Top 20 Women Professors in California

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Women professors in California represent the Golden State’s rich cultural diversity while conducting research on the frontiers of science, technology, business and the arts. Some work with deep-space imaging technology, some with microscopes and circuit boards, and others dive deep into the waters off California to examine the effects of pollution and changing climates. To make this list, however, these women scientists and scholars also must excel in the classroom or in university service.

Professors on the list range from new faculty, cited for early promise and classroom excellence, to experienced educators honored for conferring prestige and recognition on their institutions. They hail from public and private universities, state colleges, and the extensive University of California system. These women are vital members of an extended dialogue across international boundaries, making key inquiries into scientific and human nature and developing solutions to universal problems.

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Alissa S. Crans Loyola Marymount University

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Crans was previously honored with the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member by the Mathematical Association of America. She has been on the faculty at Loyola Marymount University since Fall 2004.

Anne Petrovich California State University, Fresno

The Provost Award presented to Petrovich represents the ultimate teaching honor at CSU Fresno. She has served on the faculty since 2001.

Carol Boggs Stanford University

Stanford’s Dr. Boggs maps the effects of the environment on the evolution of species. She serves as Bing Director of the Program in Human Biology.

Christine Cass Humboldt State University

Dr. Cass has served as Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, Humboldt State University, since 2011. Her research delves into the changes in West Coast zooplankton brought about by seasonal variations.

Elsa Chen Santa Clara University

Dr. Chen is director of the Program in Public Sector Studies at Santa Clara. A top researcher in criminal justice and mandatory sentencing, she was previously a policy analyst in the criminal justice program at RAND.

Gail Hershatter University of California, Santa Cruz

Chair of the history department at UCSC, Dr. Hershatter explores women’s issues regarding justice, labor movements, and oral history in modern China. She is past-President of The Association for Asian Studies.

Heather A. Knutson California Institute of Technology

Dr. Knutson completed her PhD in astronomy from Harvard University in 2009 on her way toward becoming assistant professor of planetary science at Caltech. The Cannon award is made annually to a woman astronomer who demonstrated early career research excellence.

Jane Curry Santa Clara University

Jane Curry is widely published on issues such as democratization and mass mobilization, media issues, and post-communist politics. She’s held five Fulbrights and numerous other research grants and holds a permanent position at the University of Warsaw teaching students from the former Soviet Union.

Jessica Borelli Pomona College

Pomona’s Dr. Borelli researches PTSD, child psychology, and mental health issues faced by families in the military. The Wig Distinguished Professor award is the top honor for teaching at the college.

Julie Garcia California Polytechnic State University

Psychology and Child Development Professor Garcia focuses on the research of self-esteem issues as they effect learning and relationships. The Simon award recognizes Dr. Garcia’s student mentorship and contributions for the field of psychology.

Keiko Goto California State University, Chico

Dr. Goto earned a PhD in nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Nutrition Activity and Promotion at CSU Chico.

Maggi Phillips Pepperdine University

Dr. Phillips studies and teaches cross-cultural management and organization diagnosis and design. She was awarded the Julian Virtue Professorship to research early social influences in computer networking. She serves on the board of directors of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica and is a member of the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.

Margot Quinian University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Quinian joined the UCLA faculty in 2008, serving as Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry. She completed her PhD in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Nondorf University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Nondorf has served as Executive Director, Center for Financial Reporting and Management, since 2011. She completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Pickering San Jose State University

Dr. Pickering, professor of history, has produced more than forty articles, papers and reviews, and a three-volume biography of Auguste Comte, founder of sociology. She earned her BA, MA and PhD at Harvard University.

Michelle Chang University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Chang researches into the design of biosynthetic pathways for developing biofuels and pharmaceuticals. She received the NIH New Innovator Award and the American Chemical Society-Sociedade Brasileira de Química Young Talents in Science Award in 2011.

Pat Chirapravati California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Chirapravati specializes in the art of Mainland Southeast Asia, especially art of Thailand. She teaches Asian art history and curatorial studies. She serves as director of the Asian Studies Program at CSUS and is a winner of Research and Creative Activities and of multiple outstanding service awards. She earned her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1994.

Paula Thomson California State University, Northridge

Dr. Thomson’s research focuses on dissociation, trauma, and metabolic disorders and their effects on creativity. Prior to joining the Northridge faculty, she conducted research on creativity at the Julliard School of Music, Stratford Festival, and Canadian Opera Company.

Peggy Takahashi The University of San Francisco

Associate Professor at the School of Management — Entrepreneurship Strategy and International Business, Dr. Takahashi completed her PhD, in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, in 995. The CIT Award recognizes faculty for the innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.

Tracy Johnson University of California, San Diego

Dr. Johnson, associate professor of molecular biology, received the Chancellor’s Award in the category of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Before joining the UC faculty, she was a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.