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. 


Moira Gunn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5427

Associate Professor Moira Gunn is a former NASA scientist, engineer and software programmer. Gunn is internationally recognized for her work with global biotechnology business and emerging global information systems. Her pioneering research continues to investigate and inform the next generation of conscientious developers and leaders in biotechnology and information systems. As one of the leading drivers behind the Business of Biotechnology Program, Gunn teaches classes on the legal, ethical...

Education:

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, MS, Computer Science, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, BS, Computer Science, USF, CA

Roberto Gutièrrez Varea

Professor, Theater
(415) 422-2071

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherríe Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of Soapstone Theatre Company, a collective of male ex-offenders and women...

Aaron Hahn Tapper

Professor
(415) 422-2378

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, has been at USF since 2007. An educator for more than two decades, his primary academic interest is the intersection between identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups. Aaron completed his PhD in the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the History of Religions,...

Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, MTS, Harvard Divinity School, BA, Johns Hopkins University

Jeff Hamrick

Full Professor
(415) 422-6810

Associate Professor of Finance Jeff Hamrick has been instrumental in developing USF's MS in Data Science (MSDS) program. His teaching also supports the university's Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) program. For the MSDS program, he has designed courses in linear regression analysis, time series analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and SAS programming. In the MSFA program, he teaches econometrics and financial econometrics. Professor Hamrick contributes his extensive...

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, Boston University, Massachusetts, 2009, Certificate in Computational Science, Boston University, Massachusetts, 2009, MA, Mathematics, Boston University, Massachusetts, 2004, BS, Mathematics, minor in Applied Statistics, Stetson University, Florida, 2002, BBA, Financial Economics, Stetson University, Florida, 2002, BA, History, Stetson University, Florida, 2002

Philip Hanson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2126

Professor Philip Hanson's research and written works have made him one of the foremost experts in the fields of expository writing and twentieth century American literature and film. He is most widely recognized for his book This Side of Despair, which was named one of Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008 and included in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing's list of 2007-2008 "Significant Books." Philip has also written short stories, poetry, and several academic articles such...

Education:

PhD, English, University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Ed Harrington

Lecturer

Ed Harrington brings a wealth of practical experience to the program, where he teaches our Urban Public Finance class. His background includes serving as Controller for the City and County of San Francisco for about 17 years, working with a range of public leaders from 1991 to 2008. He was also the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has been active in many governmental and finance groups and currently is a board member and Treasurer of both Greenpeace...

Candice Harrison

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6709

Candice Harrison joined the department in Fall 2008 after completing her PhD at Emory University. Her teaching interests span the eras of colonial and nineteenth century U.S. history, and include the subjects of economic and labor history, African American history, American popular culture, and comparative race and slavery in the Atlantic World. Recently, Dr. Harrison received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her current book manuscript entitled "Democratizing the Market:...

Education:

PhD, Emory University

Aysha Hidayatullah

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5176

Aysha Hidayatullah is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and teaches undergraduate courses on Islam, gender, race, and ethics. She received her MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA in Women's Studies from Emory University. She began teaching at the University of San Francisco in 2008. Her research interests include feminist exegesis of the Qur'an; representations of women in early Islamic history; constructions of femininity and...

Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, MA, Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara

Aline Hitti

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2175

Aline Hitti is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco. She completed her doctoral degree in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on children’s and adolescents’ social cognitive and moral development in intergroup contexts. She has authored and co-authored several chapters on social exclusion and intergroup peer relations, highlighting how morality is applied in these social contexts...

Education:

PhD, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland

Evelyn Ho

Professor
(415) 422-6061

Evelyn Y. Ho is a professor of communication studies, Asian Pacific American studies, and critical diversity studies, and a faculty chair of the Honors College at the University of San Francisco. Beginning with an understanding that communication is a cultural activity and that health care systems and beliefs are profoundly cultural, Professor Ho's teaching and research focus broadly on the intersections of health, culture, and communication. Health care in the United States is increasingly...

Education:

PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa, BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington

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