Bakersfield College

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Social Science Faculty & Staff

Contact Information

Name Phone Email Office
Jason Stratton (Chair) 395-4071 jstratto@bakersfieldcollege.edu FACE 15A
Denise Rodriguez (Executive Secretary) 395-4984 drodrigu@bakersfieldcollege.edu FACE 16
Octavio Barajas 395-4984 octavio.barajas@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Allen Bolar 395-4029 richard.bolar@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 8
Edward Borgens 395-4456 eborgens@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 38
Steve Bsharah 395-4984 sbsharah@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Amaka Donn 395-4984 amaka.donn@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Olivia Garcia 395-4010 oligarci@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 10 / DST 1114
Matthew Garrett 395-4267 matgarre@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 10
Rosa Garza 395-4456 rogarza@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 38
Kelly Gerhold 395-4984 kelly.gerhold@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Douglas Grimsley 395-4984 dgrimsle@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Michael Harvath 395-4064 mharvath@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 35
Craig Holliday 395-4984 craig.holliday@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Steven Holmes 395-4289 sholmes@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 47
Daymon Johnson 395-4350 dayjohns@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 39
Charles Kim (Delano Campus) 720-2017 charles.kim@bakersfieldcollege.edu DST 1112
Ishmael Kimbrough 395-4524 ikimbrou@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 37
F. Javier Llamas 395-4984 francisco.llamas@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Myra McArthur 395-4984 mmcarthu@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Matthew McCoy 395-4984 matthew.mccoy@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Tina Mendoza 395-4984 tina.mendoza@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Erin Miller 395-4006 emiller@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 39
James Morse 395-4984 jmorse@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Shawn Newsom 395-4984 shawn.newsom@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Jason Page 395-4984 jason.page@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Christian Parker 395-4717 chparker@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 32
Oliver Rosales 395-4033 orosales@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 8 / DST 1114
Richard Roux 395-4984 richard.roux@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Stephanie Salomon 395-4984 stephanie.salomon@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Marilynn Sanchez Avila 395-4984 marilynn.sanchez@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Carol Shertzer 395-4984 cshertze@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Misty Stowers 395-4569 misty.stowers@bakersfieldcollege.edu FACE 15A
Christopher Tincher 395-4984 christopher.tincher@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Camille Tomlin (Delano Campus) 395-4984 ctomlin@portervillecollege.edu adjunct
Robert Torres 395-4218 robtorre@bakersfieldcollege.edu FA 72
Ann Wiederrecht 395-4692 awiederr@bakersfieldcollege.edu H 17
Jamal Wright 395-4984 jamal.wright@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct
Gail Young 395-4984 gyoung@bakersfieldcollege.edu adjunct

About our Faculty


Jason Stratton

Professor of History & Department Chair

Jason Stratton

Email: jstratto@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661.395.4071

Website: http://www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/jstratton/

Office: FACE 15A

Education:

B.A., University of LaVerne
M.A., University of California, Riverside

Academic Interests:

What I do and love is now different from what I studied last millennium. Fields of Study were focused upon changing political structures in Early and Late Modern European History.

Current Academic Interests are more global in nature, as they allow for a greater understanding of our [globally] shared humanity, as well as our culturally unique characteristics that make the world such an intriguing place.

Teaching Areas:

United States History Surveys 1 and 2 [from 1500 to now]
World Civilizations Surveys 1 and 2 [from ‘civilization’ to now]
Western Civilizations Surveys 1 and 2 [from ‘civilizations’ to now]
Humanities Survey 1 and 2 [team taught, and solitary professor]
History of 19th Century Europe
History of 20th Century Europe
History of England 1500-1750
History of Japan
History of Latin America
History of Middle East

Biography

Born to a family heritage of farming, logging and moonshine, in the last millennium. Scholarship/grant student, who wouldn’t be here without financial aid.

Speaking out against conviction of a neighbor for witchcraft in the 1640s, and paying a fine for the right ‘to keep his opinion’ afterwards. [one side]

Fleeing western European drafts around French Revolutionary era, all the way to the Ukraine, and then the USA 100 years later. [another side]

Re-enlisting in the Union Army in the 1860s under a false name after being invalidated out [the war still needed to be fought]. [a third side]

Personal realization of being a 4th generation step-father.

Multiple personal incidents with near-fatal outcomes don’t count, as they weren’t fatal [I’m not dead yet. (in best Monty Python voice)]

Katherine Becker

Email: katherine.becker@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Biography

Paul Beckworth

Associate Professor of History

Paul Beckworth

Email: pbeckwor@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4028

Office: Humanities 10

Education:

B.S., Toccoa Falls College
M.A., Clemson University

Academic Interests:

U.S. History
American West
Borderlands History

Teaching Areas:

History of California
Early Chicano History
History of Chicanos in the Southwest

Dr. Randal Beeman, Professor Emeritus

Email: randalbeeman@yahoo.com

Phone: 805.470.0081

Education:

B.S., Kansas State University

M.A., Kansas State University

Ph.D., Iowa State University

Professional Presentations:

“The Seventies Revision.”Inaugural “Renegade Talks” speaker, Bakersfield College, August, 2014.

