Full-time faculty

Ruben Lopez, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 1425-01

Phone: 714-992-7507

Email: rlopez@fullcoll.edu

Ruben received his bachelor of arts in geology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He began working with at-risk/high-risk youth in a local high school district as they attempted to earn their diplomas. Conversations with his students led Ruben to critically examine the socio-cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors impacting student learning opportunities. This path would eventually lead toward a Masters of Arts in geography from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Arts in teaching from Chapman University. He is working on his doctorate in education at Claremont Graduate University.

He resides in Southern California with his wife, Lily. He spends his spare time brewing beer, enjoying the outdoors, and working on his dissertation.

Research interests: Social/environmental justice & education, trauma and student learning, scientistic/technocratic thinking & the American educational system, science literacy, climate change, environmental/ societal collapse

Courses taught:

GEOG 102 - Physical Geography & Lab

GEOG 120 - Global Environmental Problems

Susie Grabiel, M.A.

Associate Professor of Geography & Department Chair

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Aline Gregorio, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 1425-01

Phone: (714) 992-7537

Email: agregorio@fullcoll.edu

Aline earned her Liberal Studies Associates of Arts degree from Fullerton College and Bachelors and Masters Degree in geography from Cal State Fullerton. What attracted her into this discipline, and continues to motivate her studies today, is how relevant it is in the contemporary world. In her classes, she exposes students to core geographical principles and seeks to teach students something they will find meaningful. Born and raised in Brazil, Aline brings a perspective of the developing world to her classrooms, connecting students to distant realities they may not have experienced. 

Aline resides in Fullerton with her family and spends her down time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and mobilizing with students for extracurricular learning.

Research interests: biodiversity protection, environmental justice, political ecology, food justice, ethnoscience, sustainable development, sustainability in higher education, environmental history, Latin America, human rights.

Courses taught:

GEOG 100 - Global Geography

GEOG 120 - Global Environmental Problems

GEOG 130 - Geography of California

GEOG 160 - Human Geography