Faculty and Staff


andrew davis

Dr. Andrew Davis


Dr. Andrew Davis has been teaching in the IGE Program since 2007. He has a Master's Degree in Folklore and Mythology (UCLA 1993) and a Doctorate in Performance Studies (NYU 2000). He has taught in interdisciplinary programs at Otis College of Art and Design and at The Cooper Union in New York City, and in theatre departments at Cal Poly Pomona and at NYU. Dr. Davis has written two award-winning books, America's Longest Run: The History of the Walnut Street Theatre (Best Book on Theatre in 2010 from the American Theatre and Drama Society) and Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition (CHOICE Award as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2012 from the American Library Association). He performs regularly as half of the comedy team of Doc and Stumpy at local burlesque shows and at variety arts festivals around the U.S. 

Phone: 909-869-6713
Office Location: 94-324

hend gilli-elewy

Dr. Hend Gilli-Elewy

Associate Professor

Phone: 909-869-4512
Office Location: 94-377

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Dr. Hilary Haakenson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hilary Haakenson earned her Ph.D. in Renaissance Art History from Rutgers University. Her teaching interests include: social/political commitment in art, cultural myths and geographies, and the intersections between art and philosophy. Currently, her research examines early Italian cartography and the grand civic monuments commissioned by several maritime cities in Italy-Venice, Pisa, Genoa, and Naples. She explores how these maps and monuments visualized the cultural encounters occurring in and around the Mediterranean Sea, and how, in turn, art shaped the contemporary European visions of the world. She has been the recipient of several awards including a Fulbright Fellowship. Before joining us in Los Angeles, she taught at the University of Connecticut, Murray State University, and Rutgers University.  

Phone: 909-869-3617
Office Location: 94-371

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Mr. Howard Jian


Phone: 909-869-3510
Office Location: 94-326

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Dr. Peg Lamphier


Dr. Peg Lamphier teaches Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) at Cal Poly Pomona, as well as American History and Women's History at Mount San Antonio Community College. Her non-fiction books include Kate Chase and William Sprague: Gender and Politics in a Civil War Marriage (2003), Spur up Your Pegasus: The Family Letters of Salmon, Kate and Nettie Chase (2009), Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (2017) and The Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation (forthcoming) both of which she co-edited with her Cal Poly Pomona and IGE colleague Rosanne Welch. Peg's novels include The Lincoln Special (2017) and The Great Show (2017), both part of the Kate Warne Civil War Spy Series, as well as Deadly Delights & Vampires: The Perils of Petronella Crabtree (2017) and Soldier, Diplomat and Archaeologist: The Bold Life of Louis Cesnola (forthcoming). Peg lives in the mountains with a plethora of dogs, cats, chickens, tortoises, one husband and a collection of vintage ukuleles. For more about Peg, including her blog, see www.peglamphier.com.

Phone: 909-869-3655
Office Location: 94-211

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Dr. Jason Petrulis 

Assistant Professor

Phone: 909-869-2836
Office Location: 94-367

dennis quinn

Dr. Dennis Quinn

Department Chair & Professor

Dr. Dennis Quinn has been teaching for IGE for more than a decade. He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion in the History of Christianity. His scholarly work focuses on paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity, Latin apologetics and demonology, and the Christianization of the invisible world. He is also interested in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, especially how those works have influenced new religious movements. Dr. Quinn has published articles in scholarly journals and edited works such as Studia Patristica, Religious Studies Review, and Lovecraft Annual, as well as popular media such as Sacred History Magazine and PopMatters. He has also presented his work at conferences both nationally and internationally. Dr. Quinn teaches many classes in the IGE curriculum, but focuses mainly on the first year, and has developed the award-winning Spadra Cemetery Service Learning project for IGE 121, in which students assist the Historical Society of Pomona Valley maintain the grounds of an historic settlers cemetery nearby campus, while learning about the integral relationship the dead continue to have within the community, both past and present. He is also a professor in the Kellogg Honors College.

Phone: 909-869-6733
Office Location: 6-214

Dr. Kenneth Stahl

Dr. Kenneth Stahl


Dr. Ken Stahl has been teaching in IGE at Cal Poly for 25 years and loves it. He has also taught at Harvey Mudd College, Pomona College, CSU San Bernardino, and Chaffey College. He has a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Claremont Graduate School. Hiking, gardening, art and architecture, friends, family, and dogs enrich his life outside of teaching. He is also an amateur astronomer. One of the reasons he loves IGE is that he has many interests and IGE allows him to connect them and also to explore new ones. Another reason is IGE's interactive learning, with its challenge to continually keep teaching fresh and creative. Ken has been Program Coordinator of the department and is the long time advisor to the IGE Student Organization, or IGESO.

Phone: 909-869-3174
Office Location: 94-365

dorothea kahena

Dr. Dorothea Kahena Viale 


Dr. Dorothea Kahena Viale teaches in the IGE Department at Cal Poly Pomona as well as Middle Eastern dance in a number of places. All of her academic studies have been interdisciplinary with her latest work for her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University being in the field of Women's Studies in Religion. She is the Southern California Rep for the Western Regional section of the American Academy for Religion and Chair for the Pagan Studies Unit for the yearly conference. She loves the chance to work with mask making, music and dance in her classes. 

Phone: 909-869-2260
Office Location: 94-352

rosanne welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch


Dr. Rosanne Welch is a writer and university professor of Humanities in the (IGE) Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and screenwriting for two MFA in Screenwriting programs (Cal State, Fullerton and Stephens College). Her current books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland Publishing, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), which she co-edited with her CalPoly Pomona colleague and officemate, Dr. Peg Lamphier. (Check out both as they are in the stacks in our campus library!) Together she and Lamphier are currently co-editing The Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation. Welch has also published a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) an essay in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and various essays on other science fiction programming in various collections. 

In her previous life, Welch was a television writer/producer with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

She gave the talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JFNsqKBRnA.

Phone: 909-869-2260
Office Location: 94-211


sheena huang

Sheena Huang

Department Coordinator and Advisor

Phone: 909-869-3347
Office Location: 94-321