“Silver Linings Tragedy: The Grapes of Wrath in Historical Context.” Levan Center, Bakersfield College, March 2014.”

“Kern County and the Immigration Crusade.” guest lecture, CSUB course “Water and the West, March 2014.

“The Struggle for LGBT Rights in California.” Bakersfield College Safe Space Training, January 2013.

“Classroom Management and Student Retention Strategies,” Presented to Bakersfield College, New Faculty Seminar, April 2013.

“California Agriculture:  An Historical Overview.” Presented to Columbine Vineyards Staff and Internship Program, Delano, California, June 2012.

“Weather and History in California.” Kern County Weather Association, 2011.

“’Never Waste a Crisis’: The New Deal, Ecology, and the Idea of a Permanent Agriculture.” Butte College, August 2009, Special Presentation to the 3rd Annual Butte College Sustainability Conference. (Also presented and discussed the 1938 Pare Lorentz film The River.)

“Establishing Sustainable Ethics in Kern County Education,” Sierra Club Buena Vista Chapter, Bakersfield, October 2007.

“The Sustainable Path to Peace and Prosperity.” Norman Levan Faculty  Seminar, Bakersfield College, April 2007.

“All the King’s Men: Context and Contingency.” One Book, One Bakersfield, Kern County Museum, April 2007.

“Merle Haggard and the Meaning of Local Memory.” Downtown Bakersfield Rotary Club, November 2006.

“The Emotional and Intellectual Antecedents of Sustainable Agriculture.” California State University, Chico. November, 2006.

“Understanding California Agriculture: A Historians Challenge.” Butte College, October 2006.

“The Future of Agribusiness.” Oildale Kiwanis Club, July 2006.

“Cesar’s Ghost: Historians and the United Farm Workers Movement.” Agricultural History Society, Cambridge, MA, June 2006.

“The Dust Bowl and the Modern Memory,” (Introduction of “One Book, One Bakersfield” Program.” Kern County Museum, March 2006.

“Local Legacy:  The UFW  and the History of Kern County,” Bakersfield Women’s Council, March 2006.

“The Demise of Thinking Big,” South Bakersfield Rotary Club, August 2005.

Commencement Address, Bakersfield College, May 2005.

“Hagiography over History: Cesar Chavez and the Politics of Legacy,” American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, San Jose, August 2004.

“Enforcing Brown v. Board of Education,” Kern County Law Library Law Day, Bakersfield, California, April 2004.

“90 Years and Two File Cabinets: Creating A Community College Archive,” at the Society of California Archivists Annual Meeting, Costa Mesa, CA, April 2004.

“The History of Organic Farming,” at the Ecological Farming Association of America, January 2004.

“The Planning Ethic and Conservation,” at Reclaiming FDR’s Environmental Legacy, FDR Library, Hyde Park, NY, October 2002.

“Are You Going to Run a History Store?” BC History Majors Club, November 2001.

“Envisioning Success.” Presentation to BC Student Development Class, October 2001.

“Knowledge and Meaning.” Presentation to BC Honor Society, May 2000.

“College is Not Job Training.” Career Day, Richgrove School, Spring 2000.

“Many Paths to Knowledge.” Presentation to BC Student Development Class, Fall 1998.

“Rexford G. Tugwell: Prophet of Planning, Ecology, and Permanence.” American Society for Environmental History, Baltimore, March 1997.

“Laughing at the Crystal People: Agricultural Science Responds to Ecological Agriculture.” American Academy for the Advancement of Science, San Jose, June 1996.

“More Than Wilderness, More Than Pollution, More Than Flowers: Ecological Thought in the Johnson Administration.” Western Social Science Association, Reno, April 1996.

“Envisioning Utopia: Prophets of the Stable State.” Far West Popular Culture Association, Las Vegas, February 1996.

“Challenge and Co-option: Agriculture and the Environment Since Earth Day.” American Society for Environmental History, Las Vegas, March 1995.

“When the Sky Fell Twice: Agriculture, Technology, and Ecology in the United States.” Society for the History of Technology, Lowell, MA, October 1994.

“Chemivisions: The Forgotten Promises of the Chemurgy Movement.” Agricultural History Society, Little Rock, June 1994.

“Teaching Ecology: Friends of the Land, 1940-1954.” Mid-America Conference on History. Stillwater, September, 1993.

“A Sense of Foreboding: Plans for Post-War Agriculture, 1943-46.” World War II: A Fifty Year Perspective, Siena College, June 1993.

“A Pre-History of Sustainable Agriculture.” Western Social Science Association, Corpus Christi, April 1993.

“No General Utopias: Edward Faulkner and the Origins of Sustainable Agriculture.” Southwestern History Conference, New Orleans, March 1993.

