Sociology Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-4376
albartlett@usfca.edu

Anne Bartlett

Associate Professor

Anne Bartlett received her Ph.D. from the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago. Bartlett has worked on Darfur related issues for many years. Bartlett's research interests center on identity, inter-ethnic violence and armed movements in Darfur. She also researches humanitarian intervention and its effects in the region. Her book entitled Insurgent Identities: Conflict and the Politics of Difference in Darfur is close to completion and is the result of over ten years of ethnographic research with the armed movements and the general population of Darfur.

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lecantero@usfca.edu

Lucia Cantero

Adjunct Professor

Lucia E. Cantero is a scholar interested in the politics of visual culture, race and consumerism in urban Brazil, especially on the cusp of mega-events. She is currently finishing her doctoral work in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University. Prior to that she received her Bachelors and Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She just completed a year-long lectureship at the University of Chicago.

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hjdenike@usfca.edu

Howard De Nike

Adjunct Professor

Howard J. De Nike graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1964 with a degree in philosophy, and USF School of Law in 1967 with a Juris Doctorate. Following 23 years of law practice with an emphasis in military matters, De Nike obtained a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on the fate of the jurists of East Germany after German unification. Professor De Nike has taught at San Francisco State University, University of New Mexico, and the Fromm Institute. He has also worked and taught in Cambodia, Ukraine, Armenia, West Bank/Gaza, Guyana, and Afghanistan.

Tel:(415) 422-5217
gamson@usfca.edu

Joshua Gamson

Professor

Joshua Gamson received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and taught for nine years at Yale University before joining the USF faculty. Among his publications are the books Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America; Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity; and The Fabulous Sylvester.  

Tel:(415) 422-4132
lgascon2@usfca.edu

Danny Gascón

Assistant Professor

Danny Gascón received his MA and BA in Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino, and earned his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests lie at the intersection of urban criminology, law and society, and race and ethnic relations, and is principally concerned with critical approaches to the study of urban policing, punishment and inequality, and gang and youth culture. Danny currently teaches Criminology, Juvenile Justice, Policing, and the Sociology of Law. 

Tel:422-4135
lagifford@usfca.edu

Lindsay Gifford

Assistant Professor

Lindsay Gifford holds a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology through UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University in 2009. Her research focuses broadly on the public sphere in the Middle East, with her current project looking into spatio-temporal patterns of violence in Baghdad since the inception of the 2003 US-led war and Iraqi refugee perceptions of and strategies toward those patterns internationally.

Tel:415.422.4365
gjgmelch@usfca.edu

George Gmelch

Professor

Dr. Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies tourism, sport, migration, and environmental anthropology with most of his fieldwork concentrated in Ireland, the Caribbean, and Alaska.

Tel:(415) 422-4453
sbgmelch@usfca.edu

Sharon Gmelch

Professor

Sharon Bohn Gmelch earned her Ph.D in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her interests include visual anthropology, gender, ethnicity, and tourism.  She is the author of eight books, most recently Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley.

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) 422-5173
nmilman@usfca.edu

Noriko Milman

Assistant Professor

Noriko Milman received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Sociology, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, all from UCLA. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst before joining the faculty at USF in 2012. She currently teaches several courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Sociology of Education, and Urban Education.

Tel:(415) 422-5760
raeburnn@usfca.edu

Nicole Raeburn

Associate Professor

Nikki Raeburn received her B.S from Miami University, and her M.A. and Ph.D.from Ohio State University. Her research interests include social movements, gender, sexualities, and organizational change. Her current research project, which formed the basis of her doctoral dissertation, focuses on the rise of lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights in the workplace.

Tel:(415) 422-5414
kdrichman@usfca.edu

Kimberly Richman

Associate Professor

Kimberly Richman received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include law and society, crime and deviance, family law, gender and sexuality, and reintegrative programming for prison inmates. She is the author of the book Courting Change (NYU Press) and multiple articles and book chapters. She is also President of the non-profit Alliance for C.H.A.N.G.E.

Tel:(415) 422-6112
erodriguez4@usfca.edu

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Professor Rodriguez graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from UC San Diego as a Sociology major/Ethnic Studies minor; and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Sociology program. She has taught Sociological Methods, Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society, People of Mixed Descent, U.S. Immigration and Settlement, and Community Organizing.

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) 422-5482
sdsears@usfca.edu

Stephanie Sears

Associate Professor

Stephanie Sears is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the African American Studies Program at USF. Professor Sears received her Ph.D. from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and Sociology. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and dance. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research examines the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation intersect and interact in complex and contradictory ways often simultaneously reproducing oppression and facilitating empowerment. These theoretical concerns and interdisciplinary approach formed the basis of her book, Imagining Black Womanhood, and drive her current research project on girlhood, identity, and dance.

Tel:(415) 422-4375
hshin2@usfca.edu

Hwaji Shin

Assistant Professor

Hwaji Shin joined the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2007 after completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a visiting assistant professor and Japan fund fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University where she researched and lectured on the race and ethnic relations in modern Japan.

Tel:(415) 422-4139
jastover@usfca.edu

John Stover

Assistant Professor

John Stover received his Ph.D in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, having earned his Bachelor's (Xavier University) and Master's (Loyola) in Sociology in years prior. John's current dissertation research highlights how documentary filmmaking provides a unique form of social activism that not only exposes audiences to the goals and values of the movements being filmed, but also engages filmmakers in a process of socially constructing realities that are aligned, or misaligned, with the movements and issues they seek to advance.

Tel:(415) 422-4137
lkthomson@usfca.edu

Katherine Thomson

Assistant Professor

Katherine Thomson teaches a variety of courses at USF, including:  Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociological Methods, Social Worlds of Children, Environmental Justice, and Senior Capstone.  She also heads many directed studies, especially with students wishing to pursue independent research on topics pertaining to health and medicine.

Tel:(415) 422-6136
turpinj@usfca.edu

Jennifer Turpin

Professor

Jennifer Turpin became Academic Vice President and Provost on June 1, 2010. She previously served as Dean of USF's College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2010, having previously served as Associate Dean for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She joined USF's faculty in 1991 after receiving her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. During her years on the USF faculty, she received USF's Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award. She founded USF's Women's Studies Program and served as Chair of the Sociology Department.

Tel:(415) 422-2508
webberm@usfca.edu

Michael Webber

Dean / Professor

Dean Webber has an extensive background in Sociology and his research concentrates on how business is connected to political processes in the United States. He is an expert on the New Deal era, having authored two books and countless research articles on the subject. Under his leadership, the School of Management was re-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier business accreditation and management thought-leadership organization in the world.

Tel:(415) 422-5485
smzavestoski@usfca.edu

Stephen Zavestoski

Associate Professor

Stephen Zavestoski received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the area of Environmental Sociology. Dr. Zavestoski's research areas include environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and co-edited Social Movements in Health (2005, Blackwell) and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements (2012, UC Press). 

Tel:(415) 422-4643
rziegler@usfca.edu

Rue Ziegler

Adjunct Professor

Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK.  Before coming to USF she taught at Cambridge and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her previous training and professional experience is in architecture and urban studies. At USF Ziegler teaches the Anthropology of Food and Anthropology and Global Health. In addition to teaching, she manages a research firm specializing in the history of land use in northern California.