Faculty & Staff

Cynthia  Napoli-Abella Reiss

Cynthia  Napoli-Abella Reiss

Visual Art

Chair, Department of Visual Art; Professor, Art History

(408) 741-2533


Cilker  103W

Courses Taught / Teaching

Art 1A - Survey of Western Art 

Art 1B - Survey of Western Art

Art 1D - Art of the 20th Century

Art 12a, 12b - Art of Pre-Hispanic Mexico; Art of Colonial and Modern Mexico

Art 13- African-American Art History

Art 14 - Women in Art History 


Academic Service

Chair, Department of Visual Art

Vice-President, Academic Senate

Former Chair, Global Citizenship Committee

Commissioner, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)



ACCJC Site Visit Team Evaluator Committees: 

Honolulu Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Leeward College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Canada College, Redwood City, CA

Folsom College, Folsom Lake, CA


State Academic Senate 

Member, Curriculum Committee of ASCCC

Former Member, Legislative Advocacy Committee, ASCCC

Former Member, ASCCC Periodic Review subcommittee  

Former Member,  Education Policies Committee, ASCCC

Former Member,  Governance and Internal Policies  Committee, ASCCC

ASCCC appointment: Academic Integrity Committee


ASCCC papers co-authored: 

Civic Engagement  and Civil Discourse: If not now, when? published September, 2017

Sound Principles for Faculty Evaluation, published Spring, 2013

Rostrum Article : Beyond the Classroom, Fostering Local and Statewide , Engagement in our Faculty, published July, 2013 



Salzburg International Studies Program


Other Projects

COMPASS Pilot Project Grant Writer and Project Director (WVC and CSU, San Jose)

Submitted NEH Bridging CUltures Grant, August 2013

Submitted/Awarded COMPASS, phase II grant, May 2013

Submitted NEH Bridging Cultures grant, August 2012


Personal Projects

Board Member, Oakland Leaf

Board Member, Pacific Art League




Ph.D. Art History,

University of California, Irvine


MA, Art History,

San Francisco State University



BA, Art History,

University of California

BA, Comparative Literature,

University of California

Emphasis in Critical Theory  


Certificate, Harvard University      Leading Education Systems  Nationally Institute,  Graduate School of Education




  • Currently working on book entitled "Silenced Histories and Trauma in the Works of Three Latin American Artists"
  • Presented paper at CALACS Conference at University of Montreal
  • Presented paper at Escenarios Conference at University of California, Irvine
  • Presented paper at "Literature and its Others" Conference at University of Helsinki, Finland
last published: 6/7/18