John McCafferty (Russian Far East 1996–98) John McCafferty was an English professor at jmccaffertySanta Barbara City College and a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of  Aliso School: For the Mexican Children, a history of racial segregation in the elementary schools of Carpinteria, California, from the 1920s to 1947. John writes on-the-road travel pieces for his website,, and stays busy photographing his world (see He and wife Sharon Dirlam, another PCWW blogger, live in Santa Barbara, CA.