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. 


Christina Garcia Lopez

Associate Professor, Director of Chicanx-Latinx Studies, Interim Director of Critical Diversity Studies
(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: Latinx and Chicanx literature;...

Education:

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

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

Lindsay Gifford

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4135

Lindsay Gifford is an Assistant Professor of International Studies and Anthropology, and she is currently the faculty adviser for the culture, societies and values track for the International Studies major. Prof. Gifford holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University, a BA in Anthropology from CSU Northridge, and is a graduate of Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School, as well as Damascus University’s Arabic language program in Syria. She was a Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellow for...

Education:

PhD, Anthropology, Boston University, BA, Anthropology, CSU Northridge, graduate of Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School, graduate of Damascus University’s Arabic language program in Syria

Expertise:

Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East

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

Sharon Gmelch

Professor
(415) 422-4453

Sharon Bohn Gmelch earned a PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her interests include visual anthropology, gender, ethnicity, and tourism. She is the author of ten books, including Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman (1986/91), which was a finalist for anthropology's Margaret Mead award, and The Tlingit Encounter with Photography (2008). She also co-produced an ethnographic film on the Tlingit. She has conducted research in Ireland, Barbados,...

Education:

PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara

Michael Goldman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5280

Dr. Michael M. Goldman is a marketing and sales teacher, researcher, and advisor to organizations in the U.S., India, Kenya, and South Africa. From investigating how to retain baseball season ticket holders of the San Francisco Giants, to advising the MTN Group on leveraging their FIFA World Cup sponsorship, to developing sales skills workshops with the Los Angeles Clippers, Michael has worked with students, managers and clients to enhance their abilities to acquire, grow and retain profitable...

Education:

Gordon Institute of Business Science, DBA, 2014, Gordon Institute of Business Science, MBA, 2005

Expertise:

Sport fan and consumer behavior, Athlete, team or event sponsorship, Sport sales and demand generation, Sport marketing strategy

Ken Goldstein

Professor
(415) 422-5662

Ken Goldstein is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and Faculty Director of the USF in DC program. Before joining the University of San Francisco, Goldstein was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the University of Wisconsin's Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He has...

Education:

PhD, American Politics and Research Methodology, University of Michigan

Expertise:

Use and Impact of political advertising

Nicole Gonzales Howell

Assistant Professor

Nicole Gonzales Howell received her MA from California State University, Fresno and earned her PhD from Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. In 2014 Nicole was selected as one of the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows at the University of San Francisco (now the Gerardo Marin Dissertation Fellows). Currently Nicole is a full time assistant professor in the Rhetoric and Language department and teaches several Written Communication and Public Speaking courses. Additionally,...

Education:

PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University, MA English with a certificate in Composition, California State University, Fresno, BA in Language and Literature, University of Southern California

Louise Goupil

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4081

Louise Goupil is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. She received a BS in chemical biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in chemical biology from the the University of California, San Francisco. Her graduate research focused on the role of cysteine proteases in the free-living flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea as a potential model system for parasitic flatworms. Professor Goupil teaches general biology I/II, cell physiology, and molecular biology courses...

Education:

PhD in Chemical Biology, University of California, San Francisco, BS in Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6692

Dr. Grinshteyn is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining...

Education:

PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University , BA in Sociology, Brandeis University

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