Staff & Faculty

Michael Duffy, Ed.D.



Mike joined the University of San Francisco University Ministry staff in 1996 as associate director where he directed several of USF’s most prominent social justice programs including the Arrupe Immersion Program, the Justice Lecture Series, and the Peace and Justice Coalition. Especially notable have been the figures Mike has brought to campus as part of the Justice Lecture Series, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Oscar Arias, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, and Jody Williams; Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Author of Dead Man Walking; and mostly recently, Dr. Paul Farmer. Mike also founded the USF Arrupe Immersion Program bringing faculty, staff and students to marginalized populations in Belize, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, India, and Vietnam. Mike received his doctoral degree in education from USF in 2005. His dissertation entitled Directives within Catholic Social Teaching for the Promotion of Justice through Educational Activities was published in 2008. In 2003 Duffy was given the Fr. William Dunne Award by former university president Fr. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., the university’s highest award for staff service, as well as the Peacemakers Award by the university's Peace & Justice Coalition. An adjunct faculty member, Mike teaches in USF's Erasmus Project residential learning community and teaches a seminar in Catholic social thought. Mike is a member of the board of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Southwest and the California Province Mission & Vision Committee.  


Erin Brigham, Ph.D.

Faculty Coordinator of Research

ErinBrighamErin has been teaching at USF in the areas of Catholic theology and ethics since 2008. Her research interests focus on theological questions that emerge in moments of dialogue especially ecumenism, contemporary Catholic ecclesiology and religion in the public sphere. She completed her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union in the area of systematic and philosophical theology with her dissertation on the implications of Jürgen Habermas's critical theory on ecumenical dialogue. Her published works include: "Communicative Action as an Approach to Ecumenical Dialogue", Ecumenical Review, Vol 60/5 (July 2008) and "A Habermasian Approach to Ecumenical Ecclesiology", Journal of Ecumenical Studies Vol 44/4 (Fall 2009). During her doctoral program, she received a fellowship for preparing future faculty to engage in "big questions" of value and meaning in the classroom. This fellowship, as well as her commitment to service learning has shaped her philosophy of education.


James Hanvey, S.J.

Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

James Hanvey

James Hanvey specializes in systematic theology and Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Spirituality. He received his doctorate from Oxford University on the Hegelian metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology and has taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London. He was head of the Theology Department at Heythrop until he founded and was director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Society in 2004. When he finished as director he was seconded to work as the theological consultant to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Although his main field is systematics, he has also held the Veale Chair in Ignatian Spirituality, The Milltown Institute, Dublin and he has also lectured and written on education, health care, and the Church's response to contemporary culture. He co-authored and influential report commissioned by the Catholic Education Service (England and Wales) entitled, 'On the Way to Life' which explored the challenges for Catholic Education in secular post-modern culture. He is currently working on a new book: The Theological Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching - The Witness of the Spirit as well as preparing a collection of papers on the theology of health care and contributory papers to various forthcoming publications: a legal collection on Human Dignity and papers on the anniversary of Vatican II.


Jessi Havel
Program Assistant