Emma Hipolito, Ed.D
Site Director, The UCLA History-Geography Project
Dr. Hipolito has helped lead the UCLA History-Geography Project for 14 years. Prior to joining the project, she was a social studies teacher in the Los Angeles area working with both high school and middle school students for 11 years. Dr. Hipolito’s research interests focus on supporting English Learners in social studies classrooms, and supporting history-social science teachers in their transition to the California Standards and the new History-Social Science Framework. Dr. Hipolito is part of the team supporting the UCLA Teacher Education Program’s Ethnic Studies Pilot—pre-service English and Social Studies teachers who are taking courses preparing to teach Ethnic Studies in secondary schools in the Los Angeles area.
Daniel Diaz, Ed.D
Associate Director, The UCLA History-Geography Project
Dr. Diaz taught high school social studies in Los Angeles County for 12 years and is currently the Associate Director of the UCLA History-Geography Project. His research and work have focused on supporting foster and homeless youth mitigate common pitfalls in the hopes of achieving academic and personal success. Dr. Diaz is also exploring the ways that educational technology can be harnessed by social studies teachers to promote social justice, improve media literacy, build historical thinking skills and support at-risk students.
Social Studies Coach
Jamie Gravell is a doctoral student in the Urban Schooling and Learning Sciences program in the Department of Education at UCLA. She previously taught social studies to high school students in the Washington, DC Public Schools. She is currently interested in the possibilities of utilizing Critical Race Theory, sociocultural theory, and digital technology to design for and support pre- and in-service teachers to engage students in more empowering and authentic social studies curriculum and instruction in K-12 public schools. Her dissertation work focuses on the ways in which pre-service and 1st year teachers make sense of the intersections between social justice and technology.
Social Studies Coach
Amparo Chavez-Gonzalez grew up in East Los Angeles after emigrating to the US from Mexico. After graduating from high school she went to college on the East Coast,where she stayed to teach in New York City. As a teacher for nine years, she taught elementary, middle and high school students in inner city New York. She was lucky enough to work at Central Park East Secondary School in the 90’s while attending Teachers College, Columbia, before going to work at various non-profits working with teens and families. After a short time working in Washington, DC for StreetLaw, Amparo returned to Los Angeles. She joined Center X in 2004 as a ELA and History coach in Schools throughout Los Angeles. Her interests include developing Historical writers and ways of making history interactive, exciting, and rigorous.
Faculty Adviser, The UCLA History-Geography Project
Ronald Mellor received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University. Since 1976, he has been teaching Greek and Roman History at UCLA where he is now Distinguished Research Professor of History. From 1992 to 1997 Mellor was Chair of the UCLA History Department. He was the founding co-Director of the History-Geography Project twenty-five years ago (1992), and served as Faculty Principal Investigator of statewide CHSSP (1997-2006).
He has taught courses on Greek and Roman History as well as Ancient World History at UCLA and on-line. He has led UCLA travel study trips to Greece and Rome between 1994 and 2006, and ten Alumni Travel tours to Italy, France, Slovenia, Turkey as well as cruises in the Aegean, western Mediterranean, and along the Danube and Rhine. His research has centered on ancient religion and Roman historiography. His books include: THEA ROME: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World (1975); Tacitus (1993); Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995); The Historians of Ancient Rome (3rd ed. 2013); The Roman Historians (1999); and Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire (2005). Tacitus “Annals” was published by the Oxford University Press in 2011.
In addition to working for twenty-five years with K-12 teachers, Dr. Mellor is the co-general editor (with Professor Amanda Podany of CSU Pomona) of The World in Ancient Times – a series of nine volumes on ancient world history for young readers published by the Oxford University Press in 2004.
Program Coordinator, The UCLA History-Geography Project
Estela Diaz was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended public school for K-12, went to El Camino College then transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills where she graduated with a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management: Administration and Human Resources. She has been working with the Department of Education for five years.