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).