Gordon Douglas

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Director, Institute for Metropolitan Studies; Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Gordon Douglas is the director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds master’s degrees in media and communication from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics; and a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. His work focuses on social inequality in planning and development, neighborhood identity and gentrification, and peoples’ relationships to their physical surroundings from streetscape design to disaster response. He is working on local improvement efforts in San Jose and Oakland and advising climate change resiliency efforts in San Francisco. His new book The Help-Yourself City (Oxford 2018) concerns people who create unauthorized but functional “do-it-yourself urban design” interventions to help their communities. He is currently working on local improvement efforts in San Jose and Oakland and advising climate change resiliency efforts in San Francisco. Prior to joining SJSU, Gordon helped lead the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and worked on the U.S. exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Phone: 408-924-5852
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City Design, Design, Diversity, Disaster Preparedness, Politics, Gentrification, Social Inequality, Urban Communities, Urban Design

Kimberly Blisniuk

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Assistant Professor, Department of Geology (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Kimberly Blisniuk is an assistant professor of neotectonics (the study of motions and deformations of Earth’s crust) in the Department of Geology within the College of Science. She holds a doctoral degree in earthquake geology/geochronology (the science of determining the age of rocks, fossils, and sediments using signatures inherent in the rocks themselves) from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on studying the San Andreas fault, and measuring its age and movement.

Phone: 408-924-5045
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Science, Earthquake, Geology, San Andreas Fault

Jess B. Guy

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Lecturer, Justice Studies. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Jess B. Guy is a lecturer of justice studies in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. He holds a law degree from Lincoln Law School and a master’s in criminal justice from SJSU. He has worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. His investigations focused on firearm violations, narcotics dealers and gangs.

Phone: 408-924-1836
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CASA, Justice Studies, Terrorism, Disaster Preparedness, Governance, Gangs, Justice

Jan Null

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Lecturer, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Jan Null is a lecturer in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science in the College of Science. He holds a bachelor’s in atmospheric science from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in geography from SJSU. He was a meteorologist and lead forecaster for 25 years at the National Weather Service’s San Francisco Bay Area office. His research focuses on California precipitation climatology and heatstroke deaths of children forgotten in vehicles.

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Science, Meteorology and Climate, Weather, Disaster Preparedness, Governance, Drought

Sen Chiao

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Associate Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Sen Chiao is an associate professor of meteorology and climate science in the College of Science. He earned a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard. He is the director of the NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education. His research focuses on aerosol and its impacts on air quality, weather and regional climate, urban heat islands, wildfire impacts on air quality, and public health linkages to air quality, weather and climate. He also specializes in hurricanes.

Phone: 408-924-5204
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Hurricanes, Meteorology, Science, Public Health, Governance, Meteorology and Climate, Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, Governance, Drought

Frances Edwards

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Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Frances Edwards is a professor of political science and director of the Master of Public Administration program. She is deputy director of Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Safety and Security Center. She holds a doctoral degree in public administration from New York University. She is a certified emergency manager with over 20 years of experience in California. Her research focuses on issues related to seismic safety, emergency management, homeland security, continuity of operations for government and businesses, and global supply chain security.

Phone: 408-924-5559
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Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Relief, Earthquake, Emergency, Flood, Governance, Loma Prieta, Politics, Social Sciences, State and Local Politics

Craig Clements

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Craig Clements, Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Craig Clements is an associate professor of meteorology and climate science specializing in wildfires. He holds a doctoral degree in geophysics from the University of Houston. His research focuses on the micro-meteorology and behavior of wildland fires, mountain and boundary-layer meteorology, air pollution and turbulence.

Phone: 408-924-5275
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Disaster Preparedness, Drought, Environment, Governance, Meteorology, Science, State and Local Politics, Wildfire

Alison Bridger

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Alison Bridger, Professor and Chair, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Alison Bridger is a professor and chair of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. She holds a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. Her research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics (Earth and Mars) and numerical prediction.

Phone: 408-924-5206
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