Meet Our New Tenure-Track Faculty!

The School of Social Sciences is excited to welcome six new tenure-track faculty members who joined us in Fall 2020.

Zeke Baker (Sociology)

Photo of Zeke BakerZeke Baker works in the areas of Environmental Sociology, Science & Technology Studies, and Political Sociology, primarily using historical and qualitative methods. He completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis in 2019. Before joining Sonoma State, he served as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, placed with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, Alaska. His scholarship centers around the social world of climate and related sciences, especially how knowledge about the environmental past and future gets embedded in power relationships. His research has recently appeared in Global Environmental ChangeBritish Journal of SociologySocial Studies of ScienceEnvironmental Sociology, and Social Science History. Zeke's work is deeply interdisciplinary, especially by bringing sociology together with physical science, history, and geography. He is passionate about integrating student learning in formal courses with mentorship and student involvement in research and community engagement.

Cecile Hyewon Bhang (Counseling)

Photo of Cecile BhangDr. Cecile Hyewon Bhang is a recent graduate of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Bhang completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of San Francisco Counseling and Psychological Services in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Bhang has received extensive training on issues related to multicultural humility, social justice, and racial/ethnic minority and immigrant individuals. In addition, she has worked with diverse children, youth, and their families in both community mental health and private practice settings with an emphasis on providing culturally sensitive services. Dr. Bhang’s current clinical and research interests involve resilience in ethnic/racial minority and immigrant individuals, feminist and multicultural approaches, and career counseling. 

Allison Ford (Sociology)

Photo of Allison FordDr. Allison Ford is an environmental sociologist whose research focuses on environmental privilege, changing environmental practices, and the cultural and emotional politics of climate change. Her work brings feminist and critical theory to the study of environmental problems. She received her doctorate in Sociology as well as a certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Oregon. Her work has recently been published in Climatic ChangeSociological Perspectives, and Qualitative Sociology.   

Andy Martinez (Psychology)

Photo of Andy MartinezAndy Martinez is a Social Psychologist. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the Human Emotions Research Lab (George Mason University in Virginia) and the U.S. Army (in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania). Before joining Sonoma State, he lectured at Sacramento State, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley. His theory-driven, empirical research investigates social cognition (focusing on perspective-taking and dehumanization) and emotion (focusing on compassion and happiness). His publications can be found here:

Wenwen Ni (Psychology)

Photo of Wenwen NiDr. H. Wenwen Ni received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. Before arriving at Sonoma State, she spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Palo Alto University. She has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a post-baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. Her research examines the experiences of underrepresented groups, including women in leadership roles and college students from low-socioeconomic status backgrounds. She focuses on how social and environmental cues can affect feelings of belonging and identity fit, particularly when members of underrepresented groups are interacting with majority group members.

Mario Venegas (Sociology)

Dr. Mario Venegas is a political sociologist whose research examines how activists navigate the internal politics of social movements, particularly how they handle episodes of inequality and power dynamics within their organizations. In his dissertation, he revealed how styles of activism shape the tactics activists use to address these problems in three case studies of social movements in Texas: LGBTQ movements in Central Texas; two public-sector unions that organize state and municipal employees in North and Central Texas; and the Chicano movement during the 1960s-1970s in San Antonio. His current research agenda builds on these themes by connecting racial-ethnic political movements, whether in labor unions or in community organizations, with the role of organizing philosophies and tactics to build political and social power. While documenting these movements, Dr. Venegas seeks to contribute to creating an archive of various activists in labor and community that will document struggles today as they respond to economic, political, and social conditions in their lives.