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Dr. Josh Franco is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cuyamaca College. As a first generation college graduate, introducing political science to the next generation of leaders and scholars is his mission.
He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Public Policy from UC Merced. He also hold A.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from Cerritos College.
Additionally, Dr. Franco have 5 years of professional experience working in the California State Capitol and U.S. Congress for former Lieutenant Governor and current Congressman John Garamendi.
John Vazquez is a part time instructor of History and Political Science. A First Generation College Graduate, he received his A.A. in Economics, History, Political Science, and Philosophy from Grossmont College. He received his B.A. in Economics, History, and Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies from San Diego State University (SDSU). He received an M.A. in National Security Studies w/ concentration in Asian Studies; and an M.A. in Military History both from American Military University (AMU).
An infantry veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he took part in four deployments and conducted several operations including Haiti, Liberia (Africa) and in support of NATO operations in the Balkans.
His main interests include the study of international relations and comparative politics, national and international security, great power competition, foreign policy analysis, globalization, international law, human rights and humanitarian intervention, political economy, and anything to do with Star Wars.
Nyaduoth is a Cuyamaca College alumnus and was a part-time Teaching Assistant in Political Science. She just graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Alex was a part-time Teaching Assistant in Political Science. They are a first-generation college student.
Alex earned their Associate’s Degrees in History, Political Science, French and English from Grossmont College in June 2020.
They have transferred to UC Davis and is now working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science, emphasizing in United States history and political theory.
Alex’s current goals are finding internships and job opportunities within their fields of study.
After obtaining a Master’s Degree, Alex plans on teaching History and Political Science in higher education.
As a first-generation college student, their main passion is to make the subjects easily digestible yet impactful for their future students, as well as being a positive and supportive figure in their lives.
Jereme Umali was a part-time Instructor of Political Science. He is a first generation college student and former community college student, he is eager to teach and share his passion of political science with students. Mr. Umali earned his M.A. in Political Science at SDSU this Spring 2020.
He also completed his B.A. in Political Science with a Concentration in Public Law at University of California, San Diego. As a San Diego native, Mr. Umali attended Miramar College and Mesa College and earned his A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is currently a San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA) Fellow.
Elizabeth Nash was a part-time Instructor of Political Science. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a minor in History from University of California, Santa Cruz, studied African politics and human rights at the University of Sussex in England, and later received her Master of Arts in International Relations at Macquarie University in Australia, with an emphasis in comparative politics and international law.
Her main interests include the role of culture and norms in international relations, international law and the use of force, and international security. Elizabeth was a San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA) Fellow, an Outreach Program Coordinator in South Africa, a Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Assistant at the Personal Insurance Federation of California, and a Student Advisor at UC Santa Cruz.
Homayra Yusufi was a part-time Instructor of Political Science. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. Her family fled to neighboring Pakistan as refugees and later immigrated to the United States. From a young age, Ms. Yusufi became interested in how policies affect us at an individual level and how to become agents of change within political systems. Ms. Yusufi pursued a Bachelor’s in political science with a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies from San Diego State University and went on to attain her Master’s in Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP).
Ms. Yusufi then became a Policy Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union where she worked on passing local and state legislation. She is currently the Deputy Director at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), a non-profit organization that works on policy advocacy and community organizing around issues that directly impact refugee communities. Ms. Yusufi hopes to bring her policy background into the classroom to create a dynamic learning experiences for her students.
Daniel was a part-time Teaching Assistant in Political Science. He is a first-generation college student.
Daniel earned his Associate's Degrees in Social & Behavioral Science, and Social Work from Cuyamaca College in June 2020.
He has transferred to San Diego State University and is now working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies, emphasizing in Urban Political Economy and Public Policy.
Daniel is looking towards pursuing a Master's degree in Social and Community Work at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2022.
His interests include how city design affects mental health, and how urban planning affects underrepresented populations. Daniel wishes to provide peer mentoring and guidance for students interested in political science, urban studies, and related fields.
Lavina was a former part-time Teaching Assistant in Political Science. She is a first-generation college student.
She earned her Associate's Degree (A.A) in Political Science with Honors and Magnum Opus from Cuyamaca College in June 2019.
She transferred to San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Fall 2019 and currently studying to earn her bachelor's degree in Political Science and minoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Public Law. Lavina is seeking to pursue her JD degree at University of San Diego School of Law in Fall 2021.
In addition, Lavina has 2 years of experience in the profession as a Legislative Intern for the California State Senator Joel Anderson.
Her interests are in the functions and roles of Local and State Governments and in Public Law and Policies. Lavina’s mission is to assist and guide students with any questions regarding both education and career interests about Political Science.