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New Tenure-track Faculty

Seven new tenure-track faculty are joining the College for the 2014-15 academic year.  Please drop by to welcome them this year.

New Tenure Track Faculty

Kevin Kaatz

Kevin Kaatz, Department of History: Dr. Kaatz specializes in Roman history/digital humanities, and in particular, early Christianity and its interactions with Roman culture and interactions among different Christian groups.  He completed his Ph.D. in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.  He is interested in how and why people convert and how theology is created.  He has published three books, and is currently working on two manuscripts. He teaches courses in the history of the ancient world (Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Early Christianity), the World Civilization survey courses and Historiography.  He is also the Coordinator of the History Department’s Digital History Lab.  You can see his ancient history website here:

William Lawson

William Lawson, Department of Communication:  Dr. William H. Lawson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay. He has recently taught courses at the University of Maryland, College Park, ranging from film production to rhetorical criticism, and initiated a study-abroad program in England focusing on the history and production of British documentary. His research interests include visual rhetoric and agency, and his work has been published in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Communication Law Journal. In addition to traditional research Dr. Lawson also produces original documentaries.  BA, Simpson College, 2002; MS, Florida State University, 2005; PhD, Florida State University, 2008.

Sanjay Marwah

Sanjay Marwah, Department of Criminal Justice Administration: Sanjay Marwah has considerable teaching and research experience in the areas of policy, planning, and criminal justice and sociological theory. With a PhD. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a M..A in International Political Economy from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning and a B.A. in Economics both from University of California, Davis, Dr. Marwah specializes in law enforcement (particularly democratic policing), sociological and criminological theory (the work of the late Robert K. Merton), and political economy of crime and criminal justice. He is dedicated to assisting students to develop and hone analytical and communication skills inside and outside the classroom.

Macheo Payne

Macheo Payne, Department of Social Work: Dr. Payne is an assistant professor in the department of Social Work at Cal State University East Bay. Dr. Payne is a content expert on addressing disparities among African-American and students of color in schools and social systems. Dr. Payne’s' research focuses on finding solutions to systemic inequity at the institutional and program level. Macheo has 19 years’ experience as a skilled trainer and facilitator. As a registered clinical social worker, Macheo has over 5 years’ experience training clinicians on how to provide mental health support to individuals and groups. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Macheo also holds an MSW from Cal State University East Bay and he earned his doctorate in educational leadership from San Francisco State University. Macheo lives in Oakland with his wife and two sons.

Ian Pollock

Ian Pollock, Department of Art:  Ian Pollock is a Digital Media Artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and online. His work on-line and with telephones is featured in several anthologies of digital media art. He is currently working on a project of mapping reports of prejudice and profiling of Muslims in America and a project on training Citizen Journalists in online reporting. He recently was a technical reviewer for HTML5 Canvas Cookbook to be released this fall by PACKT Publishing.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, Department of Human Development: Sara A. Smith received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Oxford, followed by postdoctoral research in the Brain Experience Education Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  In 2014, she joined California State University East Bay in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies.  Her research interests include child language development, assessing young learners, the skills that contribute to reading success, and the cognitive and educational implications of bilingualism.

Glenn Trager

Glenn Trager, Department of Criminal Justice Administration: Dr. Trager came to CSU East Bay after receiving his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California at Irvine.  Dr. Trager has used his training in law and criminology to research and teach such topics as legal consciousness, legal policy, the operation of the criminal justice system, immigration law, and community legal action.  His most recent projects include research about community legal consciousness and legal empowerment during city council meetings and about the relationships between immigration and crime at the community level.  Dr. Trager continues to engage in legal work working with low-income clients through non-profit organizations, and has recently assisted a national immigrant-rights organizations prosecute federal lawsuits challenging state-level immigration policies.

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