for giving voice to, mitigating and possibly even preventing social isolation and precarity that vulnerable individuals can suffer.

She is now creating a proposal to continue this work in the UK as well as California on this topic, with the eventual goal of collaborating with local communities on music outreach to end social isolation.

Dr. von Mayrhauser received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. von Mayrhauser teaches “Gateway to the Humanities” (HUMA 501).

Weimin Sun, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Philosophy, CSUN

Dr. Weimin Sun has extensive experience in the field of philosophy of science. His current research focuses primarily on Interpretations of Probability, Chinese Philosophy, the history of science and the philosophy of biology. Dr. Sun is also interested in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and early modern philosophy.

Dr. Sun earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Beijing University, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Connecticut.

In CSUN’s online Humanities program, Dr. Sun teaches “Self: Body and Mind: Who Are You? How Do You Know?” (HUMA 520).

Claire White-Kravette, 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).