Tel:(415) 422-6372

Ahmed Bangura

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta in Canada, and specializes in the Orientalist tradition as it pertains to African literature. Teaching Interest: Introduction to Francophone Literature I, Introduction to Textual Analysis, Twentieth Century French Literature, and Third semester French

Tel:415 422 5215

Christine Berry-Locard

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, She received her Master's degree and post-graduate degree (Dîplome d'Etudes Approfondies) in French literature and French language from the University of Paris.

Tel:(415) 422-5726

Stephen Black

Adjunct Professor

Stephen Black is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His interest is in the intersection between classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy, and religion, and their influence on the emergence and development of Christianity in the Later Roman Empire. Dr. Black is currently translating the homilies of John Chrysostom, a late fourth century bishop of Constantinople. He received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union in History with an emphasis in Late Antiquity and came to USF in 2001.

Tel:(415) 422-2802

Edith Borbon

Adjunct Professor and Language Liaison

Edith R. Borbon was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. At seventeen, she immigrated with her family to California. She earned a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Education, with a specialization in Intercultural Communication, from the University of Pennsylvania.Prof Borbon has traveled widely and has taught English and writing for over 15 years. She is an accomplished editor and technical writer who has worked on many projects, including scholarly manuscripts and flight simulation manuals.Prof Borbon teaches Filipino (Tagalog) and participates in the Filipino program's evaluation and improvement. She also performs student language assessment and placement.Prof Borbon does interpreting work in healthcare and social services, and has translated documents for city and county agencies.

Tel:415 422 5298

Lorena Borello

Adjunct Professor

Tel:(415) 422-6390

Karen Bouwer


Professor Karen Bouwer enjoys teaching all levels of French and Francophone language, culture and literature as well as classes on African literature and film. Her research interests include Francophone African literature, African cinema and gender.  Her book Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.


Wenchi Chang

Adjunct Professor

Wenchi Chang has an M.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in Chinese Literature.  She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Davis and National Taiwan Normal University.  She holds two Certificates of Training Program for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.  She teaches elementary to advanced Chinese language and Chinese literature. 

Tel:415 422 5952

Patricia Cortés-Bodero

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, was born, raised, and mainly educated in the country of Mexico. She received a B.A. in Spanish from Escuela Normal Superior de Jalisco, and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Valle Atemajac.

Tel:415 422 5310

Gaëlle Corvaisier

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her Ph.D. in Francophone studies from the Department of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Paris, France.

Tel:415 422 5310

Aurélie Dargent

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, began teaching French at the University of San Francisco in 2006. She earned her first Master's Degree in English Language, Literature, and Civilization from the University of Grenoble, with one year spent abroad studying linguistics at the University of California, Irvine. Two years later, she received her second M.A. in French as a Foreign Language.

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 5298

Shawn Doubiago

Adjunct Professor

Shawn Doubiago received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Davis with two designated emphases: Feminist Theory and Research and Critical Theory.

Tel:415 422 2962

Rafael Dumett

Adjunct Professor

Tel:415 422 2913

J.F. García

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, was raised in South Texas, where he was educated in public schools before attending the University of Texas at Austin. There he studied music, literature, and languages. He received a doctorate in Classics at Princeton University with a dissertation on early Greek poetry and language.


Joel Gelburd

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, earned his M.A. in Teaching American Sign Language as a Foreign Language at Columbia University. Joel earned his B.A. in Psychology at the College of William and Mary.

Tel:415 422 6838

Maria José González-Salido

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and was a research assistant at UC Berkeley for three years. Maria has taught at USF since 1996.

Tel:415 422 6375

Beatrice Hallier

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, enjoys teaching language, culture and conversation. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in French at the University of California Berkeley and completed course work in the doctoral program (ABD) in French Literature at the University of California, Davis.

Tel:415 422 5298

David Hegarty

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, grew up in Massachusetts. He graduated from Gallaudet University in Business management and accounting. He has twelve years of teaching experience and has also worked as an ASL consultant.

Tel:(415) 422-6951

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor

Associate 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 2864

Susanne Hoelscher

Adjunct Professor

Susanne Hoelscher is the Coordinator of the German Program. She completed the Erste Staatsexamen at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany, with a major in German and History. She received two teaching credentials and an M.A. in German from San Francisco State University. She completed her PhD in the German Program at the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis in Critical Theory.Susanne Hoelscher's research is focused on late 19th to 21st century German literature and culture and includes psychoanalytic thought, critical theory, and film studies. She is particularly interested in issues of national and gender identities and has presented and published in this area. At the University of San Francisco, she has been teaching in the German and Comparative Literature programs since 2004.

Tel:415 422 2849

Dolores Isern

Adjunct Professor


Luciana Lage

Adjunct Professor

Luciana enjoys teaching Portuguese to learners at all levels and from all walks of life. She can identify and overcome the challenges faced by students of varying nationalities. For Luciana herself, teaching Portuguese is a magical process of falling in love again and again with her culture. She was born and raised in Brazil, and her educational background includes a Bachelor's in Business from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil, an MBA from San Francisco State University, and professional coaching training also from San Francisco State.

Tel:(415) 422-6135

Pedro Lange-Churión


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 2893

Annabel Lee

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in French Literature in 2001 where she was part of programs such as Erasmus and study abroad in Paris. After finishing her M.A. in French Literature at San Francisco State University, she moved to Paris to pursue a D.E.A. (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) at the Université de Paris VIII and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Since Paris, Annabel has been teaching French and pursuing her PhD at the University of California Davis. Her interests are in music and 20th century French literature.

