Libra Hilde is a professor in the Department of 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. 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.
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. He holds a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida. 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.
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 holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah. 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.
Étienne Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, where he teaches the ethics of technology. 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 doctorate degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne. 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.