FMAC Member Profiles

Dr. Christopher Bell

Assistant Professor of Communication

Director of the Center for Excellence in Communication Dr. Bell has served as the Director of the CEC and an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs since the summer of 2010. He earned his B.A. in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado, his M.A. in Television, Film and New Media Production from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Bell specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of media. Dr. Bell's primary research areas are young adult culture, comic books, celebrity culture and reality television. He serves as the chair of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association's Harry Potter Studies division. Dr. Bell is the author of American Idolatry: Celebrity, Commodity and Reality Television (McFarland 2010) and Hermione Granger Saves the World!: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts (McFarland 2012). His work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Communication, Platform Journal, and the Journal of Literature and Art Studies, and he is a regular featured contributor to In Media Res.

Marguerite Cantu

Senior Instructor

Marguerite has received many honors, including: the 2007 UCCS Women's Committee Mini-Grant for Research and Curriculum; the CIEE (Council for International Educational Exchange) Faculty Development Seminar to South Africa -- "Building a Multiracial, Multicultural Society After Apartheid"; the CRT Award for the "Culturally Responsive Teacher" awarded by the College of Education at the 3rd Annual Culturally Responsive Teaching and Counseling Symposium; and the first Annual Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2009); and one of two national scholarships from CIEE for International Faculty Development Seminar to Tibet (Religion, Identity and Ecology) in 2010.

Anthony Cordova

Director, MOSAIC (Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community) and UCCS Gateway Program

Anthony Cordova is a Colorado Native who grew up East of Pueblo in Avondale Colorado. He spent 21 years as a heavy equipment operator before starting college in 1994 as a first generation college student at UCCS. The Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community (MOSAIC) promotes a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. MOSAIC is a safe hub that encourages and nurtures effective engagement across social identities, cultures, experiences, and viewpoints so all students can develop self-knowledge, understanding and appreciation of others, while achieving academic and personal growth.

Dr. Édgar Cota Torres

Édgar Cota Torres (Los Angeles, CA) He is the current FMAC chair. He was raised in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico where he lived for more than twenty years. He earned a doctorate degree in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master's and Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. He is the author of the book titled The Representation of the Black Legend in Mexico's Northern Border. He has also published several book reviews and academic articles in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and Colombia. He is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he teaches Latino, Chicano and US-Mexico Border literature and culture.

Dr. Janice Gould

Koyoonk'auwi poet Janice

Gould has been published poetry in over sixty publications, and has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Writers, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, and from the online publication Native Literatures: Generations. Her books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet (a chapbook), Earthquake Weather, and most recently, Doubters and Dreamers, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for 2012, and also a finalist for the 2012 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. In March Janice completed a Residency for Indigenous Writers at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an Associate Professor in Women's and Ethnic Studies (WEST), where she has developed a concentration in Native American Studies and teaches Native American Literature, Native American Perspectives on Museums, Native American Philosophical Thought, and Indigenous Views on Sustainability. Her photography can be viewed at

Dr. Andrea O'Reilly Herrera

Andrea O'Reilly Herrera is a Professor of Literature and Director of the Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. O'Reilly Herrera is a published poet and the author of a number of critical essays on writers ranging from Charlotte Brontë and Marguerite Duras to Cristina García; and editor of the essay collection Family Matters in the British and American Novel (Popular Press, 1997) and the literary collection A Secret Weavers Anthology (White Pine Press, 1998), which features the work of contemporary Latin American women writers.

Her publications include a collection of testimonial expressions drawn from the Cuban exile community and their children residing in the United States (ReMembering Cuba: Legacy of a Diaspora, University of Texas Press, 2001); a novel (The Pearl of the Antilles,Bilingual/Review Press, 2001); an edited collection of essays (Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced, SUNY Press, 2007; and the co-edited textbook The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw Hill, 2008), which presents an intersectional approach to the study of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Her most recent work is a monograph titled Cuban Artists across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House, which focuses on the traveling art exhibition CAFÉ (University of Texas Press, 2011).

Dr. Christina Jiménez

Professor of History

Dr. Inhan Kim

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Inhan Kim is an Assistant Professor of Political Science Department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Inhan Kim earned his doctoral degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. His research interests include international politics, security studies, American foreign policy and nation-building. At UCCS, he teaches courses on research methods, American foreign policy, international organization, international politics, and international security.

Dr. Christina Martínez

Head of User Services, Senior Instructor, Kraemer Family Library

B.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University, M.A. Librarianship, University of Denver. As Head of User Services in the library she is responsible for overall administration of the reference, circulation and interlibrary loan departments. In addition she is the library liaison for the departments of Communication, English, Languages and Cultures, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women's & Ethnic Studies. As liaison she is responsible for building the library collections and providing assistance to students and faculty in those departments. During her long career at UCCS she has had a particular interest in building the library collection touching on all aspects of minority groups. She does frequent book displays in the library highlighting commemorative months such as Hispanic-American Heritage Month, Women's History Month, African American History Month, etc.

