Mark Piper

Blank Photo Department Latin American & Latino/a Studies Department 
 Office Science Hall 186
 Phone (415) 451-4715
 Mailbox S76
 Fall 2014 
 Office Hours
Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule
HIST 20 History of Mexico 3.0 72842 001 Lec T R 09:40-10:55AM CLOU U261 Deadlines Final Book LALS 9 The Latina/o/LGBT Experience 3.0 74323 001 Lec T R 11:10-12:25PM HC A213 Deadlines Final Book LGBT 9 The Latina/o/LGBT Experience 3.0 75913 001 Lec T R 11:10-12:25PM HC A213 Deadlines Final Book

B.A. in History from SFSU, 2006
M.A. in History with a concentration in Latin America, 2008

Prof. Piper has been teaching at CCSF since 2008

My years as a student were valuable beyond knowledge as I was able to fine-tune my approach to history and education in my work as a TA in the History Department at SFSU. I found some of my instructors dull or uninterested, while I found others that I admired. I have sought to combine in my teaching the best of my experiences. Thus I seek a more much dynamic approach to the history of Mexico and Latin America. History should not be dry and boring; I present history instead as a human narrative, a story, meant to instruct and fascinate. While I have been called many things, I have never been called boring.

My personal goal as a teacher is to reduce the general ignorance about Latin America one generally finds in the US. Beyond simple dates, names and places, I use a behind the scenes approach to show why historical events have occurred and how we can see ourselves in the history of our past. I seek to work with all levels of students both in traditional classroom and electronic settings. My courses are not easy grades; I require effort and commitment. However, over 50 percent of my students achieve A or B grades. My syllabus is a contract I make with my students to support them in their quest for knowledge.

In Spring 2012, I opened a new course, LALS9/LGBT 9, that examines LGBT in Latin America. I wrote this course as a response to the general lack of study of Latino/a Latin American LGBT. This social science course shows the presence of LGBT in the indgene world of the Americas, in the Spanish colonial period, in the nationalist 19/20th century as well as in the millenial age. Indigene LGBT, colonial Inquisitional persecution, LGBT liberation, obscenity, immigration, Cuba, and same sex marriage are studied in depth. This course is CSU/UC IGETC transferable.

Though I am a teacher that delivers intense lectures, I am also the type of instructor that will take an hour or two to work with a challenged student. All of my lectures are supported with DropBox and Powerpoint handouts. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and in cuss words in about another ten languages.

A member of various philatelic and historical societies. I have a long history of volunteer participation with various local non-profits whose goals I seek to empower. I was an early volunteer with Shanti, and later worked as an assistant for attorney Martha Ball Price at AIDS Benefits Counselors. ABC assisted HIV clients in processing their social security benefits. In the 1990s I was a volunteer with a medical marijuana dispensary. During the 2008 election, I was a volunteer with the NO on 8 campaign. In the 2010 elections, I was a field organizer with AFT/CFT, succesfully mobilizing faculty at CCSF to support CA Proposition 25.

Master's Thesis: Guantanamo, Different Visions of Empire, 2008
Undergraduate: The Holy Office of the Inquisition in the New World: Sorcerers and Plants in the New World. Published in the SFSU History Department journal Ex Post Facto, 2006
Graduate: The Cuban Convertible Peso: A Redefinition of Dependence. Published in the SFSU History Department journal Ex Post Facto, 2008.
Sugar, 2002 Congress Book - a study of Cuban canaveral stationery of the 1960s
Baracoa - Cuba's First City - A Postal History, Journal of Cuban Philately, August 2012
Cuban Airmail Convertible Peso Postal Cards, UPSS, May/June 2013, July/Aug 2013
Numerous articles in philatelic journals in the US, England and South Africa
Recipient as co-author of vermeil prize for literature at the Cuban National Stamp Exposition, Havana, 2005

Beyond being a rather decent cook, I am also known as a pre-eminent stamp collector with a focus on the US, Socialist Cuba and Latin America. I am also a major fan of DJ music. I like to garden and have a passion for Western memorabilia.

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