Written by Cynthia Villalobos, COSS Multimedia and Communications Student Assistant


As we welcome in the new semester we would like to introduce the new faculty members in the Political Science, Sociology and Geography and City and Regional Planning departments.

To better introduce the new faces in the College, we caught up with the new faculty members for a few Q&A’s that we will be sharing throughout the coming weeks.

The Department of Political Science welcomes Dr. Everett Vieira and Dr. Nataliia Kasianenko.

Screen Shot 2018-08-29 at 10.20.02 AMDr. Vieira joins the Political Science department as an assistant professor, coming to Fresno State from Temple University.

Dr. Vieira’s research interests include, but are not limited to: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Human Rights and Politics of Memory. He recently earned the Global Studies Graduate Student Research Grant and the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant, both from Temple University. Dr. Vieira is also a Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Scholar in the CSU and has been teaching at California State University, Stanislaus for the past two years.

Question: What are you most looking forward to here at Fresno State?

Answer: Working with a diverse student body, particularly first-generation college students like myself, and being able to make an impact on their lives. I am passionate about helping students achieve their goals and objectives – whether to attend graduate school and/or assist them in their career plans – Fresno State was an easy choice for me.

Question: How did you become involved in your specialty area?

Answer: After a trip to Washington D.C. in 7th grade, I knew I wanted to somehow work in politics. While always interested in civil war and government in general, I began to focus on comparative politics and international relations during my undergrad studies as a way of understanding the world outside of my own backyard. I traveled to the Republic of Ireland after graduation and studied the Irish Republican Army during my master’s program. When I started my doctoral program, I continued with my focus on comparative politics and political violence but began to specialize in Latin America due to my own familial roots there. I had the fortunate opportunity to conduct a short two-month fieldwork trip to Perú in 2013 and was hooked. After that, I spent an additional 12 months across three more trips to the Andes studying Sendero Luminoso and haven’t looked back since.

Question: What will your distinctive background do to elevate the Political Science Department offerings here at Fresno State?

Answer: My extensive time in the field allows me to offer students a different perspective from which to analyze terrorism, political violence, and Latin American politics. As a political scientist who has employed qualitative methods in his research through archival work, process tracing, ethnography, and interviews, I hope to provide students with insights into the various ways they can conduct their own research projects.

Question: What’s a fun fact that people might not know about you?

Answer: I’m an avid baseball fan (go Giants!) and have visited 24 Major League Baseball stadiums.

 


 

Screen Shot 2018-08-29 at 10.53.32 AMDr. Nataliia Kasianenko joins the Political Science department as an assistant professor, coming to Fresno State from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Kasianenko’s research includes, but is not limited to: Comparative politics, International relations, Russian and East European politics, and nationalism and identity. Dr. Kasianenko received her Master of Arts in International Relations here at Fresno State. While here she was involved with the Maddy Institute on campus and interned with state legislators.

Question: What are you most looking forward to here at Fresno State?

Answer: I am excited for the start of the semester, meeting my students and working with them. I want to inspire them to be lifelong learners and to help make their college experience a success.

Question: How did you become involved in your specialty area?

Answer: I came to Fresno State to get my master’s degree in International Relations so I could pursue my goal of working for an international NGO. During my two years here I fell in love with this university, got involved in research, and became interested in pursuing an academic career. The faculty here at Fresno State inspired me to continue my education. As a native of Ukraine, I naturally got involved in research related to the politics of Eastern Europe.

Question: What will your distinctive background do to elevate the Political Science Department offerings here at Fresno State?

Answer: I will be teaching the course in Russian Politics in the spring of 2019! I also envision expanding the department’s course offerings with my areas of expertise in nationalism and ethnic politics, as well as the politics of East-Central Europe. I would love to teach a course in international political economy as well!

Question:  Anything else you’d like to share?

Answer: I coordinated the International Happy Hour program for one semester here at Fresno State in the Henry Madden Library. It is a fantastic way to spend an hour on a Tuesday afternoon to meet students, faculty and community members from all over the world and learn about different countries.