Dr. Roger Martinez

Assistant Professor of History

Since fall 2010, Dr. Martínez has served an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. From fall 2008 - spring 2010, he served as the Burton Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and earned his Ph.D. in May 2008 from the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martínez specializes in the study of medieval and early modern Spain, religious minorities and religious converts in Spain (in particular, Jews and conversos), and Spanish trans-Atlantic migration to Mexico and Bolivia. Relying on his specialized training in Spanish paleography and Spanish and Portuguese language expertise, he has conducted research in approximately 30 local, ecclesiastical, provincial, and national archives in Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, and the United States for his dissertation and current book project. His forthcoming text, Blood, Faith, and Fate: Jews, Conversos, and Old Christian in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Spanish America, is under contract with an academic press. Dr. Martínez's personal website can be found at

Dr. Sylvia Martinez

Assistant Professor of Leadership, Research, and Foundations in the College of Education.

Dr. Martinez's educational and professional background is in the foundations of education, educational leadership, and student affairs in higher education. Her research centers on the educational attainment and school experiences of Mexican descent youth in the mid-20th century with specific attention to the social, cultural, and economic dynamics of the Southwest region. Dr. Martinez also conducts research on the principal-counselor professional relationship and higher education student experiences, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Her work has recently been published in Teachers College Record, The Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, and The National Teacher Education Journal. She teaches foundations, research, and supervised practice courses in the Principal Licensure Program, Student Affairs in Higher Education MA Program, and the Leadership, Research, and Policy PhD Program.

Dr. Zena R. Mello

Assistant Professor of Psychology

She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognition and Development at the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Mello has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the American Educational Research Association. She has also been honored with an Outstanding Dissertation Award and Volunteer of the Year designation, and appointed to the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development as the Young Scholar Representative. Dr. Mello's research focuses on factors that promote well-being in racial/ethnic minority and low-socioeconomic status (SES) adolescents, with an emphasis on (a) time perspective, a cognitive-motivational concept that comprises thoughts and attitudes toward the past, the present, and the future and (b) perceptions of barriers to school and work given demographic group membership. She employs qualitative and quantitative methodologies to address the following research questions: How do adolescents' perspectives on time promote healthy decisions and behaviors toward school and work? How may time perspective be measured reliably and validly? How are adolescents in the United States, Chile, Germany, and Nigeria similar or different from one another in time perspective? How do adolescents' perceptions of barriers to school and work due to SES, racial/ethnic, and gender contribute toward academic outcomes? Last, she teaches courses on Developmental Psychology and Adolescent Development.

Dr. Aditi Mitra

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's & Ethnic Studies (WEST), Associate Director of WEST.

Dr. Mitra was born in India, but raised in several continents (Asia, middle-east and Europe). After completing her primary and secondary education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), she earned her bachelor's degree (with honors) in English Literature from India, a masters degree in Mass Communication from England (British Chevening Scholar) and a doctorate in Sociology from the U.S. Her areas of specialization are in Social Inequality, Social Psychology, Gender, Globalization, Women's Studies, Mass Media and International Relations. She has been teaching General Sociology, Gender, International Relations/ Globalization, Culture and Business Communication for several years at various institutions around the world. Her current research includes Race and Gender Inequality, Non-governmental Organizations, Global Feminisms /International Women's Movement and Development of International Women's Studies.

Dr. Jeffrey Montez de Oca

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Jeffrey Montez de Oca is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with broad research interests in sociological theory, sport, media, identity and inequality, the cold war, and urban food security. He specializes in theoretically oriented research on sport during the early cold war and American Indian boarding schools as technologies of citizenship. He has peer-reviewed articles in Signs, American Studies, and The Journal of Historical Sociology, and a chapter in East Plays West: Essays on Sport and the Cold War (Routledge 2006). His book reviews have appeared in Gender & Society, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of American Ethnic History, and thirdspace. At UCCS, he teaches courses on sport, masculinities, and popular culture.

Dr. María Sergia Steen

Associate Professor

Born in Spain. I write short stories and I have published three books on the subject. I am specialized on Peninsular literature, XX & XXI century, the novel. I also teach a class on the short story. My topics are: women literature, the Spanish Civil War, Postmodernism among others. My authors: Miguel de Unamuno, Federico García Lorca, Javier Marías, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Carmen Martín Gaite, Ana María Matute, Belén Gopegui, Marina Mayoral among others. The idea of global teaching has been a constant in my program. At this respect I have a Summer class FCS-3890, where the students go through an immersion program in Costa Rica, San José (Universidad de Costa Rica) and Spain, Madrid (Universidad Complutense). During the month of July, for four weeks, students have the opportunity to come in contact with real people and places. It is very successful.