Advancement Project


Dr. Gar Culbert

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Culbert attained his BA at U.C. Santa Cruz, his MA at Brandeis University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia.  While completing his doctorate in government, Dr. Culbert served as part of the Miller Center¹s Presidential Oral History project, helping conduct interviews with high-ranking members of various presidential administrations.  His doctoral thesis used advanced quantitative methods and statistical models to analyze voting behavior in presidential primary elections.  Upon completion of his degree, Dr. Culbert returned to his hometown of Los Angeles and is now an associate professor in the Political Science Department at California State University, Los Angeles, where he continues to pursue his research on voting behavior both nationally and locally at the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State LA.  He teaches courses on American political institutions, political behavior, and quantitative research methods.
(323) 343-2241 office
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Brian Hui

PhD Candidate, Department of Policy, Planning, and Design
University of California, Irvine

Brian Hui is a Ph.D. candidate in Policy, Planning, and Design.  His research examines democratic reform efforts in Los Angeles with a specific focus on the L.A. city government’s efforts to develop institutions to increase participation and inclusion of city stakeholders.  This research explores the legal, administrative, and political dimensions of the development and evolution of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system.  Prior to pursuing his PhD, Brian managed the Tongan Community Service Center where, in addition to overseeing the provision of basic services, he worked as a community researcher with an RO1 community based participatory research collaborative with CSU Fullerton and a group of Los Angeles-based Pacific Islander community organizations.  Brian remains active in community work as the Housing and Community Development Liaison for Special Service for Groups, a large mental health and homeless services non-profit serving Los Angeles County, where he oversees SSG’s client housing development initiatives.  Brian also serves on the Executive Board of the Empowerment Congress, a civic engagement and community advocacy organization based in South Los Angeles.

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Dr. Elexia Reyes McGovern

Assistant Professor, College of Education
California State University Dominguez Hills

Elexia Reyes McGovern, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Teacher Education at the California State University, Dominguez Hills where she teachers language acquisition and multicultural education courses. She is a former secondary teacher and seeks to share her passion for transformative educational practices with all of her students. Her research interests focus include developing and supporting critical bi-literacy practices with “home-grown” teachers of color, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), restorative practices in schools, and the impact of K – 12 Ethnic Studies courses.


(310) 243-3496 dept. office
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Dr. Allison Mattheis

Assistant Professor, Charter College of Education
California State University Los Angeles

Dr. Mattheis is a teacher and scholar, she is broadly interested in issues of how power is wielded through policy and practice in communities and learning spaces, with the goal of disrupting systems that maintain unjust hierarchies and promoting advocacy and empowerment. Her current research projects include a critical ethnography of stakeholder interactions with the LAUSD school board, youth participatory ethnography of bicycling and transit use in seven urban communities in the U.S., and a national mixed methods study of queer-identified individuals in STEM fields.  She taught middle school science for eight years in Springfield, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Colombia, South America before completing her graduate work in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Minnesota.
(323) 343-4300 dept. office
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Dr. Marla Parker

Assoistant Professor, Department of Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Parker earned in doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014 in public administration with an emphasis on public management as well as science an technology policy. She has a strong research and practice interests in public administration, particularly in the context of how diversity and inclusion can enhance more equitable social and education outcomes. Dr. Parker has also developed an interest in understanding food justice, particularly how the management of key institutions (e.g. food banks) impacts service delivery among populations with reduced access to healthy food.


(323) 343-2230 dept. office
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Dr. Bruce A. Phillips

Dr. Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College, and University Fellow at Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is one of the leading researchers in the demography and sociology of American Jewry and is the 2017 recipient of the Marshall Sklare award for his contributions to this field.. His published work covers a wide variety of topics from Iranians and Israelis in the United States to Jewish suburbanization, Jewish education, the economics of Jewish life, and the Jews of Los Angeles. He is widely recognized as a leading researcher on American Jewish intermarriage. His most recent publications area are “The geography of American Jewish intermarriage,” and “Not Quite White” The Emergence of Jewish Ethnoburbs in Los Angeles.”

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Dr. Ellen Shiau

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles


Dr. Shiau teaches primarily in the Public Administration program. Dr. Shiau’s research focuses on public policy and urban politics, particularly around neighborhood redevelopment; examining spatial and temporal relationships between crime and fear using GIS methods; and diversity and cultural competency issues in public administration and policy. Dr. Shiau received a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California in 2012.


(323) 343-2230 dept. office
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Dr. Steven Windmuller

Prior to joining the faculty of the Jack H. Skirball Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in LA, Steven Windmueller served in a number prominent professional positions within the Jewish community. Dr. Windmueller who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations, has written extensively, his publications include four books and more than 150 articles on Jewish communal trends, Jewish political behavior, and Israel-Middle East policy issues. His writings have appeared in major newspapers, magazines and the anglo-Jewish press. For ten years, he served as the Director of HUC’s School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (the Zelikow School); in 2006, Dr. Windmueller was selected to serve as Dean of the College’s LA campus.  In 2009, he was named to the Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service, and in 2014, Steven received an honorary degree from HUC-JIR in recognition of his service to the College and to the larger Jewish community. Over the years, Dr. Windmueller has had occasion to teach in China, Germany, Uruguay, Mexico and Israel. Currently, he is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and in the past has served as a consultant to a number of Jewish and civic organizations, political candidates, and nonprofit think tank initiatives. His wife, Michelle, is a graduate of the Charter College of Education at Cal State Los Angeles. They remain active in support of the university’s educational mission and [email protected]

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Dr. Xiaohan Zhang

Assistant Professor, College of  Business and Economics
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Zhang She has a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California at Davis. Her research focuses on the formation of health capital, healthcare and the impact of health on labor outcomes.



(323) 343-5226 dept. office
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