“Labor Problems in Kansas during World War I.” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 1992.

“The Culture and Demise of a Socialist Alternative in the Great Plains.” Western Social Science Association, Denver, April 1992.

“Perceptions of Russia and the Soviet Union.” Blue Springs, MO Rotary, August 1991.

“Farming and Community.” Reinhardt Community Club, November 1990.

“On Sustainable Agriculture.” History Colloquium, Iowa State University, March 1992.

“Kansas City’s Rural Past.” Kansas City Focus, Television Program, KCTV-5, November 1990.

“Wheat Soldiers: Kansas in World War I.” National Archives Conference “World War I and the Human Condition,” Kansas City, November 1989.

 

Professional Experience:

Professor of History, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California. 1996 – Present. Coursework includes Early and Modern US History, Modern CA History, World History,

Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking, and Native American History. Additional duties have included Academic Senate 1998-2000, Campus Outreach, Scholarship

Committee, Student Outcomes Assessment, various department, campus, and district wide screening committees, Executive Board-Campus Chapter CTA, New Faculty

Seminar, Grievance Officer CTA.

Archives Director, Bakersfield College, 2001-2005. Responsible for developing and implementing a business plan to retrieve, catalog, and preserve the history of

Bakersfield College. Also responsible for fundraising, working with various factions within the administrative network, supervising staff and overseeing budget.

Business Consultant: Columbine Vineyards.  Helped with strategic planning and communications and establishing an internship program.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nevada-Las Vegas. 1995-96. Courses included Modern US History, American in the Gilded Age, and History of Science and Technology.

Adjunct Instructor, Community College of Southern Nevada, US History. 1996.

Garst Graduate Fellow, Iowa State University. 1995.

Instructor, Environmental History, Iowa State University. 1994.

Adjunct Instructor, Metropolitan Community Colleges, Kansas City, MO. 1990-91. Coursework included US History, World Politics, Introduction to Political Science.

Instructor, Kansas State University. 1990. US History.

Grants Coordinator, Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science, Iowa State University. 1994.

Editorial Assistant, Journal of Family History, Iowa State University. 1993.

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Iowa State University. 1991-94.

Archival Assistant, Parks Memorial Library, Iowa State University. 1993.

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Kansas State University. 1989-90

Academic Assistant, Department of Athletics, Kansas State University. 1987-90.

Curator/Assistant Director, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, KS. 1990.

Library Assistant, AV/Special Collections/University Archives, Kansas State University. 1987-88.

 

Awards and Recognition:

Teacher of the Year, Bakersfield College EOPS Students
Teacher of the Year, Bakersfield College Student Body, 2011
Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award, Bakersfield College, 2007.
Community Leader of the Year, Kern Center for Political Education, 2005.
California State Senate Member Resolution No. 1564 – Senator Dean Florez, 2005.
California Legislative Assembly Resolution 3191, Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy, 2005.
Travel Grant, Ed and Winnie Brigham Foundation, 2005.
Travel Grant, Gerald Ford Presidential Library, 2005.
President, Kern County Historical Society, 2005-06.
Samuel McCall Award, “Outstanding Professor of the Year,” Associated Students of Bakersfield College, May 2004.
Moody Research Grant, LBJ Foundation, Spring 2004.
Western Archives Institute, California Association of Archivists/SFSU, 2003.
Lubin-Winant Research Fellowship, FDR Library, 2003.
Certificate of Appreciation, Club MED (BC Disabled Students Club), May 1999.
Rachel Carson Award Honorable Mention, Best Dissertation in Environmental History Society, 1995-96.
Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University, 1995.
Travel Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library-Moody Foundation, 1993
Matterson Award, Best Graduate Student Paper, Iowa State University, 1993.
Various Travel Grants, Iowa State University 1992-95.
Travel Grant, Harry S Truman Library, 1993.
Travel Grant, Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation, 1993.
Mueller Graduate Scholarship, Kansas State University, 1988.

 

Publications:

A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in the Twentieth Century. (With James Pritchard). University Press of Kansas. 2001.

“The Election of 1958 and the Demise of the Republican Party in California.” PEAK Foundation Issues Quarterly, September 2014.

“Carey McWilliams: California’s Penultimate Progressive.” PEAK Foundation Issues Quarterly, April 2014.

Black America: A State by State Encyclopedia. Contributing essay on “California.” ABC-CLIO 2011.

The Great Depression and the  New Deal: A Thematic Encyclopedia. Entries include “Rexford Tugwell, “Fascism,””Okies,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” and “Sergeant York.”

Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations and Rebellions in American History. Entries include “The Green Corn Rebellion,” “Bloody Thursday,” and The West Coast Dockworkers Strike.” ABC-CLIO 2010.

Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. (New York: Facts on File, 2006). Entries include “Central Valley Project,” “Thomas Hart Benton,” and “Back to the Land Movements.”

