Tel:(415) 422-4373

Violet Cheung

Associate Professor

Violet Cheung, Ph.D. received her degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Her areas of research are emotion processes and self-regulation. Her teaching interests include Child Development, Theories of Personality, Advanced Research Methods on Measurement and Psychology of Emotions.

Tel:(415) 422-2418

Kevin Chun


Kevin M. Chun, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Co-Founder of Asian Pacific American Studies. He completed his B.S. in Psychology at Santa Clara University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, and Psychology Internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Tel:(415) 422-6042

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor and Director of Administration

Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies. He has been at USF since 2001 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010. Dempster is editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011). Topaz, his debut book of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. His work—as a poet, workshop instructor, and editor—has been recognized by grants from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the California State Library's California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Dempster has also been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Tel:(415) 422-6083

Eileen Fung

Associate Professor

Eileen Fung earned her PhD in medieval literature with a secondary expertise in Asian American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices. She helped start the Asian American Studies program at USF and has served as both the co-chair and chair of the English Department. At present, she is the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.

Tel:(415) 422-5483

Jay Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III teaches international politics, Asian and Asian American social justice, migration, soft power, and public policy. He is the Director of the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program.

Tel:(415) 422-6061

Evelyn Ho

Associate Professor

Professor Ho teaches courses in communication and culture, health communication and Asian American studies. Her research focuses on communication around the use of holistic, complementary and alternative medicine use in the U.S.

Tel:(415) 422-5067

David Kim

Associate Professor

David Kim's areas of research and teaching include ethics, political philosophy, philosophical psychology, phenomenology, Asian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of race, and postcolonialism. His current work focuses on embodiment, the politics of emotion, xenophobia, critiques of U.S. imperialism, and the extension of various forms of Asian thought to concepts of modernity, like rights, race, civilization, and hegemony. His recent courses include ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of emotion, comparative moral psychology, Asian philosophy, and Asian American philosophy.

Tel:(415) 422-6426

Dennis Recio


Father Recio is a member of the Jesuit Community at the University of San Francisco and teaches Asian-American literature and Composition/Rhetoric courses for the Saint Ignatius Institute. Fr Recio is interested in questions around literature and American nativity, postcolonialism, identity politics, and gender/sexuality. He has also worked as a parish priest, hospital chaplain, retreat director, high school teacher, and as a case worker for troubled youth and prostitutes. His course in Asian-American literature features writings by Jessica Hagedorn, Peter Bacho, Gina Apostol, Eric Gamalinda, and various other writers from the Asian diaspora.

Tel:(415) 422-6112

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Professor Rodriguez graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from UC San Diego as a Sociology major/Ethnic Studies minor; and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Sociology program. She has taught Sociological Methods, Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society, People of Mixed Descent, U.S. Immigration and Settlement, and Community Organizing.

Tel:(415) 422-4168

James Zarsadiaz

Assistant Professor

James Zarsadiaz specializes in United States history. He received his Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University and his B.A. in American Studies and Political Science from George Washington University. Dr. Zarsadiaz’s research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, oral history, and Asian American studies. He is also affiliated with the Asian Pacific American Studies, Critical Diversity Studies, Urban Studies, and Yuchengco Philippine Studies programs.Dr. Zarsadiaz is currently working on a manuscript about suburban development and Asian American suburbanization in post-WWII Los Angeles. He is serving as a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for summer 2014 and summer 2015. Administrative Appointments: ·      Coordinator, Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program Courses Offered: ·      History of the United States·      Asian American History·      The Ideal of Citizenship·      The City in American History ·      The American West