Faculty & Staff

Tel:(415) 422-6187
barkerplum@usfca.edu

Bernadette Barker-Plummer

Professor

Bernadette Barker-Plummer received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BA from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Her research interests are in media, social movements, and social change. Spring 2015 office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Tel:(415) 422-6055
sburgess@usfca.edu

Sarah Burgess

Associate Professor

Sarah Burgess (M.A./Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Gender and Sexualities Studies. She works at the intersection of rhetorical theory, political theory, philosophy, legal theory, and gender and sexualities studies to better understand the conditions and possibilities of justice for minority or oppressed populations. 

Tel:(415) 422-2418
chunk@usfca.edu

Kevin Chun

Professor

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:415-422-2071
varea@usfca.edu

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea

Theater Program Coordnator

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of  Soapstone Theatre Company , a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivors of violent crime, and  El Teatro Jornalero! , a performance company that brings the voice of Latin American immigrant workers to the stage. Varea is a member of the Steering Committee of Theater Without Borders, and a member of the Artists in Distress Services of freeDimensional. He is a regular contributor to journals in performance and peacebuilding, and is co-editor and co-author of the two-volume anthology "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" (New Village Press). Varea is a founding faculty of the Department of Performing Arts, and the Performing Arts and Social Justice Major at USF.

Tel:(415) 422-6709
clharrison2@usfca.edu

Candice Harrison

Assistant Professor

Candice Harrison joined the department in Fall 2008 after completing her Ph.D. at Emory University. Her teaching interests span the eras of colonial and nineteenth century U.S. history, and include the subjects of economic and labor history, African American history, American popular culture, and comparative race and slavery in the Atlantic World. 

Tel:(415) 422-6061
eyho@usfca.edu

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) 422-6951
kahodoyan@usfca.edu

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.

Tel:(415) 422-5067
kim@usfca.edu

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) 422-4133
bjlawless@usfca.edu

Brandi Lawless

Assistant Professor

Brandi Lawless (Ph. D., Intercultural Communication, University of New Mexico) teaches Qualitative Methods, Communication and Culture, and Communication and Everyday Life. Her focus is on identity, race, and social class. Her work explores how ideologies are reproduced through everyday performances of self and how this leads to status-based hierarchies and social injustice.

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mwmorris@usfca.edu

Monique Morris

Adjunct Faculty

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is Co-Founder of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute and a consultant for a number of national social justice and civil rights organizations. She is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. Dr. Morris’ research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities are uniquely affected by social policies. Dr. Morris is the author of the book, Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), the novel, Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012); and a forthcoming book on the criminalization of Black girls in schools (The New Press, 2015).

Tel:(415) 422-6112
erodriguez4@usfca.edu

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) 422-5482
sdsears@usfca.edu

Stephanie Sears

Associate Professor

Stephanie Sears is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the African American Studies Program at USF. Professor Sears received her Ph.D. from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and Sociology. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and dance. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research examines the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation intersect and interact in complex and contradictory ways often simultaneously reproducing oppression and facilitating empowerment. These theoretical concerns and interdisciplinary approach formed the basis of her book, Imagining Black Womanhood, and drive her current research project on girlhood, identity, and dance.

Tel:(415) 422-4168
jzarsadiaz@usfca.edu

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