A speech-language pathologist and a former diplomat at the El Salvadoran Embassy in Washington, D.C., have joined the tenure-track faculty of Cal State Fullerton’s College of Communications. Rahul Chakraborty studies bilingual speech physiology and Ricardo Valencia specializes in activist public relations and immigration.
Associate professor of communication sciences and disorders
Ph.D. speech language pathology, Purdue University
M.A. linguistics, Bombay University
Research interests: Bilingual speech physiology, cross-linguistic interaction, non-native accent and power
Most impactful undergraduate academic/co-curricular experience: I worked in a multicultural academic institution in India that offered non-academic avenues to students.
One thing you would like others to know about you: I am a gastronomic tourist.
Favorite film: “Pather Panchali” (“Song of the Little Road”)
Assistant professor of communications
Ph.D. media studies, University of Oregon, Eugene
M.A. journalism, media, and globalization, University of Hamburg, Germany
M.A. media studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
B.A. journalism and communications, Central American University, El Salvador
Research interests: Immigration, media coverage of unaccompanied children from Central America, activist public relations, and critical race theory
Most impactful undergraduate academic/co-curricular experience: My work as a global communicator and diplomat at the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington, D.C.
One thing you would like others to know about you: I love swimming, and I want to compete in an open-water contest in California.
Favorite book: “The Making of the English Working Class” by E.P. Thompson