Program Director

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Hello, and welcome! In case you parachuted onto this page via Google, I'm the David Kim who is a philosophy prof at the U. of San Francisco, not the concert violinist, the cosmetic surgeon, the CEO of Baja Fresh (featured on Undercover Boss), etc., etc. Sorry, but I can't play Mozart, safely administer a nip and tuck, or get you a job making burritos. There's a film, Grace Lee, portraying the lives of several semi-randomly chosen women named "Grace Lee." With the sheer number of David Kims, just...

Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Syracuse University
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Genevieve Leung is the academic director of the Asian Pacific Studies MA program and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies minor. She has a BA in linguistics from UC Berkeley and dual MA degrees in linguistics (TESOL) and education (Language and Literacy) from UC Davis. She received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught high school English in Japan, as well as English writing, effective communication, and reading and vocabulary courses at...

Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics
  • UC Davis, MA in Education
  • UC Davis, MA in Linguistics
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Linguistics

Full-Time Faculty

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Composer Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) writes music for chamber ensembles, moving choirs, contemporary dance, short films, museum installations, site-specific locations, taiko groups, and theater performances. Variety calls his work "claustrophobic and expansive, intimate and existential, personal andpolitical all at once." Highlights include Activist Songbook (Asian ArtsInitiative, Hopkins Center for the Arts, International Festival of Arts & Ideas), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre, Long...

Education:
  • New York University, MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, 2005
  • University of California, Los Angeles, MA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 2003
  • University of Washington, BA/BM in Music Composition...
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Dr. Violet Cheung (ORCiD 0000-0003-2706-025X) is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research on mass emotions started after 9/11 while she was completing her doctorate degree at UC Berkeley. She examined angry responses to the terrorist attack and how the public sentiment precipitated the U.S. to go to war. She now focuses on anxious and fearful responses in the new contexts of cyber insecurity, the migrant crisis, and the COVID pandemic. She also...

Education:
  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Psychology, 2007
Expertise:
  • Anxiety, Fear and Anger
  • Public Sentiments
  • Big Data Analytics
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Kevin M. Chun, PhD, is professor of psychology and co-founding faculty member of USF’s Asian American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs. Professor Chun uses community-based research methods to study acculturation effects on Asian American immigrant health and psychosocial adjustment. His research program aims to improve acculturation theory and measures, and develop health interventions that reduce immigrant families’ acculturation stress.

Prof. Chun was co-principal...

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
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Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies. He has been at USF since 2001 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010.

At the university, he has taught various courses in the Rhetoric and Language Department and has instructed creative writing...

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College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eileen Chia-Ching Fung has dedicated more than 20 years of service to USF, including more than 10 years in the dean’s office.

Dean Fung was awarded the James Irvine Dissertation Fellowship in 1997, and hired as a full-time faculty member in the Department of English in 1998. She served as chair of the English department and director of the Asian American Pacific Studies Program before her appointment as associate dean of arts and humanities in 2010. She...

Education:
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Evelyn Y. Ho is a professor of communication studies, Asian Pacific American studies, and critical diversity studies, 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, with a specific focus on the use and cultural meanings of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in...

Education:
  • PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa
  • BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington
Expertise:
  • Qualitative research
  • Patient education
  • Asian American studies
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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

Part-Time Faculty

Fr. Dennis Recio, SJ is a member of the Jesuit community at USF. He teaches in the St. Ignatius Institute (Great Books) program and the English Department. He has taught courses in Composition and Rhetoric, Great Books, Horror Films, Manners and Etiquette, the Philosophy of Friendship, and Jane Austen. He has previously worked as a hospital chaplain, a high school teacher at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, a retreat director, and a case manager for a homeless shelter. He enjoys a good slasher...

Education:
  • University of San Francisco, MFA in Creative Writing, 2019
  • Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Mdiv, 2004
  • Loyola University, Chicago, MA in Philosophy, 1998
  • UC Santa Cruz, BA in Literature and...
Expertise:
  • English Literature
  • Asian-American Literature
  • Horror Films/Film Theory
  • Manners and Etiquette
  • The Novel