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. 


Thomas Böttger

Professor
(415) 422-5716

Tom Böttger studies optical, dynamical, and magnetic properties of solids, specifically optical materials doped with rare earth ions. This work is centered on understanding the fundamental material physics at the microscopic scale but also geared towards the development of optical materials for optical signal processing, optical memories, quantum computing, and laser frequency stabilization. Tom has been specifically interested in Erbium doped materials as they enable optical devices operating...

Education:

PhD in Physics, Montana State University - Bozeman, 2002

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 and film. Her research interests include Francophone African literature, African cinema and gender. Her book Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

Rachel Brahinsky

Urban and Public Affairs Program Director, Associate 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. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities. Her current projects are focused on the San Francisco Bay Area. View more information on Dr. Brahinsky’s publications and research.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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 machine learning, specifically on the personal and cultural/demographic information transmitted during speech and typing. This research may lead to more accurate speech recognition systems. Prior to joining USF, David was a research assistant in the Speech Lab at Queens College, an instructor at Hunter College, and he has previously worked for the City...

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

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 the University of San Francisco, he shifted his research focus to sensory biophysics. His laboratory, his research students, and various collaborators have explored the electric and magnetic sensory abilities of a variety of creatures. Currently, he is completing a book about the life and work of German physicist Max Planck (1858-1947), to be...

Education:

PhD, 1997, Oregon State University.

Expertise:

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

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 literature, from a feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, and /or political perspective. She has published in several anthologies on Shakespeare and the following journals: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Studies in Philology; American Imago; Literature and Psychology; Clio: A Journal of Literature...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Davis

Expertise:

Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory

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 intersections of rhetorical theory, political theory, legal theory, philosophy, and gender and sexualities studies, she examines the rhetorical contours of recognition in order to understand the possibilities and limits of justice. She recently edited a special issue of Philosophy & Rhetoric that brought together authors from several disciplines to...

Education:

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

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 the Associate Director of the Pacific Estuarine Research Laboratory (PERL) at San Diego State University. At USF, Professor teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory environmental science, applied ecology, wetlands, and restoration ecology. His research expertise is in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and...

Education:

PhD, Louisiana State University, 1994

Expertise:

Wetland restoration, Wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics

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 main focus has been on developing general frameworks, with applications to fields as diverse as condensed-matter physics, molecular physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and quantum gravity. Some of the highlights of his published research over the past decade include collaborative work on: a geometrical and gauge-invariant approach...

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

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 Ethnic Studies, issues of educational equity, critical leadership, critical pedagogies, and human rights, particularly for immigrant and refugees and students of color. She has over fifteen years of work as an educator, and her work experience includes teaching a wide variety of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies classes at the undergraduate...

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

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