Tel:(415) 422-5152

Inna Arzumanova

Assistant Professor

Inna Arzumanova received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and her BA from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include racial and gender performances, popular culture and aesthetics, and global media and arts industries. Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m. 

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. Spring 2015 office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Tel:(415) 422-5868

Sheri Brenner

Director, Media and Economics Labs

Sheri Brenner is an independent filmmaker, and MediaLab Director at the University of San Francisco.    She earned her Bachelor's Degrees in Film and Political Science at UCBerkeley, and her MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Xandra Castleton

Adjunct Professor

Xandra Maria Castleton, MFA, is a screenwriter and independent film and television producer whose scripts have served as the basis for award-winning documentary, television and narrative film projects. 

Tel:(415) 422-4136

Beth Hoffman

Assistant Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF

Beth Hoffman has been reporting on food and agriculture for more than twelve years, airing on NPR, The World, Latino USA, Living on Earth.  Spring 2015 office hours are Mondays, 2:20 - 3:20 p.m. and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-5699

Vamsee Juluri


Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy. Professor Juluri is on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Tel:(415) 422-5141

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) 422-5061

Dorothy Kidd

Chair, Media Studies Dept. Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF

Dorothy Kidd received her Ph.D. in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and social change and community media. She has also worked extensively in community radio production. Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Michael Edward Lenert

Adjunct Professor

Professor Lenert teaches media law at the University of San Francisco as an adjunct in the Department of Media Studies. He recently completed a five-year term as a Professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, and held the Fred W. Smith Chair in Critical Thinking and Ethical Practices and was Director of the Laboratory for Innovation and Ethical Practices at The Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada.

Tel:(415) 422-5090

Madeleine Lim

Adjunct Professor

Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker with 20 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor.

Tel:(415) 422-5749

Teresa Moore

Associate Professor/Faculty Adviser Foghorn

Spring 2015 office hours are Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-4138

Danny Plotnick

Director, Film Studies/Assistant Professor/Faculty Adviser USFtv

Danny Plotnick roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of alternative culture, his films were infused with the DIY spirit of the times. His films have shown at the MOMA in NYC, on the Independent Film Channel, and MTV.  Spring 2015 office hours are Mondays and Fridays 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Tel:(415) 422-6250

J. Michael Robertson

Director, Journalism/Associate Professor

Michael Robertson received his Ph.D. in English from Duke University. He is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who has worked for the Atlanta magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle, amongst other publications. Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and by appointment.


Steve Runyon

Retired General Manager KUSF

Steven C. Runyon received his M.A. from San Francisco State University. He is the retired General Manager of USF's award-winning FM radio station, KUSF , and the co-founder of Media Studies at USF. He is the recipient of many grants and awards and for over ten years was a coordinating judge for the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has researched and written in the fields of media history, management and production.

Tel:(415) 422-2304

David Silver

Associate Professor

David Silver is an associate professor of media studies and environmental studies and coordinator of the urban agriculture minor. David teaches classes on media history, social media production, and food and media, and is currently working on a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College. Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-5755

Melinda Stone

Associate Professor

Melinda Stone, Ph.D. is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.  Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Mark Taylor

Adjunct Professor

Mark Taylor is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has been screened and exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums around the globe.  

Tel:(415) 422-5141

Jeremy Troy

Adjunct Professor

Mr. Troy writes, produces, edits, and designs creative content for film and television. For more than a decade as a Freelance Broadcast Creative, he has created award-winning work for major television networks like CBS, ESPN, and Showtime.