Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center | Associate Professor of Politics
Corey Cook serves as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and joined the university as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006 after having earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation considers the impact of race and gender on political representation and explores the contemporary significance of identity politics. Cook has published academic articles in the DuBois Journal of Social Science Research on Race, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. He has completed research projects surrounding the usage of Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco and a manuscript about promoting civic engagement through community-based research. His current research focuses on election results and political geography in California.
Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
President, University of San Francisco
Fr. Fitzgerald became the 28th president of USF in August 2014. Prior to USF, he served as Professor of Religious Studies and Senior
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University.
He earned a B.A. in History from
Santa Clara University in 1980. Two years later he entered the Society
of Jesus, beginning his religious formation at the Jesuit Novitiate in
Montecito, California. After First Vows, he was sent to study Philosophy
at the Jesuit-run Hochschule fuer Philosophie in Munich, Germany. Fr. Fitzgerald earned the M.Div. degree in 1991 and a Pontifical
Licentiate with an emphasis in Ecclesiology at Weston School of
Theology, Cambridge MA in 1993. He attended the University of Paris - La
Sorbonne, where he earned a D.E.A. (diplôme des études approfondies)
and a Docteur ès Lettres (Ph.D.) in the Sociology of Religion.
Concurrently he worked towards an S.T.D. (Pontifical Doctorate) in
Ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris.After joining the department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara in
1997, Fr. Fitzgerald taught courses and conducted research under the
rubrics of both Systematic Theology and Sociology of Religion. He is the
author of the book L'Église comme lieu de formation d'une conscience de
la concitoyenneté (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 1999) and
numerous scholarly articles and popular essays. He served four years as
faculty-in-residence for the Loyola Residential Learning community at
Santa Clara and was director of the interdisciplinary Catholic Studies
minor for seven years. He served as an adjunct lecturer at the Education
College in Xiamen, China (1991) and as a visiting lecturer at Hekima
College, Nairobi, Kenya (2004).
David W. Lyon
Founding President Emeritus, Public Policy Institute of California
Dr. Lyon was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Policy Institute of California, a not-for-profit, organization dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research. He served in that capacity from 1994 to 2007. Prior to assuming that role, he was Vice President and Corporate Officer of the RAND Corporation. Early in his career, he was a regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (1969 – 1972). During his career, he has published extensively on social policy, state and local financing issues, and California. Dr. Lyon has served on a number of boards and that list currently includes the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Advisory Board of Asia Society Northern California, and the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of Northern California. Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D. and M.C.P. (city and regional planning) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick J. Murphy
Associate Professor in the Department of Politics
Patrick Murphy is Associate Professor of the Department of Politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas-Austin. His professional experience prior to coming to USF includes teaching as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Murphy also has worked for the RAND Corporation and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. Professor Murphy teaches in the areas of public administration, public policy and American politics. His research focuses on public management and public policy issue, and he has co-authored several reports and articles on the problems of illicit drug use, the management of drug policy, and the economics of drug selling. In recent years, Murphy's research has focused on K-12 education human resources issues and higher education financing.
VP, Development-California Region, buildOn
Catarina Schwab is VP for development at buildOn, a charitable organization that engages urban youth through after-school programs in the U.S. and builds schools in rural villages in developing countries. An Exeter and Princeton grad, Catarina worked for two years as a corporate finance analyst at Montgomery Securities, a San Francisco-based investment bank. She worked in venture capital before opening Flicka, a Scandinavian women’s clothing and accessories boutique, which she operated on Fillmore Street in San Francisco until early 2008. Catarina is married to Andrew Schwab, co-founder and Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures since 2002.
State Librarian Emeritus, Professor of History, USC
State Librarian Emeritus, Dr. Starr researches California history, history of American culture, urban history and "Americans and the California Dream" captures the enigmatic blend of dreams and hardscrabble reality that defines California. His books uncover how the Golden State emerged from the Gold Rush, absorbed the shocks of the Great Depression, and was transformed by the sweeping events of World War II and beyond. Dr. Starr is a professional member to the American Antiquarian Society, California Council for the Humanities, California Historical Society and the Smithsonian Library Advisory Board. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2006. Dr. Starr holds degrees from the University of San Francisco (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PhD).