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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Dr. Natalina Monteiro
Professor of Political Science
Professor Monteiro earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with distinction from Northern Arizona University, a master’s in applied Anthropology and a B.A. with honors in Applied Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island. A Baccalaureate degree in Organic Chemistry from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Professor Monteiro was a Fulbright senior scholar in Mozambique from 2005-2007. She is a recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation dissertation grant, and the Rockefeller Foundation Africa internship award program. She writes and researches about Gender and politics, the politics of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, and the political economy of gender in Southern Africa. Professor Monteiro teaches political science, African American Studies, and Women/Gender studies full-time at East Los Angeles College, since 2008.
Office: F7 – Room 307 L
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Areas of Interest: Globalization, Trade and Global Studies; Gender and Politics; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Political Economy of Development countries; African Politics; International Public Policy; Research Methods: Longitudinal data analysis, ethnographic research methods, & Quantitative methods; African American Studies.
Teaching philosophy: Professor Monteiro believes that teaching/learning is a partnership between the teacher/students. Education is a tool for self-awareness, whereby students reflect upon their world critically. Professor Monteiro is committed to Paulo Freire’s understanding of knowledge, power, and learning: “Students are more than empty vessels to be fulfilled with meanness information.” Her goal is to empower students from all walks of life and facilitate their learning. She is convinced that students can learn better if they take charge of their education.
Dr. M. Allen Coson
Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Coson earned his Ph.D. in Economics and a Master of Arts in International Political-Economy at the Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in International Business at Cal Poly Pomona, and has taught for over fifteen years in higher education. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer for six years, and currently serves as the Vice Chair and an Associate Professor of Economics.
Office: F7 – Room 307 Q
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Areas of Interest: Macro and Micro-Economics, Economic Development, International Trade, International Finance, International Political-Economy, Globalization, Economy of Asia, Environmental Economics, Economics Statistics, and Quantitative Research Methods.
Teaching philosophy: Dr. Coson believes as an educator that college should be accessible and equitable for all individuals as it is the very key needed to succeed in one's career and in life. He continually pushes his students to consider pursuing a higher education by assisting them with their school choices and majors, applications, and letters of recommendations. His motto in life is "Never Stop Learning!"
Professor Jeffrey Hernandez
Professor of Political Science
Professor Hernandez is sooooo cool.
Office: F7 – Room 307H
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Areas of Interest: Coming soon.
Teaching philosophy: Professor Hernandez believes in.
Dr. Marcel Morales
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Marcel Morales was born, raised and is a resident of Los Angeles. He holds a BA and MA in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles graduating with honors. In addition, he earned a Doctorate in Education for the University of La Verne graduating as salutatorian. His teaching and research focus on Health, Human Sexuality, and Academic Success. Dr. Morales has presented on these subjects at a variety of academic and professional conferences. He has worked and taught internationally lecturing in Argentina Panama, Spain, and China. He is a campus leader serving and chairing a variety of committees. Dr. Morales is also involved in California politics and is a labor advocate. Prior to his academic career he was a Medical Social Worker and Healthcare Administrator.
Office: F7 – Room 307P
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Areas of Interest: Social Psychology, Health and Healthcare, Deviance, Human Services, Aging, Academic Success.
Teaching philosophy: In my experience, teaching sociology often provides an opportunity for students of any major to understand the social world around them and themselves. As a result, student fulfill requirements while having a relative learning experience that applies to the real world. Students can then carry concepts forward past exams and into the real world. I have a great deal of passion for teaching and respect for students. I strive to be student centered learning in the creation of the course and in the delivery of the instruction. I use a kinder gentler Socratic method to help to be accountable and comfortable with their learning experience. I hope to educate and inspire. There is nothing better than seeing a student become inspired and succeed. True, inspiration is partially an effect of a teacher’s passion but also an effect of a student’s desire to succeed. Another important objective in teaching is to foster an enthusiasm for the subject of sociology that students will carry with them no matter what they ultimately pursue. I make it a point to always be available to students. I believe it is essential to encourage their appreciation for the field. Teaching is an incredibly rewarding experience for both educator and student. It is my goal as an educator to ensure that student achievement and motivation are maximized. I am committed to creating a learning environment that will cater to this goal each time that I teach.
Professor Rogelio Garcia
Professor of Political Science
Rogelio Garcia is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He joined the ELAC faculty in 2017. He has taught various courses in political science since 2010. Currently, he is the head advisor to ELAC's Model United Nations Club. Professor Garcia holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies from Cal State Northridge and a master's degree in Political Science from Cal State Northridge.
Office: F7 – Room 307S
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Areas of Interest: American Government Institutions, Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Race, Gender and Politics, Media and Politics.
Teaching philosophy: Professor Garcia’s approach to teaching political science reflects a desire to see his students become engaged participants in their communities. He believes that every person who enters his classroom has the potential to affect positive change in society. As a first-generation college student from Boyle Heights (Go Rough Riders!), Professor Garcia understands that our student population confronts unique challenges that require equity-based solutions to achieve student success. In his free time, Professor Garcia enjoys traveling, making and seeing art, cooking, and watching films.
Professor Carlos Ramirez
Professor of History
Carlos A. Ramirez is an Associate Professor of History. Ramirez joined the ELAC family as an Adjunct Professor in 2009 and as full-time faculty in 2013. Ramirez teaches Introduction to Western Civilization, the World’s Great Religions, Political and Social History of the United States, Latin American Civilization, and Introduction to World Civilization. Professor Ramirez is currently the Advisor to the History Circle. Professor Ramirez earned his B.A. in History from UCLA and his M.A. in History from California State University, Los Angeles.
Office: F7 – Room 307C
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Areas of Interest: Western Civilization, World Religions, History of the United States, Latin American Civilization, and World Civilizations.
Teaching philosophy: I believe that it is my responsibility and privilege to encourage students to become life-long learners. My role as an educator is to provide students the opportunity to take part in the dialogue rather than be mere spectators. As a Professor of History, my goal is to afford students the space where they can evaluate events and records in order to make sense of the past.
Professor LaQuita Jones
Professor of Sociology
LaQuita M. Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She has over 15 years of higher education professional experience in student services, academic support services, and instruction. Professor Jones is also a proud community college graduate who is an avid mentor and student success advocate. She earned a B.S. in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.A. in sociology from California State University, Fullerton.
Office: F7 – Room 307K
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Areas of Interest: Deviance and Delinquency, Race and Urban Marginality, Educational Leadership, Sociology of Education.
Teaching philosophy: My sincerest belief that "no person is an island entire of themself" makes sense of belonging, community, and validation central to my teaching practices. As a first-generation college graduate, I understand the importance of creating a space that celebrates the assets that everyone brings to the learning environment while facilitating their academic, personal, and professional development. Teaching sociology allows me to engage students in a broad range of topics that expand their awareness and social consciousness. I strive to create reverence and passion for learning that contributes to my students' growth long after their time in my classroom.
Professor Kenneth Chaiprasert
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Kenneth Chaiprasert is a SoCal native and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School before earning a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Irvine. Dr. Chaiprasert joined the East Los Angeles College family in 2016. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches POL SCI 01, Government of the U.S., POL SCI 02, Modern World Governments, POL SCI 40, Law and Democracy, and POL SCI 50, Introduction to Research in Political Science. Dr. Chaiprasert also serves as Vice Chair of Political Science, is the director of the ELAC Pathway to Law School Transfer Program, and he is active in the campus's shared governance. Dr. Chaiprasert enjoys making conference presentations about the joys of teaching Poli Sci, the Pathway to Law School, as well as presentations on his research. His research interests include race and ethnicity in politics, U.S. ethnic politics, and especially the intergenerational political incorporation of immigrants and refugees. Most importantly, Dr. Chaiprasert is here to serve the students. His passion is in helping students achieve all of their goals and dreams. Please feel free to drop by his office in F7-307 to say hello, talk about law and politics, or talk about anything on your mind. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (323) 415-5466. Feel free to call him "Dr. Ken" for short. Dr. Ken is here for you!!
Office: F7 – Room 307M
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Areas of Interest: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Race and Ethnicity in Politics, U.S. Ethnic Politics, Immigrants and Refugees, Human Rights, Civil Rights, and U.S. Constitutional Law.
Teaching philosophy: My teaching philosophy can be summed up by the word "service". I am here to serve the students. As instructor, advisor, mentor, and friend, I am here to serve students in their educational and career pursuits. My passion is in helping students gain new knowledge, acquire useful skills, broaden their perspectives, be inquisitive and curious, and strive for justice and equity. I am here as a resource to students and would love to help connect students to as many resources that they need to succeed on their educational and career pathways. By the way, a quick disclaimer: after you talk to me for a while, you'll realize that I am a relentless salesman/pitchman for political science and law school...so just a warning ; ) Last, but not least, the word "service" also takes the form of my commitment to inspire that same service in my students. I want my students to pay it forward by also dedicating their own lives to serving their communities.
Professor David Song
Professor of Asian American Studies
David K Song grew up in the Inland Empire but is proud to call Koreatown home now. He studied history at the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate and earned his Master of Arts degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to teaching, Professor Song worked in LA's non-profit sector around Asian American issues such as civic engagement and immigrant rights advocacy. He has been teaching at East Los Angeles College since 2013.
Office: F7 – Room 307B
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Areas of Interest: Asian America Studies include history, politics, and popular culture (music and film).
Dr. Marcel Morales
Chair, Social Science
Dept. Location: F7-307
For any questions, please contact our
Department Secretary, Cindy Flores
Phone: (323) 379-3580
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm