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. 

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...


PhD, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007

Karen Francis

(415) 422-6265

Karen Francis, PhD, is a professor and co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of movement science: Motor Learning, Measurement and Statistics, Neuroscience, Professional Practicum and serves on committees for both the Gerontology and Neuroscience Minors. 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. In one line of...


PhD, The University of Texas

Patricia Francis-Lyon

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2810

Patricia teaches bioinformatics, clinical decision support and other courses in the health informatics program and the computer science department. She’s primarily interested in working with students to apply data analytics to the health domain, with the goal of producing software tools that perform analyses for clinicians, researchers, and the public. Collaborating with her students is a big priority for Patricia; a number of them are co-authors of her peer-reviewed articles, and their work...


PhD, Computer Science with emphasis on Computational Biology, University of California at Davis

Karen Fraser

Associate Professor

Karen M. Fraser earned her PhD from Stanford University, where she studied both traditional Japanese art and the history of photography. Her research focuses on modern Japanese visual culture, with particular interests in Japanese photography from ca. 1860 through the 1930s, cross-cultural interactions and influences between Asia and the West, gender issues, and museum and exhibition history. Professor Fraser’s teaching experience includes survey and upper-level courses covering both...


PhD, Art History, Stanford University, MA, Art History, University of South Florida, BS, Communications and Art History, University of Miami

Emma Fuentes

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education; Department Chairperson
(415) 422-5078


PhD, Education, Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Eileen Fung

(415) 422-6083

Eileen Fung earned her PhD in medieval literature with a secondary expertise in Asian American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices. She helped start the Asian American Studies program at USF and has served as both the co-chair and chair of the English Department. At present, she is the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Cathy Gabor

Associate Professor, Department Chair of Rhetoric and Language
(415) 422-6862

Cathy Gabor received a BA in English from Bethany College in West Virginia, an MA in English from Indiana University, and a PhD in rhetoric and composition from Texas Christian University. Prior to her arrival at USF in 2012, she was the Writing Program director at San Jose State University. At USF, she teaches RHET 101, 110, 110N, 120, and 205. Cathy's research and teaching interests range from service-learning to writing in electronic environments. Her work has appeared in Reflections: A...


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


Digital Authorship, Feminist Leadership, Writing Pedagogy

David Galles

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5951

Prof. David Galles received his BS from Stanford University and his MS and PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles. His areas of interest include causal networks, programming languages, artificial intelligence.


MS and PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, BS, Stanford University

Joshua Gamson

(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...


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

Christina Garcia Lopez

Director of Chican@-Latin@ Studies, Associate Professor
(415) 422-4749

Christina Garcia Lopez holds a PhD in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her BA in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an MA in American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature;...


BA, English Literature, University of North Texas, MA, American Literature and Culture, University of Leeds, PhD, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin