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.
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.
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.