Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 


Student Dr. Nancy Pérez, Dr. Marisol Ruiz, Noemí Maldonado, Athens Marrón, Audriana Peñaloza, Georgina Cerda Salvarrey Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Students and faculty from the Promotorx Transformative Educators Program and the Department of Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies presented a panel titled "Ethnic Studies as Liberatory Joy in Rural California" at the Latinx Studies Association Conference hosted at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, from April 17-20, 2024. 

Submitted: April 22, 2024

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of CRGS and English, is the editor of the newly released 12th edition of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Intersectional Study (Macmillan, 2024). When Paula Rothenberg published the original edition in 1988, it was one of the first textbooks to take an intersectional approach to ethnic and gender studies. This interdisciplinary anthology is used in CRGS 108 ("Power/Privilege: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality") at Cal Poly Humboldt and in classrooms across the nation. 

Submitted: April 21, 2024

Faculty Gabi Kirk Geography Dr. Gabi Kirk has two new publications out on political ecology and agrarian issues in Palestine. The first is co-authored with Dr. Paul Kohlbry, "Situating the Transnational in Agrarian Palestine," in the edited volume Resisting Domination in Palestine: Mechanisms and Techniques of Control, Coloniality and Settler Colonialism (IB Taurus/Bloomsbury).…;

The second, "Trains, Trees, and Terraces: Infrastructures of Settler Colonialism and Resistance in the Refaim Valley, Palestine-Israel," is in the edited volume Gendered Infrastructures: Space, Scale, and Identity (West Virginia University Press).

Both chapters look critically at settler colonial dispossession in rural parts of the Occupied West Bank.



Submitted: April 16, 2024

Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Tristan Gleason Education Drs. Rouhollah Aghasaleh and Tristan Gleason have been named the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT) Editors and Presidents of the Foundation for Curriculum Theory for 2025-2030. 
JCT is recognized as one of the most prestigious journals in the field of Curriculum Studies. Notably, JCT is closely associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, a gathering that has fostered dialogues among theorists, practitioners, scholars, and cultural workers since 1969. Both the journal and the conference operate under the Foundation for Curriculum Theory, reinforcing their commitment to diverse perspectives and innovative approaches in curriculum theory.


Submitted: April 12, 2024

Faculty Alison Holmes Politics George Washington University in Washington DC has decided to make their course on Subnational Diplomacy a permanent feature of their Executive Education/Professional development offering. As part of a 2-day pilot last summer, Professor Alison Holmes (PSCI) was invited to deliver a lecture about her research on the international affairs of the state of California to participants from across the country. She has now been asked to join scholars and practitioners from around the world as an ongoing faculty member in the new week-long course that will be offered online.

Submitted: April 4, 2024

Faculty Dr. Armeda Reitzel, Julia Kurtz, and Josué Valdez Communication Dr. Armeda Reitzel (Professor, Communication), Julia Kurtz (Student, Communication), and Josué Valdez (Student, Communication) gave a 60-minute presentation titled “The Magazine Cover Story: LibreTexts Engages Students’ Interests and Insights through Snippets and Snapshots” on March 7, 2024 at the LibreTexts Open Education Week 2024 Conference. The three co-presenters shared their perspectives on the use of LibreTexts open educational resources as the foundation for creative semester-long projects in two different courses: interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. The talk focused on the use of open pedagogy in undergraduate education.


Submitted: April 2, 2024

Faculty Roberto Mónico Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Dr. Roberto Mónico recently published an article entitled "Reflections of Right-Wing Leadership in the United States: From LAPD Chief William Parker to Donald Trump" in Resistance and Abolition in the Borderlands: Confronting Trump's Reign of Terror by the University of Arizona Press. The book is a collection of essays that examines the impact of Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies on migrant communities. 

Submitted: April 1, 2024

Faculty Vincent Biondo Religious Studies Vincent Biondo is co-editor of Islam in North America: An Introduction.



Submitted: March 30, 2024

Faculty Nicolette Amann English Nicolette Amann, Lecturer in English, who coordinates the Redwood Writing Project for local Humboldt teachers, and Anne Hartline from the School of Education facilitated a year-long professional development program on the untold local histories of Humboldt County and California. This project resulted in multiple sharable lessons that have been published at the National Writing Project site. Various CAHSS faculty presented as part of the program:

  • Ryder Dschida (History)
  • Loren Cannon (CRGS/Philosophy)
  • Sarah Ray (Env Studies)
  • Nicolette Amann (English)
  • Dominic Corva (Sociology)
  • Suzanne Pastor (History)


Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Marianne Ahokas, Nicolette Amann, Sarah Ben-Zvi, Natalie Giannini, Tessa Head, Kerry Marsden, Jolien Olsen, and Erin Sullivan English Humboldt's First Year Composition Program Faculty has received the CCCC's Certificate of Writing Program Excellence. They are recognized for their long-term dedication to co-create the program around research and best practices for first-year writing instruction and to provide professional development leadership across campus. CCCC will present our program with a certificate at the award presentation of the 2024 CCCC Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington, on Friday, April 4, at 6 p.m. 

Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Sarah Ben-Zvi English Sarah Ben-Zvi has worked to support local high school teachers in developing meaningful writing and literacy curricula, coordinated the annual Redwood Writing Contest for students in grades 3-12, and dedicated herself to first-year composition students. Sarah has been invited to accept the 2024 Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association of Teachers of English at the annual CATE convention in Los Angeles. 

Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Stephen Cunha Geography Dr. Stephen Cunha’s paper, Field Notes: Visualizing the Record 2022-23 Record Snowpack in the Southern Sierra Nevada, California (The California Geographer 62: 65-86) combines snow survey data from eight Sierran watersheds, NASA Landsat and NOAA imagery, and his own annotated photographs from skis, aerial outings, and roads, to portray the record snowpack in the Eastern and Southern Sierra from Yosemite south to Mt. Whitney. Every watershed exceeded 250 percent of normal, with the Kern River (326 percent) leading the Western Sierra and the Owens River (318 percent) foremost on the Eastside. Below-average spring temperatures partially mitigated high-water flooding.

Submitted: March 24, 2024

Faculty Alison Ruth Holmes Politics Professor Alison Holmes (Politics) has been accepted to the Summer Intensive Creative Writing Program at Oxford University in the UK. A three-week residential program, the course is led by recognized authors, poets, editors, and publishers who guide a small cohort of students in the development of their writing. The course has both an intermediate and advanced level with a selection process based on a project proposal as well as a portfolio of existing work in two separate writing tracks. Holmes has been admitted to the Advanced Level course for both creative non-fiction and poetry.   

Submitted: March 24, 2024

Faculty Gabi Kirk Geography Dr. Gabi Kirk was awarded the 2023 Eric Wolf Prize of the Political Ecology Society (PESO). This annual award is given to an article-length paper based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to political ecology to authors within two years of receiving their Ph.D.

She will deliver a keynote address, “ ‘A fairly good crop for white men’: The political ecology of agricultural science and settler colonialism between the US and Palestine” on March 28 at the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference in Santa Fe. Additionally her article is under review at the Journal of Political Ecology.

Submitted: March 19, 2024

Faculty Troy Lescher Dance, Music & Theatre Dr. Troy Lescher recently gave an invited presentation, titled "Building & Strengthening the Ensemble: Applying Social Emotional Learning to Theatre-making," at an Arts Educator Professional Development event hosted by the Humboldt County Office of Education.

Submitted: March 18, 2024

Faculty John Meyer Politics John Meyer published a journal article titled, "The People" and Climate Justice: Reconceptualizing Populism and Pluralism within Climate Politics in the journal Polity. Available to all as an open access article, it will be included in the April 2024 issue of the journal. The article explores connections between influential conceptions of political populism and climate justice organizing. 

Submitted: March 6, 2024

Student David Fisher Dance, Music & Theatre Eight students travelled to Spokane, Washington for the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students entered scholarly competitions, auditions for professional companies and graduate programs, attended workshops with working professionals, and spent five days of intense training and scholarship. Theatre major David Fisher submitted and won the George R Caldwell Undergraduate Scholarly Paper Meritorious Achievement for his dramaturgical research paper.

Submitted: March 4, 2024

Faculty Alison Holmes Politics Dr. Alison Holmes (Politics) presented her chapter, "UK-US Relations: Can Subnational Diplomacy Save the 'Special Relationship?" via zoom to a Special Symposium of the Transatlantic Studies Association in the UK, organized to launch the book Locating the Transatlantic in Twentieth Century Politics, Diplomacy and Culture. The volume was edited by Dr. Gaynor Johnson (University of Kent) and published this month by Bloomsbury Press in London:….

Submitted: February 28, 2024

Faculty Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy Native American Studies Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, co-director of the Rou Dalgurr Food Sovereignty Lab and Associate Professor of Native American Studies will serve as co-PI on a California Sea Grant project led by the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. The recent decline of California’s ghvtlh-k’vsh (kelp) forests directly affects the cultural lifeways and thus health of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation. This project will train and certify up to ten Natural Resources Staff and Tribal Citizens of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation to conduct both kelp monitoring and restoration efforts, including establishing kelp nurseries and grow-out sites.

Submitted: February 26, 2024

Faculty Troy Lescher Dance, Music & Theatre Dr. Troy Lescher recently gave a presentation, titled "Taking the Show on the Road: An Adventure in Program Outreach and Student-Learning," at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Spokane, WA. The presentation was based on the Cal Poly Humboldt Theatre Arts' Spring 2023 pilot program to develop and tour a student production to public schools throughout Humboldt County. 

Submitted: February 26, 2024