Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Cathal Doherty SJ

Program Director

A native of County Donegal in the north of Ireland, Cathal Doherty is a Jesuit priest of the Irish province. Prior to joining the faculty at USF in the academic year 2015-16, he previously taught at Boston College and University College Dublin, Ireland. A linguist turned theologian, he completed doctoral degrees in theology (Boston College) and theoretical linguistics (University of California, Santa Cruz). His main research interests lie in dogmatic, especially sacramental theology, in...

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5971

Jorge A. Aquino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, specializing in Latin American and U.S. Latinx Christian theologies and religious history, liberation theologies, race and religion, sexuality, and the theo-politics of social movements. He is involved in research, conference work, and publishing activities throughout the Américas (see his academia.edu profile). Dr. Aquino is a principal researcher in the Theology, Ethics, and Politics Working...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Latin American theology and religious history, Liberation Theology, Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements

Thomas Cavanaugh

Professor
(415) 422-6356

  Professor Thomas Cavanaugh teaches medical ethics, a first-year seminar entitled What is Wisdom? (for which he received an NEH Enduring Questions grant), and, more recently, in the Honors College where he offers a course entitled Wisdom’s Lovers: Ancient and Medieval Philosophers. His most recently completed project concerns the Hippocratic Oath, which founds medicine as an exclusively therapeutic practice that especially excludes deliberately injuring patients. In 2018, Oxford University...

Education:

Ph. D., University of Notre Dame, A.B., Thomas Aquinas College

Martin Claussen

Professor
(415) 422-6726

Martin A. Claussen received his PhD from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.

Education:

PhD, University of Virginia

Lilian Dube

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube is an associate professor and former chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco where she started in 2006 after a decade of teaching at universities in the USA and UK and the University of Zimbabwe, with tenure. In 1999, she made history as the first Black woman to earn a Doctor of Theology degree from Stellenbosch University. She is the executive director of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, co-author of African...

Education:

DTh (Missiology), University of Stellenbosch, STM, Columbia University, Grad CE, University of Zimbabwe, MA, University of Zimbabwe, BA Honors, University of Zimbabwe, BA General, University of Zimbabwe

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

Vincent Pizzuto

Professor
(415) 422-5299

The Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD (STD) in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2003). Seeking to link ancient Christian tradition with contemporary faith, his core courses explore the relationship between historical-critical methods of exegesis and theological interpretations of...

Education:

PhD (STD), 2003, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Michael Stanfield

Professor
(415) 422-6422

Michael Edward Stanfield, PhD, University of New Mexico, 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,...

Education:

PhD, University of New Mexico, MA, San Diego State University, BA, UC Berkeley

Part-Time Faculty


Stephen Black

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5726

Professor Black's research and teaching examines the intersections of classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy and religion, and their influence on the emergence and development of Christianity, its institutional structure, theology, and spirituality. He teaches courses in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture, Classical Mythology, Greek and Roman Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Scripture, and Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity (Patristics).

Education:

PhD Graduate Theological Union

Erin Brigham

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2912

Erin Brigham is the Director of The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition. She has taught Catholic theology and social thought at the University of San Francisco since 2008. She completed her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union with her dissertation on the implications of Jürgen Habermas's critical theory on ecumenical dialogue. Her current research focuses on theological questions that emerge in moments of dialogue especially ecumenism,...

Expertise:

Catholic theology and ethics