Bruce Snider

Department Chair
(415) 422-4748

Bruce Snider is the author of the poetry collections Fruit (University of Wisconsin Press), Paradise, Indiana (Plieades Press/LSU Press), and The Year We Studied Women, (University of Wisconsin Press). He is co-editor with Shara Lessley of an anthology of essays, The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press). His awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship, and the Jenny McKean Writer-in-Washington award, as well residencies from Yaddo, the...


University of Texas at Austin, MFA in Creative Writing, 1996


Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Playwriting

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

Omar F. Miranda

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4142

Dr. Omar F. Miranda specializes in the global literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the editor of On the 200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Manfred: Commemorative Essays, a Romantic Circles Praxis volume dedicated to Byron's poetic drama, co-editor of a forthcoming Cambridge volume, Percy Shelley for Our Times, and a forthcoming abridged teaching edition of Mary Shelley’s novel, The Last Man (Romantic Circles). He has published or forthcoming essays in European Romantic...


New York University, PhD in English and American Literature, Boston College, MA in English, University of Miami (Florida), BA in German, Political Science, and English


Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literatures and Contexts

Eileen Fung

Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
(415) 422-6083

College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Eileen Chia-Ching Fung has dedicated more than 20 years of service to USF, including more than 10 years in the dean’s office. Interim Dean Fung was awarded the James Irvine Dissertation Fellowship in 1997, and hired as a full-time faculty member in the Department of English in 1998. She served as chair of the English department and director of the Asian American Pacific Studies Program before her appointment as associate dean of arts and humanities in...


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

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 a “Best Poetry Book” by The Barnes & Noble Review. Recent poems have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Best of the Net, and many others. Dean writes and reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books....


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

Susan Steinberg

(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 Guggenheim Fellowship and 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...


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

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

Shawn Doubiago

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6982

Shawn Doubiago received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Davis with two designated emphases: Feminist Theory and Research and Critical Theory. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the American University of Paris.


BA, Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris, MA. Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, PhD, Comparative Literature, UC Davis

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

Sara Marinelli

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2893

Sara Marinelli grew up in Italy, where she received her PhD in Literatures in English from the University of Rome, "La Sapienza." After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz in 2007, Professor Marinelli decided to make the Bay Area her home. In 2013, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her main academic interests are women's writing and post-colonial literature and theory. She is also a fiction writer and a translator, and has...


PhD, Literatures in English, University of Rome, MFA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

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