Faculty - College of Arts and Sciences

Our faculty embrace the USF mission of educating the whole person — both heart and mind. Our professors pursue an ambitious agenda of research, teaching, and service. As scholars, they take on some of the world’s most challenging issues and problems.

In the classroom, they bring compassion and academic rigor. Outside the classroom, they are engaged professionals, making contributions to their communities and their respective fields. 

Noopur Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Noopur Agarwal is a graphic designer who has worked in the non-profit, publishing, and technology sectors, designing for brands, exhibitions,...

Education:

MFA, Graphic and Interactive Design, Temple University | BSD, Visual Communication Design, The Ohio State University

Courses:

Visual Communication I, Visual Communication II, Typography, Digital Media Design, Information Visualization, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Special Topics

Nola Agha

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6642

Professor Agha teaches courses in research methods and strategic management and previously taught sport finance and sport economics at the University...

Education:

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Courses:

Sport Business Research Methods, Strategic Management and Human Resources in Sport, Dir Reading/Research

Alexandra Amati

Professor
(415) 422-2072

Alexandra is a musicologist specializing in the Italian Renaissance, especially the madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music...

Education:

Laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies & Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy) | Masters in Musicology from Harvard University | PhD in Musicology from Harvard University

Expertise:

Madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, German Baroque choral music

Courses:

Music Appreciation, FYS: First-Year Seminar, History of Western Art Music, Seminar in Western Art Music, Directed Study

Jesse Anttila-Hughes

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6453

Professor Anttila-Hughes received his PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. His research focuses on understanding the social...

Education:

PhD, Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Courses:

Environmental Economics, Directed Reading, Natural Resource Economics and Development Policy, Microeconomics: Theory and Applications, Graduate Econometrics, Natural Resource Economics and Development Policy, Directed Reading/Research

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5971

Jorge A. Aquino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, specializing in Latin American and U.S. Latinx...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Latin American theology and religious history, Liberation Theology, Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements

Courses:

GTWY: Decolonizing Humanities, Special Topics, Religion in Latin America, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Teología de la Liberación, Methods and Theories in THRS, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Religion in Latin America, Ethics, Liberation Theology in Spanish

Arturo Araujo S.J.

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5762

Born in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, Colombia in 1967, Arturo Araujo joined the Colombian Province of the Society of Jesus in 1986. He served...

Education:

MFA, University of New Mexico | BFA, Painting and Printmaking, Cornish College of the Arts | BA, Visual Art, Seattle University

Expertise:

printmaking, ceramics, painting

Courses:

Art of the Book, Ceramics I, Printmaking I, Directed Study/Research, Senior Studio, Music and Art

Inna Arzumanova

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4985

Inna Arzumanova received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California...

Education:

BA, University of California, San Diego | PhD is from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, at the University of Southern California

Courses:

Cultural Industries, Media Theory & Criticism, Special Topics in Media Studies, Media Internship, Directed Study, Popular Culture Studies

Geoffrey Ashton

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2893

Professor Geoffrey Ashton recently joined the Department of Philosophy at USF from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he also held...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy (Asian and Comparative Philosophy), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa | MA, Philosophy (Indian Philosophy), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa | MA, South Asian Languages and Civilizations (Sanskrit, Indian Aesthetics), University of Chicago

Courses:

Gateway Sem: Global Humanities, Special Topics, Aesthetics, Asian Philosophy, Topics in the History of Philosophy

Byron Au Yong

Assistant Professor, Music
(415) 422-4368

Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation dedicated to intercultural collaboration and the places people call home. Works include Kidnapping Water...

Education:

MFA, Musical Theatre Writing, NYU | MA, World Arts & Cultures, UCLA | BA/BM, Music Composition/Theory, University of Washington

Courses:

Musicianship and Principles of Tonal Theory, Instrumental Ensemble, Music Theory I, Creating Soundscapes, Special Topics in Western Art Music, Directed Study, Music and Social History

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-4211

Education:

EdD, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University | MA, Latin American Studies, Stanford University | BA, Sociology, Stanford University

Expertise:

Education and Development in the Global South, Peace and Human Rights Education, Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Courses:

Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Current Debates, Peace, Conflict and Education in Global Contexts, IME M.A. Thesis/Field Project, Directed Study, Special Topics Seminar, Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Current Debates, Peace, Conflict and Education in Global Contexts, Dissertation Proposal Development, Dissertation Research and Writing, Directed Study, Special Topics Seminar

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