Alison Bruesehoff , Executive Director Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum : Project Director. Ms. Bruesehoff will be responsible for overseeing the Workshop's operations, ensuring that participants will have access to the material and archival resources of the Rancho and that site visits at the Rancho and Mission San Gabriel deal with the appropriate broad themes for addressing the National History Standards and assist in curriculum design sessions. Her more than 10 years experience in the museum profession and completion of many successful programs and projects include workshops, curriculum projects, two books, and a documentary.
Laura Talamante , Assistant Professor, CSUDH History Department: Co-Project Director. Dr. Talamante has received numerous honors and awards, including a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship and the Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award. She participated on the design team for the California State University Transforming Course Design in U.S. History project. She will coordinate faculty workshop leaders, and assist in daily review sessions, workshops, and curriculum design sessions. Dr. Talamante teaches courses related to the project, such as the survey of U.S. History and the Individual, Family and Community in Historic Perspective. The latter class for Liberal Studies majors planning to teach in primary and secondary grades addresses the National and California standards for teaching U.S. history.
Cheryl McKnight, CSUDH Director of Community Service Learning: Project Coordinator. Ms. McKnight will be responsible for travel and housing arrangement, scheduling, logistics, participant recruitment, administrative work, technology, publications, and promotion. She has extensive experience designing and delivering workshops, including Teaching Teachers How to Use Technology in the Classroom for Long Beach Unified School District and continues to assist faculty in using technology in research and teaching. Her background includes special events coordination, public relations, and Native American Liaison for the City of Long Beach Office of the City Manager under the Youth, Education, and Community Service Program.
Jerry Moore , CSUDH Professor of Anthropology, leads archaeological excavations at the Rancho. Professor Moore's archaeological fieldwork has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the H. John Heinz III Foundation, Getty Research Institute, and the Curtiss and Mary Brennan Foundation. Dr. Moore was a Getty Scholar and the Dominguez Hills Outstanding Professor in 2003.
Janine Gasco , CSUDH Professor of Anthropology, specializes in the History of Native America, especially material culture and ethnic identity influenced by colonial contact and post contact effects of Native American economics. Dr. Gasco teaches Indian Studies at the university. Dr. Gasco also works closely with the archaeology project at Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum . Her archival and archaeological investigations include Spanish colonial sites in California (Mission San Antonio de Padua and the Presidio of Santa Barbara) and in Mexico .
Judson Grenier, CSUDH Emeritus Professor of History and founding chair of the History Department, has extensively researched the Dominguez family and the Rancho, resulting in numerous publications, such as California Legacy: The James Alexander Watson--María Dolores Domínguez De Watson Family, 1820-1980 . He is currently working on a book about George Carson, who married Victoria de Dominguez . The City of Carson was named after George.
Marisela Chavez, CSUDH Assistant Professor of Chicano/Chicana Studies, is the recipient of various awards, including a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship in 2006 and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies in 2002. At CSU Dominguez Hills, she teaches courses on the history of Mexicans in the United States . Dr. Chavez's courses explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, and class from the 16 th through the 19 th century, especially in the Southwest and during the Spanish conquest of Mexico .
Thomas Philo, CSUDH Special Collections Archivist, who has worked on cataloguing and displaying archival materials for projects, such as the Heritage House Collection, 1847-1989 and the Dominguez Heritage Project . The latter project uses archival materials from the CSUDH Special Collections and provides CSUDH students a visual and textual understanding of the special relationship between their campus, the Dominguez family and the Rancho.
Jennifer Koslow, Assistant Professor of History and Director, Historical Administration & Public History Program at Florida State University, Tallahassee. She is a specialist in the New Western History, and her research on Urban and Gender History in Los Angeles and experience teaching American, California , and Los Angeles history will strengthen workshops. She has developed pedagogic strategies for preparing undergraduates for secondary teaching and public history positions, including issues of historic preservation and the use of national landmarks.
Jane Dabel, Associate Professor of History, California State University, Long Beach, specializes in early American history and is editor of The History Teacher , a premier journal for teaching approaches in secondary and university education. She has worked with K-12 and university instructors to develop inter-disciplinary curriculum. She collaborated on NEH Teach American History grants and received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, CSULB (2007).