Program Director

James Zarsadiaz is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. He specializes in United States history, particularly urban and suburban history and Asian American history. James currently sits on the board of the Association for Asian American Studies. 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...

  • PhD, History, Northwestern University
  • MA, History, Northwestern University
  • BA, American Studies and Political Science, George Washington University
  • Urban and Suburban Studies
  • Immigrants and the Built Environment 
  • Asian American Communities and Cultures 
  • Conservatism in the U.S.
  • Oral History

Full-Time Faculty

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Mark Miller is associate professor of systematic (philosophical) theology.  His mother came from the Philippines, his father from Maine, and they met in the middle as students at USF in the 1960s.  His specialty is human development and redemption, particularly our ongoing, communal conversion to greater knowledge, love, and service of God and all things.  His PhD dissertation is entitled, "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication." His undergraduate degree concentrated...

  • PhD, Theology, Boston College, 2008
  • MA, Theology, Boston College, 2004
  • Philosophy and Theology, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, 1995, 1998-1999
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University...
  • Anthropology
  • Soteriology
  • Political theology
  • Trinity
  • Christology
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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...

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

Jenifer Wofford is a professional fine artist and illustrator who shows her work both nationally and internationally. She has presented projects in the Bay Area at venues including YBCA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Wofford was the recipient of a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and a featured artist (with her collaborators) in the 2018 Manila Biennale. In 2020 she was awarded a public art commission from the Asian...

  • UC Berkeley, MFA in Art Practice
  • San Francisco Art Institute, BFA in Sculpture
  • Visual art
  • Philippine studies
  • Global contemporary art

Part-Time Faculty

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Edith R. Borbon was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. At seventeen, she immigrated with her family to California. She earned a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Education, with a specialization in Intercultural Communication, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Borbon has traveled widely and has taught English and writing for over 15 years. She is an accomplished editor and technical writer who has worked on many projects...

  • BA in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS in Education, with a specialization in Intercultural Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Claudine del Rosario teaches "Philippine History: Early Times to 1900" (YPSP 301), "Philippine History: 1900 to Present" (YPSP 310), "Filipino Culture and Society" (YPSP 325) and "Knowledge Activism" (YPSP 312). A community activist, Prof Del Rosario started her academic career as a Research Associate with USF's The Religion and Immigration Project.

Outside of USF, Professor del Rosario works at San Francisco City Hall as Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Investment and...

  • BA in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA in Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
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A street culture cognoscente, Professor Duller is a founding member of 8th Wonder (2000), the nation's premiere Pilipina/o performance poetry collective, and The Rhapsodistas, an all-women interdisciplinary hip hop group, performing throughout the U.S. and the Philippines.

Professor Duller's past performance projects include "Pinay Stories: Intersection of the Arts' Hybrid Project", "Kul Like That" at the SF Asian Art Museum, and "How to Skywalk" at both the Post-Modern Performance Project...

  • MA in Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies (focusing on Contemporary Women Artists, Critical Artistry & Cultural Theory), San Francisco State University
  • Asian American studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Dance
  • Critical artistry
  • Cultural theory
  • Pedagogy

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III teaches international politics, Asian and Asian American social justice, migration, soft power, and public policy.

Dr. Gonzalez is the author of Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement (New York University Press) and co-author of Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, Faith in New Migrant Communities (Duke University Press).

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, the Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and her MFA from San Francisco State University.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010), recently noted as a finalist for the California Book Award. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the...

  • MFA, San Francisco State University
  • BA in Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley