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New IGE Faculty Member Finds Historical Threads in Everyday Objects
A striking and disturbing image from a 1960s guide to wig-buying. Photo courtesy of Jason Petrulis.
One of the areas he is studying through the wigs is political economy.
Although he is a historian, his research is interdisciplinary and he is particularly excited about joining the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) department.
“I have been very impressed by IGE – the discussion-based learning, the progressive curriculum, the emphasis on community and more,” he says. “It is such a vibrant program.”
A 1970s Korean-American roadside wig stand. Photo courtesy of Jason Petrulis.
Coming to Cal Poly Pomona has another draw for him: returning home to California. Petrulis, a native of Los Angeles, attended high school in North Hollywood and went to Harvard University for his bachelor’s in social studies. He went on to earn three graduate degrees from Columbia University: a master’s in history, a master’s of philosophy and a doctorate in history.
Petrulis taught at Colgate University for the last two years and is eager to begin teaching and interacting with Cal Poly Pomona students.
“The Cal State system is a jewel in the crown of this country’s higher education system,” he says. “It’s a privilege to teach at Cal Poly Pomona.”