Full-Time Faculty

Brandi Lawless

Department Chair
(415) 422-4133

Brandi Lawless is an associate professor in the communication studies department. Broadly, her research can be defined as critical intercultural communication — an area of research concerned with understanding power, privilege, marginalization, hegemony, and ideologies. She is interested in the ways individuals (re)produce and communicate identities and subjectivities at the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity. Her most recent work has explored...


PhD, Communication, University of New Mexico, MA, Communication Studies, San Francisco State University, BA, California State University, Northridge

Sarah Burgess

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6055

Sarah Burgess is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and Critical Diversity Studies. Working at the intersections of rhetorical theory, political theory, legal theory, philosophy, and gender and sexualities studies, she examines the rhetorical contours of recognition in order to understand the possibilities and limits of justice. She recently edited a special issue of Philosophy & Rhetoric that brought together authors from several disciplines to...


PhD/MA, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, MA/BA, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Zifei "Fay" Chen

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2617

Professor Zifei “Fay” Chen is an assistant professor in the communication studies department and the coordinator of the Public Relations Minor program. Specialized in public relations and strategic communication, Chen’s research agenda centers on examining the factors and mechanisms that drive stakeholders’ attitudes and behaviors toward organizations in the digital environment. Chen’s work has been published in leading refereed journals including Journal of Public Relations Research, Public...


University of Miami, PhD in Communication, 2017, University of Georgia, MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013, Zhejiang University, BA in English with Honors Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2011

Marilyn DeLaure

(415) 422-2289

Marilyn (Bordwell) DeLaure teaches courses in rhetoric, criticism, and social movements. Her research investigates how people effect social change, focusing especially on embodied performance. She has published essays on dance, civil rights rhetoric, and environmental activism, and is co-editor of Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance (NYU Press). She is also a producer of the award-winning documentary film MOTHERLOAD about the cargo bicycling movement.


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

Eve-Anne Doohan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5367

Eve-Anne Doohan joined the faculty at USF in 2004. She studies the communication of married couples, with a particular interest in relational history narratives and their connection to marital and individual outcomes. She is also interested in beliefs people have about marriage. Her current research focuses on how married couples make the decision to have children. Her work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Communication, and the Western Journal of...


PhD/MA, Speech Communication, University of Washington, BA, Communication Arts, Gonzaga University

Evelyn Ho

(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, with a specific focus on the use and cultural...


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


Qualitative research, Patient education, Asian American studies

Marco Jacquemet

(415) 422-5543

Marco Jacquemet teaches courses in communication and culture, intercultural communication, geographies of communication, and justice and social change. His scholarship focuses on the communicative mutations produced by the circulation of migrants and media idioms in the Mediterranean area. His more recent book project is called Transidioma: Language and Power in the 21st Century. He is also present in Italian media activist networks, where he investigates the link between media and power.


PhD, Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology, UC Berkeley, MA, Linguistics/Semiotics, EHESS, Paris, BA, Communication Studies, U. of Bologna

Allison Thorson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5703

Allison Thorson is an associate professor in the communication studies department. Her research focuses on interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis on how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain individual and relational well-being in the context of (often deemed taboo) unexpected, hurtful, or non-normative events and underexplored relationship types.Her work has been published in outlets such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, The Journal of...


PhD, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA, Missouri State University, BA, University of Northern Iowa

Bryan Whaley

(415) 422-6448

Bryan Whaley teaches courses in social influence, message design in health interaction, communication and disability, and experimental research methods. His research interests concern the relationship between language/message variables and social influence, linguistic and social cognitive factors related to illness explanation and compliance messages in health contexts, linguistic and visual strategies for explaining health-related, scientific or complex information, and communication...


PhD, Purdue University

Part-Time Faculty

Michael Llewellyn-Williams

Adjunct Professor

Michael Llewellyn-Williams is a hands-on, award-winning account planning director and brand strategist. He is the principal at BrandMechanics, Inc. and author of Brand Mechanics: The Art and Science of Building Brands. A conference chair and speaker on three continents and a judge for The Effies in New York, he has twice appeared on British TV discussing advertising. His first agency position was at BMP in London where he was hired by Stanley Pollitt, one of the founders of account planning.


PhD, DIC, BSc, Imperial College, London

Matthew Ringard

Adjunct Professor

Matthew Ringard was raised in the Bay Area and completed his undergraduate education at Saint Mary's College of California, with a major in communication. After managing communications and marketing for a firm in the hotel and travel industry for two years, Matthew obtained an MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. He has long been interested in queer politics, history, and rhetoric, as well as cultural studies and feminist theory. More recently, he has developed an...


Syracuse University, MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, 2019, Saint Mary's College of California, BA in Communication, 2015

Kimberly Stoddard

Adjunct Professor

Kimberly Stoddard started her public relations career in 1995, and her communications experience spans PR, internal communications, analyst relations, investor relations, and social campaigns for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 brands, as well as startups. In addition to teaching the Public Relations Writing course at USF, she currently handles West Coast communications at Bloomberg LP and communication strategies at The Townsend Team. Other in-house roles include communications manager at U.C....


BS, Communication-Journalism, Castleton State College