Dr. Janine Gasco is professor of anthropology at CSUDH. Her Ph.D is from the University of California Santa Barbara (1987). She has conducted research in southern Mexico where she has focused on the history of cacao (cocoa) cultivation as well as traditional agriculture. Her research has been supported by NSF, Wenner-Gren, the Foundation of Mesoamerican Research, Fulbright, and CSUDH. She is co-editor of The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization (2007) and co-author of Postclassic Soconusco Society: The Late Prehistory of the Coast of Chiapas, Mexico (2004). Dr. Gasco has taken students on short-term study abroad courses to Chiapas, Mexico, for many years, where part of the program included the study of the foodways of rural farmers, from farm to table. Dr. Gasco taught Food and Culture in our Bulgaria program in 2017, and is looking forward to teaching it during the 2018 program.
Dr. Gasco will be teaching ANT 495: Special Topics: Food and Culture
Dr. John Keyantash
Dr. John Keyantash is an associate professor in the Department of Earth Science & Geography at CSUDH, where he teaches physical geography, as well as upper division courses on surface water, groundwater, meteorology, climatology, and natural disasters. He researches the extremes of the water cycle: the severity of drought and the hydrological characteristics of large waterfalls. He has travelled extensively to many of the world’s greatest falls. He enjoys bicycling, backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, and sampling exotic tropical fruits. He is married and has a seven year-old daughter, Alexandra.
Dr. Keyantash will be teaching GEO 495: Special Topics: Sustainability and Geodiversity in the Balkans.
Dr. Jerry D. Moore
Dr. Jerry D. Moore is professor of anthropology at CSUDH. He received his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1986. His research, which has focused primarily on the Prehispanic Andes, has been supported by NSF, NEH, the National Geographic Society, and other organizations.
He has written Architecture and Power in the Prehispanic Andes: The Archaeology of Public Building (1996), Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists (2012 4th ed.), Cultural Landscapes in the Prehispanic Andes: Archaeologies of Place (2005), The Prehistory of Home (2012; 2014 Society for American Archaeology Book Award), A Prehistory of South America: Ancient Cultural Diversity of the Least Known Continent (2014), Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America (2017), and other books, articles and scientific papers.
Dr Moore will be teaching ANT 102: Ancient Civilizations
Dr. Thomas J. Norman
Dr. Thomas J. Norman is associate professor of management at CSUDH. His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota (2009). He has conducted research in Poland, China, Ethiopia and Cameroon. He has taught in Albania, Vietnam and Singapore. His research focuses on globalization, technology and the workplace. He has written a book and two chapters on outsourcing of human resources. His current research examines workplace aggression, management education in emerging economies and the use of augmented reality in employment interviews. Dr. Norman is new to bringing students on study abroad programs, but he is very excited to be teaching in Bulgaria during the 2018 program.
Dr. Norman will be teaching BUS 495: Special Topics: Doing Business in Bulgaria
Sonja Ulrich is a lecturer in anthropology and behavioral sciences at CSUDH. She received her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from California State University Long Beach in 2011. Her research focuses on health care practices among peasant communities in Chiapas, Mexico (2011).
As a native of Germany, Prof. Ulrich has traveled throughout Europe, as wells as India, Africa, and the United States. She has a particular interest in traditional craft production, traditional Middle Eastern dancing, and preservation of folk knowledge. She taught ANT 341, Folklore in our Bulgaria program in 2017, and is looking forward to teaching the course again as well as Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
Professor Ulrich will be teaching ANT 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and ANT 341: Folklore
Dr. Sheela Pawar
Dr. Sheela Pawar is associate professor of philosophy at CSUDH. She earned her PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from the Claremont Graduate University (2002). She teaches both philosophy and religious studies courses and recently completed an NEH summer institute on teaching world religions. Her research is on the concept of trust, violence and religion, and the intersection of religious studies and philosophy of religion. She enjoys travelling and is excited to participate for the first time in the Bulgaria study abroad program.