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. 

Samira Abdur-Rahman

Assistant Professor

Samira Abdur-Rahman holds a PhD in English from Rutgers University. She completed her BA in English Literature and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Previous to joining USF, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester. Her teaching and research interests include: African American Literature; childhood studies; autobiography studies; literary geography; and African...

Noopur Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Noopur Agarwal is a graphic designer who has worked in the nonprofit, publishing, and technology sectors, designing for brands, exhibitions, publications, and advertisements. Her travels, different homes, and heritage influence her practice as her work draws upon cultural hybridity, identity, and design that catalyzes change within a social context.


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

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 of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked in international business operations for several years and has also consulted to the sport and fitness industry by conducting economic impact studies, competitive analysis, and feasibility studies for clients in MLB, NBA, minor league hockey, local organizing committees, and fitness organization. Prof. Agha's...


PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Alexandra Amati

(415) 422-2072

Alexandra is a musicologist specializing in the Italian Renaissance, especially the madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, and German Baroque choral music. She holds a laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies and Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy) and both a Masters and a PhD in musicology from Harvard University. She has published and read papers on Renaissance, operatic, and gender related topics in several journals and conferences. She is now working...


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


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

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 impacts of environmental processes, particularly those influenced by environmental degradation and climate change. Professor Anttila-Hughes' current research areas include: public health impacts of the climate; behavioral responses to new information about environmental risks; and determinants of the spread of environmental attitudes and ideas.


PhD, Sustainable Development, Columbia University

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 Christian theologies and religious history, liberation theologies, race and religion, sexuality, and the theo-politics of social movements. He is involved in research, conference work, and publishing activities throughout the Américas (see his academia.edu profile). Dr. Aquino is a principal researcher in the Theology, Ethics, and Politics Working...


PhD, Graduate Theological Union


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

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 in pastoral ministries in various parishes in his own country. Ordained in 1999, Father Araujo's first assignment as a priest was as Director of Campus Ministry at Colegio Berchmans in Cali, Colombia. He later moved to the United States and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College...


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


printmaking, ceramics, painting

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 and her BA from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include racial and gender performances, popular culture and aesthetics, and global media and arts industries. She has published on the usage of race in dance films, fashion and gender on television, gender production within digital culture, and the aesthetics of race...


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

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 an appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy. Prof. Ashton has studied Sanskrit, Thai, and Spanish, and conducted research at numerous institutions of higher learning abroad (twice as a Fulbright scholar), including Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), Deccan College (Pune, India), the Jñāna-Pravaha Institute (Varanasi, India...


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

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: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (Chicago Composers Orchestra), Piano Concerto–Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre), and YIJU 移居 (Jack Straw New Media Gallery). Au Yong has been artist-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American...


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