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. 


Daniel Jerison

Assistant Professor

Daniel Jerison studies probability theory. He is interested in the properties of random objects, such as random planar maps and abelian sand piles, and in the convergence of Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms.

Education:

Stanford University, PhD in Mathematics, 2016, Harvard University, BA in Mathematics, 2007

Adrienne Johnson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5954

Adrienne Johnson is a human geographer who earned a PhD from Clark University. Her dissertation looked at the political ecology and critical resource geographies of Ecuador’s palm oil industry with a specific focus on Afro-Ecuadorian, smallholder, and company participation in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification scheme. She received an MA in geography and a BA in international development studies and political science from York University, Canada. Before joining the...

Education:

PhD, Geography, Clark University, MA, Geography, York University, BA (Hons), International Development Studies, York University

Jeffrey Johnson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4609

After earning BA and PhD degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, Professor Johnson worked as a UI designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He has taught at Stanford University, Mills College, and in 2006 and 2013 taught HCI as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New...

Education:

PhD, Psychology (developmental, experimental), Stanford University, BA, Psychology (experimental), Yale University

Expertise:

Computer Science, Cognitive/Perceptual Psychology

Michael Jonas

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6160

Michael Jonas is from the University of California, Davis. His concentration area of specialization is monetary economics. He completed his doctorate degree at the University of California, Davis.

Education:

PhD, Economics, University of California, Davis, San Francisco State University, MA, Economics

Kristin Jones

Assistant Professor
(617) 460-2487

Kristin Jones teaches CS 107, CS 112, and CS 345 at USF. She studied Computer Science at Mills College, where she also co-taught a Digital Humanities course in the English Department. Prior to studying computer science, Kristin received a PhD in German intellectual history from Harvard University, where she also taught literature and German language classes. She enjoys drawing upon techniques she learned as a German language teacher in order to improve her teaching of programming language...

Education:

Post-Baccalaureate, Computer Science, Mill College, PhD, German, Harvard University, BA, German, Stanford University

Expertise:

Computer science pedagogy, full stack web development, Digital Humanities

Alark Joshi

Department Chair
(415) 422-4916

Alark Joshi works on data visualization projects for improved neurosurgical planning and treatment. His research focuses on developing and evaluating the ability of novel visualization techniques to communicate information for effective decision making and discovery. His work has led to novel visualization techniques in fields as diverse as computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric physics, medical imaging and cell biology. Alark received his PhD from the University of Maryland, was a...

Education:

University of Maryland Baltimore County, PhD in Computer Science, 2007, University of Minnesota, MS in Computer Science, 2001, Pune Institute of Computer Technology, University of Pune, BE in Computer Engineering, 1999

Expertise:

Data visualization, Computer Science Education

Vamsee Juluri

Professor
(415) 422-5699

Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy. He is the author of four books: Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television (Peter Lang, 2003/Orient Longman, 2005)  The Mythologist: A Novel (Penguin India, 2010) Bollywood Nation: India through its...

Education:

PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999

Eunjin (EJ) Jung

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5422

EJ Jung is interested in protecting security and privacy in the Internet. Currently, she's working on countermeasures against Phishing, malicious javascript, privacy in healthcare, policy compatibility in grid and cloud computing, and usable security. She is also excited to share her passion in community service with USF members.

Education:

PhD The University of Texas at Austin, 2006

Expertise:

Computer Security, Privacy in the Internet, Database Privacy

Deneb Karentz

Professor
(415) 422-2831

Professor Karentz is a marine biologist with expertise in plankton ecology and ultraviolet photobiology. Her work has focused on investigating the ecological implications of Antarctic ozone depletion, specifically identifying strategies for protection from UV exposure and understanding mechanisms for repair of UV–induced damage. She has over 30 years of field experience in Antarctica. In addition to research, Deneb mentors early-career scientists through the US National Science Foundation (NSF...

Education:

PhD, University of Rhode Island, MS, Oregon State University

William Karney

Professor
(415) 422-5842

William Karney received his BA from Haverford College and his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his position at USF he did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. At USF, William teaches organic chemistry and environmental chemistry. His research, performed in collaboration with Professor Claire Castro, involves the use of computational chemistry to understand the structures, energetics, and...

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles, PhD in Chemistry, 1994, Haverford College, BA in Chemistry, 1986

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