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. 


Bernadette Barker-Plummer

Professor
(415) 422-6187

Bernadette Barker-Plummer received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BA from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Her research interests are in media, social movements, and social change. Some of her work can be found in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Monographs, and Peace Review. She teaches Gender and Media, Introduction to...

Education:

BA, Edinburgh University in Scotland, MA, University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Tracy Benning

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5445

Professor Benning received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology. Her research interests include landscape ecology, urban ecology and resource conservation and management. Her most recent research focuses on remote sensing and GIS technologies in the study of tropical rainforest dynamics in Hawaii and riparian corridors in southern African savannas.

Education:

PhD, University of Colorado

Gregory Benson

Professor
(415) 422-5066

Professor Benson's research areas include operating systems, parallel computing, and programming languages. He has designed and developed several run-time systems and tools for parallel programming languages and libraries. Specifically, he led the development of USFMPI, a multi-threaded implementation of MPI 1.2 for Linux using either Myrinet or Ethernet. In addition, Professor Benson co-created FlashMob Computing and he implemented much of the software that enabled the harnessing of 700...

Education:

PhD from the University of California, Davis

Expertise:

Operating Systems, Parallel Computing, Programming Languages

Liat Berdugo

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4301

Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for digital culture. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, and her book, The Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. She is the net art and special programs curator for Print Screen, Israel’s international festival of digital art; co-founder and curator of the Bay Area’s Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media...

Education:

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media, 2013, BA, Brown University, Mathematics, Philosophy, 2008

Paula Birnbaum

Professor
(415) 422-5167

Biography Paula Birnbaum is the Academic Director of the Museum Studies Master of Arts Program and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at USF. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a doctorate in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. Professor Birnbaum is a former Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. Birnbaum’s research focuses on modern and contemporary art in relationship to gender and sexuality,...

Education:

PhD, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, BA, History of Art and French Literature, Bowdoin College

Jessica Blum-Sorensen

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4750

Jessica Blum-Sorensen earned her PhD from Yale University in 2015, where her dissertation, a study of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, focused on the interactions of genre, temporality, and Roman visual culture in the Flavian period. She received her MA and MPhil in classical philology from Yale in 2012, and her BA in classics from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. Before joining the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in 2017, she was visiting assistant professor at Wabash College and...

Education:

PhD, Yale University, MA, MPhil, Classical Philology, Yale University, BA, Classics, Trinity College Dublin

William Bosl

Associate Professor

Dr. William (Bill) Bosl, Associate Professor of Health Informatics and Clinical Psychology at the University of San Francisco. His primary research focus is on clinical neurophysiology and neurodiagnostics. In 2018 Professor Bosl was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bosl is leading a series of projects to discover patterns in infant EEG signals that can serve as biomarkers for autism and other neurodevelopmental pathology in collaboration with...

Education:

PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, PhD, Geophysics, Stanford University, MA, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, MS, Atmospheric Physics, University of Michigan, BS, Chemistry, Miami University

Hana Böttger

Associate Professor

Professor Böttger’s interests lie at the intersection of structural materials engineering and architecture, and she created and has been directing the Architectural Engineering minor program within the Department of Art + Architecture. She has also taught international immersion courses and project courses in which students work with community partners. She joined the new Engineering program curriculum development efforts in 2015, became interim director in 2018, and will be the first...

Education:

MArch, MS, Structural Materials Engineering, UC Berkeley, BS, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

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.

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