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. Dr. Sullivan-Green holds master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University. Her research is in the areas of forensic engineering education and failure dissemination, the use of advanced pedagogies in higher education, and geotechnical engineering.
Matthew Holian is the chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Social Sciences. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from The Ohio State University. 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.
Sumita Raghuram is the Alan and Lori Kessler endowed professor at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She holds a doctoral degree in human resource management from the University of Minnesota. 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.
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. 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 doctorate degree in intercultural communication from Howard University. 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.
Patrick T. Brown is a climate scientist, lecturer in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science and a member of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. He holds a doctorate degree in earth and ocean sciences from Duke University. He teaches and conducts research on the impact of climate change on society via changes in extreme weather.
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.
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.