Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Karen Fraser

Program Director

Karen M. Fraser earned her PhD from Stanford University, where she studied both traditional Japanese art and the history of photography. Her research focuses on modern Japanese visual culture, with particular interests in Japanese photography from ca. 1860 through the 1930s, cross-cultural interactions and influences between Asia and the West, gender issues, and museum and exhibition history. Professor Fraser’s teaching experience includes survey and upper-level courses covering both...

Education:

PhD, Art History, Stanford University, MA, Art History, University of South Florida, BS, Communications and Art History, University of Miami

Geoffrey Ashton

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2893

Professor Geoffrey Ashton recently joined the Department of Philosophy at USF from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he also held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy. Prof. Ashton has studied Sanskrit, Thai, and Spanish, and conducted research at numerous institutions of higher learning abroad (twice as a Fulbright scholar), including Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), Deccan College (Pune, India), the Jñāna-Pravaha Institute (Varanasi, India...

Education:

PhD, Philosophy (Asian and Comparative Philosophy), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, MA, Philosophy (Indian Philosophy), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa , MA, South Asian Languages and Civilizations (Sanskrit, Indian Aesthetics), University of Chicago

Myojung Chung

Assistant Professor

Professor Myojung Chung teaches courses in Strategic Communication and is helping to develop the Health Communication concentration in the MAPC at USF. Prior to academia, she worked as a journalist and a strategic communication practitioner. In her research and teaching she focuses on how the emergence of new media influences social and psychological processing of messages. She is also interested in whether there are national or cultural variations in message processing. Prof. Chung also has...

Education:

PhD, Mass Communication, Syracuse University

Melissa Dale

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6357

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 region...

Education:

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

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...

Vamsee Juluri

Professor
(415) 422-5699

Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy. He is the author of four books: Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television (Peter Lang, 2003/Orient Longman, 2005)  The Mythologist: A Novel (Penguin India, 2010) Bollywood Nation: India through its...

Education:

PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999

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

Uldis Kruze

Professor
(415) 422-6300

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.

Zhiqiang Li

Professor
(415) 422-2215

Professor Li received his PhD in Linguistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coordinator of the Chinese language program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His research interests include phonetics, phonology and 
Chinese linguistics. In addition to teaching Chinese courses at all levels at USF, Li has been actively involved in promoting Chinese language teaching and testing in the Bay Area. He was invited to speak at the Chinese Language Teachers...

Education:

PhD, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Lorentzen

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4744

Professor Lorentzen specializes in the economics of information, incentives, and institutions. He received his PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and previously taught at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has published research on governance and social control in China, media management, anti-corruption, environmental transparency, long-run economic growth, qualitative research methods, the creation of...

Education:

PhD, Economic Analysis and Policy, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Mark Miller

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6415

Mark T. Miller is Associate Professor of systematic theology. His interests focus on anthropology, soteriology, political theology, Trinity, and Christology. His PhD is from Boston College with the dissertation title of "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication." His undergraduate degree concentrated on "Humanities in International Affairs" at Georgetown University. Professor Miller has taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Boston...

Education:

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, 1996

Expertise:

Anthropology, Soteriology, Political theology, Trinity, Christology

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5837

Vijaya Nagarajan is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies. In addition to teaching at the University of San Francisco, she has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. Vijaya's academic interests weave among the fields of Hinduism, Environment, Gender, Ritual, and the Commons. She received her PhD in South Asian Language and Literatures from UC Berkeley. Vijaya has received...

Education:

PhD, South Asian Language and Literatures, UC Berkeley, MA, South Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, BS Political Economy of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, College of Engineering, Honor’s Program, Women’s Studies University of Maryland College Park

Noriko Nagata 永田憲子

Professor
(415) 422-6227

Noriko Nagata, 永田憲子 is Director of the Japanese Studies Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She teaches Japanese language, linguistics, and culture. Professor Nagata received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, jointly directed by the Laboratory for Computational Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her general area of research includes natural language processing, Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, and computer assisted language...

Quynh Pham

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6250

Quỳnh N. Phạm is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, with a double focus on international relations and political theory. Her research and teaching interests include global inequalities, forms of violence, decolonization, and the politics of imagining Asia. Her scholarship attends to conditions of domination as well as subaltern endurance and dissent in the contexts of colonialism, war, and...

Education:

PhD, Political Science, University of Minnesota, MA, Political Science, University of Minnesota, BA, Political Science, Vassar College

Stephen Roddy

Professor
(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy is a professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, received his PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in the fiction and other prose genres of 18th and 19th century China and Japan. His current interests focus on the influences of Chinese fiction on late-Tokugawa writers, and of Meiji-period thinkers on essayists of the late-Qing. He teaches courses in Japanese and Chinese literature, culture, and language. He is also Chair Professor at the...

