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.

If you need assistance connecting with these experts, please contact University Communications at or text 559.246.1717. NOTE: Summer office hours for Fresno State are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but Lisa still monitors email after hours.


Dr. Earl Aguilera, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


  • Critical pedagogy in online teaching
  • Equity issues in educational technology
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive literacy instruction

Dr. Jenny Banh, professor, Department of Anthropology


  • The history of Asian Americans and how they were historically mistreated
  • SE Asian American migration and how they were placed in certain areas

Stephen Bohigian, lecturer, Department of History


  • Research focuses on policing, race and surveillance in black neighborhoods
  • Protest and rebellion in 20th-century America

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

Dr. Lisa Bryant, assistant professor, Department of Political Science


  • Public opinion
  • Political participation
  • Race/ethnicity and gender in representation

Dr. Travis Cronin, professor, Department of Social Work Education | 208.697.6994


  • Black lives
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Child welfare
  • Dissertation title: Experiences of bullying among African American male adolescents and their parents/guardians

Dr. Amber Crowell, assistant professor, Department of Sociology


  • Systemic racism
  • White privilege
  • Housing injustice and segregation
  • Teaching anti-racism

Thomas-Whit Ellis, professor and director of Theatre Arts, Africana Studies program coordinator


  • 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