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. 

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...


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


Data visualization, Computer Science Education

Vamsee Juluri

(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...


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.


PhD The University of Texas at Austin, 2006


Computer Security, Privacy in the Internet, Database Privacy

Deneb Karentz

(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...


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

William Karney

(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...


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

Olga Karpenko

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6176

Professor Karpenko received her PhD and MS in Computer Science from Brown University, and her BS degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University. Before joining USF, she was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. Professor Karpenko’s research interests lie in the areas of computer graphics and human-computer interaction. In particular, her thesis focused on sketch-based 3D modeling.


PhD, Computer Science, Brown University, MS, Computer Science, Brown University, BS, Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University


Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction

Alice Kaswan

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, and Dean's Circle Scholar
(415) 422-5053

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Alice Kaswan is an expert on climate change and on environmental justice. She has written and spoken widely about climate federalism, addressing the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Her work also explores the intersection between environmental justice and climate change policy, with special emphasis on the environmental justice implications of climate adaptation...


BS, UC Berkeley, JD, Harvard University


Administrative Law, Climate Change Policy, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Regulation

Elizabeth Katz

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5413

Professor Katz is PhD from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research areas of specialization are development economics, women in development, agricultural economics, and history of economic thought. Dr. Katz's recent research has focused on the relationship between gender, intra-household bargaining and development in Latin America.


PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Susan Katz

Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2209

Susan Roberta Katz is Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where in 2008 she co-founded the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the U.S. She has received two Fulbright fellowships: 2003 at the University of Pécs, Hungary, and 2010 at the bilingual intercultural teacher training institute of the Shuar indigenous nationality in Ecuador.  Dr. Katz’s writings on the education of youth from diverse marginalized communities have...


PhD, Education in Language and Literacy, University of California, Berkeley

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4372

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata arrived at USF in 2007 as an ethnic minority dissertation fellow after completing a fellowship at the National Congress of American Indians in 2006–07. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago and serves in the Politics Department at USF as an associate professor. Her research interests include: democratic politics; the normative dimensions of policy making; negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments; federalism; and...


University of Chicago, AM, PhD in Political Science, San Francisco State University, BA in American Studies, Minor in American Indian Studies


Federalism, American Indian Politics, Political Theory (Self-Determination)