Full-Time Faculty

Susana Kaiser

Department Chair
(415) 422-5141

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her MA from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her BA in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. Before coming to USF she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on...


BA, Advertising, The Jesuit University of El Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, MA, The Department of Communication, Hunter College of the City University of New York, PhD, The Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Inna Arzumanova

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4985

Inna Arzumanova received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and her BA from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include racial and gender performances, popular culture and aesthetics, and global media and arts industries. She has published on the usage of race in dance films, fashion and gender on television, gender production within digital culture, and the aesthetics of race...


BA, University of California, San Diego, PhD is from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, at the University of Southern California

Bernadette Barker-Plummer

(415) 422-6187

Bernadette Barker-Plummer received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BA from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Her research interests are in media, social movements, and social change. Some of her work can be found in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Monographs, and Peace Review. She teaches Gender and Media, Introduction to...


BA, Edinburgh University in Scotland, MA, University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Beth Hoffman

Associate Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF
(415) 422-4136

Beth Hoffman has reported on food and agriculture for more than fifteen years, airing on NPR, The World, Latino USA, Living on Earth. She has a Masters from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism and has completed several documentary projects, including a year cooking with immigrant women in their homes and telling their stories. She blogged for Forbes.com for two years and does freelance writing and radio. She currently teaches Audio Production, Advanced Radio and Food Media at USF.


MA, UC Berkeley


Food and agriculture

Vamsee Juluri

(415) 422-5699

Vamsee Juluri received his PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. His research interest is in the globalization of media audiences with an emphasis on Indian television and cinema, mythology, religion, violence and Gandhian philosophy. He is the author of four books: Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television (Peter Lang, 2003/Orient Longman, 2005)  The Mythologist: A Novel (Penguin India, 2010) Bollywood Nation: India through its...


PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999

Dorothy Kidd

Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF
(415) 422-5061

Dorothy Kidd received her PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and social change and community media. She has also worked extensively in community radio production. Her areas of interest include democratic and participatory communications, media and globalization.


PhD, Communication, Simon Fraser University

Tamara Kneese

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5871

Tamara Kneese received her PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College. Her research interests include feminist science and technology studies, digital labor, Silicon Valley startup culture, and histories of social media. In addition to publishing scholarly work on online mourning practices, she has written for popular outlets such as Public Books, The Verge, Yes!...


PhD, New York University, MA, University of Chicago, BA, Kenyon College

Pedro Lange Churión

(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...

Daniel Plotnick

Director, Film Studies/Associate Professor/Faculty Adviser USFtv
(415) 422-4138

Danny Plotnick roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of alternative culture, his films were infused with the DIY spirit of the times. His films have shown at the MOMA in NYC, on the Independent Film Channel, and MTV. As an educator, he was the Director of Education at The Film Arts Foundation for seven years, and he taught at the esteemed high school arts program California State Summer School For the Arts from 1995-2007. He was chair of the CSSSA film...

James Michael Robertson

Director, Journalism/Associate Professor
(415) 422-6250

Michael Robertson received his PhD in English from Duke University. He is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who has worked for the Atlanta magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, amongst other publications. He is currently writing a book on the art of the newspaper column. His areas of interest include journalism history, literary journalism, feature writing, reporting.


PhD, English, Duke University

Part-Time Faculty

Regina Arnold

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6862

Regina Arnold holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a BA in Communications from UC Berkeley. She is a former teaching fellow at Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and her scholarly interests include media studies, journalism, creative non-fiction, and critical race theory. A former music writer for both Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, she is the author of three books on rock music, "Route 666" (St. Martin's), "Punk in the...

Xandra Castleton

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Xandra Maria Castleton, MFA, is a screenwriter and independent film and television producer whose scripts have served as the basis for award-winning documentary, television and narrative film projects. Her films have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, AFI and Rotterdam, and her feature dramatic comedy, Full Grown Men, was the winner of the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award prior to a critically successful theatrical release by Emerging Pictures. Full Grown Men starred Judah...

John Higgins

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Professor Higgins teaches courses involving storytelling, technologies, pop culture, grassroots alternative media, history, research, and production. For over three decades, he has been involved in commercial and community-based radio and TV and video, as well as the Internet and social media. He has served as the President of the non-profit organization managing the city and county of San Francisco’s public access cable TV channels and facilities. His background includes thirty years as a...


PhD, Communications, Ohio State University

Michael Edward Lenert

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Adjunct professor Michael Edward Lenert has 25 years’ experience teaching law, communications, and journalism at the University level, including to MA and PhD-level students. He is a licensed attorney in California with 30 years’ experience and has taught communications law and other classes at the University of San Francisco since 2009. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas and his law degree from Georgetown Law School. From 2005-2009, he held the...


BA, University of California, Berkeley, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Madeleine Lim

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5090

Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker with 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world, featured at museums and universities, and broadcast to millions on PBS. She holds a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, where she was awarded Outstanding Cinema Student of the Year. She is the founding Executive Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (...


BA, Cinema, San Francisco State University

Mark Taylor

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Mark Taylor is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has been screened and exhibited in festivals, galleries and museums around the globe. His artist books have been collected by the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, the San Francisco Legion of Honor, Stanford University and the New York Museum of Modern Art, among others. Taylor has worked in independent film since 1989: at Film Forum in New York; two seasons at P.O.V., the PBS independent documentary series;...


MFA, California College of the Arts

Jeremy Troy

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Mr. Troy writes, produces, edits, and designs creative content for film and television. For more than a decade as a Freelance Broadcast Creative, he has created award-winning work for major television networks like CBS, ESPN, and Showtime. He is an interdisciplinary creator with swiss-army-knife skills. He combines storytelling, editing, and motion graphics with his original point of view. His expertise in executing projects from concept through delivery allows him to bridge the gap between...