The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II. (New York: ABC-CLIO, 2006). Entries include “Latinos/Latinas in World War II” and “Energy Policy.”

Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology. (Routledge: New York, 2004). Entries include agricultural systems, mechanization, irrigation, and the dairy industry.

“Louis Bromfield versus the ‘Age of Irritation,’” Environmental History 17 (Spring 1992), 77-92.

“The Trash Farmer: Edward Faulkner and the Origins of Sustainable Agriculture in the United States, 1942-52,” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 4 (Winter 1993), 91-102.

“Chemivisions: The Forgotten Promises of the Chemurgy Movement," Agricultural History 68 (Fall 1994).

“Friends of the Land and the Rise of the Environmental Movement, 1940-1954,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 8 (Spring 1995), 1-16.

Various book reviews, including reviews in Isis , Agricultural History, Journal of the West, Environmental History, American Historical Review, Southern California Quarterly.

Over 40 op-ed articles in the Bakersfield Californian, 1997-2009, including:

     “Dust Bowl Silver Linings,” 3.22.2014.

     “At the Heart of the Drought, The Costs Are Heavy.” 2.23.2014
 
     “Nostalgia: It’s Not What it Used to Be,” 4.05.2009.

     “Nostalgia for New Deal Masks Fact FDR Prolonged the Great Depression,” 3.15.2009.

     “Don’t Substitute “Student Outcomes” for Real Education,” 5.18.2008.

     “GITMO and Our National Identity,” 2.08.2008.

     “'Nation' is a Great Read, But Let's Be Fair to Ag.” 1.17.2008.

     “State Needs Brave Leaders: Governator Promises Reforms, But Delivers to Powerful Special Interests.” 12.2.2007.

     “US Depends on Volatile Region For Oil Supplies.” 7.16.2006.

     “Slaughterhouse Filth, Tainted Drugs Led to Laws.” 6.11.2006.

     “Who’s In Charge:” Bush or Brass.” 5.7.2006.

     “Drought, Dust Storms Began Exodus to Kern.” 4.2.2006.

     “Iraq Is Not Another Vietnam.” 1.8.2005.

     “Famoso: To Replace Mesa Marin Raceway.” 11.6.2005.

     “Haggard, Chavez, Warren: Rename Bakersfield Landmarks to Honor Favorite (And Not So Favorite) Celebrities Who Brought Decades of Fame and Notoriety to Community.” 9.25.2005.

     “Vietnam v. Iraq: Comparisons Valid. 12.5.2004.

     “Little Difference in Which Party Elected.” 11.7.2004.

     “Beginning College? Treat It Like A Job.” 8.29.2004.

     “40 Years Later: Remembering JFK.” 11.22.2003.

     “’What Ifs’ Plague Looming War.” 2.16.2003.

     “City Needs Vision, Not Merely Plan.” 11.30.2002.

     “War For The Future: Bakersfield Fights For Quality of Life.” 5.19.2002.

     “The Changing Valley: It May Be Too Late To Save Agriculture.” 7.22.2001.

     “Creation vs. Evolution Still Claims Victims.” 8.20.2000.

     “Gardening Tips for Church: Church’s Success Eclipsed By Failure of Today’s Leaders.” 7.27.2003.

Monthly columnist, The Blackboard, 2001-2004.

Monthly Columnist, Peak Foundation Issues Quarterly, 2014-present.

 

Biography

Ed Borgens

Ed Borgens Social Sciences Faculty

Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: eborgens@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4456

Office: Humanities 38

Education:

B.A., University of California, Davis

M.A., University of California, Davis

Academic Interests:

American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Public Administration
Other Fields of Interest:  International Relations, Political Theory/Ideology, Political Parties and Elections

Teaching Areas:

Political Science 1—American Government
Political Science 2—Comparative Government
Political Science 3—International Politics
Political Theory/Ideology and Political Parties (Not at Bakersfield College)

Awards and Recognition:

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Biography

Ed Borgens has been teaching at the college level since 1991, and he joined the faculty at Bakersfield College in 2007.  Prior to teaching at BC, Ed taught in Northern California, Nebraska, and Kagoshima, Japan.  In addition to Political Science, he has had the opportunity to teach History, Mathematics, Communication, and English.  In his spare time, Ed enjoys reading, discussing current events, and exercising with his dog, Charlotte.  Ed is married to fellow BC Professor Beth Rodacker, who teaches  English to multi-language learners.

Two major highlights of Ed’s career in academics have included teaching English and studying Japanese culture/society for two years in Kagoshima, Japan, and also studying British politics at Cambridge University while completing his Master’s degree at U. C. Davis.

During his tenure at Bakersfield College, Ed has served on the Scholarship Committee; he has also been the Faculty Sponsor for the Pre-Law Program; he has served as the College Chair for the CCA teacher’s union; Ed has also been active in the non-profit community organization, CKPE.

