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. 


Eve-Anne Doohan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5367

Eve-Anne Doohan joined the faculty at USF in 2004. She studies the communication of married couples, with a particular interest in relational history narratives and their connection to marital and individual outcomes. She is also interested in beliefs people have about marriage. Her current research focuses on how married couples make the decision to have children. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Communication, and the Western Journal of...

Education:

PhD/MA, Speech Communication, University of Washington, BA, Communication Arts, Gonzaga University

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4551

Brian Dowd-Uribe is an associate 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, the role of decentralized water governance committees in mitigating water-related...

Education:

UC Santa Cruz, PhD in Environmental Studies, 2011, UC Santa Cruz, MA in Environmental Studies, 2008

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...

Education:

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...

Education:

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

Mohammad Ebrahimpour

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ebrahimpour received his PhD from the University of California, Merced in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2020. His research interest is in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, deep learning, machine learning, and machine perception. Recently, he has been more focused on deep metric learning and fast image retrieval. Previously he has done research in the field of combinatorial optimization with its application on feature selection.

Education:

PhD University of California, Merced, 2020, MSc Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran, 2015, BS Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran, 2013

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Professor, Program Chair
(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...

Education:

UC San Diego, MFA, 2004, Maryland Institute College of Arts, BFA, 2002

Expertise:

Sustainability, Systems Thinking , Community Engaged Learning, Design Pedagogy , Strategic Planning and Curricular Assessment for Higher Ed

Robert Elias

Professor
(415) 422-6349

Robert Elias has taught in USF’s politics department since 1989. Hailing from a Czech and Irish-Catholic working class family in New York City, Professor Elias created the USF Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies programs. He’s taught in USF's Honors Humanities and in the BA/MA in International Studies programs. Elias has taught previously at McGill University (Montreal), Tufts University (Boston and France), the UC Berkeley, Penn State University, and the...

Education:

Penn State University, PhD, 1981, University of Strasbourg, Certificate, 1982, Penn State University, M.A., 1974, University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1972

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

Education:

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

Expertise:

Data Visualization, Computer Science Education

Osasere Evbuomwan

Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Engineering Summer Zero Program
(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...

Education:

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

Doreen Ewert

Professor, Rhetoric & Language; Director, AEM
(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,...

Education:

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

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