Cultural Anthropology Faculty

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lecantero@usfca.edu

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia E. Cantero is a scholar interested in the politics of visual culture, race and consumerism in urban Brazil, especially on the cusp of mega-events. She is currently finishing her doctoral work in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University. Prior to that she received her Bachelors and Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She just completed a year-long lectureship at the University of Chicago.

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hjdenike@usfca.edu

Howard De Nike

Adjunct Professor

Howard J. De Nike graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1964 with a degree in philosophy, and USF School of Law in 1967 with a Juris Doctorate. Following 23 years of law practice with an emphasis in military matters, De Nike obtained a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on the fate of the jurists of East Germany after German unification. Professor De Nike has taught at San Francisco State University, University of New Mexico, and the Fromm Institute. He has also worked and taught in Cambodia, Ukraine, Armenia, West Bank/Gaza, Guyana, and Afghanistan.

Tel:422-4135
lagifford@usfca.edu

Lindsay Gifford

Assistant Professor

Lindsay Gifford holds a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology through UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University in 2009. Her research focuses broadly on the public sphere in the Middle East, with her current project looking into spatio-temporal patterns of violence in Baghdad since the inception of the 2003 US-led war and Iraqi refugee perceptions of and strategies toward those patterns internationally.

Tel:415.422.4365
gjgmelch@usfca.edu

George Gmelch

Professor

Dr. Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies tourism, sport, migration, and environmental anthropology with most of his fieldwork concentrated in Ireland, the Caribbean, and Alaska.

Tel:(415) 422-4453
sbgmelch@usfca.edu

Sharon Gmelch

Professor

Sharon Bohn Gmelch earned her Ph.D in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her interests include visual anthropology, gender, ethnicity, and tourism.  She is the author of eight books, most recently Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley.

Tel:415-422-2721
phsu7@usfca.edu

Pattie Hsu

Adjunct Professor, Music Program

Pattie Hsu holds a B.A. in Music Humanities and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. She arrived at USF in 2009 as adjunct faculty. She teaches musicianship/music theory, popular music, music of the Americas, and music of Asia. Her musical research interests include cultural intersections, community engagement through music, and the interaction of socioeconomics and professionalism.

Tel:(415) 422-5543
mjacquemet@usfca.edu

Marco Jacquemet

Professor and Chair

I teach courses in communication and culture, intercultural communication, geographies of communication, and justice and social change. My scholarship focuses on the communicative mutations produced by the circulation of migrants and media idioms in the Mediterranean area. I am currently writing a book based on this research, called Transidioma: Language and Power in the 21st Century, to be published by Blackwell in 2015. I am also active in Italian media activist networks, where I investigate the link between media and  power.

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rkamal2@usfca.edu

Rabia Kamal

Adjunct Professor

Rabia Kamal received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include cultural and visual anthropology, religious and racial politics in the U.S., and the use of social media and new technologies for identity formation and political engagement. Her dissertation focuses on the cultural politics of belonging and identity among Asian American and African American Muslim artists and activists in post-9/11 America. She has also worked and lived in Germany, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Singapore.

Tel:(415) 422-6914
cloperena@usfca.edu

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor and Co-Director

Christopher Loperena is an assistant professor of International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the African Diaspora Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include black and indigenous social movements in Latin America, race and gender, citizenship, environment and development, and anthropological research methods. Specifically, Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America Research Council (CCARC). He was the Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12) at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Loperena has also received fellowships and research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation field research.   Chris also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program.

Tel:(415) 422-5837
nagarajan@usfca.edu

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the multivalent meanings in the kolam, a women's ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India---The Kolam (Oxford University Press). Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests; and Twins and Hinduism in the California Diaspora. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States.

Tel:(415) 422-5093
nelsonj@usfca.edu

John Nelson

Professor and Academic Director

John Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.  His areas of specialization are East Asian religions, contemporary Buddhism, cultural anthropology, globalization, secularism, and Asian Studies. Professor Nelson is the author of two books on Japanese Shinto, numerous articles, and a video documentary on Yasukuni Shrine. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (Brill, 2012) and has recently completed a book titled Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan,published by the University of Hawaii Press in fall 2013.  Professor Nelson received a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and came to USF in 2000.

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Elizabeth Peña

Adjunct Faculty

Elizabeth S. Peña is Interim Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She has held leadership positions in archaeology, art conservation, and museum studies. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in Archaeology from Boston University. 

Tel:415-422-4368
fmrivera@usfca.edu

Francesca Rivera

Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Music Program

Francesca is an ethnomusicologist, teaching courses in PASJ, Music, Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Research areas include: genre labeling in expressive cultures, culture bearers, post-colonial nationalist movements, mestiz@/mixed-race identity formations, and alternative music pedagogies that maximize the agency of young musicians. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.A. from UC Berkeley, and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley completing a dissertation about Panamanian music and community-based conjuntos de proyecciones folkloricas. She has been teaching at USF since 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-4643
rziegler@usfca.edu

Rue Ziegler

Adjunct Professor

Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK.  Before coming to USF she taught at Cambridge and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her previous training and professional experience is in architecture and urban studies. At USF Ziegler teaches the Anthropology of Food and Anthropology and Global Health. In addition to teaching, she manages a research firm specializing in the history of land use in northern California.