Fresno State faculty experts
Several Fresno State faculty and staff members can share their academic and research expertise around issues relating to the current state of organized protest and racial-justice activism throughout the United States in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Others can speak to broader issues of social justice, anti-racist pedagogy, ethics, social inequality and the targeting of journalists.
This selection of experts (listed in alphabetical order by last name) represents some who have indicated their availability to discuss these matters. When reaching out to them, please include your deadline (date/time) so they can endeavor to respond in a timely manner.
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James Boren, lecturer, Department of Media, Communications and Journalism and executive director of Fresno State’s Institute for Media and Public Trust, former executive editor of The Fresno Bee.
- Research focuses on policing, race and surveillance in black neighborhoods
- Protest and rebellion in 20th-century America
- African American theatre and film
- Current events in the African American community
- Stage director of productions giving voice to African American culture, history and traditions
- Native American rights; treaty rights, land rights and sacred sites, Indian civil rights, voter suppression, MMIW, VAWA, UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (IGR); tribal governance and administration, recognition, law pertaining to American Indians—Indian Self-Determination Act, ICWA, gaming law, Termination policy (extending state law enforcement authority over tribes), Major Crimes Act, forced relocations
- Diversity Management; representativeness, Native hiring preferences, employment rights, harassment and wrongful termination, Native-serving organizations
- Black male studies
- Black masculinity/manhood
- Comparative black gender
- 20th–century Africana socio-political history.
- Video: “What is the Black Masculinist Agenda?”
- Video: “Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?: Coolio, Rape, and the Erasure of Black Boy Trauma”
- Can speak to the broader historical context on the Floyd protests, including the history of race relations/inequality in the U.S., the American protest tradition and the targeting of Confederate monuments
- Author, along with Dr. Blain Roberts, of “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy”
- Human development in cultural context
- Psychological adaptation to cultural change
- Teaches about structural inequality in the U.S., the socialization of racism and the development of critical consciousness
- Land use; segregation, Fresno specific
- Neighborhoods and opportunities for African Americans
- Maternal child health disparities, especially African Americans
- Educational disparities, Fresno specific
- Economic opportunities and disparities, Fresno specific
- Latinos and BLM movement
- Investigates the origins of stereotypes by examining when and how young children begin to make generalizations and social-group based inferences about the characteristics and behaviors of people
- Studies environmental influences on young children’s reasoning about social categories such as how parents talk about social categories and how it influences the generalizations children make about social categories and the beliefs they form about social categories
Dr. James Rocha, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, and coordinator of the Social Justice and Social Change certificate program
- Political philosophy, philosophy of law
- Philosophy of race, social justice
- Inequalities in philanthropic giving to black/POC-led community benefit organizations (CBOs)
- Inequalities in access to funding and resources for black/POC led CBOs
- Disparities in the rates of volunteerism by black/POC populations
- The lack of representation of black/POC persons on CBO boards, staffs and volunteers
- The lack of representations of black/POC persons on local government, commissions, boards and task forces
- Invisible history: the lack of resources listed on the local register of historic resources which represent the black population and events in the black community