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. 

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Associate Professor

Brian Dowd-Uribe is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His current research explores the social, agro-ecological and economic dimensions of food, agriculture and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Specifically Professor Dowd-Uribe’s research examines whether and to what extent transgenic crops benefit small farmers in Burkina Faso, the role of decentralized water governance committees in mitigating...


PhD, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Amie Dowling

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4888

Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past several years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. Her most recent film, Separate Sentence, examines the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration. She has presented work...


MFA, Smith College

Lilian Dube

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube is an associate professor and former chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco where she started in 2006 after a decade of teaching at universities in the USA and UK and the University of Zimbabwe, with tenure. In 1999, she made history as the first Black woman to earn a Doctor of Theology degree from Stellenbosch University. She is the executive director of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, co-author of African...


DTh (Missiology), University of Stellenbosch, STM, Columbia University, Grad CE, University of Zimbabwe, MA, University of Zimbabwe, BA Honors, University of Zimbabwe, BA General, University of Zimbabwe

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

(415) 422-4486

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is a design professor, artist and writer, whose work integrates technology, craft, and design. Her current focus is on sustainability and systems thinking as related to behavior change. Egenhoefer is currently the Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture, Program Director of the Design Program, and an Associate Professor in Design at the University of San Francisco, where she has taught since 2009. She serves on the College of Arts & Sciences Sustainability Task...


MFA, University of California San Diego, BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Robert Elias

(415) 422-6349

Robert Elias has taught in the Politics Department at USF since 1989. He founded the USF Legal Studies and the Peace & Justice Studies programs, and now coordinates the Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and the 4+3 Law programs. He teaches in the Honors Humanities and the BA/MA in International Studies programs. He's a Pre–Law Advisory Program member and advises the Student Pre–Law Society. Elias has taught previously at Tufts University in Boston and France, the University of...


MA/PhD, Penn State University, BA, University of Pennsylvania, Certificate, University of Strasbourg

Sophie Engle

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4174

Sophie’s research interests include data visualization and computer science education. She is a co-founder of the Visualization and Graphics Lab (VGL) and on the steering committee for the Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec). She is passionate about supporting diverse learners in the classroom, and integrating one-on-one student/faculty interaction into her courses on software development and data visualization. https://sjengle.cs.usfca.edu


PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Davis, 2010.


Data Visualization, Computer Science Education

Osasere Evbuomwan

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4914

Professor Evbuomwan received her BS in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in May 2006. Later that year, she joined the chemistry program at the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of A. Dean Sherry. Evbuomwan spent an additional year at UT Dallas as a postdoctoral research associate after which she was selected as one of ten Madrid-MIT M+Vision Postdoctoral Research Fellows at MIT. In...


PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Texas at Dallas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Doreen Ewert

Professor, AEM Director
(415) 422-2607

Doreen Ewert has an MA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. She has taught second language learners and language teachers in Poland, Japan, Lithuania and the US, and directed English language programs for pre-academic and matriculated ESL learners for several decades. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of second language learning and teaching, linguistics, English grammar,...


PhD, TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University, MA, English Literature, University of Notre Dame

Nora Fisher Onar

Assistant Professor

Nora Fisher Onar is assistant professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include the theory and practice of international relations, foreign policy analysis, comparative area studies (Turkey; Middle East; Europe), political ideologies, gender, and history/memory. She received her doctorate from Oxford and holds master’s and undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Georgetown universities, respectively. She speaks five languages, has...


Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil), University of Oxford, Master in International Affairs (MIA), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Todd Fitch

Assistant Professor

Todd is an adjunct professor in the department of Economics at the University of San Francisco and a lecturer in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He has worked at many Silicon Valley high-tech companies in various capacities. He has 20+ years experience in the software industry in telecommunications, medical, financial software, and analytics. His experience includes performance engineering, tools development, product development, product...