Faculty


Mayo Buenafe-Ze

Adjunct Professor

Since 2007, Angela Mae (‘Mayo’) Buenafe-Ze, a Native Filipina (Ifugao and Itneg), has been in the academe as a fieldwork researcher and a university...

Education:

PhD (ABD), Cultural Anthropology, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University | MA Anthropology (Specialization: International Human Rights and Diversity), University of Nebraska-Lincoln | BA Social Sciences (Social Anthropology; Political Science minor), cum laude, University of the Philippines - Baguio

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Food: Culture, Class, Power and Change

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America...

Education:

PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University. | MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago | BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Courses:

Special Topics in Anthropology, Honors Thesis Seminar, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Research & Thesis Writing, Special Topics

Howard De Nike

Adjunct Professor

Howard J. De Nike graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1964 with a degree in philosophy, and USF School of Law in 1967 with a Juris...

Courses:

Sport, Culture & Society, Directed Study, Sport, Culture & Society, Directed Reading

Lindsay Gifford

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4135

Professor Gifford specializes in cultural anthropology of the Middle East, particularly Syria, the greater Levant, and Iraq. She has conducted fieldwork in Syria and Jordan and travelled extensively throughout Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Turkey.

Education:

PhD, Anthropology, Boston University | BA, Anthropology, CSU Northridge | graduate of Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School | graduate of Damascus University’s Arabic language program in Syria

Expertise:

Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Food: Culture, Class, Power and Change, Special Topics in Anthropology, Research Methods, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Research & Thesis Writing, Special Topics

George Gmelch

Professor

George Gmelch is professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his PhD at UCSB. He is a...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, Cultures Through Film, Research Seminar III

Sharon Gmelch

Professor
(415) 422-4453

Sharon Bohn Gmelch earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her interests include visual...

Education:

PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara

Courses:

Cultures Through Film, Women's Lives/Cultures, Alaska: Culture, Environment and Tourism

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...

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

Courses:

Musicianship and Principles of Tonal Theory, Music Appreciation, Studies in Popular Music

Marco Jacquemet

Professor
(415) 422-5543

Marco Jacquemet teaches courses in communication and culture, intercultural communication, geographies of communication, and justice and social...

Education:

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

Courses:

Communication & Culture, Communication for Justice and Social Change, Geographies of Communication, Ethnography of Communication, Directed Study, Directed Project, Communication Studies Internship, Special Topics

Rabia Kamal

Adjunct Professor

Rabia Kamal received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include cultural and visual...

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, Women's Lives/Cultures, Anthropology of Social Media, Research Seminar II

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6914

Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Texas) and assistant professor in the International Studies Department at the...

Education:

PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin | MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin | BA, International Studies, University of Chicago

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, Special Topics, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Development & the Environment, Special Topics, Introduction to Globalization

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5837

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship...

Courses:

Commons: Land, Water and Air, Environmental Studies Internship, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Religion and the Environment, Hinduism, Community Internships, Directed Study

John Nelson

Professor
(415) 422-5093

As a cultural anthropologist, Nelson's research and publications explore the interaction between religion and politics in East Asia, with a current emphasis on global dynamics and rapid social change.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Directed Reading & Research, Society and Culture in the Contemporary Asia Pacific, Capstone Project, Directed Study, Japanese Religion & Society, Sacred Places, Sacred Times, Religion and Globalization, Japanese Religion & Soc, Buddhist Paths in Asia and North America (SL)

Elizabeth Peña

Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth S. Peña is Executive Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She has...

Education:

PhD, Archaeology, Boston University | BA, Classical Archaeology, University of Michigan

Courses:

Museums and Social Justice

Francesca Rivera

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

Francesca is an ethnomusicologist, teaching courses music, cultural anthropology and Latin American studies. Research areas include: genre labeling...

Education:

BA, Sarah Lawrence College | MA, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Anthropology of Music, Music of the Americas, Music and Social Protest, Music of the Americas, Anthropology of Music, Music and Social History, Expedition USF

Rue Ziegler

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-4643

Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and PhD degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK. Before coming to USF she taught at...

Education:

PhD, Cambridge University

Courses:

The Anthropology of Food: Culture, Class, Power and Change, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Special Topics

Contact Info

Department of Sociology

Kalmanovitz Hall 252 (415) 422-6671 (415) 422-5671