Full-Time Faculty

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) 422-6402

Anthony Fels

Associate Professor

Anthony D. Fels received his Ph.D.from Stanford University. His areas of interests include American religious history; 19th century US; racial and ethnic groups in United States; American Indian.

Tel: (415) 422-6709

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) 422-5412

Heather J. Hoag

Associate Professor

Heather Hoag, Ph.D., Associate Professor (History, Boston University, 2003) specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.

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) 422-6082

Julio E. Moreno

Associate Professor, Department Chair, History

Dr. Julio Moreno is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. Currently, he is an associate professor of Latin American History and serves as faculty director of the Sarlo Scholars Program, a global service-learning program managed by the McCarthy Center. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco. 

Tel: (415) 422-6074

Kathryn Nasstrom


Kathryn Nasstrom, Associate Professor of History, teaches in the U.S. field and specializes in women's history, oral history, and civil rights history. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 and has been at USF since 1994.

Tel: (415) 422-6411

Elliot Y. Neaman


Elliot Neaman received a B.A. in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 1979, an M.A. in history and philosophy from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 1985 and his Ph.D. in history from Berkeley in 1992. His areas of specialization are Modern Germany, The Holocaust, Late Modern Intellectual History, post 1945 Global History, European Diplomatic & Economic History, and theory and methodology of the historical sciences. 

Tel: (415) 422-4378

Katrina B. Olds

Associate Professor, History

Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include Counter-Reformation visions of history and hagiography, the history of the book, and religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas. 

Tel: (415) 422-6422

Michael E. 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.

Tel: (415) 422-4377

Taymiya R. 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.

Tel: (415) 422-4168

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