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. 

Heather Hoag

(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history. Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a...


PhD, History, Boston University, 2003


African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6951

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.


MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, PhD, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University

Beth Hoffman

Associate Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF
(415) 422-4136

Beth Hoffman has reported on food and agriculture for more than fifteen years, airing on NPR, The World, Latino USA, Living on Earth. She has a Masters from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism and has completed several documentary projects, including a year cooking with immigrant women in their homes and telling their stories. She blogged for Forbes.com for two years and does freelance writing and radio. She currently teaches Audio Production, Advanced Radio and Food Media at USF.


MA, UC Berkeley


Food and agriculture

David Holler

(415) 422-5995

David Holler serves as the Director of the Martín–Baró Scholars Program, a living-learning community for first-year students which covers five core classes, including public speaking, composition, literature, cultural diversity, and community-engaged learning. Holler also edits USF's undergraduate research journal, Writing for a Real World. His RHET 325 course (offered every fall semester) invites students interested in pursuing careers in editing to work on USF's annual research journal....

Devon Holmes

(415) 422-5638

Devon Holmes, Professor of Rhetoric and Language, holds a BA in English from the University of Southern California, an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She teaches written and oral communication to undergraduates, grounding her courses in what Russel K. Durst describes as a pedagogy of “reflective instrumentalism.” Devon co-directs the composition program.


PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona, MA in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, BA in English, University of Southern California

Eric Hongisto

(415) 422-5657

Eric Hongisto is a Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Delaware and Montana State University-Bozeman. He received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art, 1999, and his BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art, 1997. Most recent awards include a 2009 Graves Award in the Humanities, a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Installation and a 2002 New York Foundation of...


MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, 1999, BFA in Painting, Maine College of Art, 1997

Erica Hooper-Arana DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4729

Erica Hooper-Arana has nursing experience working in the areas of geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, public health, leadership, program development, and education. She has a BSN and DNP in Health Care Systems Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She also has an MSN in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California San Francisco. She has been teaching nursing at the University of San Francisco since 2005. At USF she...


DNP-University of San Francisco, MSN-University of California, San Francisco, BSN-University of San Francisco

Catherine Horiuchi

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2132

Catherine Horiuchi, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Public Administration program, employs her extensive multi-disciplinary expertise in organizational theory, public administration and analysis, quantitative methods, statistics, and emerging technologies—with the continuing aim of serving her students in her role as educator. Dr. Horiuchi is the former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Management, where she led the recruitment, development, and...


DPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 2001, Graduate Studies in Linguistics and Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 1982–84 , MA, Linguistics, University of Utah 1978, BA, Latin (magna cum laude), University of Utah, 1975


Organizational theory, Public administration and analysis, Quantitative methods, Statistics, Emerging technologies

Jeremy Howell

(415) 422-6875

A professor at the USF since 1997, Dr. Howell was the first full time professor hired into the Sport Management Master's program where he has taught numerous courses that focus on the intersection of sport, culture and commerce. He has since held multiple roles at the institution. In 2010 he was part of a three-member Interim Athletic Director team that oversaw all operations of USF's Athletic Department. He is currently the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, a member of the Athletics...


PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, MS, University of Washington, Seattle, PGCE, Bangor University, Wales, BA, Bangor University, Wales

Xiaosheng Huang

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6281

My research interests are in observational cosmology. Fourteen years after the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize 2011), a standard model of the universe (and its variations) has been established but fundamental questions about the nature of dark energy remain unanswered. Along with collaborators in the Supernova Cosmology Project led by Saul Perlmutter at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I am working on the following projects and would like to engage...


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2004)