Matthew Faulkner is a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. His research interests intersect corporate finance and behavioral finance to understand why and how companies and management make decisions. His private consulting work is in valuation. In addition to academics, he is also a CFA® Charterholder and a FINRA arbitrator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from UNC-Wilmington, an MBA in international finance and investments from the University of Valencia, Spain, and UNCW, and a doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Ching Ching Tan is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She specializes in English learners’ communication. She uses her experience of learning English as an older adult to bring awareness to linguistic diversity. Tan holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies – linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s in communication studies from San José State University, and is currently pursuing a master’s of fine art in creative writing in nonfiction.
Jim McMillin is a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Business Analytics at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He has expertise and professional industry experience in automotive, aerospace, high-tech, medical devices, construction and engineering services. McMillin holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, a master’s of science in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from San José State University.
Dr. Denise Dawkins is an assistant professor at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San José State University. She teaches undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students and coordinates simulations. Her expertise is in the healthcare needs of marginalized groups and communities who have historically been oppressed, overlooked and discriminated against. Dr. Dawkins has been a registered nurse for almost 40 years and a healthcare simulationist, researcher, and educator for 20 years.
Erin Woodhead is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on substance use disorders and treatment across the lifespan, particularly among middle-aged and older adults. She is a licensed psychologist and holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from West Virginia University.
Katherine Wilkinson is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She runs a neurophysiology research lab focused on understanding how your body senses muscle movement, a sense essential for normal movement and balance, which is perturbed in many diseases. Wilkinson holds a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Diego. She is also the current chair of the American Physiological Society’s Science Policy Committee.
Laura Sullivan-Green is a professor and department chair in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. She has expertise in the areas of landslides, mudslides, and debris flows. Her research is in the areas of forensic engineering education and failure dissemination, the use of advanced pedagogies in higher education, and geotechnical engineering. Dr. Sullivan-Green holds master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
Matthew Holian is a professor and chair of the Economics Department in the College of Social Sciences. His research centers on the following areas in economics: urban, transportation, environmental, labor and migration. His interests include cost-benefit analysis, public policy decision-making, housing, urban quality of life, and outdoor recreation. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from The Ohio State University.
Sumita Raghuram is the Alan and Lori Kessler endowed professor at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She has studied remote work for 25 years, including mandatory and voluntary remote work, and its impact on individuals and organizations. She also focuses on international human resource management and technology workers. She holds a doctoral degree in human resource management from the University of Minnesota.
Libra Hilde is a professor in the Department of History. Her focus is on race and gender in the 19th century United States, with an emphasis on the antebellum period, slavery, The Civil War and Reconstruction. She also has a strong background in 19th and 20th-century Native American history. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Native American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in history from UC Berkeley and a doctoral degree in history from Harvard University.
Sheryl Ehrman is the dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. She holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering (in the major field of aerosol science and technology and the minor field of atmospheric science) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Sweet is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Her research examines the relationship between gender and children’s toys over time. Her areas of expertise include children’s material culture, gender and family. She holds a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Matt Cabot is an associate professor of public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He previously worked as a public relations professional in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, primarily in high-tech and medical devices. His expertise is in public relations, social media, corporate social responsibility and media ethics. He holds a master’s degree in mass communications from San José State University, a master’s degree in theological studies from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree in communications from Regent University.
A.J. Faas is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, the Organizational Studies Program and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. His research addresses disasters and environmental crises, with attention to cooperation, reciprocity and mutual aid; postcolonialism and the anthropology of the state; humanitarianism; and displacement and resettlement. Faas’s research includes an ongoing longitudinal study of disaster recovery and resettlement in the Ecuadorian highlands; a collaborative study of COVID-19 and the cumulative effects of successive disasters; and participatory action research projects on disaster preparedness, vulnerability and community-based leadership in San José, California. He holds a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida.
Indumathi (Indu) Jeyachandran is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. She is a certified mapping scientist in the area of remote sensing and also a LEED-accredited professional with a specialization in building design and construction. Her research interests include sustainable urban infrastructure planning using remote sensing, GIS, modeling and observation techniques. She also uses remote sensing data and techniques for wildfire risk analysis and water issues including drought. She holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah.
