Contact Us - Sociology Department

Department of Sociology
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Telephone: (415) 422-6671
Fax: (415) 422-5671



Josh Gamson HeadshotJoshua Gamson

Kalmanovitz Hall 259

Joshua Gamson received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and previously taught at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on the sociology of culture, with an emphasis on contemporary Western commercial culture and mass media; social movements, especially on cultural aspects of contemporary movements; on participant-observation methodology and techniques, particularly as applied in urban settings; and on the history, theory, and sociology of sexuality. He is the author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998), winner of book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Society for Cinema Studies; and The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (Henry Holt, 2005), winner of the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. He currently teaches Sociology of Popular Culture, Sex and Sexualities, Introduction to Sociology, and Fieldwork in Sociology. For additional information about Professor Gamson, please visit his home page

Program Assistant

Amy F. Joseph 2014Amy F. Joseph
Kalmanovitz Hall 252

Amy F. Joseph is the current program assistant to the Sociology Department, Cultural Anthropology minor, and the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars living-learning community. She also serves on the Dual Degree in Teaching Preparation Strategic Advisory Committee. Prior to joining USF in 2006, she worked for the Women’s Foundation of California, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and educational publisher Teachers' Curriculum Institute. At TCI, she helped develop and write secondary world history curriculum based on multiple intelligence theory and cooperative learning, and made major contributions to units on the modern Middle East, ancient India, early humans, U.S. history, and a textbook on ancient world history for middle school students. Amy graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Mills College and an M.F.A. in Writing with a concentration in short fiction from the University of San Francisco.