I was born in East Los Angeles and grew up in the West San Gabriel Valley (aka the 626). I attended Alhambra High School then UCLA, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in Chicana/o Studies. After taking some time off to work, I attended UC Riverside (UCR) and earned a Master’s Degree in History with a specialization in U.S. and Native American History. Once I completed my work at UCR, I returned to UCLA and I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History with a specialization in U.S. and Chicana/o History.
I teach a variety of historical subjects at LBCC including U.S. history, Asian history, world history, and American pluralism/ethnic studies. Prior to joining the history faculty at LBCC, I worked at a museum and taught at UC San Diego. I received my B.A. degree in Asian Studies from Pomona College and completed my M.A. and Ph.D. at UC San Diego in the field of Ethnic Studies (the study of race and ethnicity in the United States).
I teach American history here at LBCC and was trained in graduate school as an urban historian (someone who focuses on the historical growth and development of cities). In my classes, instead of focusing just on “great men” (presidents, generals, business executives, etc.), we spend much of our time looking at workers, women, immigrants, people of color, soldiers in the trenches, and non-conformists.
Donald Kent Douglas joined the Department of Political Science at Long Beach City College in Fall 2000. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his B.A. from the California State University, Fresno. He teaches Introduction to American Government, Comparative Government, and World Politics at LBCC and is active in a number of college service committees on campus. In addition to his teaching and research in political science, Dr. Douglas enjoys hiking, walks on the beach, and reading works of historical fiction and international intrigue.
Dr. Gilbert Estrada is a native of Southern California. He attended LBCC and later earned a BA and MA degree from CSU Long Beach. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. An urban historian, Dr.
Professor Faltas is a native Egyptian, where he was born and lived most of his life. His early education focused on the history of Africa and the Middle East, while his university studies focused on classical civilizations and Egyptology. He earned his B.A in Classical Studies from the University of Heliopolis, Ain Shams, Egypt, and his M.A in Egyptology from Helwan University, which is one of the top universities which focus on archaeology in the world.
Mary Marki teaches World Civilization courses at Long Beach City College. Once she completed her Bachelors and Masters degree in history, Ms. Marki left the United States for five years where she engaged post graduate studies in Switzerland and Chile. She moved to Thailand where she worked as a History professor at ABAC University in Bangkok. After her tenure abroad, Ms. Marki has settled in southern California where she can pursue her twin passions; teaching history and traveling the world.
I have been a professor in the History and Political Science Department since the fall of 1999. During that time I have taught a variety of history courses including the U.S. history survey courses from the pre-colonial period to the present, a course on the history of the American West and the history of the Americas (Canada, the U.S. and Latin America). Elsewhere I have taught the history of American Women, a course on American popular culture in the twentieth century and U.S. suburban history.
Paul Savoie is a Professor of Political Science at Long Beach City College. During his twenty-two years at LBCC, Savoie has also served as cofounder and coordinator of the CityTEACH Elementary Teacher Preparation Program, founder and coordinator of the CitySERVE Community Service-Learning Center, and coordinator of the LBCC Honors Program. His research interests include the evolution of democracy in both developed and developing nation-states, the politics of public education reform in the United States, the intersectionality of identity, and water policy in the State of California.