Department Chair

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Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include popular culture and religion; Counter-Reformation history and hagiography; the history of the book; and religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas.

She has been the recipient of several honors during her tenure at the University of San Francisco: in 2017 she received the University Distinguished Research Award, jointly awarded by the University of San Francisco and the USF Faculty...

  • PhD and MA, History, Princeton University
  • Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Full-Time Faculty

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Martin A. Claussen received his PhD from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.
  • PhD, University of Virginia
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Melissa S. Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012.

Prior to joining the faculty and staff at USF, she served as Associate Director of International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley (Nov. 2011 – Aug. 2012) where she worked in the areas of international relations and development for the entire campus with a particular focus on prospect development and stewardship for leadership and major gifts from the Asia-Pacific...

  • PhD, East Asian History (China), Georgetown University
  • MA, Asian Languages (Chinese), Stanford
  • BA, Oriental Languages (Chinese), UC Berkeley
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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...

  • PhD, Emory University
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Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.

Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a...

  • PhD, History, Boston University, 2003
  • African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning
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Julio Moreno is a professor of history and affiliated engineering faculty at the University of San Francisco. Born in the Salvadoran countryside, Professor Moreno fled his country's civil war at the age of fourteen and navigated the US educational system as an undocumented immigrant. He is the recipient of distinguished awards that include research fellowships on the globalization of U.S. business, technology, and diplomacy at the Library of Congress and the Institute for Historical Studies at...

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Kathryn Nasstrom teaches in the U.S. field and specializes in civil rights history, women’s history, oral history, and memory & narrative studies. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 and has been at USF since 1994.

She is the author of Everybody's Grandmother and Nobody's Fool: Frances Freeborn Pauley and the Struggle for Social Justice (Cornell University Press, 2000), and she has published in the Journal of American History and the Oral History...

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Elliot Neaman received a BA in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 1979, an MA in history and philosophy from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 1985, and his PhD in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. His areas of specialization are Modern Germany, The Holocaust, Late Modern Intellectual History, post 1945 Global History, European Diplomatic & Economic History, and theory and methodology of the historical sciences. His first book on the German writer...

  • PhD, History, University of California at Berkeley
  • MA, History and Philosophy, Freie Universität in Berlin
  • BA, Sociology, University of British Columbia
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Michael Edward Stanfield, PhD 1992, is an historian of modern Latin America, focusing on topics in the social and cultural history of various South American nations. A Spanish translation of his first book, Red Rubber, Bleeding Trees: Violence, Slavery and Empire in Northwest Amazonia, 1850-1933 (UNM Press, 1998), was published by Ediciones Abya-Yala, titled Caucho, conflicto, y cultura en la Amazonía Noroeste: Colombia, Ecuador, y Perú en el Putumayo, Caquetá, Napo, 1850-1933, in 2009. The...

  • University of New Mexico, PhD in History, 1992
  • San Diego State University, MA in History, 1984
  • UC Berkeley, BA in History, 1979
  • Comparative history of the Americas
  • Slavery and Race in the Americas
  • The Politics of Popular Music in the Southern Cone
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Taymiya R. Zaman joined the University of San Francisco in 2007. Her area of research expertise is Mughal India and her current research interests include historical memory in South Asia, the interconnectedness of life writing and history, and the transition from subjects to citizens in the Islamicate world. She has designed the History Department's "Islamic World" emphasis and teaches courses on the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires and the making of modern South Asia and the Middle East...

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Ph.D. in History, 2007
  • Smith College, Northampton, MA, B.A. in Philosophy, 2001

James Zarsadiaz is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. He specializes in urban and suburban history, Asian American history, and the twentieth-century United States. Prof. Zarsadiaz was a fellow at both the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and Asian Pacific American Center. Prior to entering academia, James worked in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is the author of Resisting Change in Suburbia: Asian...

  • PhD, History, Northwestern University
  • MA, History, Northwestern University
  • BA, American Studies and Political Science, George Washington University

Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Elyse Banks's area of focus is 20th Century U.S. History and her dissertation explores the role of Catholic interracial organizing in the struggle for black equality. Beyond interracial organizing, she is also interested in the history of social movements, religion, and race.

  • UC Santa Cruz, MA and PhD
  • Wesleyan University, BA in History and African American Studies

Dr. Benjamin Daniels area of expertise is comparative research on the history, archaeology, and cultures of Early China, Pharaonic Egypt, and ancient Rome.  He especially is interested in the blurring of real and imagined traditions in early historiography, and how stories and myths from early China are reworked and deployed in later imperial and modern texts. He is currently writing a book-length history of the pre-Qin “barbarian” (non-Zhou) kingdoms of Wu and Yue (6th-4th centuries BCE).

  • UC Berkeley, PhD in History
  • University of Arizona, MA in East Asian Studies
  • University of Cincinnati, BA in Classical Civilization

Devin Leigh is a historian of the Atlantic World who so far has researched and written mostly about connections between the Caribbean, West Africa, and Great Britain in the eighteenth century. His research has appeared in a number of journals, including Atlantic Studies, the Journal of Caribbean History, and History in Africa. In addition to teaching at USF, he teaches African, Latin American, and World History at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

  • UC Davis, PhD in History, 2021
  • Loyola University, MA in History, 2015
  • DePaul University, BA in History, 2012
  • Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Slavery studies
  • Global studies
  • World history

Dr. Marissa Mika is a historian, anthropologist, and writer based in Berkeley, California. For the past two decades, she's worked in eastern and southern Africa on the politics of global health research. Dr. Mika's book, Africanizing Oncology: Creativity, Crisis, and Cancer in Uganda, tells the remarkable story of the history of the Uganda Cancer Institute. The book is a finalist for the African Studies Association Best Book Award for 2021 and the Bethwell A. Ogot Prize for the best book in...

  • PhD in the History and Sociology of Science and African History,  University of Pennsylvania 
  • MHS in International Health, Johns Hopkins
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Chris O'Sullivan received his BA from UC Berkeley and his MA and PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London. He is the recipient of the 2013 Innovations in Teaching Award and the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award and has been a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Jordan. He is the author of several books including the forthcoming Agent of Manifest Destiny: Thomas Oliver Larkin and American Conquest of California and others including Harry Hopkins: FDR's Envoy to...

Dr. James Stone Lunde was born and raised in Andalusia, Spain. He studied Japanese and Chinese philology at the University of Oxford, with a focus on Japanese literature and Chinese modern history. He pursued his graduate degree at the History Department of the University of California, Berkeley, where he has served as Visiting Lecturer for Japanese History. He has conducted extended research at Keiō University and Waseda University, Japan, with a special focus on China-Japan relations, Japanese...

  • UC Bekeley, MA and Ph.D in Japanese modern history
  • Oxford University, BA in East Asian Philology
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Bernard von Bothmer received a BA with honors from Brown University, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Indiana University. He received USF's 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching and USF's 2016 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award. He has reviewed books for The Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Civil War History, The Journal of Southern History, History News Network, and Civil War Book Review, and many others. He is the author of Framing...

Faculty Emeritus

Anthony D. (Tony) Fels, Professor Emeritus of History, is a social and religious historian of the United States. At USF he taught US history, historical methods, US religious history, US racial and ethnic history, Native American history, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age. He chaired the History Department in 1997-2000 and 2003-2006, retiring from teaching in 2018. His book on the Salem witch hunt came out in 2018, and he has recently returned to the subject...

  • PhD, History, Stanford University, 1987
  • MA, History, Stanford University, 1979
  • BA, History, Cornell University, 1971

Andrew Heinze was Professor of American History and Director of the Swig Judaic Studies program at USF. A recipient of the Ignatian Faculty Service Award, he loved teaching and he published extensively. Andy authored the books Adapting to Abundance and Jews and the American Soul, which was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Publishers Weekly choice for “Best Books of 2004.” For his expertise in the history of race, immigration, ethnicity and popular culture, he was selected as...

  • UC Berkeley, PhD in History, 1987
  • UC Berkeley, MA in History, 1980
  • Amherst College, BA in History, Magna Cum Laude, 1977
  • History of Race/Racism
  • History of Immigration and Ethnic Identity
  • History of American Popular Culture
  • Jewish History

Retired Faculty

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Uldis Kruze received his PhD from Indiana University. His areas of interests include Japanese and Chinese political history; U.S. diplomatic relations with East Asia.
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M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is the Director and Associate Professor at the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. He is also Fellow of East Asian Studies at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in both early modern Japanese and global history, including topics in East Asian and European thought. His main research and teaching interests include topics in Japanese samurai history, the era of European maritime empires and expansion into Asia (15th-18th centuri...