Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Heather Hoag

Department Chair
(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history. Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a...

Education:

PhD, History, Boston University, 2003

Expertise:

African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning

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

Melissa Dale

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6357

Melissa S. Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012. Prior to joining the faculty and staff at USF, she served as Associate Director of International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley (Nov. 2011 – Aug. 2012) where she worked in the areas of international relations and development for the entire campus with a particular focus on prospect development and stewardship for leadership and major gifts from the Asia-Pacific region...

Education:

PhD, East Asian History (China), Georgetown University, MA, Asian Languages (Chinese), Stanford, BA, Oriental Languages (Chinese), UC Berkeley

Candice Harrison

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6709

Candice Harrison joined the department in Fall 2008 after completing her PhD at Emory University. Her teaching interests span the eras of colonial and nineteenth century U.S. history, and include the subjects of economic and labor history, African American history, American popular culture, and comparative race and slavery in the Atlantic World. Recently, Dr. Harrison received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her current book manuscript entitled "Democratizing the Market:...

Education:

PhD, Emory University

Uldis Kruze

Professor
(415) 422-6300

Uldis Kruze received his PhD from Indiana University. His areas of interests include Japanese and Chinese political history; U.S. diplomatic relations with East Asia.

Julio Moreno

Professor
(415) 422-6082

Julio Moreno, PhD is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, executive Director of the Pan-American Society, and faculty director of the Privett Global Service-Learning Program at the University of San Francisco. He is the recipient of distinguished awards that include visiting scholar research fellowships at the Library of Congress and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas in...

Kathryn Nasstrom

Professor
(415) 422-6074

Kathryn Nasstrom teaches in the U.S. field and specializes in civil rights history, women’s history, oral history, and memory & narrative studies. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 and has been at USF since 1994. She is the author of Everybody's Grandmother and Nobody's Fool: Frances Freeborn Pauley and the Struggle for Social Justice (Cornell University Press, 2000), and she has published in the Journal of American History and the Oral...

Elliot Neaman

Professor
(415) 422-6411

Elliot Neaman received a BA in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 1979, an MA in history and philosophy from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 1985, and his PhD in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. His areas of specialization are Modern Germany, The Holocaust, Late Modern Intellectual History, post 1945 Global History, European Diplomatic & Economic History, and theory and methodology of the historical sciences. His first book on the German...

Education:

PhD, History, University of California at Berkeley, MA, History and Philosophy, Freie Universität in Berlin, BA, Sociology, University of British Columbia

Katrina Olds

Associate Professor, History
(415) 422-4378

Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include popular culture and religion; Counter-Reformation history and hagiography; the history of the book; and religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas. She has been the recipient of several honors during her tenure at the University of San Francisco: in 2017 she received the University Distinguished Research Award, jointly awarded by the University of San Francisco and the USF Faculty...

Education:

PhD and MA, History, Princeton University, Masters of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School

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

M. Antoni Ucerler S.J.

Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History; Associate Professor
(415) 422-2781

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is the Director and Associate Professor at the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. He is also Fellow of East Asian Studies at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in both early modern Japanese and global history, including topics in East Asian and European thought. His main research and teaching interests include topics in Japanese samurai history, the era of European maritime empires and expansion into Asia (15th-18th...

Taymiya Zaman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4377

Taymiya R. Zaman received her BA, Philosophy, Smith College and her PhD in History (2007) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the University of San Francisco in 2007. Her area of research expertise is Mughal India and her current research interests include historical memory in South Asia, the interconnectedness of life writing and history, and the transition from subjects to citizens in the Islamicate world. She has designed the History Department's "Islamic World" emphasis...

Education:

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Ph.D. in History, 2007, Smith College, Northampton, MA, B.A. in Philosophy, 2001

James Zarsadiaz

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4168

James Zarsadiaz is Associate Professor of History and serves as Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. His research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, Asian American history, and the twentieth-century United States. He received his PhD and MA in History from Northwestern University and his BA in American Studies and Political Science from George Washington University. Prof. Zarsadiaz was a Fellow at both the Smithsonian...

Education:

PhD, History, Northwestern University, MA, History, Northwestern University, BA, American Studies and Political Science, George Washington University

Part-Time Faculty


Chase Arnold

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6784

Chase Arnold is currently a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. His area of focus is Sub-Saharan Africa and his research explores the role of Intelligence and security in African nation-building. Within the larger field of African history, he also specializes in the history of medicine, development, and the intermediaries of the British colonial state.

Education:

MPhil from the University of Cambridge, BA from Brigham Young University

Peter Mann

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5555

Peter is a historian of modern Europe and a cartoonist.

Education:

Ph.D., History, Stanford University, B.A., History, Wesleyan University

Christopher O'Sullivan

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-4389

Chris O'Sullivan received his BA from UC Berkeley and his MA and PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London. He is the recipient of the 2013 Innovations in Teaching Award and the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award and has been a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Jordan. He is the author of several books including the forthcoming Agent of Manifest Destiny: Thomas Oliver Larkin and American Conquest of California and others including Harry Hopkins: FDR's Envoy to...

Kerry Shannon

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6515

Kerry Shannon received his PhD in history from UC Berkeley in 2019. His current project examines the advent of public health in Korea and Japan in the late nineteenth century. His broader research and teaching interests include environmental history, the history of the body, and the intra-regional history of East Asia.

Education:

PhD, History, UC Berkeley, MA, History, UC Berkeley, MA, Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, BA, Whitman College

Bernard von Bothmer

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2631

Bernard von Bothmer received a BA with honors from Brown University, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Indiana University. He received USF's 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching and USF's 2016 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award. He has reviewed books for The Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Civil War History, The Journal of Southern History, History News Network, and Civil War Book Review, and many others. He is the author of...

Arthur Zárate

Adjunct Professor

Arthur Shiwa Zárate is an interdisciplinary scholar of religion whose research explores the intersection of science, ethics, and politics in contemporary Islamic thought. He has lived and travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and speaks Arabic, and enjoys teaching students who are interested in applying the critical thinking skills they learn in the classroom to their lives outside the classroom.  His published work has appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History and he...

Education:

Columbia University, PhD in History, 2018, Columbia University, MPhil in History, 2015, Columbia University, MA in History, 2013, University of Wisconsin, BA in History and Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2010, University of Wisconsin, Waukesha

Expertise:

Modern Middle East, Islam, Sufism, Religion

Emeriti Faculty


Anthony (Tony) Fels

Professor Emeritus of History

Anthony D. (Tony) Fels, Professor Emeritus of History, is a social and religious historian of the United States. At USF he taught US history, historical methods, US religious history, US racial and ethnic history, Native American history, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age. He chaired the History Department in 1997-2000 and 2003-2006, retiring from teaching in 2018. His book on the Salem witch hunt came out in 2018, and he has recently returned to the subject...

Education:

PhD, History, Stanford University, 1987, MA, History, Stanford University, 1979, BA, History, Cornell University, 1971