The College of Social Sciences welcomes four new faculty to our community this Fall. These scholars, Faustina DuCros, C.J. Duh, A.J. Faas, and Joshua Troncoso, bring their expertise and teaching prowess to Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, and Mexican American Studies.
Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Faustina M. Ducros
Faustina M. DuCros earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. in Sociology from CSU Long Beach. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, sociology of Black communities, internal migration and immigration, education, and the sociology of Latina/os. Her most recent research examines Louisiana migrants in Los Angeles and the ways in which migration, community, and place shape their racial and ethnic identities. Dr. DuCros has received funding through the Bunche Center for African American Studies, the Institute of American Cultures, the Gold Shield Alumnae, and the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCLA. She teaches courses on race and ethnicity, Black communities, mixed race, immigration, qualitative methods, education, and family.
Shinchieh (C.J.) Duh holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2014). Before joining the SJSU Psychology Department, Dr. Duh was an adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University while she completed her Ph.D. program. Her research interests include early social-cognitive development (0–5 years of age) and cross-cultural work (in the U.S., Taiwan, Korea, and China thus far). Her scholarly work is appearing in Cognitive Psychology, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Research in Childhood Education. In 2011, she was awarded a graduate student summer research grant from the National Science Foundation to study parent-infant interaction in Taiwan. Since 2012, she has been traveling to Chengdu, China twice a year to co-investigate a government-sponsored research project examining Chinese children’s socioemotional development (3–16 years of age).
A.J. Faas (left) Conducting Fieldwork
A.J. Faas (Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, University of South Florida) is assistant professor of anthropology at San José State University. Prior to this, A.J. was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and research project manager with the Fire Chasers Improving Community Response to Wildfire Project at North Carolina State University. A.J.'s research focuses on practices of reciprocity and cooperation in contexts of environmental crisis—disasters, displacement and resettlement, development, and violent conflict. His work in this area has included studies of: personal networks and social support exchanges in areas of chronic hazard in Mexico; reciprocity, cooperation, and political power in disaster-induced resettlements in highland Ecuador; inter-agency communication and cooperation in response to large wildfires in the American Northwest; climate and the spatial distribution of inter-ethnic livestock raiding in and around the Great Rift Valley in East Africa; and community narratives of wildfire risk on Twitter. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Public Entity Risk Institute’s (PERI) Dissertation Fellowship in Hazards, Risk, and Disasters. His work has been featured in several peer-reviewed journals, including Human Organization, Human Nature, Economic Anthropology, Ethnology, Civil Wars, Development In Practice, and Mountain Research and Development. A.J. is currently co-editing (with Roberto Barrios) a special issue of the journal Human Organization on the applied anthropology of risk and disaster. A.J. regularly presents his work at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Economic Anthropology, the Society for Anthropological Sciences, and the International Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. He is a founding member of the Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group at the Society for Applied Anthropology and its chairperson for 2014–2015. In addition to his academic work, A.J. has also served as a consultant for non-profits, universities, community-based initiatives, and private business.
Mexican American Studies
Joshua N. Troncoso is an Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies at San José State. He earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (2003), an M.A. from the University of Chicago (2004) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley (2006, 2012). His research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics, globalization, labor and work organization and the macroeconomics of the 2008 global financial crisis. For his dissertation, he studied the economic and political forces that contributed to the long-term success and the eventual closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) plant located in Fremont, California. He is expanding his research to two related areas. He is investigating the consequences of unregulated financialization on the political viability of collective bargaining here in the United States. He is also concerned with the ways in which speculative derivatives for food and energy may eventually jeopardize basic food security for working and middle class communities here in the United States and abroad. He will teach courses on globalization and income/wealth inequality in the United States as well as the history and political economy of immigration between the United States and Mexico.