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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.