Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Genevieve Leung

Program Director
(415) 422-6674

Genevieve Leung is the director of Asian Pacific American Studies and affiliated faculty in the Asian Pacific Studies MA program. 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, reading and vocabulary courses at Stanford...

Education:

PhD, Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, MA, Linguistics and Education, University of California, Davis, BA, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Byron Au Yong

Assistant Professor, Music Program Coordinator
(415) 422-4368

Byron Au Yong (歐陽良仁) creates 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 and political all at once." Seattle Weekly says his “interdisciplinary works are as exquisite and imaginative as they are unclassifiable.” Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Au Yong creates with an attention to...

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/Theory, 1996

Violet Cheung

Professor
(415) 422-4373

Dr. Violet Cheung is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research on mass emotions started 15 years ago while completing her doctorate degree at UC Berkeley; she examined angry responses to the 9/11 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 and the migrant crisis using Big Data Analytics. Her research was...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Expertise:

Anxiety, fear and anger, Public Sentiments, Big data analytics

Kevin Chun

Professor
(415) 422-2418

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 investigator...

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

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor
(415) 422-6042

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...

Eileen Fung

Professor
(415) 422-6083

Eileen Fung earned her PhD in medieval literature with a secondary expertise in Asian American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices. She helped start the Asian American Studies program at USF and has served as both the co-chair and chair of the English Department. At present, she is the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Evelyn Ho

Professor
(415) 422-6061

Evelyn Y. Ho is a professor of communication studies, Asian Pacific American studies, and critical diversity studies, and a faculty chair of the Honors College 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. Health care in the United States is increasingly...

Education:

PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa, BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington

David Kim

Associate Professor, Fleishhacker Chair
(415) 422-5067

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,...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy, Syracuse University

Genevieve Leung

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6674

Genevieve Leung is the director of Asian Pacific American Studies and affiliated faculty in the Asian Pacific Studies MA program. 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, reading and vocabulary courses at Stanford...

Education:

PhD, Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, MA, Linguistics and Education, University of California, Davis, BA, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6112

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

James Zarsadiaz

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4168

James Zarsadiaz is Associate Professor of History and serves as Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. His research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, Asian American history, and the twentieth-century United States. He received his PhD and MA in History from Northwestern University and his BA in American Studies and Political Science from George Washington University. Prof. Zarsadiaz was a Fellow at both the Smithsonian...

Education:

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

Part-Time Faculty


Dennis Recio

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6426

Father Recio is a member of the Jesuit Community at the University of San Francisco and teaches Asian–American literature and Composition/Rhetoric courses for the Saint Ignatius Institute. Fr Recio is interested in questions around literature and American nativity, postcolonialism, identity politics, and gender/sexuality. He has also worked as a parish priest, hospital chaplain, retreat director, high school teacher, and as a case worker for troubled youth and prostitutes. His course in Asian–...

Contact Info

Asian Pacific American Studies

Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment

Kalmanovitz Hall 260 (415) 422-5706