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. 

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

Hsiu-Lan Cheng

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
(415) 422-5721

Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng's research examines help-seeking attitudes and mental health concerns (particularly depression, body image concerns, disordered eating) from the intersection of racial and ethnic minority psychology, objectification theory, attachment theory, and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in understanding the contextualization of mental health and psychological wellbeing within the sociocultural milieu of racism, sexism, classism, immigration, and acculturation.  Dr...


PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Violet Cheung

(415) 422-4373

Dr. Violet Cheung is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research on mass emotions started after 9/11 while she was completing her doctorate degree at UC Berkeley. She examined angry responses to the terrorist attack and how the public sentiment precipitated the U.S. to go to war. She now focuses on anxious and fearful responses in the new contexts of cyber insecurity, the migrant crisis, and the Covid pandemic. She also uses big data analytic...


UC Berkeley, PhD in Psychology, 2007


Anxiety, Fear and Anger, Public Sentiments, Big Data Analytics

Jennifer Chubb

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4693

My general research area is logic and computability theory, in particular computable structure theory. I am also studying quantum computing & quantum logic. More information at http://cs.usfca.edu/~jcchubb


PhD, Mathematics, George Washington University, 2009, MS, Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, 2003, BS, Physics & Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, 1999

Kevin Chun

(415) 422-2418

Kevin M. Chun, PhD, is professor of psychology and co-founding faculty member of USF’s Asian American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs. Professor Chun uses community-based research methods to study acculturation effects on Asian American immigrant health and psychosocial adjustment. His research program aims to improve acculturation theory and measures, and develop health interventions that reduce immigrant families’ acculturation stress. Prof. Chun was co-principal investigator...


PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, BS, Psychology, Santa Clara University, Psychology Internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System


acculturation, bicultural efficacy in health management, immigrant health disparities, Asian American psychology, multicultural psychology, ethnic minority mental health, family psychology