Program Director

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Paula Birnbaum is the Academic Director of the Museum Studies Master of Arts Program and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at USF. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a doctorate in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. Professor Birnbaum is a former Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University.

Birnbaum’s research focuses on modern and contemporary art in relationship to gender and sexuality, as well as...

Education:
  • PhD, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
  • MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
  • BA, History of Art and French Literature, Bowdoin College

Program Coordinator

Javier Plasencia is a seasoned arts administrator and the current Program Manager for the Museum Studies MA Program at the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the USF community, Javier worked as a Program Manager with the Arts & Design team at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, managing public art installations on the subway and commuter rails. He has worked in Museum Education departments (MoMA), arts nonprofits (Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Creative Time)...

Education:
  • New York University, MA in Visual Arts Administration
  • Columbia University, BA in English Literature

Full-Time Faculty

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Nathan Dennis is an assistant professor in the Art History and Museum Studies programs at USF. He specializes in late antique and medieval art and architecture, particularly of the Mediterranean and Near East, including the material and visual traditions of Western Christian, Byzantine/Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic cultures. He received a PhD in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University, writing his dissertation on the pictorial, material, and liturgical strategies employed in...

Education:
  • PhD, History of Art, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
Expertise:
  • Roman, Early Christian, Medieval, and Byzantine Art
  • Early Christian Baptisteries
  • Ancient and Medieval Mosaics
  • Late Antique and Early Medieval Mediterranean World

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...

Education:
  • PhD, Art History, Stanford University
  • MA, Art History, University of South Florida
  • BS, Communications and Art History, University of Miami
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Catherine Lusheck is Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture and Associate Professor of Art History & Museum Studies. She holds a doctorate in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a specialist in early modern European art and curatorial practice. Her research interests include Renaissance drawings culture, early modern visual rhetoric and the classical tradition, and artistic emulation and self-representation in the art of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640...

Education:
  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (December 2000)
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (May 1992)
  • BA, Political Science, magna cum laude, DePauw University...
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Stuart McKee is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco. As an environmental graphic designer, Stuart has designed exhibition typography for the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland (as Senior Graphic Designer for the Burdick Group; San Francisco); and the United States Pavilion at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain (as Senior Graphic Designer for Staples & Charles Ltd; Washington, DC). As a print designer...

Education:
  • MFA in Design, Yale University
  • BFA, Washington University in Saint Louis

Part-Time Faculty

Paloma Añoveros is an Arts Management consultant specializing in strategic planning and management in Museum Collections and Exhibitions at the national and international levels, in both non-profit and for-profit environments. She has been associated with USF's Art + Architecture Department as guest lecturer since 2009 and as an adjunct professor since 2012. Paloma led the Collections Specialty in the Museum Studies program at JFK University from 2002–09. She is also a specialist in the...

Education:
  • BA, Art History, Universidad Complutense, Spain
  • Art Conservation Superior Degree, Escuela Superior de Conservación, Madrid, Spain
  • MA, Museum Studies, JFK University
  • Advanced Study in Conservation, Straus...

Nell Herbert holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis. In addition to teaching at USF, Nell serves as the gallery manager at USF’s Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery where she contributes to a wide range of art exhibitions that focus on California-based artists and collections. Her work at Thacher includes exhibition development and curation, publicity and community outreach...

Education:
  • MA, Museum Studies, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Art Studio, University of California-Davis

Eyal Shahar is a music and art technologist. He develops exhibits and serves as the chief new media exhibits engineer at the Exploratorium. At USF, he teaches the Museums/Technology Practicum. Eyal has a BSc in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University and an SM in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.

He started his career as a professional musician, working with some of Israel's most prominent artists for over a decade. His software and hardware engineering experience...

Education:
  • MIT Media Lab, SM in Media Arts and Sciences, 2012
  • Tel Aviv University, BSc in Electrical Engineering, 2003
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Karren Shorofsky is currently leading the law school's Office of Career Services as its Interim Director.  Karren joined the adjunct faculty of the graduate program in museum studies in 2013, and the adjunct faculty of the law school in 2017.  She has taught Art Law, Copyright, and Museums and the Law, as well as the graduate internship course in museum studies, and has supported many students in their career searches.  

Karren has spent most of her own law career focused on legal issues...

Education:
  • Yale Law School, JD
  • San Francisco State University, MA in Art History
  • Brown University, BA in Art History

Steven H. Tulsky, Principal of the Benemetrics Consulting Group, is an advisor to nonprofit organizations in the areas of financial management, planning, analysis, strategy, and operations. His career has encompassed over 40 years of experience as a financial professional. Prior to focusing on the nonprofit sector and teaching, he held positions as Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer of large, medium, and small public and private firms.

For over...

Education:
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA, 1979
  • Duke University, BA, 1974