Lecturer in Sociology


Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
M.A., Sociology, California State University, Northridge, 2005
      Concentration: Social Psychology
B.A., Sociology, California State University, Northridge, 1999


Mariana Branda began her teaching career in 2005. Her sociological interests are varied but her research had been centered around race and immigration, social corporate responsibility, and mental health.

She is enthusiastic about the growth of distance education and had participated in numerous initiatives to promote access to education and digital literacy.

Prior to teaching, she worked for non-profit agencies assisting diverse marginalized groups as a case manager and in vocational services.

She organized several events linking campuses with their communities creating strong ties and multiple collaborations. She supported student activities by serving as a faculty advisor for student clubs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dining out, and traveling with friends and family.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SOC 311: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 410: Sociology of Gender

Race and immigration; Corporate social responsibility; Mental health

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