Tel:(415) 422-6749

Carolyn Brown

Associate Professor

Carolyn Brown received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Davis. Her specialization is Shakespeare and Renaissance / Early Modern literature, from a feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, and /or political perspective.  She has published in several anthologies on Shakespeare and the following journals: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Studies in Philology; American Imago; Literature and Psychology; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; English Literary Renaissance; and Shakespeare Studies. Her forthcoming book is on Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory, to be published by Arden Shakespeare.

Tel:(415) 422-6356

Tom Cavanaugh


Professor Cavanaugh's research and teaching interests concern the conjunction of philosophical and theological ethics as found in everyday life as well as in the medical and military arenas. An allied area of research and teaching concerns his interest in the Western religious tradition of thought, with a focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

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) 422-6335

Rose Marie Deist


Professor, received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is professor of Classics and medieval French, as well as director of the Classical Studies Program. Her special comparative interests are Virgil, classical epic, and medieval French courtly romance.

Tel:(415) 422-6349

Robert Elias


Robert Elias has taught in the Politics Department at USF since 1989. He founded the USF Legal Studies and the Peace & Justice Studies programs. He coordinates the Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and the 4+3 Law programs, teaches in the Honors Humanities and BA/MA in International Studies programs, and is the Editor of Peace Review: An International Journal of Social Justice.

Tel:(415) 422-5612

Catherine Lusheck

Assistant Professor

Professor Kate Lusheck is the Program Director for the Arts History/Management Department and Assistant Professor of Art History/Arts Management in the Department of Art + Architecture at USF,specializing in Renaissance and Baroque art. Kate specializes in early modern European art and teaches art history and arts management courses at USF. She received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley (2000).

Tel:(415) 422-6411

Elliot 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 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) 422-5116

Jeffrey Paris

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Paris joined the USF faculty in 2001, and has taught over twenty different courses ranging from Political Philosophy, Science Fiction, and Imprisonment, to current issues in Environmental Ethics.

Tel:(415) 422-4184

Dean Rader


Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture, and he teaches regularly in all of these areas. His most recent collection of poems, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of 2013. His scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film From Alcatraz to the NMAI, (University of Texas Press, 2011) won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship, and his 2010 collection of poems, Works & Days, won the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His edited collection, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry reached #1 on the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller List. His forthcoming collection of poems, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, will be published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. He is the recipient of USF's Distinguished Research Award for 2011, and he is funnier than his photo might suggest. 

Tel:(415) 422-6153

David Stump


David J. Stump joined the department in 1992. His research and teaching interests focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and include the philosophy of science, logic, pragmatism and the development of analytic philosophy. He has taught in all of these areas and also an interdisciplinary course in the Honors Program in the Humanities on science and society.

Tel:(415) 422-5323

Jacqueline Taylor


Jacqueline Taylor's research interests include Hume's moral and social philosophy, contemporary metaethics, feminist ethics, aesthetics, and moral psychology. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hume (2nd edition, 2009). She teaches courses in early modern philosophy, the Enlightenment, moral psychology, philosophy of emotion, ethics, and feminist theory.

Tel:(415) 422-6789

Manuel Vargas

Professor of Philosophy and Law

Manuel Vargas is Professor of Philosophy and Law.His primary research interests include moral agency, philosophical issues in the law, and Latin American philosophy. He splits his teaching between the Philosophy Department, the Honors Program in the Humanities, and the School of Law.Website. Course information. CV.


Brian Weiner

Associate Professor

Brian Weiner received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He specializes in political theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory), American political theory, and public law. Weiner was the recipient of the 2003-2004 University Distinguished Teaching Award. His book, Sins of the Parents: The Politics of National Apologies in the United States, was published by Temple University Press in 2005. The book examines the political and legal issues raised by recent attempts by the U.S. government to redress past wrongs.