Steve Bsharah

History Instructor

Email: sbsharah@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Dr. Matthew Garrett

Dr. Matthew Garrett Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of History

Email: matgarre@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4267

Office: Humanities 10

Website: http://mgarrettphd.weebly.com/

Education:

B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., University of Nebraska
Ph.D., Arizona State University

Academic Interests:

Twentieth century American West race and ethnicity
Native American History
Mormon History

Teaching Areas:

Hist 17a US history, Colonial Era through Reconstruction
Hist 17b  US history, Reconstruction to present
Hist 36  Native American Indian History

Awards and Recognition:

2015 Juanita Brooks Best Manuscript in Mormon History Award for Making Lamanites
2013 Levan Center Faculty Colloquium Award, Bakersfield College
2010 Steiner Memorial Award for Best Dissertation in History
2010 Arizona State University Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence
2009 Millet Award, Arizona State University

Publications:

Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016.

“‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth’: A Historiographical Review and Prognosis of Mormon and Native American History,” Levan Humanities Review, vol. 1:2 (Winter 2014): 32-36.

“American Indian Movement,” Encyclopedia of the 1960s: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture, James S. Baugess and Abbie Debolt, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-Cleo, 2011, p. 27-29.

“Pursuing Wiconzani (the Good Way of Life): Functional Adaptations Through Dakota Lifeways,” AlternNative: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Indigenous Peoples, vol. 5:1 (Winter 2009), 108-125. With Joseph White, Adam Galovan, Kathryn Akipa, and Brenden Rensink.

“Glidden Invents Barbed Wite,” Great Events from history: The 19th Century. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2006, p. 1416-1418.
 

Biography

Dr. Matthew Garrett is a historian of twentieth-century American history. After undergraduate training in education and teaching experience at the secondary level he completed advanced degrees in American history at the University of Nebraska and Arizona State University. His research and publications center on Native Americans and ethno-religious identity and his monograph, Making Lamanites, received the 2015 Juanita Brooks prize for best book manuscript in Mormon history. Dr. Garrett joined the faculty of Bakersfield College in 2010 where he continues his research and teaches United States and Native American history. He also advises student clubs and serves in professional associations.

Olivia Garcia

Olivia Garcia

Professor of History

Email: oligarci@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4010

Office: Humanities 10

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Bakersfield

Academic Interests:

  • Early American and Modern United States
  • California and the West
  • Reconstruction and the American South
  • Race Relations
  • Women’s and Gender History
  • Latinx History
  • Media/Journalism History
  • Environmental History
  • Public History

Courses taught:

  • History B17A: History of the United States to Reconstruction
  • History B17B: History of the United States since 1870
  • History B18: History of California
  • History B1: World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600

Awards and Recognition:

  • Women with a Heart for Bakersfield Award, Garden Pathways, 2017
  • Women Inspiring Girls Award, Girls Scouts Central California South, 2015
  • California State University, Bakersfield Faculty Mentor Collaborative Fellow, 2014
  • Luminaria of HOPE Award, 2009
  • NAHP Magazine awards, 2007-2010
  • Latina of the Year Award, Latina Leaders of Kern County, 2006
  • 20 Under 40 Newspaper Association of America Presstime Award, 2003

Publications:

  • 1996-1998 — Daily News Reporter for The Riverside Press-Enterprise
  • 1998-2016 — Editor, Reporter, and Columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and its affiliated publications, including Bakersfield Life Magazine, Kern Business Journal and MAS Magazine.

Biography: Bakersfield is my home. It is where I grew up, formed my dreams and set out goals to reach them, thanks to the help of many mentors, including some at Bakersfield College. I am a proud BC alum (class of 1993). I moved away for college and my first career opportunity. But there is no place like home so I returned with my husband in 1998. I spent 20 years as a professional journalist and a number of years as an adjunct before joining BC’s History faculty full time in 2017. Prior to that, I taught history as a BC adjunct from 2015 and journalism as an adjunct since 2000; in addition, I taught history and communications courses as a lecturer at California State University, Bakersfield and the University of La Verne-Kern County campus. I completed my graduate work in history at CSUB where I discovered mentors who further fostered my passion for the field. I love history, and I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and respect of the discipline with students. I serve on the committee of the Public History Institute at CSUB, and I’m currently working with one of my mentors on an oral history project involving the Stony Brook Retreat, which was a sanitarium used to isolate tuberculosis patients for proper care and treatment in the early and mid Twentieth Century in Keene, Calif. I am also researching the history of CSUB for a book to be published to mark the 50th anniversary of the campus. When I am not involved in all things that I love about history, I am active in the community, serving as a executive board member of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other groups, including the BC Foundation, the Devil Pups Youth Leadership Program, and the Mendiburu Magic Foundation. In addition, I'm a committee member fo the Public History Institute at CSUB. For fun, I love to run and hike with my family and our German Shepherds. Being able to teach history at BC where I first began dreaming big is definitely one of the biggest jewels I treasure, and it is my hope that I can be a mentor to our students, just like others were to me. #WeAreBC

