Tel:(415) 422-2802

Edith Borbon

Adjunct Professor and Language Liaison

Edith R. Borbon was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. At seventeen, she immigrated with her family to California. She earned a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Education, with a specialization in Intercultural Communication, from the University of Pennsylvania.Prof Borbon has traveled widely and has taught English and writing for over 15 years. She is an accomplished editor and technical writer who has worked on many projects, including scholarly manuscripts and flight simulation manuals.Prof Borbon teaches Filipino (Tagalog) and participates in the Filipino program's evaluation and improvement. She also performs student language assessment and placement.Prof Borbon does interpreting work in healthcare and social services, and has translated documents for city and county agencies.

Tel:(415) 422-6151

Jerry Boucher

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jerry Boucher received his Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He has been teaching at USF since 1994. His teaching interests include cross-cultural psychology; history and systems of psychology; interviewing techniques;and motivation and emotion.


Wenchi Chang

Adjunct Professor

Wenchi Chang has an M.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in Chinese Literature.  She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Davis and National Taiwan Normal University.  She holds two Certificates of Training Program for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.  She teaches elementary to advanced Chinese language and Chinese literature. 

Tel:(415) 422-6357

Melissa Dale

Assistant Professor

Melissa Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012. Her most recent publication is, “Understanding Emasculation: Western Medical Perspectives on Chinese Eunuchs,” Social History of Medicine 23, No. 1 (April 2010): 38-55. She has taught courses at Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, and UC Santa Cruz, guest lectured at UC Berkeley, and led the Cal Alumni tour to China.

Tel:(415) 422-2765

Hartmut Fischer

Professor Emeritus

Professor Hartmut Fischer received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Fischer has a number of areas of specialization: international trade, international finance and development economics. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the European Union.

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.


Pattie Hsu

Adjunct Instructor, Music

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) 422-5699

Vamsee Juluri


Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy. Professor Juluri is on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Tel:(415) 422-6300

Uldis Kruze

Associate Professor

Uldis Kruze received his Ph.D.from Indiana University. His areas of interests include Japanese and Chinese political history; U.S. diplomatic relations with East Asia.

Tel:(415) 422-2215

Zhiqiang Li

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coordinator of the Chinese language program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. His research interests include phonetics, phonology and
 Chinese linguistics.

Tel:(415) 422-2773

Angelo Merino

Adjunct Professor

Angelo Merino received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from San Sebastian College in Manila, Philippines, and a Masters in Sport and Fitness Management from the University of San Francisco. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program teaching YPSP 222: Philippine Boxing and Culture, YPSP 333: Boxing and Social Justice (upcoming Fall 2011). He is also the Head Boxing Coach for USF and is internationally certified and recognized by Amateur Boxing of Philippines.

Tel:(415) 422-6415

Mark Miller

Associate Professor

Mark T. Miller is Associate Professor of systematic theology and Associate Director of the St. Ignatius Institute.  His interests focus on anthropology, soteriology, political theology, Trinity, and Christology.  His doctorate is from Boston College with the dissertation title of "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication."  His undergraduate degree is in international studies, from Georgetown University.  Prof. Miller has taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Boston College, and Georgetown University.  At USF he teaches in Catholic Studies, Philippine Studies, and the Saint Ignatius Institute.

Tel:415 422 2918

Yumi Moriguchi-McCormick

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A. in English Literature from Notre Dame Women's College, Kyoto, Japan. She received her Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis of Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-5837

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) 422-6227

Noriko Nagata


Professor, is Director of the Japanese Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, jointly directed by the Laboratory for Computational Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her general area of research includes natural language processing, Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, and computer assisted language learning.

Tel:(415) 422-5093

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.

Tel:415 422 2918

Yoko Otomi

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, (M.A., San Francisco State University). Area of Specialization: Japanese language pedagogy, teaching of Japanese as a second language.

Tel:(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy


Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in the fiction and other prose genres of 18th and 19th century China and Japan.

Tel:(415) 422-5790

Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor

Tanu Sankalia received his Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Sankalia's research interests cover areas of architecture and urbanism from the local context of the San Francisco Bay Area to the global perspective of India. Current projects include a co-edited volume of essays, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island, which examines future plans for Treasure Island in the context of global, large-scale land development, and against the backdrop of the island's seventy-year urban history.

Tel:(415) 422-6452

Shalendra Sharma


Shalendra D. Sharma, (Ph.D University of Toronto) is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He also teaches in the MA program in the Department of Economics and the Center for the Pacific Rim.

Tel:(415) 422-4375

Hwaji Shin

Associate Professor

Hwaji Shin joined the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2007 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a visiting assistant professor and Japan fund fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University where she researched and lectured on race and ethnic relations in modern Japan.

Tel:(415) 422-6591

Kyoko Suda

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, is director of Asian Languages Program, received her BA in History from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her first MA in teaching English as a Second Language, and her second MA in teaching Japanese as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Dr. Suda received her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco in December of 2003.

Tel:415 422 2918

Josephine Tsao

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, has an M.A. in Chinese from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also teaches Chinese at San Francisco State University and the City College of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-2781

M. Antoni Ucerler

Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History; Associate Professor

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is the Director and Associate Professor at the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. He is also Fellow of East Asian Studies at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in both early modern Japanese and global history, including topics in East Asian and European thought. His main research and teaching interests include topics in Japanese samurai history, the era of European maritime empires and expansion into Asia (15th-18th centuries), and the history of Christianity in Japan and China.

Tel:(415) 422-6194

M.C. Sunny Wong


Professor Sunny Wong received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Oregon (1996-2002). His teaching and research interests include monetary policy, learning dynamics, business-cycle theory, and foreign direct investment. Professor Wong has published research articles in academic journals including Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, World Development, and other journals. He published a book, The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press) in April 2006.

Tel:(415) 422-4377

Taymiya Zaman

Associate Professor

Taymiya R. Zaman received her B.A. (2001) in Philosophy from Smith College and her Ph.D. in History (2007) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the University of San Francisco in 2007. Her area of research expertise is Mughal India and her current research interests include historical memory in South Asia, the interconnectedness of life writing and history, and the transition from subjects to citizens in the Islamicate world. She has designed the History Department's "Islamic World" emphasis and teaches courses on the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires and the making of modern South Asia and the Middle East. She also writes narrative non-fiction and fiction.