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. 


Marisa Knight

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4374

Marisa Knight, PhD, specializes in cognitive neuroscience. She teaches biological psychology and research design, and her research is focused on the interplay between motivation, emotion and cognitive functioning across the lifespan.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Amalia Kokkinaki

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4117

An assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science since 2016, Dr. Amalia Kokkinaki holds a PhD degree from the University of Toronto in Canada and joined USF after completing her postdoctoral research at Stanford University. She is an environmental engineer with expertise in groundwater flow, fate and transport of contaminants, and biological treatment of organic pollutants. Her research is in the nexus of mathematical and statistical modeling of the physical, chemical and...

Education:

University of Toronto, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013, University of Toronto, MASc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007, Technical University of Crete, BS and MS, Environmental Engineering, 2005

Expertise:

Groundwater flow and transport, Contaminant hydrogeology, Environmental chemistry and microbiology, Statistical modeling and data assimilation, Bayesian inverse modeling

Oren Kroll-Zeldin

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6601

Oren Kroll-Zeldin holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Social Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies where he also received an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation. He is the Assistant Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice where he teaches courses on Jewish culture, identity and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also serves as the associate director of Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan, a three-week intensive Hebrew language...

Education:

PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Social Change, The California Institute of Integral Studies, MA, Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation, The California Institute of Integral Studies

Uldis Kruze

Professor
(415) 422-6300

Uldis Kruze received his PhD from Indiana University. His areas of interests include Japanese and Chinese political history; U.S. diplomatic relations with East Asia.

Gerard Kuperus

Professor
(415) 422-6969

Gerard Kuperus teaches in the philosophy department. He specializes in philosophy of nature / environmental philosophy, comparative philosophy (specifically zen and indigenous thinking), and continental philosophy. He is the author of Ecopolitical Homelessness: Defining place in an unsettled world (Routledge, 2016) and has published two collections: Ontologies of Nature (Springer, 2017; co-edited with Marjolein Oele) and Thinking in the American West (Routledge, 2020, co-edited with Josh Hayes...

Education:

DePaul University, PhD in Philosophy, 2005, University of Amsterdam, MA in Philosophy, 1999

Expertise:

Philosophy, Environmental Studies, International Studies

Cary Lai

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6643

As a graduate student, Professor Lai performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the enzyme telomerase. Following graduate school, he worked in early-stage research at Genentech where he investigated the Hedgehog signing pathway and its role in tumorigenesis. Most recently, Prof. Lai served as the head of commercial operations at the biotechnology start-up company LakePharma.

Tika Lamsal

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2576

Tika Lamsal teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on rhetoric and composition, written communication, and cross-cultural communication. Through the lens of critical ethnography, Dr. Lamsal’s research examines the intersection of linguistic, cultural, and multimodal literacies of Bhutanese refugees in U.S. contexts to demonstrate how the refugees negotiate their ways to academic, cultural, and economic transition by using their linguistic and cultural repertoires in the new locale of...

Education:

PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Kentucky, MA in English Literature, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1997

Pedro Lange Churión

Professor
(415) 422-6135

Professor Pedro Lange Churión is both an academic and a visual artist. He has written and directed various films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000). Based on a short story by Felisberto Hernández. This film received a Remmy Bronze award for best dramatic adaptation at the Houston International Film Festival (2001). He also wrote and directed Visitas (Colombia, 2005), a full-feature narrative film that explores violence in Colombia. This film has garnered recognition as "Official Selection" in...

Diana Lattimore

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2141

Diana Lattimore, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. The main courses she teaches include Sport & Exercise Psychology, Exercise and Healthy Kids, Exercise and Health Promotion, and Introduction to Kinesiology. Dr. Lattimore's research interests focus on examining the psychological aspects of sport, and specifically the psychological impact of injury on athletes. Currently she is examining the impact of communication between...

Education:

University of South Carolina, PhD in Exercise Science (Health Aspects of Physical Activity), 2006, University of Memphis, MS in Exercise & Sport Science, (Sport Psychology), 2000, Southeast Missouri State University, BS in Psychology, minor in Child Studies, 1996

Expertise:

Psychology of sport, Impact of physical activity on mental health, Mental health in children & adolescents

Man-Lui Lau

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5555

Man-Lui Lau received his PhD from Cornell University. His areas of specialization are microeconomics, macroeconomics, options and futures, mathematical economics and the economies of East Asia. Dr. Lau has published papers on the theory of economic growth and Asian economies. His current research includes the East and Southeast Asian economies, financial development and economic growth, and the theory of Real Options and it's application.

Education:

PhD, Cornell University

Expertise:

Microeconomics , Macroeconomics, Options and futures, Mathematical economics , Economies of East Asia

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