Education:

PhD, Princeton University

Sadia Saeed

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4673

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...

Education:

PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MA, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, BSc (Honors), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Tanu Sankalia

Professor
(415) 422-5790

Tanu Sankalia is a tenured full professor in the Department of Art + Architecture, and coordinates the Urban Studies Concentration within the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches courses in urban planning and design, architectural and urban history, and architectural design. He was trained in urban design at UC Berkeley, and in architecture at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, from where he graduated with a gold medal for the best diploma thesis. Professor Sankalia's research and...

Education:

UC Berkeley, Master of Urban Design, 1999, School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994

Hwaji Shin

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4375

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. Her research...

Education:

PhD, SUNY Stony Brook

Kyoko Suda

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6591

Kyoko Suda is director of the Asian Languages program and received her BA in History from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her first MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, and her second MA in Teaching Japanese as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Dr. Suda received her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco in December of 2003. She also holds a license to teach Japanese Tea Ceremony (Omote Senke). Her areas of specialization are second...

Education:

Doctorate, Education, University of San Francisco, MA, Teaching Japanese as a Second Language, San Francisco State University, MA, Teaching English as a Second Language, San Francisco State University, BA, History, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan

M. Antoni Ucerler S.J.

Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History; Associate Professor
(415) 422-2781

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...

Tsering Wangchuk

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5419

Tsering Wangchuk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His areas of specialization include the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, and history of religions. He has published articles with several peer-reviewed journals. He teaches classes on Buddhism and Himalayan religions and cultures. He is also the Blum Chair in Himalayan Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia,...

Education:

PhD, University of Virginia

Wei Yang Menkus

Associate Professor

Wei Yang Menkus received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches broadly in Chinese cinema in a global context, with special interests in film genre, spatiality, transnational practice, and the intersection between China and Hollywood. She is currently completing a book manuscript on film space in contemporary Chinese cinema. Her teaching interests include Chinese cinemas, East Asian genre films, gender and visual culture, city literature...

Education:

PhD, East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University

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 a PhD and an MA in History from Northwestern University, and a 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


Edith Borbon

Adjunct Professor and Language Liaison
(415) 422-5213

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, including...

Education:

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

Jerry Boucher

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6151

Dr. Jerry Boucher received his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He has been teaching at USF since 1994. His teaching interests include cross-cultural psychology; history and systems of psychology; interviewing techniques; and motivation and emotion.

Education:

PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Wenchi Chang

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5213

Wenchi Chang has an MA in Chinese and a BA in Chinese Literature. She also holds two Certificates of Training Program for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language. Professor Chang has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Davis and National Taiwan Normal University. She teaches elementary to advanced Chinese language and Chinese literature.

Irene Faye Duller

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

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 and...

Education:

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

Expertise:

Asian American studies, Ethnic studies, Dance, Critical artistry, Cultural theory, Pedagogy

Joaquin Gonzalez III

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5483

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).

Pattie Hsu

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Pattie Hsu holds a BA in Music Humanities and a BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. She arrived at USF in 2009 as adjunct faculty. She teaches musicianship/music theory, popular music, music of the Americas, and music of Asia. Her musical research interests include cultural intersections, community engagement through music, and the interaction of socioeconomics and professionalism.

Education:

BA in Music Humanities, University of California, San Diego, BS in Biology, University of California, San Diego, PhD in Ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley

Angelo Merino

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2773

Professor Angelo Merino is an Adjunct Professor for the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program and Asian Studies Program. He teaches YPSP 222: Philippine Boxing and Culture which focuses on the diverse societies and communities of Filipinos in the Philippines and America as well as the history of Philippine boxing. In addition, he teaches YPSP 333: Boxing and Social Justice, a unique course which combines recreational sports, cultural diversity and service learning. In conjunction with Prof....

Education:

MA, Sports and Fitness Management, University of San Francisco, BS, Economics, San Sebastian College

Yumi Moriguchi-McCormick

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5931

Yumi Moriguchi-McCormick received her BA in English Literature from Notre Dame Women's College, Kyoto, Japan. She received her Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis of Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco.

Education:

Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Yoko Otomi

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5213

Yoko Otomi's areas of specialization include Japanese language pedagogy and teaching of Japanese as a second language.

Education:

MA, San Francisco State University

Josephine Tsao

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5213

Josephine Tsao has an MA in Chinese from San Francisco State University, and an MA and PhD in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also teaches Chinese at San Francisco State University and the City College of San Francisco.