USF Saint Ignatius and Golden Gate Bridge
Rueda de Locos - Jacobo Borges
Nacho López - México
Buenos Aires   


Tel:(415) 422-5891

Ursula Aldana

Assistant Professor, Catholic Educational Leadership

Research interests and areas of expertise: K-12 teaching and leadership with regard to issues of equity and access for racially/ethnically and linguistically diverse students; bilingual education; urban Catholic schools; Cristo Rey schools; and the Latina/o experience in Catholic education.

Tel:(415) 422-5971

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties include Latin American theology and religious history, liberation theology, race theory and faith-based social movements. Additionally, Professor Aquino chairs the Chican@/Latin@ Studies minor. He is currently finishing a book on the Christian roots of racism in the history of the Americas. Dr. Aquino earned his Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.


Wendy Arce

Adjunct Professor

Arce's interests include immigration and the family in the United States, religious expressions among new immigrants, and the interactions of religion and gender in Latina/o cultures. She is also interested in the role of media; specifically film, on culture and society, both among immigrant communities and the broader U.S. society. 


Monisha Bajaj

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise:Education & international development; international & comparative education; human rights education; peace education; educational innovation in the global south; gender and schooling; global education.

Tel:(415) 422-6894

Pamela Balls Organista


Pamela Balls Organista, has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her areas of research include health issues in underserved populations, ethnic minority psychology, community-based research, and preventive interventions.


Enrique Bazan

Associate Director for Global Social Justice and Community Action

Kique is responsible for the Arrupe Immersion Program, community action programs, and the Arrupe Justice Immersions though the Center for Global Education.


Juan Berumen

Adjunct Professor

As a social justice educator and advocate,Juan specializes in researching best practices, pedagogies, and policies for transforming the P-20 Pipeline for underperforming students.

Tel:(415) 422-2317

Noah Borrero

Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: Urban education; cultural assets; issues of diversity and social justice in teaching; adolescent development; bilingualism; teacher education; and immigration.


Adriana Broullon

Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager

In 2012 Adriana joined the university’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. She currently serves on the University Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, the Task Force for Support and Services of Undocumented Students, and the USF Diverse Workforce Initiative. 


Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia E. Cantero is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Arts in International Studies Program. She is a scholar interested in the politics of visual culture, inequality, race and consumerism in urban Brazil, especially on the cusp of mega-events. 

Tel:(415) 422-4906

Stephen Cary

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: TESL/TEFL theory and practice; language teaching via storytelling, graphic novels, and digital media; critical literacy and project-based learning; teacher mentoring/coaching; language maintenance, shift, and recovery; bilingual, multicultural, and social justice education.


Kathleen Coll

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and grassroots community organizing in the U.S., with special emphasis on the Bay Area. Her book Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) is an ethnography of San Francisco immigrant women’s experiences and activism in the context of hostile national immigration, welfare, and labor policies.

Tel:(415 )422-2848

Alejandro Covarrubias

Assistant Director, Cultural Centers

Alejandro earned an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Alejandro is dedicated to challenging himself and others to think critically about social justice and identity issues from both the head and the heart.

Tel:(415) 422-5297

Sergio De La Torre

Director Film Studies/Assistant Professor Art and Architecture

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities.  Spring 2013 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-6901

Elena Flores

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise: Latino adolescent sexuality; family functioning and adolescent health risk behaviors; racial/ethnic discrimination and minority status stress, obesity prevention and intervention among Latinos.

Tel:(415) 422-6046

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Chair of Politics, Professor

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She is currently exploring the impact of new global technologies on Latin American gender equality organizing.

Tel:(415) 422-5078

Emma Fuentes

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education; Department Chairperson

Research interests and areas of expertise: Urban Education; educational experiences of Latino students; immigration and education; bilingual education; unequal opportunity and access within US public schools; community organizing for school change; school and community partnerships; equity-minded school reform; cultural citizenship; race and identity; social and cultural theory; qualitative approaches to research (participatory action research, critical ethnography).

Tel:(415) 422-6083

Eileen Fung

Associate Professor

Eileen Fung earned her PhD in medieval literature with a secondary expertise in Asian American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices. She helped start the Asian American Studies program at USF and has served as both the co-chair and chair of the English Department. At present, she is the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.