Étienne Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, where he teaches the ethics of technology. His work focuses on the regulation of speech on social media, and he has published several essays in academic journals on the relationship between misinformation, fake news, internet trolling, hate speech and freedom of expression. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in philosophy from the same university and a doctoral degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne.
Shaun Fletcher is an assistant professor of public relations and sport communications and serves as an advisory board member for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. Prior to arriving at SJSU, he led internal communications for Apple Retail and Volkswagen Group of America. He comments on issues of race and gender in sport, politics and mental health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from San José State University, a master’s degree in interpersonal communications from the University of Central Florida and a doctoral degree in intercultural communication from Howard University.
Ryan Skinnell is an associate professor of rhetoric and writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. His work focuses primarily on public rhetoric—how politicians, public figures, and average citizens use persuasive language to influence public policy. Dr. Skinnell is the author or editor of five books, including “Conceding Composition: A Crooked History of Composition’s Institutional Fortunes” (Utah State University Press, 2016) and “Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump,” (Societas, 2018). He has also published numerous essays in academic and popular outlets on rhetoric, writing education, political speech, fascism, and demagoguery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in english from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in english from California State University, Northridge and a doctoral degree in rhetoric, composition, and linguistics from Arizona 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. 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. 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.
David Parent is a professor of electrical engineering at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Caroline Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. For 13 years, she served as a senior attorney at the Internal Revenue Service, primarily with the Large Business and International Division. She is admitted to practice in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the bar of the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She holds a law degree from American University and a master of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University.
Kimberly Blisniuk is an associate professor of neotectonics (the study of motions and deformations of Earth’s crust) in the Department of Geology at the College of Science. Her research focuses on studying the San Andreas fault and measuring its age and movement. 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.
Catherine Voss Plaxton is the Associate Vice President of Health, Wellness and Student Services. Catherine joined the SJSU Career Center with more than fourteen years of experience in individual and organizational performance development through the use of human resource development techniques and information technology improvements. She plans to focus her research on social mobility through higher education. She holds a master’s in human resources and organization and a master’s in counselor education. She is currently working toward an Ed.D. in educational leadership.
Sergio Bejar-Lopez is an assistant professor of political science. He teaches courses in comparative politics and Latin American politics. His research focuses on political and policy consequences, the political and policy consequences of globalization, the political influences of financial policies and the policy consequences of party systems. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame.
Cole Armstrong is an associate professor of in the Department of Kinesiology at the College of Health and Human Sciences. His research focuses on management in sport organizations, sport marketing and the influence of sport on identity development. He holds a doctoral degree in sport management from Florida State University.
Matthew Masucci is the associate dean for Academic Programs and Student Success at the College of Health and Human Sciences. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in the social and cultural foundations of sport and cultural studies from the University of Tennessee.
Nicholas Taylor is a professor of english and comparative literature at the College of Humanities and the Arts. He is the author of four novels including “Father Junipero’s Confessor.” He holds a master’s of fine arts from the University of Virginia.
Timothy Hendrick is an associate professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the College of Humanities and the Arts. Hendrick has two decades of professional experience in the advertising industry, including the tech sector. He has managed and implemented corporate branding and positioning initiatives, integrated media campaigns, and promotions and co-marketing programs at the local, national and international levels. He has received numerous awards for his creative and strategic thinking. He holds a master’s in communications from Brigham Young University.
Bryce Westlake is an associate professor of justice studies at the College of Social Sciences. His research interests include digital forensic science, online sex crimes, cybercrime, social network analysis and capital punishment. He holds a doctoral degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Robert Chapman Wood is a professor of strategic management at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on the strategic management of large organizations, including the successful implementation of tech systems. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Boston University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School.
Steven Bennet is a lecturer in the School of Global Innovation and Leadership at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He teaches entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship and corporate finance. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a certified public accountant.
