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. 

Horacio Camblong

(415) 422-2364

Professor Camblong's research has been centered on miscellaneous topics in quantum field theory, gravitational physics, and many-body theory. His main focus has been on developing general frameworks, with applications to fields as diverse as condensed-matter physics, molecular physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and quantum gravity. Some of the highlights of his published research over the past decade include collaborative work on: a geometrical and gauge-invariant approach...


PhD, New York University, 1993


A geometrical and gauge-invariant approach to the quantum effective action, Many-body formulation of magnetotransport for inhomogeneous systems, Nonlinear redefinitions of quantum fields in path integrals, Path integral treatments of singular problems and bound states, Renormalization theory, Quantum anomalies in molecular physics

Sarah Camhi

Associate Professor

Sarah Camhi’s educational and research training as a clinical exercise physiologist and physical activity epidemiologist has given her a unique perspective on examining the associations between lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and cardiometabolic risk. More specifically, her research has examined the role of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or diet in modifying cardiometabolic risk within obese individuals across the lifespan. Professor Camhi’s current research explores barriers and...


Fitness and health assessment, Physical activity programming for children in community-based and school settings , Community engaged research

Melissa Ann Canlas

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2137

Melissa Ann Canlas is Assistant Professor in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her work focuses on Ethnic Studies, issues of educational equity, critical leadership, critical pedagogies, and human rights, particularly for immigrant and refugees and students of color. She has over fifteen years of work as an educator, and her work experience includes teaching a wide variety of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies classes at the undergraduate...


Ed.D. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco, M.A. Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, B.A. English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America and the Black Atlantic, political economy, visual culture, urban ethnography, transnationalism and globalization, media and cultural studies and critical theory. She is particularly drawn to issues of branding, advertising and markets as sites for the construction of political subjectivity and the ways this process inflects constructions of race,...


PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University., MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago, BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Alessandra Cassar

(415) 422-5351

Alessandra Cassar is a professor of economics at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic Science Association and a former co-director of LEEPS Lab (Learning and Experimental Economics Projects of Santa Cruz) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her MA in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan, in 1996, and her PhD in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2001. Cassar is passionate...


PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, Universita' di Parma (BA) and Universita' Bocconi, Milano (MA)

Thomas Cavanaugh

(415) 422-6356

  Professor Thomas Cavanaugh teaches medical ethics, a first-year seminar entitled What is Wisdom? (for which he received an NEH Enduring Questions grant), and, more recently, in the Honors College where he offers a course entitled Wisdom’s Lovers: Ancient and Medieval Philosophers. His most recently completed project concerns the Hippocratic Oath, which founds medicine as an exclusively therapeutic practice that especially excludes deliberately injuring patients. In 2018, Oxford University...


Ph. D., University of Notre Dame, A.B., Thomas Aquinas College

Richard Cellini

(415) 422-6860

Dr. Cellini teaches the Leadership and Critical Thinking course for all cohorts. He also serves as the Internship professor. In addition to his work with the University, Dr. Cellini is also a play-by-play announcer. He is currently a lead play-by-play announcer for Sports USA Radio. He has broadcast for ABC's college football, FOX's NFL Europe and Pac-10 basketball on Fox Sports Net.


PhD, University of New Mexico

Suparna Chakraborty

(415) 422-4715

Dr. Chakraborty received her PhD at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization include: applied macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, international finance, and development economics. Dr. Chakraborty has published research articles in the Journal of International Business Studies, Economics Letters, and the Journal of World Economic Review.


PhD, University of Minnesota

Kate Charlton

Assistant Professor, Advertising Program Director
(415) 422-4185

Kate Charlton joined USF as the director of the Advertising program in 2016, bringing with her over 20 years of international industry experience. Establishing her career in Canada in Leisure and Tourism, she transitioned to Sydney, Australia where she held senior roles in Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Account Direction within leading advertising, digital, and design agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi. In 2009, her passion for teaching drew her to academia, where she...


PhD, Marketing, The University of Sydney Business School (Australia) , Mcomm, Advertising, Bond University (Australia), BA, Leisure, Tourism & Society, The University of Calgary (Canada)

Zifei "Fay" Chen

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2617

Professor Zifei “Fay” Chen is an assistant professor in the communication studies department and the coordinator of the Public Relations Minor program. Specialized in public relations and strategic communication, Chen’s research agenda centers on examining the factors and mechanisms that drive stakeholders’ attitudes and behaviors toward organizations in the digital environment. Chen’s work has been published in leading refereed journals including Journal of Public Relations Research, Public...


University of Miami, PhD in Communication, 2017, University of Georgia, MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013, Zhejiang University, BA in English with Honors Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2011