Rosa Garza

Rosa Garza Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of History

Email: rogarza@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4456

Office: Humanities 38

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
B.A., San Jose State University
M.A., California State University, Bakersfield

Academic Interests:

Teaching Areas:

Early Chicano History
History of Chicanos in the Southwest

Awards and Recognition:

Publications:

Biography

Kelly Gerhold

History Instructory

Professor Kelly Gerhold

Email: kelly.gerhold@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

Education:

B.A., University of the Pacific

M.A., College of Charleston

Academic Interests:

Early Modern World
Atlantic World
American History
Golden Age of Piracy
Viking Age
Spanish Empire
East Asian Civilization
International Political History

Teaching Areas:

HIST B17B, History of the Modern United States

Awards and Recognition:

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Kappa Phi
(Phi Capy Bara)

Biography

Kelly Gerhold earned her Masters degree in South Carolina, which allows her to claim that she has lived in a foreign country.  She did research in England at the British National Archives to write her Masters thesis on how pirates affected English-Spanish foreign relations in the 17th century, but she wrote her undergraduate capstone paper on American Prohibition.  She has a very eclectic range of academic interests.  She researches obsessively for very frivolous reasons, but hopefully will make it on Jeopardy some day.

Douglas Grimsley

History Instructor

Email: dgrimsle@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Dr. Michael Harvath

Professor of Economics

Email: mharvath@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4458

Office: Humanities 35

Education:

A.A., Cypress Community College
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Academic Interests:

Teaching Areas:

ECON B1, Principles of Economics: Micro Principles

ECON B2, Principles of Economics: Macro Principles

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Biography

Craig Holliday

History Instructor

Email: craig.holliday@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Steven Holmes

Steven Holmes Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of Political Science

Email: sholmes@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4289

Office: Humanities 47

Education:

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., California State University, Chico

Academic Interests:

United States Government
California State Government
Voting and Elections

Teaching Areas:

POLS B1 United States Government: National, State and Local
POLS B12  Contemporary Issues in California State and Local Governments
POLS B16 Vital Political Problems

Awards and Recognition:

Sam McCall Outstanding Professor Award 1997 and 2015
Kern Alliance of Business “Hall of Fame” 1998

Publications:

Supplemental Guide to American Government, 4th edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Copyright 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013

Biography

Dr. Daymon Johnson

Dr. Daymon Jonshon Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of History & Philosophy

Email: dayjohns@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4350

Office: Humanities 39

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
B.A., California State Bakersfield
M.A., California State Bakersfield
Ph.D., Florida State University

Academic Interests:

History of Ideas
History of Religions
History of Science and Culture

Teaching Areas:

U.S. History
Western Civilization
Middle East Civilization
Introduction to Philosophy

Awards and Recognition:

2 Time Finalist, Sam McCall Award
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Florida State University
Junior Research Assistant, James Madison Institute
Graduate Equity Fellow, CSU

Publications:

“Reformed Neo-Traditionalists: Patriarchal Models of Womanhood and the Christian Right,” Fides et Historia, Volume 25, Number 3, Fall 1993.

Reformed Fundamentalism in America: The Lordship of Christ, the Transformation of Culture, and other Calvinists Components of the Christian Right, UMI, 1994

 

Biography

Charles Kim

Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: charles.kim@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-720-2017

Office: Delano 1112

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
B.A., M.P.A., California State University, Bakersfield

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Ishmael Kimbrough

Ishmael Kimbrough Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of History

Email: ikimbrou@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4524

Office: Humanities 37

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B.A., McPherson College
M.A., Emporia State

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F. Javier Llamas

F. Javier Llamas

History Instructor

Email: francisco.llamas@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Education:

B.A,. California State University, Bakersfield
M.A., California State University, Bakersfield

Academic Interests:

Modern U.S. History
Mexican/American History
California and the West
Military History

Teaching Areas:

History of California (BC)
History of the World, to 1500s (CSUB)
Early U.S. History, Colonial to Reconstruction (BC)

Myra McArthur

History Instructor

Email: mmcarthu@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Matthew McCoy

History Instructor

Email: matthew.mccoy@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Celeste Menchaca

History Instructor

Email: celeste.menchaca@bakersfieldcollege.edu

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Tina Mendoza

History Instructor

Tina Mendoza Social Sciences

Email: tina.mendoza@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-835-7384

Education:

A.S., Trident Technical College

A.A., Bakersfield College

B.A., The University of Arizona

M.S., The University of Arizona

M.A., The University of California, Riversid

Academic Interests:

Chicano/a History
Oral History
20th Century US History

Teaching Areas:

HISTB17a – History of the United States
HISTB17b – History of the United States Since 1870
HISTB18 – History of California
HISTB30a – Early Chicano History
HISTB30b– History of Chicanos in the Southwest

Awards and Recognition:

