Department Chair

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Kimberly Richman received a BA at Pitzer College and an MA and a PhD in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine, where she also completed a graduate emphasis in feminist studies. She currently teaches Criminology; Sociology of Law; Deviance and Social Control; Senior Thesis Workshop; Capstone in Sociology; and Justice Internship. She also collaborates with the USF School of Law's Racial Justice Clinic.

Professor Richman's primary areas of research interest are law and...

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine
  • MA, University of California, Irvine
  • BA, Pitzer College
  • Criminology
  • Legal studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Social justice and inequalities (Race, class, gender, and gender identities)

Full-Time Faculty

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Joshua Gamson has been teaching at USF for more than 20 years, having previously taught at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on the sociology of culture, with an emphasis on contemporary Western commercial culture and mass media; social movements, especially on cultural aspects of contemporary movements; on participant-observation methodology and techniques, particularly as applied in urban settings; and on the history, theory, and sociology of sexuality. The author of four books...

  • MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Swarthmore College
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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
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Sadia Saeed is a historical sociologist with substantive interests in religion and politics, international human rights, and global inequalities. Her first book Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities in colonial India and Pakistan. It received the 2016-2017 Book Prize from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS). Her...

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • BSc (Honors), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
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Cecília Santos received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Law from the University of São Paulo. She joined the University of San Francisco in 2001, and since 2006 she is also a research member of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She teaches courses on gender and development, globalization, sociology of law, and Brazilian culture and society.

Her research focuses on legal mobilization within and across...

  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Law, University of São Paulo
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Dr. Stephanie Sears has been a member of the USF faculty since 2002. She is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and African American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies programs. Before her current role as Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Sears served as the College of Arts and Science faculty director of JEDI, the director of the African American Studies Program, Chair of Sociology, Chair of the Arts Council, Co-chair of College Council, Co-Director of the Marshall-Riley...

  • PhD, African American Studies and Sociology, Yale University

  • MA, African American Studies and Sociology, Yale University

  • MA, Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

  • B...

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Hwaji Shin joined the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2007. She completed her PhD in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook, where she received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Japan Fund fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University where she researched and lectured on race and ethnic relations in modern Japan.


  • PhD, SUNY Stony Brook
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Jennifer Turpin joined USF's faculty in 1991 after receiving a doctorate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has received USF's Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award, as well as an honorary doctorate from USF in 2015. She founded USF's Women's Studies program and served as chair of the sociology department before spending 17 years in the university administration, as provost (2010-2015); dean (2003-2010); and associate dean (1997-2003).

Her research...

  • University of Texas, PhD in Sociology, 1991
  • University of Texas, MA in Sociology, 1986
  • University of Texas, BA in Psychology, 1983
  • Sociology
  • Gender Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Higher Education Studies
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Mike Webber is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and also received an MSc(Econ) in Industrial Relations from Cardiff University and a BSc(Econ) in Politics and History from Aberystwyth University. He is a political sociologist whose research focuses on the power structure of the United States, particularly the relationship between business and politics during the New Deal era. He teaches courses in...

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD in Sociology 1990
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, MA in Sociology 1985
  • Cardiff University, MSc in Industrial Relations, 1983
  • Aberystwyth...

Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Kjerstin Gruys is a sociologist, feminist scholar, body justice activist, and author of Mirror, Mirror, OFF the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking at It for a Year (Avery, 2013). Kjerstin is frequently quoted by USA Today, TIME, and New York Times, among others, as an expert on gender inequality and contemporary women’s issues. Her academic research broadly explores the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality, with a particular focus on gender as it...

  • UCLA, PhD in Sociology, 2014
  • UCLA, MA in Sociology, 2008
  • Princeton University, AB in Sociology, 2004
  • Princeton University, Certificate in the Study of Women & Gender, 2004
  • UC San Diego, PhD in Sociology, 2018
  • University of San Diego, MA in Peace & Justice Studies, 2005 
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Peace & Conflict Studies, 2004

Brynna Jacobson teaches as part-time faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. Her recent book examines the evolution of notions of normalcy, legitimacy, and imperative around the contested field of geoengineering...

Narine Kerelian received her PhD in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong in 2018. Her research interests lie at the intersection of (im)migration and social policy, with particular interest in diversity and social cohesion.

  • University of Hong Kong, PhD in Social Science, 2018
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies, MA in International Policy Studies, 2009
  • UC Santa Barbara, BA in Global Studies and French, 2006...
  • Migration and diversity
  • Social policy
  • Multiculturalism and social cohesion

Beth has conducted extensive ethnographic research on the politics of gender and sexuality in India, France and Senegal. Her current research focuses on gender-bending Muslim female soccer players in urban Senegal. She is interested in how these women wield their stigma to challenge heteronormative gender expectations from within an Islamic ethos. 

Drawing on concepts from the sociology of culture (embodiment, subculture and emotions), the sociology of sport as well contemporary theories of...

  • École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), PhD in Sociology, 2019
  • Université de Paris, MA in Sociology and Anthropology, 2007
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BA in History, 2004 
  • Transnational Feminist Theory
  • Sport and the Body
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Muslim World
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Professor Vasquez is the founder and director of Herderin, the design adviser to Fibershed, and a part-time adjunct faculty in the sociology department at The University of San Francisco. She has been working for the last six years to develop a socio-emotional model for regenerative and sustainable design theory and practice. She earned a PhD in sociology from Brandeis University in 2019.

  • Brandeis University, PhD in Sociology, 2019
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, MS in Sociology, 2012
  • The New School, BA in Liberal Arts, 2009
  • Work
  • Organizational theory
  • Medicine and health
  • Sustainable design
  • Economic sociology