Faculty

Covin, David
Cameron-Wedding, Rita
Green, Ricky
Kimenyi, Alexandre
Mosupyoe, Boatamo - Director*

PROFESSOR BOATAMO MOSUPYOE
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Dr. Mosupyoe joined the Ethnic Studies Department in fall 2003; she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Social Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Ethnic Studies, African/African Americans. Dr. Mosupyoe's research experience includes an ethnography research on the life, migration, success and failure trends of recent African immigrants in the United States in 1960-2011, Gender, Race, and Class. Dr. Mosupyoe has numerous publications that include Development of Thought in Pan Africanism, Women's Multicentric Ways of Knowing, Being and Thinking, Mediation of Patriarchy and Sexim by Women in South Africa, Institutions, Ideologies and Individuals: Feminist Perspectives on Gender, Race and Class, and Introduction to Ethnic Studies.

PROFESSOR RITA CAMERON-WEDDING
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Rita Cameron Wedding is the Chair of the department of Women’s Studies and a professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento. In 2003 she co-edited Ethnic America: Readings in Race, Class and Gender. In 2004 she co-authored Institutions, Ideologies and Individuals: Feminist Perspectives on Gender, Race and Class. Her research and scholarship informs the numerous lectures and workshops she conducts on diversity for teachers, social workers as well as staff in business, government and non-profit agencies. In 2004 Dr. Cameron Wedding received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at CSUS. Also in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar she participated in a six-week Diversity Seminar in South Africa. While there she lectured on the topic of diversity and was a guest on a national talk radio show in Cape Town, addressing the issue of affirmative action. Dr. Cameron Wedding is serving her second term as a Governor’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Wedding has delivered lectures and training on Bias in different parts of the world including different prts of the USA, Costa Rica, Amaan Jordan, and South Africa.

PROFESSOR RICKY GREEN

Dr. Ricky Green joined Ethnic Studies Department in 1998 the same year that he graduated with his PhD. from University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Green is affiliated with Pan African Studies and his scholarship is focused on Black Radical and Political Thought as well as Ancient Political Thought. On various occassions he also served as the Director of Pan African Studies Program and Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program. His publications include Democratic Virtue in the Trial and Death of Socrates and Voices in Black Political Thought.
Ricky K. Green, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ethnic Studies Department
Amador Hall 460
Telephone: (916) 278-4376
Personal Webpage

PROFESSOR FUNDI KIBURI
Office: AMD 562D
Phone: (916) 278 7568
Email: fkiburi@yahoo.com
Lecturer in Ethnic Studies

LECTURER ANDRES RENDON

Dr.. Andres Rendón
(Arizona State) M.S.W.
Office: Amador 553C
Phone: 916.278.4272
E-mail: arendon@csus.edu
Personal Website

DEAN CHARLES GOSSETT
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Charles Gossett is the new dean of Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. He replaced Dr. Otis Scott, dean of the College since 2005.

Gossett was previously the chair of the Department of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and served a year as the Faculty Associate for Academic Programs in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. 

He was also the interim chair of the Political Science Department and director of the Master of Public Administration program at Georgia Southern University. He also had teaching appointments at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana; was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Swaziland and a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS at the University of Botswana.

His research is in the areas of public sector human resources management and state and local intergovernmental relations. He has published articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on civil service reform; on how state and local governments deal with one another on issues related to lesbian and gay rights; and on public opinion on same-sex marriage. 
Gossett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hope College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Dr. Jessie Ruth Gaston
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Dr. Jessie Ruth Gaston, a native of Mississippi, has been a Professor of African History at California State University for more than twenty years.  She received her BA in Psychology from Occidental College, in Los Angeles, her M.A. in African Studies, and her Ph.D. in the History of Africa and Middle Eastern Studies from U.C.L.A. 
In addition to her continued service as a Board member for the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR), Dr Gaston served as a Co-Director of two Fulbright-Hays Seminars to Africa:  one in Ghana in 2001 and the other in Rwanda in 2004.  While in Ghana, she participated in a discussion of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which was organized by members of the Rhode Island Dewolf family, one of the most notorious enslaver in early North America.  She also appeared in their Documentary Film “Traces of the Trade:  A Story from the Deep North”, produced by Katrina Brown and filmed in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa.  Dr. Gaston is a member of the CSUS African Coalition/CSUS African Studies Coalition as well as a member of the nationwide African Studies Association.  She formed part of the CSU, Sacramento Educational Delegation to the Republic of South Africa in 2007,  was a coordinator of the Faculty Student Mentor Program at CSU, Sacramento from January 1994 to August 1998, and Director of Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program from August 2005 to May 2007.  Furthermore, she has several publications.  Her most recent include Neither to be Seen Nor Heard:  The Life of Faith Alexandra Kamya Nasolo Mulira (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010/11) and African History in Review (Cognella, 2011). She was recently selected for the Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2011 (65th Edition). 

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (1984)
Specialization: Africa
Office: Tahoe 3096
Phone: 916-278-6626
Fax: 916-278-7476
gaston@csus.edu

PROFESSOR SMILE DUBE
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Department of Economics
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA  95819-6082
Office: Tahoe 3031
Phone: 916-278-7519
Fax: 916-275-5768
dubes@csus.edu 

PROFESSOR EMERITUS DAVID COVIN
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A Professor of Government and Ethnic Studies, David Covin has his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University. He is a founder of the Sacramento Area Black Caucus, and has published a novel, Brown Sky. His major research interests are Black Politics in the U.S. and Brazil, and Social Movements. In recent years Dr. Covin has expanded his definition of “community” to the national and international levels. In 2001, he hosted a highly successful meeting of U.S. and Brazilian scholars at Sacramento State to talk about challenges facing black communities. The meeting led to multiple ongoing projects. In 2003, he helped organize the first of what has become the annual Congress of African Peoples, which is designed as a forum to discuss issues facing black communities and is affiliated with the National Black Political Convention.
covindl@csus.edu

DEAN EMERITUS OTIS SCOTT
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Major interests of Professor Scott are in the African American political and social experience in the United States, as well as the social experiences of ethnic groups within oppressive institutional formations.

His research interest is in developing descriptive and prescriptive ethnic based social science/humanities models for better understanding the complexities of life among people of color and how the challenges arising from these complexities are addressed. Recent publications include The Veil: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in the United States (1994), Teaching from a Multicultural Perspective (1994) and Lines, Borders and Connections (1997). Dean Scott's article Brown v Topeka Board of Education: Fifty Years Later has been published in may edited and co-edited anthologies.

LECTURER ANDRES RENDON

Dr.. Andres Rendón
(Arizona State) M.S.W.
Office: Amador 553C
Phone: 916.278.4272
E-mail: arendon@csus.edu
Personal Website

In Memoriam


PROFESSOR ALEXANDRE KIMENYI: Sunrise: 08/15/1948---Sunset: 06/11/2010

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Alexandre Kimenyi is Professor of Linguistics, Ethnic Studies and African Languages at California State University, Sacramento. His research interest includes all areas of descriptive and theoretical linguistics, the genesis and dynamism of signs and structures in all semiotic systems, genocide and holocaust studies, cultural survival of minority groups, indigenous people, folklore and popular culture.

Sunrise: 08/15/1948---Sunset: 06/11/2010

Personal Website

PROFESSOR JOHN SHOKA: Sunrise: 03/28/1937---Sunset: 11/16/2010

In 1961, at the age of 24, John came to the United States to pursue his education. He studied for many years, while also working and raising a family.  In 1970, he earned a PhD from the University of Washington and subsequently joined the faculty of Sacramento State University, where he taught Government and Ethnic Studies for 35 years.  During his time at Sacramento State, John also served as a visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and collaborated with Dr. Matt Kaayain starting a Swahili language and culture program. His lifelong dedication to teaching allowed him to touch the lives of thousands of students.

John’s other accomplishments include the receipt of a Fulbright HayesGrant in 1997 and board membership on the Center of African Peace and Conflict Resolution at C.S.U., Sacramento. One of John’s proudest accomplishments was founding the non-profit organization the Kishapu Community Development Center (KCDC) together with Mary and his son, Max.

PROFESSOR HORTENSE ELOISE SIMMONS: Sunrise: 07/06/1941---Sunset: 11/26/2010
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Hortense Simmons received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Howard.

Dr. Simmons began her teaching career at Ohio State University where she founded the university's first courses in African-American literature. From 1973 until her retirement in 2005, she taught American literature and Ethnic Studies at California State University at Sacramento. In 1984, she was named as University Fellow by the 24-campus California State University system, the world's largest. Widely published, she often served as editor, journal referee or reviewer, sat on the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution board, and served as regional director of the California Literature Project.