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Deanna Heikkinen

Associate Professor of Humanities

B.A., Anthropology and Art History, California State University, Bakersfield
M.A., History and Anthropology, California State University, Bakersfield
Ed.D. Higher Educational Leadership, California Lutheran University

Dr. Heikkinen teaches Humanities, History, and Anthropology for Los Angeles Valley College. Her most recent research focused on intellectual diversity in higher education. Prior to that she specialized in the Graeco-Roman and Christian periods of Egypt and was previously part of the Tell El-Hibeh archaeological expedition in Middle Egypt. She has experience teaching face-to-face and online courses. 
Office: (818) 947-2886


Michelle Visco Lewis

Associate Professor of History, HHLPS Department Chair

A.A., Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Riverside

Ms. Lewis specializes in the History of Western Civilization and the History of the World’s Religions. She has led study abroad programs to Florence, Italy, and has traveled throughout the United States and Europe. She has experience teaching face-to-face and online courses. She currently serves as the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Faculty Advisor ( and the One Book One College Program Coordinator ( Ms. Lewis is an active member of the American Historical Association ( and the National Council on Public History (  She also volunteers as a docent at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (

Office: (818) 947-2456



Rick Murray

Associate Professor of History

A.A., Moorpark College
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., California State University, Northridge

Mr. Murray specializes in United States History, California History, and the History of Western Civilization. He has taught at College of the Canyons, Ventura College, El Camino College, Compton College and L.A. Mission College.  Mr. Murray currently serves as the Campus Distance Education Committee Chair, and as the Treasurer of the Academic Senate.


Dr. Chris Nielsen

Assistant Professor of History

B.A. History, U.C. San Diego

M.A. History, U.C. Santa Barbara

PhD.  American History, U.C. Riverside

Dr. Nielsen teaches American History, Western Civilizations, and World History, and specializes in the Twentieth Century United States and anti-immigrant movements.  He previously taught at Santa Monica College, Cuesta College, U.C. Santa Barbara, and U.C. Riverside, in both face to face and online formats. He currently serves as the Tau Alpha Epsilon Honors Club faculty advisor.



Dr. Anthony O’Regan

Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. O’Regan specializes in American politics, Latin American politics, International Political Economy, theories of Political and Economic Development, and American Public Administration. He has taught at Cerritos, Pitzer, Los Angeles Mission, Harbor, Valley Community Colleges, Scripps College and the University of California Santa Barbara. He has assisted in editing Latin America in the 1940s and Between the Economy and the Polity, Uruguay 1811-1890.
Office: (818) 947-2461