Tel:(415) 422-6187

Bernadette Barker-Plummer


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. Fall 2014 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Tel:(415) 422-5167

Paula Birnbaum

Associate Professor and Academic Director

Paula Birnbaum is Associate Professor of Arts History/Arts Management and Academic Director of the Museum Studies Master of Arts Program at USF. Paula is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a doctorate in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. In 2014 Paula received the University of San Francisco, Faculty Union (USFFA) Distinguished Research Award (university wide award), and in 2008 she received the Distinguished Teaching Award.  She enjoys teaching a variety of classes including the introductory graduate course, Museum Studies - History and Theory, as well as undergraduate courses in Modern and Contemporary Art, European Art 1900-1945, Women and Art, and a new course on Israeli and Palestinian Art. She enjoys working with students on exhibition projects in USF's Thacher Gallery, and has supervised student internships since 2003 with educators from Bay Area Museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, among many others.

Tel:(415) 422-6055

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) 422-5760

Nicole Raeburn

Associate Professor

Nikki Raeburn received her B.S from Miami University, and her M.A. and Ph.D.from Ohio State University. Her research interests include social movements, gender, sexualities, and organizational change. Her current research project, which formed the basis of her doctoral dissertation, focuses on the rise of lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights in the workplace.

Tel:(415) 422-5482

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) 422-5058

Annick Wibben

Associate Professor

Annick T.R. Wibben received her Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and teaches for the Politics Department and the International Studies program at USF. In her research, she specializes in (critical) security studies, international theory, and feminist international relations. Her book, Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach, was published in 2011 - see also her academia.edu profile.