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Christine Rosales, PhD

Assistant Professor


I am a social-community psychologist, interdisciplinary scholar, activist, and freedom dreamer. My primary research interests concern everyday forms of resistance against oppression and other-world-making, especially as engaged in by women and Communities of Color.

My goals are to intertwine risk with others (i.e. solidarity) in social justice struggles, educate, build, and work towards realities outside of capitalism, patriarchy, settler colonialism, white supremacy, ableism, etc. 

Contact Information:





Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Social Psychology

Designated Emphases: Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Thesis title: Building roots and wings: Latina women's daily resistance and freedom dreams

Thesis chair: Regina Day Langhout, PhD

Committee members: Drs: Cindy Cruz, Michelle Fine, Heather Bullock


M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz

Social Psychology


B.A., Chapman University

Major: Psychology

Minor: Peace Studies

Magna Cum Laude


McNair Scholars Program

Claremont Graduate University



2020- present

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, CSUMB

2019- 2020

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow

2016- 2019

Women's Center M.I.N.T. mentoring program coordinator, UC Santa Cruz

2013- 2019

Teaching fellow & graduate teaching assistant, UC Santa Cruz

Home: About
Home: Publications



Rosales, C. E. (2024). Radical self-love: A spiritual and visionary practice of resistance by Latina women. In M. J. Villaseñor & H. Jimenéz (Eds), Latinx experiences: Interdisciplinary perspectives  (pp. 321-331).  Sage Publishing.

Rosales, C. E. (2023). Finding a community in plants: Reexamining the decolonial project of rehumanization with our nonhuman relatives. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 29(1), 52–59.


Langhout, R. D., Rosales, C. E., & Gordon, D. L., Jr. (2022). “Success” in the borderlands: Measuring success for underrepresented and misrepresented college students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Rosales, C.E., & Majzler, R. (2022). We need more praxis: A case for praxis assignments in psychology courses. Teaching of Psychology, 0(0), 1-6.


Rosales, C.E. (2020). Building Roots and Wings: Latina Women’s Daily Resistance and Freedom Dreams (Doctoral dissertation, UC Santa Cruz).

 Awarded the 2021 Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness via the Society for     Community Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 of the APA.

Rosales, C.E., & Langhout, R. D. (2020). Just because we don't see it, doesn't mean it's not there: Everyday resistance in psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(1), e12508.


Rosales, J., & Rosales, C.E. (2019). Consejos de una Mamá Sobresaliente: Dialogue, Reflections, and Healing between a Salvadorean-Born Mother and her US-Born Daughter. Education, 45(3), 363-372.

Dissertation Zine:                                                                     

Other Publications





Rosales, C. (2022). Wearing a Mask is an Act of Anti-Racism and Radical Love.


Rosales, C. (2022). Who's your ancestor? 2022 plant life at CSUMB.


Rosales, C. (2021). Abolish RTP! Visions of transformative justice. CSUMB Diverse Perspectives.

UCSC MINT Collective (2020). Giving back the UCSC chancellor's achievement award for diversity: The MINT program.


Home: Courses


Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Psy 355: Social Psychology and Social Justice

Psy 357: Psychology of Liberation and Healing

Psy 397: Independent Study (Research lab)

Previous Courses Taught:
Psy 357: Psychology of Liberation and Healing
Psy 355: Social Psychology and Social Justice

Psy 149: Community Psychology

Oaks 47: Healing Justice: Building an Inner Sanctuary

CRES 177: Everyday Forms of Resistance in the Context of Neoliberalism, White Supremacy, and Settler Colonialism

Examples of Assignments & Previous student work (with student's permission):

CRES-177 Class Zine

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Psychology of Liberation and Healing Fall 2022 Class Zine

Psychology of Liberation and Healing Spring 2023 Class Zine

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In the Media:
Home: Research Interests
Program of Research
General Research Interests
Generally, my program of research surrounds the question, how are Women of Color dreaming about and creating other-worlds outside of coloniality and racial capitalism? What are the resistance and healing practices that we as psychologists have failed to pay attention to, validate, and celebrate? I am strongly influenced by Women of Color thinkers and healers in and outside of the academy, such as adrienne marie brown's concept of emergent strategy, and draw from work across multiple disciplines (e.g. ethnic studies, feminist studies, Latin American and Latino Studies). My work is strongly guided by liberation psychology and decolonial frameworks. I aspire to be an activist-scholar (always in the process of becoming) whose work is in service of people, not institutions or quotas.
If you are a student at CSUMB and are interested in this work, please contact me via email for possible research opportunities.
  Current Research Projects
  • Currently, I am studying covert and explicit white supremacist rhetoric as it appears in public discussions and political decision making processes such as within city council meetings. The goal of this project is two-fold (1) to uncover the ways white supremacist rationale disguises itself within democratic processes, and (2) to see with and from the perspectives of Women and Communities of Color who have also identified white supremacist rhetoric/practices and support their struggles for greater accountability and justice.
Future Directions
  • Reversing the gaze onto the field of psychology- in what ways does the discipline still align with colonial and white supremacist assumptions.
  • Community-based work: Exploring the relation between everyday resistance and overt collective forms of resistance

Links and Resources

I recommend checking out these rad Instagram Accounts:
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A WoC collective who are committed to the healing of womxn, youth, & QTPOC through spirituality, creative expression, community building, & education

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Nalgona Positivity Pride
Xicana-Indigenous Body Positive and Eating Disorder Awareness Organization
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The Unapologetic Street Series

A visual series utilizing public space for storytelling by QPOC/Created by visual artist @johannareign 

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We exist to empower Doctoras (present/future) w/ femtorship support & connections

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The Salvi Vegan
Over 45+ Salvi dishes veganized
👩🏽‍🦱🇸🇻🌱Afro-Salvadoran Vegan

Check out these professional organizations:
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Here are some scholarship resources:
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Links and Resources
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