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The Impact of CLA Faculty Research

by Dean David Wallace - April 2016

Describing research in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is a daunting task, as the college includes 20 departments and eight programs spanning the humanities and social sciences. Faculty in the college conduct research on such varied topics as: Nepali women’s migration narratives, LGBTI hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible, the impact of sleep on dyadic relationships and collective decision making, and the relations among binge drinking, distress tolerance, and impulsivity.

One hallmark of research in CLA is that it almost always has important, real life impact on education, the local and regional community, as well as a wide variety of national and international venues. This year faculty conducted research on such important local issues as the restoration of California sage scrub restoration, the cultural accessibility of domestic violence services in Orange County, Long Beach’s role as a center for the Cambodian diaspora, and the functional consequences of juvenile methylphenidate exposure. Faculty also engaged in work with national and international implications such as early modern Dutch women and drama, Iraqi oral history, and health policy and public opinion in West Germany.

Another hallmark of research in CLA is its emphasis on diversity, writ large. Faculty in the college examine such important topics as racial/ethnic identity and children’s health, transgender identity in Mexican asylum claims, Black women’s leadership in the struggle for environmental justice, Latino evangelical Christians in American politics, and eye-gaze in ASL-English interpreting.

A third hallmark of research in CLA is that graduate and undergraduate students are often involved. For example, the faculty as well as the graduate and undergraduate students in the Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics work on such projects as air traffic control. Similarly, graduate students in geography are working with Professor Christine Jocoy to develop a social atlas of Long Beach’s East 7th Street neighborhood. Indeed, one of the features of the college of which I am most proud is that our best and brightest students get more frequent opportunities to work on research with faculty members than they would at our regional University of California counterparts.

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