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. 

Mary Lou De Natale

(415) 422-2022

Mary Lou De Natale has expertise in community mental health and telehealth case management with the underserved in the community and their partners / families. For the past twenty nine years, she has been involved in the bachelors, masters, and DNP programs (committee member of doctoral dissertations in the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions - DNP projects). Her professional and personal mission, clinical practice, and research revolve around health care advocacy...


Post-Doctoral Academic Program of Study, Social and Behavioral Health-Health Policy, University of San Francisco, EdD, San Jose State University, MSN, University of San Francisco, BSN


Community and mental health nursing, Maternal-child nursing and pediatric

Marilyn DeLaure

(415) 422-2289

Marilyn (Bordwell) DeLaure teaches courses in rhetoric, criticism, and social movements. Her research investigates how people effect social change, focusing especially on embodied performance. She has published essays on dance, civil rights rhetoric, and environmental activism, and is co-editor of Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance (NYU Press). She is also a producer of the award-winning documentary film MOTHERLOAD about the cargo bicycling movement.


PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa, BA, Speech Communication, Drake University

Brian Komei Dempster

(415) 422-6042

Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies. He has been at USF since 2001 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010. At the university, he has taught various courses in the Rhetoric and Language Department and has instructed creative writing...

Leslie Dennen

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6011

Leslie Dennen is the director of the Writing Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Language. She received her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Certificate in Composition from San Francisco State University. She received her Doctorate in Education from USF in 2007. Her dissertation investigated how student engagement in on-campus activities affected student identity and beliefs about their learning process. Her article "Writing Center for...


Doctorate in Education, USF, MA, Teaching English as a Second Language and Certificate in Composition, San Francisco State University

Nathan Dennis

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4938

Nathan Dennis is an assistant professor in the Art History and Museum Studies programs at USF. He specializes in late antique and medieval art and architecture, particularly of the Mediterranean and Near East, including the material and visual traditions of Western Christian, Byzantine/Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic cultures. He received a PhD in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University, writing his dissertation on the pictorial, material, and liturgical strategies employed in...


PhD, History of Art, Johns Hopkins University, 2016


Roman, Early Christian, Medieval, and Byzantine Art, Early Christian Baptisteries, Ancient and Medieval Mosaics, Late Antique and Early Medieval Mediterranean World

Jennifer Dever

(415) 422-5481

Jennifer A. Dever is Professor in the Department of Biology. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University. Professor Dever studies the genetics of threatened and/or endangered populations of vertebrates, including crocodiles and foothill yellow-legged frogs. She employs molecular markers to assess the genetic structure of these populations, with the goal of species conservation. Several graduate and undergraduate students are collaborating with Professor Dever on this research. Watch her NPR...


PhD, Texas Tech University

Stephen Devlin

(415) 422-6509

Stephen Devlin is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Master’s in Data Science program (MSDS). He has also served as department chair and director of the undergraduate data science program. Stephen has a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in New York, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland. He was a C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT before moving to the University of San Francisco. His research interests include both pure and applied...


PhD, Mathematics, University of Maryland, 2001

Steven Doctors

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2453

Steven I. Doctors, PhD teaches architectural history, theory, professional practice, and design studio courses, and directs the Honors in Architecture concentration. He is a licensed architect and general contractor, and maintains a project management practice (The CM+ Group, LLC) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cathal Doherty SJ

Associate Professor

A native of County Donegal in the north of Ireland, Cathal Doherty is a Jesuit priest of the Irish province. Prior to joining the faculty at USF in the academic year 2015-16, he previously taught at Boston College and University College Dublin, Ireland. A linguist turned theologian, he completed doctoral degrees in theology (Boston College) and theoretical linguistics (University of California, Santa Cruz). His main research interests lie in dogmatic, especially sacramental theology, in...

David Donahue

Professor of Education
(415) 422-4293

David Donahue is a professor of education within the School of Education. Prior to USF, he was at Mills College for 23 years as a faculty member in the School of Education, working in teacher education and the doctoral program, and most recently was interim provost. He is the recipient of Mills College’s two highest teaching awards: The Sarlo Award and the Metz Chair. His research interests include teacher learning generally and learning from service-learning and the arts specifically, and he...


PhD, Education, Stanford University, MA, History, Stanford University, MAT, Social Studies, Brown University, BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University