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.
William Armaline is an associate professor of justice studies and director of the Human Rights Program at SJSU. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut. Formally trained in sociology, education, and human rights, Armaline is an interdisciplinary scholar whose interests, applied work, and scholarly publications address social problems as they relate to political economy, environmental sustainability, critical race theory and anti-racist action, critical pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youth, mass incarceration and the war on drugs.
Stan Malos is a professor of management, specializing in human resource management in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He holds a law degree from UCLA and doctoral degree from Purdue University. His teaching and research include employment discrimination, professional career mobility and related legal issues.
Meghna Virick is a professor of business specializing in human resource management. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in HR management/organizational behavior. Virick worked in HR at multiple organizations for six years before returning to academia. Her research focuses on unemployment/underemployment and gender and race related issues in HR practices, such as talent and succession planning. Her focus on diversity emphasizes issues that affect women and older workers.