Dan Neal

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Lecturer, Department of Aviation and Technology (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Dan Neal is a lecturer in the Department of Aviation and Technology at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. He focuses on aviation operations, management and maintenance management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from San José State University and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Phone: 408-924-6598
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Governance, Transportation, Aviation, Airplanes, Airplane maintenance

David Parent

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Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

David Parent is a professor of electrical engineering at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Phone: 408-924-3963
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Governance, Education, Electrical engineering, Engineering, Technology

Cole Armstrong

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Associate Professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Sciences. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Cole Armstrong is an associate professor of in the Department of Kinesiology at the College of Health and Human Sciences. His research focuses on management in sport organizations, sport marketing and the influence of sport on identity development. He holds a doctoral degree in sport management from Florida State University.

Phone: 408-924-8932
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Health and Human Sciences, Kinesiology, Athletics, Governance, Sport Management, Business, Sport Marketing, Communication

Matthew Masucci

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Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Student Success, College of Health and Human Sciences. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Matthew Masucci is the associate dean for Academic Programs and Student Success at the College of Health and Human Sciences. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in the social and cultural foundations of sport and cultural studies from the University of Tennessee.

Phone: 408-924-3010
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Health and Human Sciences, Kinesiology, Athletics, Governance

Nicholas Taylor

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Professor, English, College of Humanities and the Arts. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Nicholas Taylor is a professor of english and comparative literature at the College of Humanities and the Arts. He is the author of four novels including “Father Junipero’s Confessor.” He holds a master’s of fine arts from the University of Virginia.

Phone: 408-808-2067
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English, Humanities and the Arts, K-12 Education, Education, Governance, History and Culture, California History

Bryce Westlake

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Associate Professor, Justice Studies, College of Social Sciences. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Bryce Westlake is an associate professor of justice studies at the College of Social Sciences. His research interests include digital forensic science, online sex crimes, cybercrime, social network analysis and capital punishment. He holds a doctoral degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University.

Phone: 408-924-2743
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Justice, Governance, Justice Studie, Social Media, Social Sciences, Cybersecurity, Technology, Hackers, Disaster Preparedness, Governance

Melinda Jackson

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Professor, Political Science and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Melinda Jackson is a professor of political science and currently serves as associate dean of undergraduate education. 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. She holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in American politics and political psychology.

Phone: 408-924-5293
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Debates, Donald Trump, Election, Governance, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, PACs, Politics, Polls, Social Sciences, US Politics

William T. Armaline

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Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, College of Social Sciences. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

William Armaline is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the College of Social Sciences and founder of the Human Rights Minor Program and Director of the Human Rights Institute. His formal training and professional experience span sociology, education, and human rights. Dr. Armaline’s interests, 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).

Phone: 408-924-2935
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Black Lives Matter, Social Sciences, Discrimination, Diversity, Governance, Human Rights, Jails, Justice, Police

Katherine Cushing

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Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Katherine Cushing is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and the executive director of CommUniverCity SJSU, an award-winning non-profit organization 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. Prior to joining San José State University, Cushing was a faculty member at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Phone: 408-924-6951
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Drought, Environment, Environmental Studies, Governance, Science, Social Sciences, State and Local Politics, Water Management

Frances Edwards

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Emeritus Professor, Political Science, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and Deputy Director, National Transportation Security Center, Mineta Transportation Institute. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Frances Edwards is Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. She is an emeritus professor of political science and former director of the Master of Public Administration program. 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. She holds a doctoral degree in public administration from New York University. She was also a certified emergency services manager with 20+ years of experience as Director of Emergency Services in San Jose and Irvine, CA.

Phone: 408-924-5559
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Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Relief, Earthquake, Emergency, Flood, Governance, Loma Prieta, Politics, Social Sciences, State and Local Politics

Craig Clements

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Professor and Chair, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, Director, Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center and Fire Weather Lab. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Craig Clements is a professor and chair of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, director of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) and director of the Fire Weather Lab. His research focuses on the micro-meteorology and behavior of wildland fires, mountain and boundary-layer meteorology, air pollution and turbulence. He holds a doctoral degree in geophysics from the University of Houston.

Phone: 408-924-5275
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Disaster Preparedness, Drought, Environment, Governance, Meteorology, Science, State and Local Politics, Wildfire

Hien Duc Do

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Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Hien Do is a professor of sociology and interdisciplinary social sciences specializing in Asian American Studies. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Phone: 408-924-5461
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Scott Myers-Lipton

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Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Scott Myers-Lipton is a professor of sociology and interdisciplinary social science and the author of the book “Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis Through Civic Works.” He co-founded a successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Jose. His interests include poverty and wealth, race, community change and service learning. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Phone: 408-924-5761
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Governance, Human Rights, Justice, Minimum Wage, Poverty, Social Sciences, Sociology

Karthika Sasikumar

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Professor, Political Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Karthika Sasikumar is a professor of political science. 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. She holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University.

Phone: 408-924-1361
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Governance, International Politics, Middle East, Migration, Nuclear War, Politics, Radicalization, Social Sciences, Southeast Asia, Terrorism

Garrick Percival

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Professor, Chair, Political Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Garrick Percival is a professor and chair of the political science department. 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 book “California Politics and Government: A Practical Approach” (15 ed). He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

Phone: 408-924-5553
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Governance, Jails, Justice, Politics, Social Sciences, State and Local Politics

Alison Bridger

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Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Alison Bridger is a professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science. Her research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics (Earth and Mars) and numerical prediction. She holds a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University.

Phone: 408-924-5206
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Eugene Cordero

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Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

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. His research focuses on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis.

Phone: 408-924-5188
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Climate Change, Education, Environment, Global Warming, Governance, K-12 Education, Meteorology, Science, Weather

Asha Weinstein Agrawal

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Professor, Urban Planning, Director, Mineta Transportation Institute, National Transportation Finance Committee. (Photo by: David Schmitz/San José State University)

Asha Weinstein Agrawal is a professor of urban and regional planning and director of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Finance Committee at San José State University. Her research includes transportation policy and planning, encompassing transportation finance, planning for pedestrians and bicycles, travel survey methods, public opinion research and transportation history. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Phone: 408-924-5853
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Governance, Social Sciences, Transportation, Urban Planning