Teaching Assistant Positions, UC Riverside – Fall 2009 to Winter 2011
Teaching Assistant Position, The University of Arizona -  Academic Year 2005 and 2006
McNair Summer Research Grant – Summer 2004
General Harold Arnold Scholarship – Academic Year 2004
Research Assistant – Academic Year 2004
McNair Summer Research Grant – Summer 2003
Aerospace Spouse Award – Academic Year 2002

Biography

I am originally from Bakersfield, CA.  I left in 1991 right after graduation and went directly into the US Air Force.  After completing 8 years of military service, I decided to pursue my education and give back to my community.  While attending Bakersfield College, I met Professor Beeman and he opened my eyes to History and my career path was new.  After completing my MA at UC Riverside in 2011 I moved back to Bakersfield with my family.  Working at the community college level allows me to give back and share my educational experience with my students.  My success is measured in the success of my students!

 

Erin Miller

Erin Miller Social Sciences Faculty

Associate Professor of History

Email: emiller@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4350

Website: http://emillerbakersfieldcollege.weebly.com/

Office: Humanities 39

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
Certificate in Latin, University College, Cork (Ireland)
B.A., California State University, Bakersfield
Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (transferred to Notre Dame)
M.A., University of Notre Dame

Academic Interests:

Early American
The Revolution and The Early Republic
Race and Slavery
Faith and Democracy
Southern History
Atlantic History
Immigration History
History of Identity Politics
Gender, Women, and Sexuality
Latin American History
New British and Irish History

Teaching Areas:

Intro to Women in American History
Early American History
Modern United States History
The South and Slavery
African American History
New British History
Irish History

Awards and Recognition:

RECOGNITION

2016 Levan Faculty Scholar, Levan Center, Bakersfield College
2015 Levan Summer Scholar, Levan Center Bakersfield College
2015 Presidential Leadership Award, Bakersfield College, Making It Happen.
2014 Professor of the Year, Bakersfield College, (nominated)
2012 Tenured and Promotion to Associate Professor
2007 Dondanville Family Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Notre dame, (nominated)
2005 Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame
2001 Outstanding Graduating Senior in History, California State University, Bakersfield
2001 Outstanding Presenter in Humanities, California State University System Competition
2000 Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges
2001 Pre-Doctoral Scholar, California State University
2000 Student Research Scholar, California State University
2001 Phi Theta Kappa International Scholar

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS:

Internal

2016 Levan Faculty Scholar, Levan Center, Bakersfield College ($1500)
2015 Basic Skills Initiative, Making It Happen, Bakersfield College ($16,000)
2015 Levan Faculty Summer Grant, Levan Center, Bakersfield College ($3000)
2012 St. Johns College Great Books Seminars, Levan Center, Bakersfield College ($1,000)
2009 Hearst-Moore Fellowship, History Department, University of Notre Dame, ($16,000)
2009 Africana Mentoring Fellowship, Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame, ($4,500)
2008 Grant Wakonse Teaching Conference, Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame, ($650)
2008 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, First Year Writing, University of Notre Dame, ($15,000)
2008 Africana Mentoring Fellowship, Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame, ($2,500)
2007 Hearst Fellowship, History Department, University of Notre Dame, ($15,000)
2002 – 2006 Thomas Slaughter Fellowship, History Department, University of Notre Dame, ($51,500)
2004 Research Grant, Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, ($500)
2004 Seminar Fellowship, Keough Institute, University of Notre Dame, ($4,500) 2002 Seminar Fellowship, Keough Institute, University of Notre Dame, ($4,500)

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2008 Research Fellowship, David Library of the American Revolution, (runner-up)  
2008 Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, (runner-up)
2003 Folger Research and Travel Grant, Folger Institute, ($3,500)
2001 Student Research Fellowship, California State University, ($2,000)
2001 California Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, California State University, ($3,000)
2001 California Pre-Doctoral Research Internship, California State University, ($5,400)
2000 California Kiwanis Club Scholarship, East Bakersfield, ($750)

Publications:

“American Revolution.” Encyclopedia of Slavery in the Americas. Edited by Edward Baptist.

“Christiana Riot.” Encyclopedia of Slavery in the Americas. Edited by Edward Baptist.

“Challenge, Continuity, and Change: Irish-Born Women on the Kern County (California)Frontier: 1860-1880.” Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 30, no. 6 (2002)

Review, The Burning of Bridget Cleary, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 30, no. 6 (2002)

“Ireland: Culture and Health.” In Mosby’s Pocket Guide Series: Cultural Assessment. 3rd ed. Edited by Elaine M. Geissler and Carolyn Erickson D’Avanzo. St Louis, MO: Mosby: Harcourt Health Sciences, 2002

Biography

A history professor at Bakersfield College, Erin’s scholarship and graduate training explore intersections of race, faith, class, and democracy in Colonial America and the Early Republic, seeking an understanding of the contours of human oppression.

