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Kayli Evans 

Area of Interest:

My interests include: feminist theory, intersectionality, multiracial identity negotiation, and higher education navigation. 

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James Garcia 

Area of Interest:

Sex and sexuality, gender, LGBTQA+ studies, masculinity, Latinx experience, police culture, social justice. 

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Maricruz Gomez 

Area of Interest:

My interests are youth, gangs, incarceration and re- entry.



Tony Hidalgo 

Area of Interest:

My research interests are crime and gangs, law and inequality, and medical sociology. 

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Marilyn Huerta 

Area of Interest:

I am a Communication Specialist here at CSUSM in the College of Education, Health & Human Services but I'm also an artist and leads others in using art as a tool to help them connect, communicate and cope with life struggles. I conduct campus and community art projects with various populations and for various purposes, but the research I am specifically interested in for this program is working with the Veteran population since my family is strongly connected with the military. I volunteer for Interfaith Community Services working with homeless individuals and Veterans and I teach online healing art courses through the CSU Institute for Palliative Care.

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Jamie Jackson

Area of Interest:

Social issues that impact indigenous communities, stereotypes, colonialism, capitalism, domestic violence and missing/murdered indigenous women. 


Maria Jimenez 

Area of Interest:

My research interests are gentrification in poor communities of color, specifically Latinx communities. My other interests include social factors that affect Latino males, school to prison pipeline, youth gangs, civil-gang injunctions, etc. 

Vanessa Martinez

Area of Interest:

Issues affecting Chicanx and Mexican Indigenous communities, the cultural appropriation and commodification of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), colonialism, capitalism, race and ethnic relations, and Chicana feminism. 

Shawntae Mitchum 

Area of Interest:

Mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline, education reform, critical race theory, and issues affecting the Black community. 

Christina Monroy 

Area of Interest:

I wanted to analyze the probation departments progress with their newly implemented programs to see if they are decreasing recidivism rates for youth. 

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Damon M. Stevens 

Area of Interest:

My areas of interest are in higher education. Specifically, I will research institutional inequality that leads to failures in preparation and graduation of African American black males at predominantly white colleges.