Tel:(415) 422-4072

Dellanira Garcia

Assistant Professor

PsyD Program Core Faculty


Christina Garcia Lopez

Assistant Professor

Newly joining USF in Fall 2013, Christina Garcia Lopez holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an M.A. in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature; Ethnic American literature; gender and sexuality; religion & spirituality; and borders of race, ethnicity, and migration. Her working manuscript, Social Violence, Social Healing: The Merging of the Political and the Spiritual in Chicano/a Literary Production, explores how Chicano/a narratives have reckoned with spirituality and religion in relation to social and historical trauma.

Tel:(415) 422-4132

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. 


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) 422-6792

Timothy Godfrey

Assistant Professor


Nicole Gonzales Howell

Assistant Professor

Nicole Gonzales Howell is a doctoral candidate at Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric and is currently an Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellow at the University of San Francisco. She has taught a variety of writing courses ranging from first year Composition to Upper Division courses for writing majors. In addition to teaching, Nicole has also been a writing center consultant and graduate editor for Syracuse University. In her current position at the University of San Francisco she teaches a Freshman Seminar Course titled, “Writing about Human Rights,” while also completing her dissertation. Much of Nicole's research has focused on the importance of considering social location (race, gender, class, ability, and sexual orientation) of both students and teachers and how it relates to many aspects of writing instruction, teacher affect, program administration, and in particular writing assessment. However, her dissertation is an archival historiographic project that inserts Latina activist Dolores Huerta into the rhetorical tradition.


Roberto Gutiérrez Varea

Theater Program Coordnator

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of  Soapstone Theatre Company , a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivors of violent crime, and  El Teatro Jornalero! , a performance company that brings the voice of Latin American immigrant workers to the stage. Varea is a member of the Steering Committee of Theater Without Borders, and a member of the Artists in Distress Services of freeDimensional. He is a regular contributor to journals in performance and peacebuilding, and is co-editor and co-author of the two-volume anthology "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" (New Village Press). Varea is a founding faculty of the Department of Performing Arts, and the Performing Arts and Social Justice Major at USF.

Tel:(415) 422-6951

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.


Rosa Jiménez

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: Critical language studies; critical and culturally relevant pedagogies; K-12 Latina/o, immigrant and "English learner" students; qualitative research methodologies.

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. Fall 2015 office hours are Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-2209

Susan Katz

Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: Human rights education; bilingual and intercultural education of marginalized populations in the U.S. and worldwide; link between critical pedagogy and academic literacy; examination of youth violence and its link to schooling; action research methodologies.

Tel:(415) 422-5413

Elizabeth Katz

Associate Professor

Professor Katz is Ph.D from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research areas of specialization are development economics, women in development, agricultural economics, and history of economic thought. Dr. Katz's recent research has focused on the relationship between gender, intra-household bargaining and development in Latin America.

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. Fall 2015 office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-5067

David Kim

Associate Professor

David Kim's areas of research and teaching include ethics, political philosophy, philosophical psychology, phenomenology, Asian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of race, and postcolonialism. His current work focuses on embodiment, the politics of emotion, xenophobia, critiques of U.S. imperialism, and the extension of various forms of Asian thought to concepts of modernity, like rights, race, civilization, and hegemony. His recent courses include ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of emotion, comparative moral psychology, Asian philosophy, and Asian American philosophy.

Tel:(415) 422-6135

Pedro Lange-Churión


Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Latin American Contemporary Narrative and Critical Theory. His academic areas of specialization include Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory; particularly Psychoanalytic theory.

Tel:(415) 422-6914

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor and Co-Director

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.   Chris also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program.

Tel:(415) 422-2413

Lois Lorentzen


Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.


Gerardo Marín


Gerardo Marin, PhD, is a Professor of Latin American Studies and Psychology, is Associate Provost at the University of San Francisco, and is an APA Fellow.


Rigoberto Marquez

Ethnic Minority Disseration Fellow, Leadership Studies and Internation and Multicultural Education

Research interests and areas of expertise: Critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality in education, queer youth of color in schools, community engagement and advocacy, law and education, and critical pedagogy.

Tel:(415) 422-4247

David Martinez

Assistant Professor

PsyD Program Core Faculty

Tel:415 422 5763

Cassandra Millspaugh

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A in Spanish from San Francisco State University. After spending a year working in Zacatecas, Mexico, she returned to the Bay Area and finished her M.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Prof. Millspaugh has been teaching Spanish at the University of San Francisco since 2002.

