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The Office of Academic Research provides strategic planning and assistance to promote faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative activities that support the educational and service mission of the university.

Director, Office of Student Research

Effective June 1, 2021, Dr. Ryan Keating has been appointed as the Director of the Office of Student Research.

Dr. Keating is a Professor of History in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Since Fall 2017, Dr. Keating has served as the CSUSB’s Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program. The MMUF Program is a CSU multi-campus collaborative funded by a Mellon Foundation grant. This grant supports the activities and programs to recruit and prepare undergraduate students to pursue Ph.D.’s in the humanities.  The overarching goal of the MMUF program is to increase diversity among university professoriate. As its Coordinator, Dr. Keating designed and implemented the Mellon Mays’ program curriculum. He also recruited four cohorts of student fellows and he worked closely with these students and their mentors as they undertake multi-year research projects and prepare for graduate school.

Under his leadership, the Mellon Mays fellows participated in the CSUSB Research Competition and the Meeting of the Minds, and in the past two years, they helped to organize very successful keynote presentations in the area of humanities for the CSUSB Academic Research Week. 

Dr. Keating has been actively engaged and assumed leadership roles in many of the activities and programs offered by the Office of Student Research. He also served as a grant reviewer for the Office of Student Research funding opportunities. In addition, Dr. Keating coached CSUSB student delegates in preparation for the Annual CSU Research Competition. 

Dr. Keating’s teaching and research interests revolve around the American Civil War, immigration, and war in society in the 19th century United States and Ireland, focusing on the impact of war on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender. Since joining CSUSB in 2013, he has authored two books. He has also published and presented numerous articles, hosted guest speakers, and organized seminars engaging our campus community in the discussions about social justice implications of monumental historical events.

I would like to express my special thanks to the search committee members Drs. Kimberly Collins, Kimberly Cousins, Cynthia Crawford, Jacob Jones, Marita Mahoney, John Reitzel, David Smith, Caroline Vickers, and Danielle White and Miles Valencia, for their hard work and diligence in reviewing applications and interviewing candidates for this important position.

Dorota Huizinga, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies