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.
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.
Bruce Olszewski is a lecturer and director of the Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) at SJSU. His research interests include integrated waste management, recycling, urban water conservation and environmental policy. He was the first environmental specialist for the City of San José, designed the city’s first water conservation program, founded the Center for the Development of Recycling, the Santa Clara County Recycling/Reuse Hotline and Household Hazardous Waste appointment center and the website RecycleStuff.org for Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. He holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from San José State 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soma Sen is a professor in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the social epidemiology of HIV and HIV-related stigma and its impact on prevention and treatment. She is currently serving as a commissioner on the Santa Clara County HIV Planning Commission and serves on the leadership team of the county’s Getting to Zero efforts as the stigma researcher. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University and a doctoral degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Stephen Cash is a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Business Analytics at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He has more than 15 years of experience in various fields of international business including technical sales, strategic marketing and business development. His experience spans across multiple tech industry market sectors, such as telecommunications, data center networks, semiconductors, electronics, photonics, wireless IoT and medical/biotechnology. He holds an MBA from San José 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.
Tom Moriarty is a professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at SJSU. His work focuses on political rhetoric and communication — speeches, debates, and campaign advertising. He is the author of “Finding the Words: A Rhetorical History of South Africa’s Transition From Apartheid to Democracy.” He holds a doctoral degree in writing and rhetoric from Purdue University.
Vishnu Pendyala is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Data Science at the College of Professional and Global Education and was an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) distinguished speaker. He teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science. He has more than two decades of experience in the software industry in Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA in finance from Osmania University, India and a doctoral degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.
Vivek Agrawal is a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Business Analytics at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He has more than 27 years of experience in the high-tech industry, including Intel Corp. His area of expertise is in marketing, business management, general management and executive coaching. He holds an MBA from San José State and a master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Southern California.
Yvonne Y. Kwan is an assistant professor and the program coordinator of Asian American Studies. Her research focuses on ethnic studies curriculum and pedagogy, Asian American history and activism (locally and nationally), and Southeast Asia American refugee diaspora and trauma. She is an expert on intergenerational Asian American family dynamics, mental health and education. She holds a master’s degree in race and ethnic studies in education from UCLA and a doctoral degree in sociology from UC Santa Cruz.