Tel:(415) 422-2215

Zhiqiang Li

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coordinator of the Chinese language program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. His research interests include phonetics, phonology and
 Chinese linguistics.


Wan Liu

Adjunct Professor

Wan Liu received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.  She specializes in Chinese poetry, literary culture of the Tang and Song periods, gender and women. Among her favorite subjects of teaching are also the relations among painting, calligraphy, and poetry.

Tel:(415) 422-6359

Anne Mairesse


Anne Mairesse earned her Doctorate and HDR from the University of Paris. She publishes and teaches in the fields of 20th-21st French and Comparative Literature and Culture with a particular focus on French poetry and the history of modern thought. Her other teaching interests lie in Literature and the developing field of Animal Studies, and Film Studies.  She is the Director of the Comparative Literature and Culture Program, and your advisor when you declare a major or a minor.

Tel:(415) 422-6359

Sara Marinelli

Adjunct Professor

Sara Marinelli grew up in Italy, where she received her PhD in Literatures in English from the University of Rome, "La Sapienza." After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz, in 2007, Sara decided to make the Bay Area her home. In 2013, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her main academic interests are women's writing and post-colonial literature and theory. Sara is also a fiction writer and a translator, and has experimented with narration in film at Open Eye Pictures, where she co-produced and co-edited the documentary Alfredo's Fire. She co-curates an all-women literary reading series in the Bay Area (http://hazelreadingseries.org/about/).

Tel:415 422 5763

Cassandra Millspaugh

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A in Spanish from San Francisco State University. After spending a year working in Zacatecas, Mexico, she returned to the Bay Area and finished her M.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Prof. Millspaugh has been teaching Spanish at the University of San Francisco since 2002.

Tel:415 422 2918

Yumi Moriguchi-McCormick

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A. in English Literature from Notre Dame Women's College, Kyoto, Japan. She received her Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis of Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco.

Tel:415 422 5765

Matthew Motyka

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, is the French language coordinator. He has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley. He earned an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Heythrop College of the University of London, and a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at GTU, Berkeley.

Tel:(415) 422-6227

Noriko Nagata


Professor, is Director of the Japanese Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, jointly directed by the Laboratory for Computational Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her general area of research includes natural language processing, Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, and computer assisted language learning.


Nadina Olmedo

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages.  She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.  Her general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies.  Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Emergent Horror Cinemas in the Hispanic World.  Dr. Olmedo also serves as the Associate Editor of Polifonia, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. Before joining USF, she taught at Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, the University of Kentucky, and Campbellsville University.

Tel:415 422 2918

Yoko Otomi

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, (M.A., San Francisco State University). Area of Specialization: Japanese language pedagogy, teaching of Japanese as a second language.


Matthew Parkhurst

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Parkhurst is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from CSUN in Deaf Studies, a Masters of Arts degree in Deaf Education, and holds both a Multiple Subject and an Education Specialist Teaching Credential in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

Tel:415 422 2849

Shannon Raintree

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Professor, was raised in San Francisco and Hawaii. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Basque Country. She received her B.A. in Spanish, and her M.A. in TESOL at San Francisco State University.

Tel:(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy


Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in the fiction and other prose genres of 18th and 19th century China and Japan.

Tel:415 422 6819

Mark Salfi

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, earned his M.A. in Comparative Literature at UC San Diego, combining interests in Spanish, English, Italian, film, and cultural studies. During and after his graduate career, he taught in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Literature at UCSD. Mark has been working as an adjunct professor at USF since 1997.

Tel:(415) 422-6720

Martha E. Schaffer

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her current research centers on medieval Iberian texts and manuscripts, in particular the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Tel:(415) 422-2224

Karyn Schell

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington. She also serves as the Spanish Language Coordinator. Her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy, and Theoretical Linguistics.


Daniel Schulze

Adjunct Professor

Tel:415 422 2893

Ariel Shannon

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, grew up bilingual, in French and English. After pursuing a double B.A. in Italian Studies and Psychology, and an M.A. in Italian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, she is currently completing her Ph.D. at Berkeley as well.

Tel:415 422 6650

Esti Skloot

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, grew up in Israel where she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received her teacher's credentials from the Hebrew Teachers' Seminary. She received her BA in music from Sonoma State University, and her MA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco. Prof. Skloot also directs Ulpan San Francisco, an intensive three-week, multi-level Hebrew-immersion program that is offered to the community each summer.

Tel:(415) 422-6591

Kyoko Suda

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, is director of Asian Languages Program, received her BA in History from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her first MA in teaching English as a Second Language, and her second MA in teaching Japanese as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Dr. Suda received her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco in December of 2003.


Nobuko Takamatsu

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A. in English Literature from Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan and (M.A., San Francisco State University).  Area of Specialization: Japanese language pedagogy, teaching of Japanese as a second language.

Tel:415 422 2918

Josephine Tsao

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, has an M.A. in Chinese from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also teaches Chinese at San Francisco State University and the City College of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-6043

Ana Urrutia-Jordana

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, earned her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Stanford University (1996). Prof. Urrutia-Jordana has taught at the University of San Francisco since 1996 and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

Tel:415 422 5298

Timothy Wolcott

Adjunct Professor

Tim received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. His areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition during study abroad, language learning and identity, and Discourse Analysis.


Wei Yang

Assistant Professor

Wei Yang received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches broadly in Chinese cinema in a global context, with special interests in film genre, spatiality, transnational practice, and the intersection between China and Hollywood. She is currently completing a book manuscript on film space in contemporary Chinese cinema.