Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-5971
jaaquino@usfca.edu

Jorge Aquino

Assistant Professor

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties include Latin American theology and religious history, liberation theology, race theory and faith-based social movements. Additionally, Professor Aquino chairs the Chican@/Latin@ Studies minor. He is currently finishing a book on the Christian roots of racism in the history of the Americas. Dr. Aquino earned his Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-5297
sdelatorre@usfca.edu

Sergio De La Torre

Director Film Studies/Assistant Professor Art and Architecture

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities.  Spring 2013 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-6046
ejfriedman@usfca.edu

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Associate Professor

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005).

Tel:
cglopez3@usfca.edu

Christina Garcia Lopez

Assistant Professor

Newly joining USF in Fall 2013, Christina Garcia Lopez holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an M.A. in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature; Ethnic American literature; gender and sexuality; religion & spirituality; and borders of race, ethnicity, and migration. Her working manuscript, Social Violence, Social Healing: The Merging of the Political and the Spiritual in Chicano/a Literary Production, explores how Chicano/a narratives have reckoned with spirituality and religion in relation to social and historical trauma.

Tel:415-422-2071
varea@usfca.edu

Roberto Gutierrez Varea

Associate Professor, Theater

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 co-director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA) and a founding faculty of the Department of Performing Arts, and the Performing Arts and Social Justice Major at USF.

Tel:(415) 422-6951
kahodoyan@usfca.edu

Karina Hodoyán

Assistant Professor

Assistant 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) 422-5141
kaisers@usfca.edu

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department and the Latin American Studies program. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her B.A. in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year.

Tel:(415) 422-6135
langechurion@usfca.edu

Pedro Lange-Churión

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Latin American Contemporary Narrative and Critical Theory. His academic areas of specialization include Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory; particularly Psychoanalytic theory.

Tel:(415) 422-6914
cloperena@usfca.edu

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor

Christopher Loperena is an assistant professor of International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the African Diaspora Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include black and indigenous social movements in Latin America, race and gender, citizenship, environment and development, and anthropological research methods. Specifically, Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America Research Council (CCARC). He was the Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12) at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Loperena has also received fellowships and research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation field research.

Tel:(415) 422-2413
lorentzen@usfca.edu

Lois Lorentzen

Professor

Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.

Tel:(415) 422-6082
moreno@usfca.edu

Julio 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:415-422-4368
fmrivera@usfca.edu

Francesca Rivera

Coordinator, Music Program, Assistant Professor, Music

Received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College; M.A. in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley; doctoral candidate for ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley completing her dissertation about Panamanian traditional folk music called "Mucho mas que un canal: Musical Emblems of the Panamanian Nation".

Tel:(415) 422-5624
santos@usfca.edu

Cecília Santos

Associate Professor

Cecília MacDowell Santos received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on gender and development, globalization, sociology of law, and Brazilian culture and society. Her research focuses on legal mobilization within and across national borders, violence, memory, and women's and human rights. She is interested in investigating how legal mobilization relates to politics and shapes the recognition of violence and subjects of rights on the basis of gender, race, class, and/or sexual orientation. This was examined in her book, Women's Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in São Paulo, and guides her current projects on transnational legal mobilization and human rights in Brazil and in Portugal.

Tel:(415) 422-6422
stanfieldm@usfca.edu

Michael Stanfield

Professor

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.