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

Dr. Andrew Fiala, professor, Department of Philosophy, and executive director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State


  • Civility, nonviolence and peace
  • The five freedoms of the First Amendment
  • Political philosophy including social justice

Dr. Kenneth Hansen, professor, Department of Political Science


  • 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

Dr. T. Hasan Johnson, associate professor, Africana Studies Program


Deborah Helsel

Dr. Deborah Helsel, associate professor, Department of Sociology


  • Health care/health status inequalities

Dr. Ethan Kytle, professor and chair, Department of History


  • 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”

Dr. Patricia D. López, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


  • Education policy and planning
  • Race, culture and language in education
  • Community college pathways to teaching
  • K12 ethnic studies and teacher preparation

Dr. Luis Fernando Macias, professor, Chicano and Latin American Studies


  • Immigrant Education
  • Social Justice Education
  • Critical Race Theory (CRT)
  • Latinx Critical Theory (LatCrit)
  • Latina/o/x Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Undocumented Studies
  • Immigration Studies