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. 

Karen Bouwer

Professor
(415) 422-6390

Professor Karen Bouwer enjoys teaching all levels of French and Francophone language, culture and literature as well as classes on African literature...

Courses:

Second Semester French, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Third Semester French, Africa Films Africa, Diplomatie Sans Frontieres, a.k.a. Africa: Mapping Identities in African Literature and Film, Finesses de la langue II, Rencontres: L’Afrique francophone, Rencontres: Le monde francophone, Dir Reading & Research, Sp Topics:Francophone Lit/Cult, City Life in Africa & Diaspora, Special Topics

Rachel Brahinsky

Urban and Public Affairs Program Director, Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2667

Rachel Brahinsky serves as director of the graduate program in Urban and Public Affairs. She also teaches in the undergraduate Urban Studies program...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Directed Reading, History of Urbanism, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs, Urban Field Study: SF Bay Area, Masters Capstone Project, Special Topics, Directed Reading, History of Urbanism, Masters Capstone Project, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Introduction to Urban Studies, Urban Field Course, Directed Studies

David Guy Brizan

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4813

David is completing his PhD at CUNY's Graduate Center, working with Andrew Rosenberg. His research interests are natural language processing and...

Education:

PhD, Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center (candidate) | MS Computer Science, San Francisco State University | BS Computer & Information Science, Brooklyn College

Expertise:

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning

Courses:

Data Struct & Algorithms, Directed Reading and Research, Special Topics in Computer Science, Introduction to Machine Learning, Special Topics in Analytics, Interview Skills

Brandon Brown

Professor
(415) 422-6179

Brandon Brown pursued doctoral training in superconductivity and low-temperature physics, with postdoctoral work in science communication. Once at...

Education:

PhD, 1997, Oregon State University.

Expertise:

High-temperature superconductivity, Sensory biophysics, Science communication, The life and work of Max Planck

Courses:

Introductory Physics I, Laboratory, Introductory Physics II, Laboratory, General Physics II, Modern Physics, Statistical & Thermal Physics, Physics Colloquium

Carolyn Brown

Professor
(415) 422-6749

Carolyn Brown received her PhD in English from the University of California–Davis. Her specialization is Shakespeare and Renaissance / Early Modern...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Davis

Expertise:

Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory

Courses:

FYS: First-Year Seminar, Shakespeare: An Introduction, TYS: Transfer Year Seminars, Literature Period Courses: 1100-1700, Shakespeare, Directed Study, Renaissance in England and Its Roots

Sarah Burgess

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6055

Sarah Burgess is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and Critical Diversity Studies. Working at the...

Education:

PhD/MA, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley | MA/BA, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Courses:

Rhetoric & the Public Sphere, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Rhetoric of Law, Rhetorics of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality, Directed Project, Topics in Comm Studies, Communication Studies Internship, Special Topics, Special Topics

John Callaway

Professor
(415) 422-5702

John Callaway received his PhD in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 1994. Prior to his position at USF, John was...

Education:

PhD, Louisiana State University, 1994

Expertise:

Wetland restoration, Wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics

Courses:

Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Research Methods, Directed Study, Master's Project, Ecology-Human Impact w/Lab

Horacio Camblong

Professor
(415) 422-2364

Professor Camblong's research has been centered on miscellaneous topics in quantum field theory, gravitational physics, and many-body theory. His...

Education:

PhD, New York University, 1993

Expertise:

A geometrical and gauge-invariant approach to the quantum effective action, Many-body formulation of magnetotransport for inhomogeneous systems, Nonlinear redefinitions of quantum fields in path integrals, Path integral treatments of singular problems and bound states, Renormalization theory, Quantum anomalies in molecular physics

Courses:

Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos, The Geometry of the Cosmos: Einstein, Black Holes, and the Big Bang, Analytical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Methods of Mathematical Physics, Directed Study for Advanced Undergraduates, General Relativity

Melissa Ann Canlas

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2137

Melissa Ann Canlas is Assistant Professor in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her work focuses on...

Education:

Ed.D. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco | M.A. Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University | B.A. English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Courses:

IME M.A. Thesis/Field Project, Ethnic Studies with a Focus on Asian American Education, Ethnic Studies with a Focus on Asian American Education, Directed Study, FYS: First Year Seminar, Intersectional Theory, Special Topics, Davies Seminar, Leadership for Civic Engagemnt

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America...

Education:

PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University. | MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago | BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Courses:

Special Topics in Anthropology, Honors Thesis Seminar, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Global Critical Social Theory, Research & Project Design, Special Topics

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