Susan Steinberg

Department Chair
(415) 422-5106

Susan Steinberg is the author of four books of fiction: Machine (Graywolf Press), Spectacle (Graywolf Press), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2). The recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, Professor Steinberg has also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals...


MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Samira Abdur-Rahman

Assistant Professor

Samira Abdur-Rahman holds a PhD in English from Rutgers University. She completed her BA in English Literature and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Previous to joining USF, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester. Her teaching and research interests include: African American Literature; childhood studies; autobiography studies; literary geography; and African...

Carolyn Brown

(415) 422-6749

Carolyn Brown received her PhD in English from the University of California–Davis. Her specialization is Shakespeare and Renaissance / Early Modern literature, from a feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, and /or political perspective. She has published in several anthologies on Shakespeare and the following journals: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Studies in Philology; American Imago; Literature and Psychology; Clio: A Journal of Literature...


PhD, University of California, Davis


Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory

Eileen Fung

(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.


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Christina Garcia Lopez

Director of Chican@-Latin@ Studies, Associate Professor
(415) 422-4749

Christina Garcia Lopez holds a PhD in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her BA in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an MA in American Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature;...


BA, English Literature, University of North Texas, MA, American Literature and Culture, University of Leeds, PhD, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Omar F. Miranda

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4142

Omar F. Miranda specializes in the literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis in both his research and teaching on the global Romantic era. His book manuscript in progress examines the revolutionary possibilities of exile, celebrity culture, and literary form in the period. He is editor of On the 200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Manfred: Commemorative Essays, a bicentenary Romantic Circles Praxis volume.  He has published essays in European Romantic Review,...


PhD, English, New York University, MA, English, Boston College, BA, German, Political Science, and English, University of Miami, Florida

Dean Rader

(415) 422-4184

Dean Rader has written, edited, or co-edited eleven books. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was named by The Barnes & Noble Review as a Best Poetry Book. Recent poems have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and many others. Dean writes and reviews regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, BOMB, and Ploughshares. He is the...


PhD, SUNY-Binghamton, MA, SUNY-Binghamton, BA, Baylor University


Poetry, Literary studies, American Indian studies, Visual/popular culture

Ana Rojas

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6676

Ana Raquel Rojas specializes in Decadent and Victorian Literature, with an emphasis on feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.


Cornell University, PhD, Cornell University, MA, University of California, Irvine, BA


Decadent literature, Representations of feminine sexuality in late-nineteenth-century fiction

Bruce Snider

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4748

Bruce Snider is the recipient of Wallace Stegner, James A. Michener, and Jenny McKean Moore Fellowships. He is also the author of the poetry collections Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and co-editor with Shara Lessley of an anthology of essays, The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice (forthcoming, Pleiades Press, March 2018). He is published in Best American Poetry 2012.


MFA, University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Van Meter

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4298

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011). His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre, among others, and has been selected for anthologies including Best American Essays 2009. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he has also been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


DePaul University, MA in Literary Writing, 2005, University of Iowa, MFA in Nonfiction Writing, 2009

Part-Time Faculty

Peter Kline

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6426

Peter Kline teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and with Stanford University's Master of Liberal Arts program. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has also received residency fellowships from the Amy Clampitt House, James Merrill House, Marble House Project, Artsmith Orcas Island, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as the Best New Poets series, the Verse Daily...


Northwestern University, B.A., University of Virginia, M.F.A., Stanford University, Wallace Stegner Fellowship

Natacha Ruck

Adjunct Professor
(347) 432-5124

Natacha is an award-winning storyteller, media producer, and educator. She strives to use text, film, sound, and live performance to deepen our understanding of the world we live in and foster action. Her documentary work has appeared at the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as on National Geographic, NBC NY, and Link TV. Her radio work has appeared on public radio affiliates nationally and locally. She is currently the showrunner for Adonde Media’s acclaimed Duolingo French...

Patrick Schwieterman

Adjunct Professor

Pat Schwieterman earned BS degrees in Environmental Science and Plant Science at UC Riverside, and MA and PhD degrees in medieval English literature at UC Berkeley. At USF, he has taught courses on Middle English literature, children's literature, science fiction, and the Arthurian legend. His research focuses on the use of supernatural beings in constructions of cultural and political identity in medieval Britain. Other interests include medieval Wales, Old Icelandic and Old French, and the...


UC Berkeley, PhD, UC Berkeley, MA, UC Riverside, BS

Emeriti Faculty

Alan Heineman

Alan Heineman taught Introduction to Literary Studies; Period Course (19th and 20th Century American Lit); Special Topics in Literature (Faulkner); Honors in Humanities Seminar. He has written a textbook, Writing Term Papers (with Hulon Willis) (Harcourt Brace), which went into three editions.  He’s also published scholarly articles and reviews of contemporary fiction.  He has been Senior Editor of the San Francisco Review of Books, and written more than 100 articles, columns, and reviews of...

Patricia Hill

Professor Emerita
(415) 422-6837

Patricia Liggins Hill earned her PhD in English from Stanford. She is the general editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition. She has also published articles on Etheridge Knight and Francis Watkins Harper. She teaches African American Literature and curates student involvement in the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.


PhD, Stanford University


African American Literature