Tel:(415) 422-6082

Julio Moreno

Associate Professor, Department Chair, History

Dr. Julio Moreno is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. Currently, he is an associate professor of Latin American History and serves as faculty director of the Sarlo Scholars Program, a global service-learning program managed by the McCarthy Center. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco. 

Tel:(415) 422-5741

Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

Research interests and areas of expertise: Political activism among undocumented migrant students; immigrant students and higher education; California racial politics and Latino immigrant communities.

Tel:(415) 422-6251

Peter Novak

Vice Provost for Student Life, Professor, Theater Program

Peter's artistic and scholarly work focuses on the intersections of language and performance, identity and culture. He teaches a wide range of courses in dramatic literature, acting, and voice and speech, as well as gender, sexuality, and theater. He founded the ASL Shakespeare project and his work on translating Twelfth Night into American Sign Language is published by Cambridge University Press, Gallaudet University Press, and is documented with a grant from the US Department of Education at: He holds an MA in English, an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, and a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama. Peter is proud to be a founding faculty member of the Performing Arts Department and the Performing Arts and Social Justice major.

Tel:(415) 422-4378

Katrina Olds

Associate Professor, History

Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include Counter-Reformation visions of history and hagiography, the history of the book, and religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas. 


Nadina Olmedo

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages.  She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.  Her general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies.  Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Emergent Horror Cinemas in the Hispanic World.  Dr. Olmedo also serves as the Associate Editor of Polifonia, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. Before joining USF, she taught at Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, the University of Kentucky, and Campbellsville University.


Norma Peniche

Senior Admission Counselor, Multicultural Recruitment and Retention

Tel:(415) 422-6641

John Pérez

Associate Professor

John Pérez received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University and completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSF. His research focuses on religious and spiritual coping in chronic illness as well as depression prevention and health promotion in multicultural populations. He teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, General Psychology, Research Design, and Advanced Research Topics: Religion, Spirituality, and Health.


Leyla Pérez-Gualdrón

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise: Social justice orientation and academic/civic engagement in urban youth; school relational and language climate; bilingualism; racial identity.


Francesca Rivera

Music Program Coordinator

Francesca is an ethnomusicologist, teaching courses in PASJ, Music, Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Research areas include: genre labeling in expressive cultures, culture bearers, post-colonial nationalist movements, mestiz@/mixed-race identity formations, and alternative music pedagogies that maximize the agency of young musicians. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.A. from UC Berkeley, and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley completing a dissertation about Panamanian music and community-based conjuntos de proyecciones folkloricas. She has been teaching at USF since 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-6112

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

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) 422-6720

Martha E. Schaffer

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her current research centers on medieval Iberian texts and manuscripts, in particular the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Tel:(415) 422-2224

Karyn Schell

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington. She also serves as the Spanish Language Coordinator. Her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy, and Theoretical Linguistics.

Tel:(415) 422-6422

Michael Stanfield


Michael Edward Stanfield grew up in San Diego along the U.S./Mexican border, a location that left him optimistic and curious about the other side. He completed his B.A. at UC Berkeley, an M.A. at San Diego State University, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. History has always been his passion and Muse, Latin America and the United States the foci of most of his investigations.


Brant Torres

Assistant Professor

Brant M. Torres received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Cornell University. He teaches American literature from the colonial period through the 20th century, LGBTQ literature, and literary theory. 


John Trasviña

Dean of the School of Law


David Uminsky

Assistant Professor, Mathematics; Director, Analytics

David's research interests are in applying mathematics to unsupervised machine learning and data clustering methods. He is specifically interested in developing new provably convergent and highly accurate algorithms to perform unsupervised data clustering. He is also the founding director of the Bachelor's program in Data Science at USF, and currently director of the Masters in Analytics program. Before joining USF he was a combined NSF and UC President's Fellow at UCLA. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.

Tel:(415) 422-6043

Ana Urrutia-Jordana

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, earned her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Stanford University (1996). Prof. Urrutia-Jordana has taught at the University of San Francisco since 1996 and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

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) 422-6681

Linda Walsh

Associate Professor, Emerita


Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Tel:(415) 422-4535

Desiree Zerquera

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

Research interests and areas of expertise:Organizational theory; public policy; financial aid; research methodology; Latino student experiences.