Faculty

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. 


Omar F. Miranda

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4142

Dr. Omar F. Miranda specializes in the literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the editor of On the 200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Manfred: Commemorative Essays, a Romantic Circles Praxis volume dedicated to Byron's poetic drama, co-editor of a forthcoming Cambridge volume, Percy Shelley for Our Times, and editor of an abridged teaching edition of Mary Shelley’s novel, The Last Man (Romantic Circles). He has published or forthcoming essays in European Romantic Review,...

Education:

New York University, PhD in English and American Literature, Boston College, MA in English, University of Miami (Florida), BA in German, Political Science, and English

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...

Education:

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

Seth Foreman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4510

I am excited about using high-precision control of light to create and control extremely brief pulses of electrons! My main tools are ultrafast lasers and field emission tips. Much of my earlier graduate work concentrated on improving the exquisite control of light fields achieved by the optical clock and ultrafast laser communities. With undergraduate research students at USF, we investigate the ultrafast field emission process. Students have designed, built, and characterized femtosecond...

Education:

PhD, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Karen Francis

Professor
(415) 422-6265

Karen L. Francis, PhD, is a Professor and Co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in Motor Control and Motor Learning and Neuroscience. Dr. Francis's research interests are focused on how we control and coordinate movement and how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements. Dr. Francis is currently the President of the American Kinesiology Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Big City Mountaineers; a...

Education:

The University of Texas, PhD, Kinesiology: Motor Control and Learning, 2000, The University of Texas, MA, Kinesiology and Health Education, 1996, The Ohio State University, Health Education, 1992

Expertise:

Motor Control and Learning

Eileen Fung

Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
(415) 422-6083

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Eileen Chia-Ching Fung has dedicated more than 20 years of service to USF, including more than 10 years in the dean’s office. Interim Dean Fung was awarded the James Irvine Dissertation Fellowship in 1997, and hired as a full-time faculty member in the Department of English in 1998. She served as chair of the English department and director of the Asian American Pacific Studies Program before her appointment as associate dean of arts and humanities in...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cathy Gabor

Professor
(415) 422-6684

Professor Gabor identifies first and foremost as a teacher. She finds joy in reading and responding to student writing. She describes her approach as "teaching at the edge of chaos" because most of her assignments ask students to interact with real world audiences through digital, oral, and written rhetoric. Her research projects, mostly classrooms studies, stem from her deep love of teaching and are often inspired by things she has learned from students. For most of her career, Professor Gabor...

Education:

Texas Christian University, PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, 2004, Indiana University, MA in English, 1992, Bethany College, BA in English, 1989

Expertise:

Rhetoric and composition, Writing in electronic environments, Ignatian pedagogy

Joshua Gamson

Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences
(415) 422-5217

Joshua Gamson received his BA from Swarthmore College, and his MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and previously taught at Yale University. He currently teaches Sociology of Popular Culture, Sex and Sexualities, Introduction to Sociology, and Fieldwork in Sociology. His research and teaching focus on the sociology of culture, with an emphasis on contemporary Western commercial culture and mass media; social movements, especially on cultural aspects of contemporary...

Education:

MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, BA, Swarthmore College

J. Garrett-Walker

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6432

J. Garrett-Walker is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. She earned a B.A. from University of San Francisco and a PhD from the Graduate Center of City University of New York. Professor Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on multiple identity development for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) emerging adults. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Center of City University of New York, BA, University of San Francisco

Ilaria Giglioli

Assistant Professor

Ilaria Giglioli is a scholar of migration, borders and racialization. A human geographer by training, she studies the creation, legitimization and contestation of borders, with a comparative focus in the Mediterranean and US southern border. In particular, she studies the social, political and economic processes that generate support for border fortification, as well as social movements that contest it. She also studies the relationship between border fortification, territorial inequality, and...

Education:

University of California Berkeley, PhD in Geography, 2018, University of Toronto, MA in Geography, 2010, University of Oxford, BA in Geography, 2006

George Gmelch

Professor

George Gmelch is professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his PhD at UCSB. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies culture change, migration, mobile workers, tourism, and sport cultures. He has done long term field research among Irish Travellers, English Gypsies, Alaskan natives, Caribbean villagers and tourism workers, and return migrants in Ireland, Newfoundland and Barbados. He is the author of 13 books and has written...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

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