Department Chair

Ana Raquel Rojas specializes in Decadent and Victorian Literature, with an emphasis on feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

  • Cornell University, PhD
  • Cornell University, MA
  • University of California, Irvine, BA
  • Decadent literature
  • Representations of feminine sexuality in late-nineteenth-century fiction

Full-Time Faculty

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  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, PhD in English, 1993
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in English, 1989
  • Pacific Lutheran University, English and Communication, BA in English, 1983
  • Intersectional feminism
  • African American literature
  • Native American literature
  • Jewish American literature
  • Modernism
  • Early 20th century women's journalism
  • Critical pedagogy

Rita Bullwinkel is the author of Headshot (2024), and Belly Up (2018), which won The Believer Book Award. She is also the winner of a 2022 Whiting Award. Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in The New York Times, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Catalan, Arabic, Greek, and Dutch...

  • Vanderbilt University, MFA in Creative Writing, 2016
  • Brown University, BA in Religious Studies, BA in Anthropology, 2011
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Small press American publishing
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Eileen Fung is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco. Provost Eileen has dedicated over 26 years to USF, including significant time in academic leadership. She is responsible for the university’s five schools, libraries, academic affairs, enrollment management, online programs, international relations, and diversity and community outreach for the university’s 10,000 students, 1,000 faculty, and 1,000 staff.

Provost Fung was awarded the James...

  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
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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: Latinx and Chicanx literature; Ethnic...

  • BA, English Literature, University of North Texas
  • MA, American Literature and Culture, University of Leeds
  • PhD, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
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Dr. Omar F. Miranda is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He received his PhD in English and American Literature from New York University and specializes in the literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially their transnational, global, and diasporic contexts. He is currently working on a book manuscript that tracks the origins and rise of the culture of global celebrity in the Romantic period. He is also part of an editorial team assembling the new Ro...

  • New York University, PhD in English and American Literature
  • Boston College, MA in English Literature
  • University of Miami (Florida), BA in German, Political Science, and English
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Professor Rader has authored or co-authored eleven books. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was named a “Best Poetry Book” by The Barnes & Noble Review. Recent poems have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Best of the Net, and many others.

Professor Rader also writes and reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review...

  • SUNY-Binghamton, PhD in Comparative Literature, 1995
  • SUNY-Binghamton, MA in Comparative Literature, 1991
  • Baylor University, BA in English, 1989
  • Poetry
  • Literary studies
  • American Indian studies
  • Visual/popular culture
  • Cy Twombly
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Susan Steinberg is the author of four books of fiction: Machine (Graywolf Press), Spectacle (Graywolf Press), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2).

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Fellowship, Professor Steinberg has also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, The...

  • MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Part-Time Faculty

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Shawn Doubiago’s early interest in representations of gender and conflict in literature was sparked in part by her extensive travels as a young woman, and in part by her need to understand human capacity for violence. With three degrees in Comparative Literature and with two designated emphasizes (Feminist Theory and Research and Critical Theory),  Shawn specializes in 20th and 21st century women’s literature, conflict, trauma, postcolonial, and transnational literatures. She was the Managing...
  • UC Davis, PhD in Comparative Literature, 2010
  • San Francisco State College, MA in Comparative Literature, 2004
  • American University of Paris, BA in Comparative Literature, 1998
  • Comparative literature
  • Feminist and gender studies
  • The Novel
  • Trauma
  • Literary representations of war and conflict

Peter Kline teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and with Stanford University's Master of Liberal Arts program.

A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has also received residency fellowships from the Amy Clampitt House, James Merrill House, Marble House Project, Artsmith Orcas Island, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as the Best New Poets series, the Verse...

  • Northwestern University, B.A.
  • University of Virginia, M.F.A.
  • Stanford University, Wallace Stegner Fellowship

T.S. Leonard is the author of God Save the Queens! (Irrelevant Press, 2022) and poems published in Post Road, Fourteen Poems, Foglifter, Frontera, & Change, and The San Franciscan. Leonard’s work explores queerness, loss, and community at the intersection of disco music and time travel. His essays on art and music have been published in Missouri Life and The New Territory. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Leonard has lived in Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco. Leonard was a finalist...

  • University of San Francisco, MFA in Writing, 2023
  • University of Missouri, BA in English, 2012
  • Poetry
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Queer literature
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Sara Marinelli grew up in Italy, where she received her PhD in Literatures in English from the University of Rome, "La Sapienza." After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz, she decided to make the Bay Area her home. Here in the Bay Area, Sara completed an MFA in Creative Writing at SF State University. Her main academic interests are contemporary women authors of color, post-colonial literature, and Italian Studies. She is also a fiction writer and a translator, and has...

  • San Francisco State University, MFA in Creative Writing
  • The University of Rome, "La Sapienza," PhD in Literatures in English
  • Literary studies
  • Creative writing
  • Italian studies
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Natacha is an award-winning storyteller, media producer, and educator. She strives to use text, film, sound, and live performance to deepen our understanding of the world we live in and foster action.

Her documentary work has appeared at the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as on National Geographic, NBC NY, and Link TV. Her radio work has appeared on public radio affiliates nationally and locally. She is currently the showrunner for Adonde Media’s acclaimed Duolingo...

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Pat Schwieterman earned BS degrees in Environmental Science and Plant Science at UC Riverside, and MA and PhD degrees in medieval English literature at UC Berkeley. At USF, he has taught courses on Middle English literature, children's literature, science fiction, and the Arthurian legend. His research focuses on the use of supernatural beings in constructions of cultural and political identity in medieval Britain. Other interests include medieval Wales, Old Icelandic and Old French, and the...

  • UC Berkeley, PhD
  • UC Berkeley, MA
  • UC Riverside, BS

Tanya Žilinskas' stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, The Florida Review, Porter House Review, Meetinghouse, and elsewhere. Her work has received support from the Napa Valley Writers Conference, Writing By Writers, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She is working on a novel about internet conspiracies in the aughts and a linked story collection set in a surreal version of Marin County.

  • University of San Francisco, MFA in Writing
  • UC Santa Barbara, BA in Art History

Faculty Emeritus

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Carolyn Brown received her PhD in English from the University of California–Davis. Her specialization is Shakespeare and Renaissance / Early Modern literature, from a feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, and /or political perspective. She has published in several anthologies on Shakespeare and the following journals: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Studies in Philology; American Imago; Literature and Psychology; Clio: A Journal of Literature...

  • PhD, University of California, Davis
  • Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory

Alan Heineman taught Introduction to Literary Studies; Period Course (19th and 20th Century American Lit); Special Topics in Literature (Faulkner); Honors in Humanities Seminar. He has written a textbook, Writing Term Papers (with Hulon Willis) (Harcourt Brace), which went into three editions.  He’s also published scholarly articles and reviews of contemporary fiction.  He has been Senior Editor of the San Francisco Review of Books, and written more than 100 articles, columns, and reviews of...

Patricia Liggins Hill earned her PhD in English from Stanford. She is the general editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition. She has also published articles on Etheridge Knight and Francis Watkins Harper. She teaches African American Literature and curates student involvement in the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.

  • PhD, Stanford University
  • African American Literature