David Parent is a professor of electrical engineering at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. He holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He teaches courses in circuits and systems. His research focuses on materials that allow electrical and biological systems to communicate with each other, and student success in STEM. He also specializes in creating engineering courses that address social and global issues.
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.
Cole Armstrong is an assistant professor of kinesiology in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. He holds a doctoral degree in sport management from Florida State University. His research focuses on management in sport organizations, sport marketing, and the influence of sport on identity development.
Matthew Masucci is the chair of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. He holds a doctoral degree in the social and cultural foundations of sport and cultural studies from the University of Tennessee. His work centers on sporting narratives and their implication on identity, meaning and community. He has collaborated on research funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on elite-level American and Canadian female triathletes. Other research interests include mixed martial arts, bicycle racing and bicycle activism.
Nicholas Taylor is an associate professor of English and comparative literature in the College of Humanities and the Arts. He holds a master’s of fine arts from the University of Virginia. He is the author of four novels including Father Junipero’s Confessor. He is also the director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the only university research archive in the world dedicated solely to Steinbeck’s life and work.
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.
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.
Melinda Jackson is an associate professor of political science and research director for the Survey and Policy Research Institute at SJSU. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in American politics, research methods and political psychology. Her research focuses on public opinion and political engagement in American politics. She is an expert on the importance of Silicon Valley in U.S. politics.
Marjorie Freedman is a professor of nutrition, food science and packaging. She holds a doctoral degree in nutritional science from the University of California, Davis. Her interests and research includes nutrition policy and labeling, environmental correlates of obesity, portion size, food insecurity, community nutrition and nutrition education.
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.
Richard Larson is a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging and the Department of Hospitality Management. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from SJSU and the prestigious Foodservice Management Professional designation from the National Restaurant Association. He has been certifying food service managers in ServSafe Food Safety training for more than 15 years and has trained thousands of industry professionals.
Katherine Cushing is an associate professor of environmental studies and associate director of CommUniverCity San Jose. She holds a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Her primary areas of expertise are water resources management and sustainability in higher education. CommUniverCity brings together underserved communities, SJSU and the city of San Jose to develop great neighborhoods.
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.
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.
Hien Do is a professor of sociology and interdisciplinary social sciences specializing in Asian American Studies. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on Vietnamese Americans, the formation of Vietnamese-American communities, and impacts on religion and immigration. He is an expert on race and ethnic relations, students in higher education and Asian Americans in politics.
Scott Myers-Lipton is a professor of sociology and author of the book Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works. He holds a doctoral degree of philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He co-founded the successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Jose. His interests include poverty and wealth, race, community change and service learning. Recent media coverage includes this front-page story in The New York Times.
Karthika Sasikumar is an associate professor of political science. She holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests are in international relations theory, international regimes, global security, migration and national identity. She specializes in nuclear security issues and terrorism in South East Asia and the Middle East.
Garrick Percival is an associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at SJSU. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside. He teaches courses in state and local government, public policy and American government. His research focuses on American politics and public policy, primarily the nexus between criminal justice policy and inequality at the state and local levels of government.
Eugene Cordero is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. He is the founder and director of the Green Ninja Project, an educational initiative that supports teachers and their students with digital media and curricula designed around climate science and solutions. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models.