New Faculty Members: SBS Welcomes 3 new tenure track faculty members;
Dr. Teresa Velasquez (Anthropology), Dr. Damian Martinez (Criminal Justice), Dr. Cory Dennis (Social Work)
received her BA in International Relations from UC Davis and has a newly minted Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation was on the topic of "sustainable" mining, territory, and the remaking of social protest in Ecuador.
Teresa is a cultural anthropologist with a specialty in environmental and indigenous politics; the anthropology of the state; as well as gender and feminist theory.
Damian J. Martinez
received his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining CSUSB, Dr. Martinez held faculty positions in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), and in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ).
Dr. Martinez's research and scholarship generally have focused on corrections, community corrections, desistance from crime, and prisoner reentry and reintegration. Currently, he is interested in identity transformation and offender change; how informal social support and informal social control interact with psychological processes to deter and/or reduce involvement in crime; and appropriate policy responses to reduce recidivism.
In terms of his professional experience, he has worked with high-risk and imprisoned youth and their families in a variety of settings, including the Alameda County Probation Department, Los Angeles County Probation Department, and State of Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition, Dr. Martinez has been a social worker with private foster family agencies, the executive director of a non-profit youth social service agency, the chief administrator and clinical consultant of an adult social service agency, and a researcher with the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative .
Dr. Cory Dennis
completed his Ph.D. in Social Welfare last spring at the University at Albany, State University of New York. (MSW from Brigham Young University and BS from University of Utah if it is customary to mention those degrees as well)
Cory's research interests include substance abuse, homelessness, and aging. He has presented research on these topics at national and regional conferences and already has a manuscript accepted for publication.
His dissertation, entitled Twelve-Step cultural competence and the referral process, studied attitudes and knowledge among professional substance abuse treatment providers regarding 12-step self-help substance abuse groups.
During his Ph.D. program, Cory worked at the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany on such issues as age and disability-friendly communities, homelessness among older individuals, and gambling among older individuals.
Cory is also a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in clinical settings since 2005, primarily providing substance abuse treatment.