Ryan Skinnell is an associate professor of rhetoric and writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Caroline Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She holds a law degree from American University and a master of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University. 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.
Catherine Voss Plaxton is the director of the Career Center at San Jose State University. She holds a master’s in human resources & organization and a master’s in counselor education. She is currently working toward an Ed.D. in educational leadership. 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.
Sergio Bejar-Lopez is an assistant professor of political science. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. 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.
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.
Timothy Hendrick is an associate professor of advertising in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Journalism. He holds a master’s in communications from Brigham Young University. 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.
Michael Kimbarow is the chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. He holds a doctoral degree in communicative disorders from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a speech-language pathologist with more than three decades of clinical experience with adults demonstrating speech and language disorders secondary to neurological disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
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 a professor in the Department 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.
Steven Bennet is a lecturer in the School of Global Innovation and Leadership in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a certified public accountant. He teaches entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship and corporate finance.
John Delacruz is an associate professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He holds a master’s in the history of art and design from Manchester Metropolitan University. 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.
Melinda Jackson is a professor of political science and currently serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in American politics and political psychology. 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.
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 the founder of the Human Rights Minor Program, Director of the Human Rights Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences [SISS] at San José State University. His formal training and professional experience spans sociology, education, and human rights. Dr. Armaline’s interests, applied 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 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.
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.
Stoyu Ivanov is an associate professor of accounting and finance and assistant director of the Center for Banking and Financial Services. In addition, he is a Nancie Fimbel Investment Fellow in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska. Ivanov teaches corporate finance, financial markets and institutions and real estate finance. His research focuses on exchange traded funds and indexing.
Katherine Cushing is a professor of environmental studies and the executive director of CommUniverCity SJSU, an award-winning non-profit 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. She holds a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining SJSU, Katherine was a faculty member at both Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.
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 Hobbs is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Digital Media Arts program. He holds a master’s of fine art from the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His areas of expertise include computer games, human-computer interaction, digital media art and multidisciplinary collaboration.
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.
Craig Clements is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, director of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Center (WIRC) and director of the Fire Weather Lab. 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 and chair of the Political Science Department 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. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach (15 ed).
Bob Rucker is an associate professor and director 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.
Marco Pagani is an associate professor of finance and director of the Center for Banking and Finance Services at SJSU. He holds a doctoral degree in finance from Georgia State University. His research and teaching interests include corporate finance, capital markets and institutions, investments and derivative securities.
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.
Annette Nellen is a professor of accounting and finance and director of the SJSU Graduate Tax Program. She holds a law degree from Loyola Law School and MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining SJSU, she was with a tax manager with Ernst & Young and Internal Revenue Service revenue agent and lead instructor. 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.