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. 

Brian Young

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4738

Professor Young’s research has focused on understanding the mechanism of macromolecular machines, and the application of this to developing more...

Education:

PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Courses:

General Biology I Lab, Laboratory in Survey of Human Physiology, Cell Physiology, Human Physiology, Human Physiology Lab, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Molecular Medicine, Advanced Human Physiology, Adv Human Physiology Lab, Grad Sem: Molecular Biology, Career Preparation Seminar, Molecular Biology, Human Physiology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology, Mol Gen & Biotechnology Lab, Adv. Research Meth in Biotech, Adv Res Meth in Biotech Lab

Christine Young

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6733

Christine Young is Chair of the Performing Arts Department, the Director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program, and the Co-Director of the...

Education:

MFA, Theater Directing, University of Iowa | BA, Religion, Princeton University

Courses:

Directed Study, Special Topics, Directed Study, Theater and Social History, Sexuality, Performance and Culture, Cabaret Production, Workshop: Play Production, Special Topics in Theater, Directed Study

Beste Yuksel

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4113

Professor Yuksel's research focuses on the next generation of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) that detect and evaluate real-time brain signals using machine learning classification of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to build adaptable user interfaces for the general population.

Education:

PhD, Computer Science, Tufts University

Courses:

Computing, Mobile Apps, and the Web, Introduction to Computer Science I, Directed Reading & Research, Special Topics in Computer Science, Senior Team Project, Special Topics in Computer Science, Directed Reading and Research

Taymiya Zaman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4377

Taymiya R. Zaman received her BA, Philosophy, Smith College and her PhD in History (2007) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the...

Education:

PhD, History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | BA, Philosophy, Smith College

Courses:

Indian Civilizations, Historical Methods, Sex&TransgressionIslWrld, Living Muslim History, Islamic Empires, Directed Study

John Zarobell

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4734

John Zarobell is the Department Chair of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Formerly, he held the positions of assistant...

Education:

PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley | MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley | BA, Fine Art, Hampshire College

Courses:

Special Topics, The World Since 1945, Research Methods, Colonialism and Empire, Postcolo Migration & Cities, Directed Study, BAIS Internship, European Cultures and Lives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Global Critical Social Theory, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Curatorial Studies Practicum, The World Since 1945, Introduction to Globalization, Urban Theories and Methods

James Zarsadiaz

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4168

James Zarsadiaz is Assistant Professor of History and serves as Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. His research and teaching...

Education:

PhD, History, Northwestern University | MA, History, Northwestern University | BA, American Studies and Political Science, George Washington University

Courses:

Ideal of Ctznshp:Hist Amer Ppl, Directed Study, History of the U.S., Asian American History, Ideal of Citizenship, The American City, United States History Seminar

Dana Zartner

Associate Professor, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law
(415) 422-6193

Dana Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on environmental protections and human rights. Her primary interest lies...

Education:

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis | JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University | BA, International Relations, Hamline University

Courses:

Intro to Int'l Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Human Rights, Int'l Law & Organizations, Special Topics, Directed Study, Honors Thesis Seminar, Erasmus Overseas Program, Glob Serv-Learn Sust Dev Semin, Glob Serv-Learn Sus Dev Intern, Glob Serv-Learn Res/Refl Semin, Econ of the Developing World, Human Rights and International Law, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Special Topics, Directed Reading, International Law and Organizations, Human Rights/Global Change, Writing Requirement, Comparative Law

Stephen Zavestoski

Professor
(415) 422-5485

Stephen Zavestoski received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, and his MA and PhD from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the...

Education:

PhD, Washington State University | MA, Washington State University | BA, University of Notre Dame

Courses:

Environment and Society, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, Health and Environment, Methods in Environ Studies, Special Topics, Davies Seminar, Directed Study

Paul Zeitz

Professor
(415) 422-6590

Originally trained as an ergodic theorist (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1992), today Paul Zeitz's overriding interest is mathematical...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Courses:

Business Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus and Analytic Geometry III, Introduction to Formal Methods, Mathematical Circles, Math Colloquium, Number Theory, Directed Reading and Research, Combinatorics, Real Analysis

Desiree Zerquera

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies
(415) 422-4535

Desiree Zerquera is an Assistant Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership Studies. Born and raised in Miami...

Education:

PhD, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington

Courses:

Research Methods in Education, Student Development in College, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Race, Diversity, and Higher Education, HESA Capstone I: Analytical & Reflective Writing for Aspiring Higher Education Professionals, HESA Capstone II: Analytical & Reflective Writing for Aspiring Higher Education Professionals, Directed Study, American Institutions in Higher Education, Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications, Race, Diversity, and Higher Education, Dissertation Proposal Development, Dissertation Research and Writing, Directed Study

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