Faculty & Staff


Deborah Benrubi

Library Liaison

Tel:(415) 422-5141

Novella Carpenter

Adjunct Professor

Novella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and The Essential Urban Farmer. She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan. She lives in Oakland where she runs GhostTown Farm, a 1/10 of an acre homestead with an orchard, honey bees, chickens, and lots of vegetables. 

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Lydia Fedulow

Program Assistant

Lydia B. Fedulow has been at USF since 2002.  She is currently the program assistant for the Urban Agriculture minor and the Media Studies major.  Prior to USF, she worked in the cruising industry in market research.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Rachel Lee

Adjunct Professor

Rachel Brand Lee is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at USF, where she teaches the course Community Garden Outreach.  Rachel is particularly interested in social justice issues related to food and agriculture, and garden based learning.

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 at the University of San Francisco. David teaches classes on media history, digital media production, and green media, and is currently working on a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College. David tweets (@davidmsilver), blogs (silver in sf), and takes photographs. Fall 2014 office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.


Carol Spector

Library Liaison

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.  On sabbatical until Spring 2015.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Justin Valone

Adjunct Professor

Justin Valone is an adjunct professor of environmental studies and teaches the gardening component of the urban ag minor. Along with working in the USF community garden, Justin also teaches about the problems with our industrial food system and peoples' movements to create a better world. He has been gardening, teaching, and organizing in the Bay Area for the past 9 years.

Tel:(415) 422-6087

Seth Wachtel

A + A Department Chair, Associate Professor

Seth Wachtel is the Chair of the Dept. of Art + Architecture and is Co-Director of the Garden Project Living-Learning Community at the University of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-4643

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.