Civic Humanities & Public Arts

Building Informed, Vibrant Communities

people in foundry gear hold large glowing crucible with metal tongs in foundry with equipment and gear all around SJSU faculty engage and foster surrounding communities in research, scholarship, and creative projects.

Through groundbreaking civic arts partnerships and public digital humanities collaborations, diverse populations are empowered to document and broadcast regional history, modelling citizen conservancy of cultural heritage. Below is a rotating selection of our standout investigators in these areas.

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Featured Faculty

andersonMary Elizabeth Anderson
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Success, College of Humanities and the Arts
Teaching Artists, Theatre Arts, Teaching and Praxis
ORCID: 0000-0001-8903-0238

katherine harrisKatherine D. Harris
Professor of English
Digital Humanities, Public Humanities, Community Engagement, Social Justice, Emerging Technology, Interdisciplinary
ORCID: 0000-0001-9212-0939

harrisYolande Harris
Lecturer, Art and Art History
Sound, Listening, Environment, Underwater Sound, Ocean, Whales, Sound Art, Digital Media Art, Video Art
ORCID: 0009-0006-5203-786X

holbertonRhonda Holberton
Associate Professor, Digital Media Arts
Multimedia Installations, Digital and Interactive Technologies, Virtual Reality, AI, Political Ecology
ORCID: 0000-0001-9147-8998

lasserRobin Lasser
Professor of Art
Photography, Video, Sound, Site-Specific Installations, Public Art, Environment, Health, Culture
ORCID: 0000-0001-7740-6381

luna megaChristopher Luna-Mega
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Technology, and Composition
Musical Translation of Environmental Sound
ORCID: 0009-0009-4965-7015

millerShannon Miller
Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts
Community Engagement, Social Mobility, Renaissance Literature, 17th Century Women Writers, John Milton
ORCID: 0000-0002-8035-206X

mendozaValerie Mendoza
Associate Professor of Art and Art History
Photography, Installation, Artist, Image Maker, Affordable Housing, Social Practice, Photographer, Narrative, Personally Rooted
ORCID: 0000-0002-3176-3575

norrisKeenan Norris
Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Creative Writing, Fiction, Place, Dystopia, Structural Disadvantage
ORCID: 0000-0001-8522-2750

san fratelloVirginia San Fratello
Professor of Design
3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, Architecture, Interior Design, Design, Art, Activism, Border Wall
ORCID: 0000-0003-3914-2391

shiverdeckerAdam Shiverdecker
Associate Professor of Spatial Art
Art, Ceramics, Sculpture, Militarism, Contemporary Culture
ORCID: 0000-0001-8928-6196


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