"We believe in the power of engaging with the past as a way to face the challenges of the present and prepare for the future. The Lytton Center brings inspiring, thought-provoking, and transformational programming to the Ohlone community that will equip our exceptional students with unprecedented educational opportunities."

Dr. Kyle Livie

Dr. Kyle Livie


Dr. Heather McCarty
Chair and Co-director


Dr. Katherine Michel

Dr. Kyle Livie is a Professor of History at Ohlone College. A California native and first-generation college student, Kyle holds an AA from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA in history from UC Berkeley, an MA in History from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. Kyle has worked with high school and college students for over twenty years, teaching a range of courses from introductory classes in American and world history to advanced research methods at a variety of institutions including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and San Francisco State University. Kyle’s research explores community development and cultural formation in metropolitan spaces in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries resulting from transnational migration, with special interest paid to how migrant groups in rural places shaped shared identity, collective memory, and economic production. In recent years, Kyle has shared his research at a number of conferences including the Organization of American Historians, the American Culture Association conference, and the California Council for the Promotion of History. Kyle is deeply interested in helping to develop tools for communities to reconsider their own histories by taking advantage of collaborative new media and research in the digital humanities.

Dr. Heather Jane McCarty is a Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at Ohlone College. Heather holds a B.A. in African American Studies and History from UCLA, and a M.A and Ph.D in History from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include race and gender relations, social movements, crime and punishment, and the West. Heather’s most recent publication, “Blood In, Blood Out: The Emergence of California Prison Gangs in the 1960s,” appears in Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance, ed. Robert T. Chase (2019). This work examines factors both internal and external to the prison system that helped produce prison gangs, which first emerged in California and later spread to the rest of the nation. Heather began her higher education teaching career in the college program at San Quentin State Prison. Prior to coming to Ohlone College she served an Assistant Professor and the Single Subject Social Science Coordinator at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Heather’s passion for the community college mission and for working with underserved and first generation college students brought her to Ohlone College in 2006.

Dr. Katherine Michel is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohlone College. Katherine holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a M.A. in Southeast European Studies from the University of Athens (Greece), and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Ohlone faculty, Katherine was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University, where she taught courses in research methods and comparative politics. At Ohlone, Katherine teaches a range of introductory political science courses and advises the Civic Engagement Club.

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