 

James Morse

History Instructor

Email: jmorse@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Jason Page

History Instructor

Email: jason.page@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Christian Parker

Christian Parker Social Sciences Faculty

Associate Professor of History

Email: chparker@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4717

Website: http://www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/cparker/

Office: Humanities 32

Education:

B.A., Simpson University
M.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Teaching Areas:

History 17A, Early American History

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Dr. Oliver Rosales

Dr. Oliver Rosales Social Sciences Faculty

Associate Professor of History

Email: orosales@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-720-2065

Office: DST 1113, Delano Campus

Education:

A.A., Bakersfield College
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., California State University, Bakersfield
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Interests:

Latino/a History
Comparative Civil Rights
Modern United States
World History
Religious Studies
Early American History
Modern Europe

Teaching Areas:

History 17A:  History of the United States
History 17B:  History of the United States since 1870
History 18:  History of California
History B1:  World History from the Origins of Civilizations to 1600
History B2: History of World (Since 1650)
History 30A: Early Chicano History
History 30B:  History of Chicanos in the Southwest

Awards and Recognition:

Project Director, Latino Americans, American Library Association Grant, $10,000 (2015-2016)
Project Director, “Beyond the Fields,” Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant, $10,000 (2015-2017)
Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Lane Community College (2015)
Visiting Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2013)
Member, Tuning Project, American Historical Association (2015-2017)
Planning Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2015-2017

Publications:

“Civil Rights ‘Beyond the Fields’: African American and Mexican American Civil Rights Activism in Bakersfield, California, 1947-1964,” in Brian Behnken, ed., Beyond Civil Rights: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth Century United States (forthcoming, University of Georgia Press).
 
“Californian Borderhoods, Bordered Lands, and Labor in the U.S. West: Complex Histories of Struggle in the Central Valley,” Journal of the West (Winter 2015).
 
“Hoo-Ray Gonzales!: Chicano Politics in Bakersfield, 1972-1974,” in Mario T. Garcia, ed., The Chicano Movement: Perspectives From the Twenty First Century (Routledge 2014).

Biography

I've been teaching at Bakersfield College full-time since 2012 after finishing my Ph.D. in History at UC Santa Barbara.  My appointment is at the BC Delano Campus, which I enjoy very much given the enthusiasm of the students for learning, as well as the deep history in Delano related to the farm labor movement.  Prior to UCSB, I earned a MA in history from CSU Bakersfield and a BA in history from UC Berkeley.  I am also a Renegade (class of 2000). Before joining the BC faculty, I taught at CSU Bakersfield, Santa Barbara City College, and Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program.   My research expertise is in comparative civil rights history.  I am currently revising a book length manuscript for publication by a university press.  I am an active member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Western History Association.  I am also Faculty Coordinator for the Social Justice Institute of Bakersfield College.

 

Anne Marie Rose

History Instructor

Email: arose@bakersfieldcollege.edu

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Richard Roux

History Instructor

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Marilyn Sanchez Avila

History Instructor

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Carol Shertzer

History Instructor

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Misty Stowers

MIsty Stowers Social Sciences Faculty

Assistant Professor of Economics

Email: stowers@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4569

Office: FACE 15A

Education:

A.A., Antelope Valley College
B.A., Calfornia State University, Bakersfield
MPA, California State University, Bakersfield

Academic Interests:

Labor Economics
Gender Studies

Teaching Areas:

Econ B1 (Microeconomics, BC)
Econ B2 (Macroeconomics, BC)
Econ 100 (Survey of Economics , AVC)
Econ 380 (Gender and Diversity in the Workplace, CSUB)

Awards and Recognition:

Alpha Chi Graduate (National College Honor Scholarship Society)
Pi Alpha Alpha  Graduate (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration)
Omicron Delta Epsilon Graduate (National Honor Society of Economics)
Two-time recipient of MVP (Most Valuable Professor) Award at CSUB

Publications:

Masters Thesis: Impact of Three Strikes Legislation in California, 2005

Biography

Born: 1970s
Current Status: Alive
Death: TBD

Christopher Tincher

History Instructor

Email: christopher.tincher@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

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Camille Tomlin

History Instructor

Email: ctomlin@portervillecollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

Robert Torres

Robert Torres Social Sciences Faculty

Professor of Latin American Studies

Email: robtorre@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4218

Office: Fine Arts 72

Education:

A.A., Cerritos College
B.A., Fresno State
M.A., Fresno State

Academic Interests:

Latin American History

Teaching Areas:

Chicano History
Latin American History

Ann Wiederrecht

Professor of History

Email: awiederr@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4692

Office: Humanities 17

Education:
B.A., Smith College
M.A., Antioch University

Teaching Areas:

Wolrd History to the Enlightenment
World History: Post Renaissance
United States History to 1877
Introduction to Women in American History

Gail Young

Gail Young Social Sciences Faculty

History Instructor

Email: gyoung@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4404

Patt Davis

Executive Secretary

Email: patricia.davis@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Phone: 661-395-4406

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