Faculty

Program Manager:

Aide Rodriguez

Full-Time Faculty


Karina Hodoyán

Program Director
(415) 422-6951

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.

Education:

MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, PhD, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-4211

Education:

EdD, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University , MA, Latin American Studies, Stanford University, BA, Sociology, Stanford University

Expertise:

Education and Development in the Global South, Peace and Human Rights Education, Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Kevin Chun

Professor
(415) 422-2418

Kevin M. Chun, PhD, is professor of psychology and co-founding faculty member of USF Asian American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs. Prof. Chun’s research program examines acculturation effects on Asian American immigrant health and psychosocial adjustment using community-based research methods. His primary research goals include improving conceptual models and measures of acculturation, and identifying health interventions that reduce acculturation stress and improve immigrant...

Education:

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, BS, Psychology, Santa Clara University, Psychology Internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Expertise:

acculturation, bicultural efficacy in health management, immigrant health disparities, Asian American psychology, multicultural psychology, ethnic minority mental health, family psychology

Kathleen Coll

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5989

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and grassroots community organizing in the U.S., with special emphasis on the Bay Area. Her book Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) is an ethnography of San Francisco immigrant women’s experiences and activism in the context of hostile national immigration, welfare, and labor policies. Her...

Sergio De La Torre

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5297

Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities. These works have been exhibited in a variety of venues both national and international. He has received grants from the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, the Potrero Nuevo Fund, and the Creative Work Fund, among others. De La Torre's latest project is MAQUILAPOLIS (City of Factories), an hour-long video documentary made in...

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;...

Education:

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

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...

Marco Jacquemet

Professor
(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.

Education:

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

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5141

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her MA from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her BA in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. Before coming to USF she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on...

Education:

BA, Advertising, The Jesuit University of El Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, MA, The Department of Communication, Hunter College of the City University of New York, PhD, The Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Pedro Lange Churión

Professor
(415) 422-6135

Professor Pedro Lange Churión is both an academic and a visual artist. He has written and directed various films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000). Based on a short story by Felisberto Hernández. This film received a Remmy Bronze award for best dramatic adaptation at the Houston International Film Festival (2001). He also wrote and directed Visitas (Colombia, 2005), a full-feature narrative film that explores violence in Colombia. This film has garnered recognition as "Official Selection" in...

Christopher Loperena

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6914

Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Texas) and Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His scholarship examines indigenous and black struggles for territorial autonomy in Central America, ethicality and subject formation, racialization, and the socio-spatial politics of economic development. His research has been published in American Quarterly, Current Anthropology, Geoforum, the Journal of Latin American and...

Education:

PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, BA, International Studies, University of Chicago

Lois Lorentzen

Professor
(415) 422-2413

Lois Ann Lorentzen is Professor of Social Ethics in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco (USF) and Academic Director, Master in Migration Studies Professor Lorentzen received her PhD in Social Ethics at the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to USF she taught at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Professor Lorentzen is the author of Etica Ambiental (Environmental Ethics) and Raising the Bar, editor of Hidden Lives and Human...

Education:

PhD, Social Ethics, University of Southern California

Julio Moreno

Professor
(415) 422-6082

Julio Moreno, PhD is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, executive Director of the Pan-American Society, and faculty director of the Privett Global Service-Learning Program at the University of San Francisco. He is the recipient of distinguished awards that include visiting scholar research fellowships at the Library of Congress and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas in...

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6112

Evelyn I. Rodriguez is a second-generation Pinay, who was born in Honolulu, raised in San Diego, and is now an Associate Professor for the University of San Francisco's Department of Sociology. She also is a faculty member in Critical Diversity Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from UC San Diego as a Sociology major/Ethnic Studies minor; and received her MA and PhD from UC Berkeley's...

Education:

PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, BA, Sociology, University of California, San Diego

Marco Tavanti

Program Director / Professor
(415) 422-4288

Dr. Marco Tavanti is an international development scholar whose experience stretches over 25 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind. Professor Tavanti is the Nonprofit...

Education:

PhD, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2001 (with distinction), MA, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1999, MA, Cross-Cultural Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, 1996, MDiv Master in Divinity, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, 1994, BA, Philosophy, Gregorian University-Studio Teologico Fiorentino, Florence, Italy, 1991

Expertise:

Sustainable Development, Leadership Ethics, Intercultural Diversity, NGO Management

Part-Time Faculty


Luis Enrique Bazan

Adjunct Professor

Luis Enrique “Kique” Bazan is a longtime advocate for justice with years of experience working with human rights and advocacy organizations. Originally from Lima, Peru, Kique earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, a master’s in theology and religious studies and a doctorate in organization and leadership from USF. Before coming to USF, Kique worked as street educator to promote and protect the rights of street children. Kique is a contributor to...

Education:

In Progress - Doctorate in Knowledge and Culture in Latin America, Instituto Pensamiento y Cultura en América Latina, Ed.D. Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco, M.A. Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, BA in Education, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru

Expertise:

Latin American Identity , Grassroots Community Organizing, Street Children

Emeriti Faculty


Gerardo Marín

Professor, Associate Provost

Gerardo Marin, PhD, is a Professor of Latin American Studies and Psychology, is Associate Provost at the University of San Francisco, and is an APA Fellow. He received his PhD in social psychology from De Paul University. He has written more than 135 publications on topics that are relevant to Hispanics, including cultural norms and attitudes, risk behaviors, culturally appropriate methodology, and acculturation. He is the author of two widely used acculturation scales for Hispanics and was the...