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.
Adam Kochanski is an associate professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. He is an atmospheric modeler and a leader of the fire modeling group at the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC). He is a co-developer of the coupled atmospheric model, WRF-SFIRE, and the fire forecasting platform WRFx. His research focuses on forecasting fire danger, fire propagation, and smoke dispersion.
Ali Tohidi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a fire and fluid dynamicist, data scientist and co-principal investigator (Co-PI) at the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC). His expertise lies in data and mathematical modeling of large-scale complex systems revolving around fluid and fire dynamics. His recent work focuses on understanding the physics of wildfire spread and developing new models to describe wildfire behavior and its impacts on the landscape. He holds a doctoral degree in civil & environmental engineering from Clemson University.
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.
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.
Anuradha Basu is a professor of entrepreneurship in the School of Global Innovation and Leadership at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She is the Director of the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship whose initiatives foster innovation, an entrepreneurial mindset, and new venture creation among SJSU students. Her research focuses on immigrant, minority and transnational entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial education. She holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, UK.
Benjamin Anderson is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and currently serves as co-director of the Accounting Advancement Center. His research focuses on examining how capital market participants use financial information. He is also an expert on how macroeconomic events impact businesses and individual people, particularly their investments. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas, with a concentration in accounting.
Bo Yang is an assistant professor of Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His research focuses on cutting-edge technologies in GIS and remote sensing, including machine learning and AI in GIS, UAV remote sensing, coastal ecosystem monitoring, wildfire mapping, urban heat, urban crime, and urban transportation. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati.
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.
Carlos Singh is a lecturer in the Department of Justice Studies and Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He teaches business law and ethics, as well as a variety of criminal justice courses. He is a former federal prosecutor, handling white-collar and violent crime cases with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California. In Washington, D.C., he served as a trial lawyer with the Money Laundering and Organized Crime & Racketeering Sections at the Department of Justice. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Damon Moon is a lecturer at the Lucas College of Business and a co-founder of a student engagement platform, AskClass.com. His research interest focuses on how social interactions, gratitude, and forgiveness impact a culture of innovation and creativity. Before his teaching career, he founded SamsungOpen, an open innovation program that brings new ideas to life at Samsung. He also served as a management consultant at Bain, Accenture, and PwC, helping high-tech companies identify new opportunities for growth around the world. Damon holds a master’s of business administration from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
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.
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.
Donna Crane is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science. Her expertise is in women in politics, presidential campaigns, Congress and laws pertaining to reproductive rights. Prior to joining SJSU, she spent 26 years as a legislative strategist and lobbyist in Washington, DC, most recently serving 18 years at NARAL Pro-Choice America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San José State University and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University.
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.
Emmanuel Sequeira is an assistant professor of finance in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. His research interests include examining the effects of changes to a firm’s information environment through various channels such as employee whistleblowing, changes in financial reporting transparency and changes in comparability of financial reports. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon Douglas is the director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and an associate 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 currently working on local improvement efforts in San José and Oakland, including affordable housing production, safe streets, and the rights of our unhoused community members. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Miller is a professor and chair in the Department of Geology at the College of Science. His research interests include understanding the behavior of volcanoes, how magma systems work, their subterranean magnetic underpinnings, as well as the interactions of tectonics and magmatism. He has worked in diverse areas of the Western United States on both ancient (Sierra Nevada, North Cascades, Mojave Desert) and active systems (Coso, Mono Craters). He holds a doctoral degree in geology from the University of North Carolina.
Jorjeta Jetcheva is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering. Her current areas of research focus are artificial intelligence, natural language processing and knowledge management. She also leads initiatives to empower women and underrepresented students in STEM. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in computer science and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and a doctoral degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Snider is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director of the Certificate in Real Estate Development Program (CRED). She is an expert in the ways laws, regulations and policies impact the design, financing, and construction of buildings in urban areas as well as strategies that will increase diversity in California neighborhoods to create healthy, equitable and sustainable multi-generational communities. Kelly is a real estate developer and has a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Kerri J. Malloy (Yurok/Karuk) is an assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies. His research focuses on the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the ongoing healing and reconciliation in North America. He has more than 15 years of experience working with federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. He chairs the Indigenous Caucus and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He holds a master of jurisprudence in Indian Law from The University of Tulsa and a doctoral degree in holocaust and genocide studies from Gratz College.
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.
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.
Lesther Papa is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. He is a faculty member of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is a faculty advisor to two Filipinx student organizations. His clinical specialization is in clinical child and adolescent psychology, especially in trauma-informed interventions for young and school-age children. He conducts research on microaggressions in historically underrepresented communities. He holds a doctoral degree in psychology and an education specialist degree in school psychology from the combined Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology Program at Utah State University.
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.
Magdalena L. Barrera is the vice provost for faculty success. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, she was a professor and chair in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Her research focuses on the experiences of historically underserved students and faculty in higher education, as well as representations of Mexican Americans in popular culture. She holds a doctoral degree in modern thought and literature from Stanford University.
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.
Matthew Capriotti is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He studies behavioral interventions to support people living with Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders. His second area of research focuses on identifying, understanding, and ending health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Matthew Faulkner is an assistant 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rangapriya (Priya) Kannan is the dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and a professor in the School of Global Innovation & Leadership. Her research primarily focuses on how individuals achieve innovation within limited resources using creative resourcing and reframing. Kannan’s background includes expertise in leadership to affect strategic change, designing interdisciplinary programs, employee development, alumni and community outreach, and creating inclusive work environments. She holds a doctorate degree in management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Ravisha Mathur is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development at the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. She studies friendships and how they develop, as well as the role of imagination in the lives of children. She also studies online/hybrid teaching pedagogy and academic leadership in higher education. She holds a doctoral degree in development psychology from Purdue University.
Bob Rucker is an emeritus professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Rucker worked for 39 years as a journalist, including as a CNN correspondent and a national news producer/reporter for Newsweek. He serves as host and moderator of the show “Equal Time” on San Francisco-based PBS station KTEH.
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.
Robert Ovetz is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on strike threats and labor movements in the United States. He has published books on the U.S. Constitution, the politics of the labor movement and the crisis of capitalism at the turn of the 20th century. Prior to joining SJSU, he worked as an aid for two members of the Texas legislature and as a public policy advocate. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas, Austin.
Ronald Rogers is the vice provost for Academic Innovation & Institutional Effectiveness. His recent work has focused on expanding higher education access and degree attainment for the adult learner community through flexible 100% online pathways. He holds a doctoral degree in psychology from Rutgers University with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience.