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 2008 Paula received the University of San Francisco, Faculty Union (USFFA) Distinguished Teaching Award (university wide award) and enjoys teaching a variety of classes including Museum Studies - History and Theory, Modern and Contemporary Art, European Art 1900-1945 and Women and Art, as well as curating exhibitions in USF's Thacher Gallery. She also runs the Arts Management Internship Program, and has enjoyed working closely since 2003 with educators from Bay Area Museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, among many others.Dr. Birnbaum's research focuses on the impact of gender and ethnicity on modern and contemporary women artists and their self-representation, as well as the role of gender and sexuality in museum exhibitions. She has completed two books: Women Artists in Interwar France: Framing Femininities (Ashgate), and a co-edited anthology with Anna Novakov, Essays on Women's Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939 (Edwin Mellen). Her articles appear in a variety of journals including the Art Journal, Aurora, Woman's Art Journal, and The Royal Academy of Art Magazine. Other essays appear in the anthologies Diaspora and Modern Visual Culture (Routledge), The Modern Woman Revisited (Rutgers), Reconciling Art and Motherhood (Ashgate).Current research projects include a series of articles on contemporary feminist art in Israel, and an essay on street art on the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine. Dr. Birnbaum is also completing a monograph on Chana Orloff (1888-1968), a prolific sculptor who made her career in France and Israel. 

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.