Tel:(415) 422-5971

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties include Latin American theology and religious history, liberation theology, race theory and faith-based social movements. Additionally, Professor Aquino chairs the Chican@/Latin@ Studies minor. He is currently finishing a book on the Christian roots of racism in the history of the Americas. Dr. Aquino earned his Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-5726

Stephen Black

Adjunct Professor

Stephen Black is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His interest is in the intersection between classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy, and religion, and their influence on the emergence and development of Christianity in the Later Roman Empire. Dr. Black is currently translating the homilies of John Chrysostom, a late fourth century bishop of Constantinople. He received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union in History with an emphasis in Late Antiquity and came to USF in 2001.

Tel:(415) 422-2912

Erin Brigham

Adjunct Professor

Erin Brigham is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her area of specialization is Catholic studies and Social Thought. Additionally, she is the faculty coordinator of research in the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Dr. Brigham received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and came to USF in 2008.

Tel:(415) 422-6726

Martin Claussen

Professor, History

Martin A. Claussen received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.

Tel:(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube

Chair, Associate Professor

Lilian Dube is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. Her research and teaching include Feminist Theology from the margins, African Religions & Cosmologies and HIV/AIDS, Religion & Sexuality. She is the executive producer of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, 2012; the co-author of African Initiatives in Healing Ministry, UNISA 2011; the co-editor of Theology in the Context of Globalization: African Women's Response, EATWOT Women's Commission 2005 and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Lilian stands out as the first Black woman to receive a D.Th. (Missiology) from Stellenbosch University in 1999. In 2006, she joined the University of San Francisco after teaching internationally as a tenured lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and a visiting scholar at Birmingham University, UK. She was also a visiting professor at Northwestern University, and Columbia University in 2012. Lilian is a frequent guest-lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.     

Tel:(415) 422-5555

James Hanvey

Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

James Hanvey specializes in systematic theology and Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Spirituality. He received his doctorate from Oxford University on the Hegelian metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology and has taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London.

Tel:(415) 422-5141

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department and the Latin American Studies program. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her B.A. in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year.

Tel:(415) 422-6817

Daniel Kendall


Daniel Kendall, S.J., is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His interests are Scripture and Christology. In addition to his numerous publications, he is the Book Review Editor for Theological Studies. Fr. Kendall received his doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and came to USF in 1979.

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) 422-5837

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) 422-5299

Vincent Pizzuto

Associate Professor

Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. (STD) in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium (2003). Pizzuto explores the relationship between New Testament exegesis and Christian theology as they impact some of the most pressing and controversial issues in our Church and society today. Pizzuto has published and presented internationally in the areas of New Testament christology, same-gender marriage, climate change, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative Christian spirituality. In addition to his teaching, Professor Pizzuto ministers as a priest in The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of California, where he and the community he founded (New Skellig) were received in December 2014. Pizzuto offers workshops, retreats and lectures on Christian contemplative practice, biblical spirituality, cosmic christology, gay/lesbian spirituality and Celtic Christianity.

Tel:(415) 422-6422

Michael Stanfield


Michael Edward Stanfield grew up in San Diego along the U.S./Mexican border, a location that left him optimistic and curious about the other side. He completed his B.A. at UC Berkeley, an M.A. at San Diego State University, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. History has always been his passion and Muse, Latin America and the United States the foci of most of his investigations.