Meet the Faculty

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.

Before moving to Mexico, Dr. Taylor lived for four years with her husband and daughter in Jerusalem where she studied Arabic and was a visiting lecturer in the American Studies graduate program at the Regional Studies Institute of Al Quds University, Ramallah. At Al Quds Taylor taught graduate seminars on American History and Culture, Gender in the US and the US Civil Rights Movement. She also lectured extensively throughout Israel and the West Bank to University and High School students. While at Al Quds, Taylor was the Jerusalem based program coordinator for a Middle East Program Initiative (MEPI) fellowship that joined US-based American Studies scholars with Palestinian based scholars interested in American Studies in a US and Palestine study/travel tour.

Dr. Taylor joined Alliant University in the spring of 2009 as an instructor in World Civilization. She is currently Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs.

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.

Sarah Taylor Cook
first came to Mexico in 1993 to complete graduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). There she earned a Master's degree cum laude in Spanish Literature. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York.

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.