Full-Time Faculty

Pedro Lange Churión

Program Director
(415) 422-6135

Professor Pedro Lange Churión is both an academic and a visual artist. He has written and directed various films, including Crocodile (USA, 2000). Based on a short story by Felisberto Hernández. This film received a Remmy Bronze award for best dramatic adaptation at the Houston International Film Festival (2001). He also wrote and directed Visitas (Colombia, 2005), a full-feature narrative film that explores violence in Colombia. This film has garnered recognition as "Official Selection" in...

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6951

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.


MA, Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, PhD, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Stanford University

Nadina Olmedo

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4874

Prof. Olmedo general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Emergent Horror Cinemas. She teaches courses in language and culture and also literature and film, such as: Feminist Theory and Feminist Discourse, The Revenge of the Monsters and Conflicts and Confluences in the Spanish speaking world. She is the curator of the Latin Horror Film Festival at USF.


PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, BA, Profesorado en Letras, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia (Argentina)


Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies

Karyn Schell

(415) 422-2224

Karyn Schell received her PhD in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington. She also serves as the Spanish Language Coordinator. Her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy, and Theoretical Linguistics. She teaches Spanish language and culture, Spanish conversation, and service-learning.


PhD, Romance Linguistics, University of Washington

Ana Urrutia-Jordana

(415) 422-6043

Prof. Urrutia-Jordana earned her BA in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA and PhD in Spanish Literature at Stanford University (1996). She has taught at the University of San Francisco since 1996 and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Her first book, La poetización de la política en el Unamuno exiliado: De Fuerteventura a París Romancero del destierro, was published in 2003 by Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca...


PhD and MA, Spanish Literature, Stanford University (1996), BA, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Rakhel Villamil-Acera

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4364

Rakhel has published articles and book chapters in Hispania, Crítica Hispánica, Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, Teatro: revista de estudios culturales and Palgrave MacMillan on twentieth-century Spanish Theater, Hispanic Linguistics, Comic and Tragic discourses, as well as on Gender and Social Mediation. Her latest publication is the co-edited volume, Manifestaciones de lo trágico en la cultura moderna peninsular, published on The Hispanic Issues Online (2020), where she focuses on the...


PhD in Romance Languages and Literature, University of California, Berkeley, MA in Pedagogy of Spanish as a Second Language, University of Salamanca, BA in Hispanic Philology, University of Deusto

Part-Time Faculty

Patricia Cortés-Bodero

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5952

Prof. Cortes-Bodero was born, raised, and mainly educated in the country of Mexico. She received a BA in Spanish from Escuela Normal Superior de Jalisco, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Valle Atemajac. After spending a few years teaching Spanish in Mexico, she moved to California where she attended Long Beach State University and received a MA in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American Literature. She has been teaching Spanish at USF since 2001.


MA, Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American Literature, Long Beach State University, BA, Business Administration, University of Valle Atemajac, BA, Spanish, Escuela Normal Superior de Jalisco

Maria José González-Salido

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6838

Maria has taught at USF since 1996, teaching literature classes for the English and the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures departments.


PhD, Comparative Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Cassandra Millspaugh

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5763

After graduating from San Francisco State University, Prof. Millspaugh spent a year working in Zacatecas, Mexico. She returned to the Bay Area and finished her MA in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. She has been teaching Spanish at the University of San Francisco since 2002.


MA in Linguistics from San Francisco State University, BA in Spanish from San Francisco State University

Shannon Raintree

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2849

Prof. Shannon Raintree was raised in San Francisco and Hawaii. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Basque Country.


MA, TESOL, San Francisco State University, BA, Spanish, San Francisco State University

Mark Salfi

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2802

Mark Salfi earned his MA in Comparative Literature at UC San Diego, combining interests in Spanish, English, Italian, film, and cultural studies. During and after his graduate career, he taught in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Literature at UCSD. Salfi has been working as an adjunct professor at USF since 1997. He received the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award in 2012 and the Innovations in Instruction Award in 2014.


MA, Comparative Literature, UC San Diego

Emeriti Faculty

Martha Schaffer

Professor Emerita
(415) 422-6720

Associate Professor, received her PhD in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her current research centers on medieval Iberian texts and manuscripts, in particular the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria. She is part of the BITAGAP (Bibliografía de Textos Antigos Portugueses e Galegos) database team as well.

Contact Info

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Office for: French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Portuguese and Comparative Literature Program

Kalmanovitz Hall 328 (415) 422-2802