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. 

Maria Daltayanni

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4917

Maria Daltayanni's research interests include reputation and recommender systems in crowdsourcing environments with specialization in two-sided marketplaces (labor, advertising, games). Her patent pending work in developing predictive analytics infrastructure in advertising data warehouses brings together big data and statistical learning. Her recent research in learning unbiased employee rankings (WorkerRank) has been used in labor marketplaces to improve industrial hiring systems. She teaches...


PhD, Computer Science, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), 2015, MSc, Computer Science, UCSC, 2011, BSc, Computer Science, University of Athens, Greece, 2008


Reputation and recommender systems / Crowdsourcing / Computational Advertising, Two-sided marketplaces, Big data predictive analytics

Sergio De La Torre

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5297

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities. These works have been exhibited in a variety of venues both national and international. He has received grants from the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, the Potrero Nuevo Fund, and the Creative Work Fund, among others. De La Torre's latest project is MAQUILAPOLIS (City of Factories), an hour-long video documentary made in...

Mary Lou De Natale

(415) 422-2022

Dr. De Natale has expertise in nursing and community outreach with teaching in both Community and Mental Health.. For the past twenty-six years, she has been involved in the Bachelors, Masters, and DNP Programs (committee member of DNP projects). The overall theme of her work and personal mission revolves around support and care for individuals and/or family while building professional purpose, practice, and furthering community partnerships. Her presentations have covered topics such as...


BSN, University of San Francisco

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 Assistant Professor in the Art History & Museum Studies program and also teaches in the MA in Museum Studies program at USF. Nathan 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 his PhD in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University, writing his dissertation on the...


PhD, History of Art, Johns Hopkins University

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 is the director of 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...


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.