John Delacruz is an associate professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the College of Humanities and the Arts. His interests include social and digital channels within the advertising process and experiential learning spaces and their impacts on the creative disciplines of advertising and graphic design. He holds a master’s in the history of art and design from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Melinda Jackson is a professor of political science and currently serves as associate dean of undergraduate education. Her research focuses on public opinion and political engagement in American politics. She is an expert on polling and the importance of Silicon Valley in U.S. politics. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in American politics and political psychology.
William Armaline is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the College of Social Sciences and founder of the Human Rights Minor Program and Director of the Human Rights Institute. His formal training and professional experience span sociology, education, and human rights. Dr. Armaline’s interests, work, and scholarly publications address social problems as they relate to political economy, environmental sustainability, human rights, racism and anti-racist action, critical pedagogy and transformative education, inequality and youth, mass incarceration and drug policy reform. Please follow him and all things Human Rights at SJSU on the HRI website (www.sjsu.edu/hri) and on Twitter (@SJSUHumanRights).
Stan Malos is a professor of management, specializing in human resource management at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. His teaching and research include employment discrimination, professional career mobility and related legal issues. He holds a law degree from UCLA and a doctoral degree from Purdue University.
Stoyu Ivanov is a professor of accounting and finance and assistant director of the Center for Banking and Financial Services. He is also a Nancie Fimbel Investment Fellow at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. Ivanov teaches corporate finance, financial markets and institutions and real estate finance. His research focuses on exchange-traded funds and indexing. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska.
Katherine Cushing is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and the executive director of CommUniverCity SJSU, an award-winning non-profit organization serving low-income residents in Central San Jose. She is a nationally recognized expert on sustainability and community-engaged learning and has advised United Nations’ departments, Fortune 500 companies, the cities of San Jose and Palo Alto, California, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Her primary areas of expertise are environmental policy, water resources management, and service learning. Prior to joining San José State University, Cushing was a faculty member at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.
Frances Edwards is Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. She is an emeritus professor of political science and former director of the Master of Public Administration program. 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. She holds a doctoral degree in public administration from New York University. She was also a certified emergency services manager with 20+ years of experience as Director of Emergency Services in San Jose and Irvine, CA.
Craig Hobbs is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Digital Media Arts program. His areas of expertise include computer games, human-computer interaction, digital media art and multidisciplinary collaboration. He holds a master’s of fine art from the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Meghna Virick is a professor of business specializing in human resource management and associate dean of undergraduate programs. 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. Virick worked in HR at multiple organizations for six years before returning to academia. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in HR management/organizational behavior.
Craig Clements is a professor and chair of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, director of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) and director of the Fire Weather Lab. His research focuses on the micro-meteorology and behavior of wildland fires, mountain and boundary-layer meteorology, air pollution and turbulence. He holds a doctoral degree in geophysics from the University of Houston.
Hien Do is a professor of sociology and interdisciplinary social sciences specializing in Asian American Studies. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Scott Myers-Lipton is a professor of sociology and interdisciplinary social science and the author of the book “Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works.” He co-founded a successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Jose. His interests include poverty and wealth, race, community change and service learning. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Karthika Sasikumar is a professor of political science. 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. She holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University.
Garrick Percival is a professor and chair of the political science department. 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. He is the co-author of the book “California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach” (15 ed). He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.
Alison Bridger is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. Her research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics (Earth and Mars) and numerical prediction. She holds a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University.
Marco Pagani is the interim dean for Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and professor of finance. His research and teaching interests include corporate finance, capital markets and institutions, investments and derivative securities. He holds a doctoral degree in finance from Georgia State University.
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. His research focuses on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis.
Annette Nellen is a professor of accounting and finance and director of the SJSU Graduate Tax Program. She teaches courses in tax research, accounting methods, property transactions, high-tech tax matters, employment tax, ethics and tax policy. Nellen has testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Senate Finance Committee, California Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and tax reform commissions and committees on various aspects of federal and state tax reform. Her interests include tax rules and the New Economy, including digital goods and services such as cloud computing and virtual currencies; transactions such as crowdfunding and marijuana operations; and the sharing economy, such as Airbnb. She holds a law degree from Loyola Law School and MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining San José State University, she was a tax manager with Ernst & Young and an Internal Revenue Service revenue agent and lead instructor.