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. 

Eric Hongisto

(415) 422-5657

Eric Hongisto is a Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Delaware and Montana State University-Bozeman. He received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art, 1999, and his BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art, 1997. Most recent awards include a 2009 Graves Award in the Humanities, a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Installation and a 2002 New York Foundation of...


MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, 1999, BFA in Painting, Maine College of Art, 1997

Jeremy Howell

(415) 422-6875

A professor at the USF since 1997, Dr. Howell was the first full time professor hired into the Sport Management Master's program where he has taught numerous courses that focus on the intersection of sport, culture and commerce. He has since held multiple roles at the institution. In 2010 he was part of a three-member Interim Athletic Director team that oversaw all operations of USF's Athletic Department. He is currently the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, a member of the Athletics...


PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, MS, University of Washington, Seattle, PGCE, Bangor University, Wales, BA, Bangor University, Wales

Xiaosheng Huang

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6281

My research interests are in observational cosmology. Fourteen years after the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize 2011), a standard model of the universe (and its variations) has been established but fundamental questions about the nature of dark energy remain unanswered. Along with collaborators in the Supernova Cosmology Project led by Saul Perlmutter at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, I am working on the following projects and would like to engage...


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Physics (2004)

Renee Brunelle Hubert

(415) 422-5903

Renee Brunelle Hubert has been fascinated by mathematics since a very young age. After graduating magna cum laude from USF with a BS in mathematics in 1994, she attended UC San Diego on a Cota Robles Fellowship, earning an MA in mathematics in 1997 with emphases in complex analysis and abstract algebra. She currently specializes in making mathematics accessible and exciting to non-majors, and investigating ways to integrate technology into the learning experience.


MA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1997

Gerwyn Hughes

Associate Professor

Gerwyn Hughes, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. He teaches courses in Biomechanics and Anatomical Kinesiology. Prof. Hughes’s main area of research is gender differences in landing and/or cutting biomechanics associated with non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury. He has also published research in the areas of golf ball kinematics during putting, the biomechanics of simulated ankle sprains and the use of mobile technology...


Swansea University, PhD in Sports Science (Biomechanics), 2007, Swansea University, BS in Sports Science, 2004


Sport and exercise biomechanics

Jonathan Hunt

Professor, Composition Director
(415) 422-6685

Jonathan Hunt teaches public speaking and composition courses in the Department of Rhetoric and Language at USF. He also teaches courses in the first-year seminar program and USF's Honors College. His courses are activity-based and student-centered, focused on fostering students’ intellectual curiosity and rhetorical agency. Professor Hunt has been at USF since 2012 and served as co-director of the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence from 2016 to 2019. He is director of the composition...


PhD in World Literature and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz, BA in English, Dartmouth College

Yannet Interian

Associate Professor
(607) 279-5554

Yannet is an associate professor in the Master’s in Data Science program, and her research interests lie in the application of machine learning and deep learning to medical data. She holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell University and a BS in mathematics from the University of Havana, Cuba. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley, she worked for five years as a data scientist at Google. Yannet co-founded Akualab, a start-up that helped organizations develop data-driven...


Cornell University, PhD in Applied Mathematics, 2006

Scott Jablonski

Adjunct Professor
(650) 823-4442

Scott Jablonski has worked in live entertainment and technology for 25 years. He is the Founder & CEO of 77 Analytics, LLC, providing strategic assessment of business operations, financial services/due diligence, and analytical work to clients since 2015. Following 7 years in technology product management at firms such as Oracle Corporation, he received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In 2007, Scott joined the NBA's Team Marketing & Business Operations group, consulting with 60...


Harvard Business School, MBA, 2007, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MS in Information Technology, 2000, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS in I/O Psychology, 1998

Marco Jacquemet

(415) 422-5543

Marco Jacquemet teaches courses in communication and culture, intercultural communication, geographies of communication, and justice and social change. His scholarship focuses on the communicative mutations produced by the circulation of migrants and media idioms in the Mediterranean area. His more recent book project is called Transidioma: Language and Power in the 21st Century. He is also present in Italian media activist networks, where he investigates the link between media and power.


PhD, Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology, UC Berkeley, MA, Linguistics/Semiotics, EHESS, Paris, BA, Communication Studies, U. of Bologna

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

(415) 422-6046

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizing, women's rights in Latin America,...


BA, Barnard College, MA/PhD, Stanford University