Monique Taylor is the author of Harlem between Heaven and Hell and several other publications on Harlem. She received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. Until 2005 she was an associate professor of sociology and department chair at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. There, Dr. Taylor’s undergraduate teaching centered on race/ethnicity, social class inequality, cultural studies and urban studies and she was the recipient of the Donald Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching from Occidental College as well as a Graves Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Council of Learned Societies and Pomona College.
Ana Guisela Chupina is Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education and Educational Leadership and Management programs at the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University in San Francisco. In that role, she teaches and advises master's and doctoral students in the areas of Cross-Cultural Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, and Action Research. Her scholarship centers on immigrant women as adult learners, inclusive learning climates, and culturally responsive teaching. Dr. Chupina’s teaching and research are informed by her Spanish-English bilingual Guatemalan background.
Dr. Chupina received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s in Fine Arts with a concentration in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. She holds a PhD in Education from Iowa State University, where she earned a Research Excellence Award for her dissertation work with Central American immigrant women.
Dr. Chupina’s passion for Cross-Cultural Studies in Education is rooted in her desire to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences in the life experiences and worldviews of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. As an educator, she believes that enhanced awareness about the influence of multiple dimensions of identity (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, spiritual beliefs, and disability) on students’ school experiences will contribute to developing culturally responsive environments where all learners can thrive.
In collaboration with the Cultural Immersion in Mexico City Program, Dr. Chupina will teach TES7040: Development of Cross-Cultural Competencies.
Currently Ms. Cook teaches English Composition and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate education programs at Alliant Mexico City. She will lead the Spanish language development portion of the Cultural Immersion program.