Faculty for Economics

Dr. Asatar Bair

Asatar Bair (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) has taught economics since 2001, at RCC and City College of San Francisco. He has worked as Executive Director of a non-profit. His focus is political economy; he has written a book entitled “Prison Labor in the US: An Economic Analysis,” (Routledge, 2008) and has contributed some 200 articles on the US economy to Austria’s financial weekly The Boursen-Kourier.

Office:  Quad 239D
Telephone:  951-222-8293
Email:  Asatar.Bair@rcc.edu


Dr. Amber Casolari

Amber Casolari (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) has taught economics at Riverside City College since 2005.  She teaches principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics, economics of personal decision-making and poverty and inequality.  Her fields of specialization are economic development, money and financial institutions, and political economy.  Prior to RCC, Dr. Casolari taught at the University of California, Riverside, California State Universities, Fullerton and San Bernardino, Pitzer College, and Glendale Community College.  She has published a textbook entitled “The 1st Chapter:  Foundations of Economic History and The History of Economic Thought” as well as numerous articles on topics such as U.S. public assistance programs, the wage gap, microfinance, and economic education.  Before her graduate studies, Dr. Casolari worked as the Federal Funds accountant for a banking institution.

Office:  Quad 23D
Telephone:  951-222-8137
Email:  Amber.Casolari@rcc.edu​

Faculty for Geography

Dr. Jay Boshara

Jay Boshara was educated at Ohio University and the University of Iowa.  As primarily a cultural geographer (though he’s also interested in meteorology), his main interest is in the political economy of natural resource development, especially water and petroleum/natural gas.  Before coming to RCC in the Fall of 2016, Jay taught at universities in Cyprus, Turkey, Ohio, Iowa, and at CSUSB.  Before he undertook graduate studies, Jay worked in legislative politics in Washington, D.C.

Office:  Music Annex 110
Telephone:  951-222-8245
Email:  Jay.boshara@rcc.edu


Dr. James Hayes

James Hayes (PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, 2008). Dr. Hayes’ teaching interests and focus are in physical geography, environmental sustainability, and geospatial technology. His areas of specialization are 1) how society interacts with and modifies the natural environment, and 2) how that interaction can be studied using field techniques, geospatial technology, and quantitative analysis. Dr. Hayes has published articles on human-environment interaction in the Midwest, Rock Mountains, California, and the Caribbean.

Office:  Quad 21A
Telephone:  951-222-8728
Email:  James.Hayes@rcc.edu​

Faculty for​ Political Science

Dr. Dariush Haghighat


ush Haghighat (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside) has taught Political Science first as Part time at UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Mt San Antonio College and then as a Full time Faculty member since 1988 at the Riverside Community College District. Since 1992 has served as the Chairperson of the Economics, Geography and Political Science department at Riverside City College and the District Political Science Discipline Coordinator. On 2008 was elected as the district wide President for the Riverside Community College Faculty Association and was reelected to that position four additional terms. 

Was awarded the rank of Full Professorship on March 2010. Serves as the Advisor for the renowned Riverside Community College District Model United Nations.

Office: Quad 209
Telephone:  951-222-8262
Email:  Dariush.Haghighat@rcc.edu


Dr. Ward Schinke

Office:  Quad 239B
Telephone:  951-222-
Email:  Ward.Schinke@rcc.edu


Dr. Mark Sellick 

Mark Sellick (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) has taught political science at RCC since 2006. He teaches courses in American Politics, Law and Politics, and Political Theory. Prior to coming to RCC, he taught a variety of classes in political and social theory at the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University and Chapman University. His focus is political theory and his dissertation work examined the nature of the relationship between cognitive, social and interaction structures in the development of political cognition. ​

Office:  Quad 214C 
Telephone:  951-328-3756
E-mail: Mark.Sellick@rcc.edu​

Dr. Kendralyn Webber 
Dr. Webber is, herself, a product of the California community college system. After completing her AA degree at Saddleback College, she transferred to Cal State Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor's in Political Science. She then continued on to get a Master's degree and PhD in Political Science at UC Riverside. Her dissertation research was on International Development ethics (in other words, when rich countries help poor countries develop, how do we know they're doing the right thing?). Dr. Webber has regional expertise in Sub-Saharan African politics, having conducted field research in Uganda, Rwanda and Mali for almost 10 years. She's also backpacked to over 30 countries and counting. At RCC, she teaches American Politics, Comparative Politics, World Politics, and other Political Science courses and serves as faculty advisor to the Political Science Club.​​

Office:  Quad 15A1
phone:  951-222-8365
E-mail: Kendralyn.Webber@rcc.edu​​