Interim Department Chair
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 2005
Office: Clark Hall 471C
Major advising hours while SJSU has moved to remote teaching via email at email@example.com and Zoom.
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Office Phone: (408) 924-5553
Garrick Percival earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California,
Riverside in 2005. He came to SJSU after teaching several years at the University
of Minnesota--Duluth. His work focuses on American politics, primarily the nexus between
crime policy, racial politics, and inequality at the state and local levels of government.
In 2015, he published a book titled, Smart on Crime: The Struggle to Build A Better American Penal System (Taylor and Francis Press). The book investigates the politics of the criminal justice
reform movement and the promise and limits of prison reform in California and other
U.S. states that, for a generation, pursued a "tough-on-crime" agenda. He is currently
working on several research projects focused on local prosecutors and their relationship
to California's deincarceration efforts. His work has appeared in State Politics and
Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Journal
of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the Policy Studies Journal, among
other outlets. In his spare time, Professor Percival enjoys cycling, running, San
Jose Sharks games, and taking in with his family all the warmth, beauty, and great
food the Bay Area has to offer.