Faculty


Aaron Hahn Tapper

Department Chair
(415) 422-2378

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and...

Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara | MTS, Harvard Divinity School | BA, Johns Hopkins University

Courses:

Politics of Conflict and Peace, FYS: First-Year Seminar, TYS: Transfer Year Seminars, Social Justice, Activism, and Jews, Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities, Ethics, Directed Reading

Peter Ajer

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Peter Claver Ajer holds a PhD in Biblical Studies with an allied field in Political Science (Peace and Conflict Studies) from Graduate Theological...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union | Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL), Pontifical Biblical Institute | Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Pontifical Urbaniana University

Courses:

Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Catholic Thought, Catholic Social Thought, Ethics, Catholic Moral Tradition: Not Your Grade School Ethics

Andrei Antokhin

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Andrei Antokhin received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His academic interests include Ethics, History of Ideas, Philosophy...

Courses:

St Ignatius Institute Symposium, The Christian Village, Mystery of God/Mystery of the Human Person, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Catholic Thought, Christian Marriage, What is Catholicism?, Sacred Places, Sacred Times, Ethics

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5971

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Latin American theology and religious history, Liberation Theology, Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements

Courses:

Special Topics, Religion in Latin America, Liberation Theology, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Liberation Theology in Spanish, Methods and Theories in THRS, Liberation Theology, Panamerican Saints: Hagiography and Politics, Religion in Latin America, Ethics, Liberation Theology in Spanish

Wendy Arce

Adjunct Professor

Born in Southern California and raised in Central America, Arce's interests include immigration and the family in the United States, religious...

Courses:

Indian Civilizations, Liberation Theology, Religion of U.S. Latinos, Liberation Theology, Religion of U.S. Latinos, Ethics

Stephen Black

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5726

Professor Black's research and teaching examines the intersections of classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy and religion, and their influence...

Education:

PhD Graduate Theological Union

Courses:

Ancient Epic: The Art of War, Classical Mythology, Greek and Roman Religion, Directed Study, The Origins of Judaism and Christianity, Greek and Roman Culture and Literature, Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery of God/Mystery of the Human Person, Greek and Roman Religion, Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity, Directed Reading

Erin Brigham

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2912

Erin Brigham is the Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. She has taught Catholic theology and social...

Expertise:

Catholic theology and ethics

Courses:

Catholic Social Thought, Women, Poverty, and Catholic Social Thought, Special Topics, Special Topic Seminar

Jeremy Brown

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Jeremy P. Brown earned his PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. He teaches at USF in the department of Theology and Religious...

Education:

BA, Religion, Reed College | PhD, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

Expertise:

Jewish mysticism, Judaism in medieval Iberia, Historical intersections of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Courses:

Directed Study, Jewish and Islamic Mysticism, Jewish-Christian Relationship

Cathal Doherty SJ

Associate Professor

A native of County Donegal in the north of Ireland, Cathal Doherty is a Jesuit priest of the Irish province. Prior to joining the faculty at USF in...

Courses:

Catholic Thought, Theories of Ethics, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Catholic Thought, Celebrating Sacraments, Christian Forgiveness, Grace: Christian Transcendence, Ethics

Lilian Dube

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube is an Associate Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. In 1999, she made history...

Education:

DTh (Missiology), 1999, University of Stellenbosch

Paolo Gamberini

Associate Professor
(510) 229-9612

Paolo Gamberini was born in Ravenna (Italy) in 1960 and entered the Jesuit Order in 1983. He had his M.Phil in Milan at the Sacred Heart University....

Education:

STD, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule “Sankt Georgen”, Frankfurt/M, Germany | B.Th, PONTIFICAL Theological Faculty of Southern Italy “Sez. San Luigi”, Naples Italy | M.Phil. Sacred Heart University, Milan, Italy

Courses:

Catholic Thought, Theories of Ethics, Mystery of God/Mystery of the Human Person, Catholic Thought, Catholic Social Thought, Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology, Ethics

Aysha Hidayatullah

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5176

Aysha Hidayatullah is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and teaches undergraduate courses on Islam, gender, race, and ethics. She received her...

Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2009 | MA, Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2005

Courses:

Special Topics, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Migrant & Diaspora Relig, Introduction to Islam, Ethics, Directed Reading

Nate Hinerman

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2314

Nate Hinerman teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union - Philosophy of Religion

Courses:

Religion, Psychology, Modern Literature, Death and Dying: Exploring New Paradigms

Daniel Kendall S.J.

Professor
(415) 422-6817

Born in Miami, AZ, Father Kendall spent his childhood and adolescent years in Phoenix. Upon graduation from the Jesuit High School in Phoenix in 1957...

Courses:

Sacred Scripture, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, FYS: First-Year Seminar

Oren Kroll-Zeldin

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Oren Kroll-Zeldin received his PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he also received an MA...

Courses:

Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Modern Jewish Thought, Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities, Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Ethics, Directed Reading

Rose Levinson

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Rose L. Levinson, PhD, came to USF in 2009, soon after completing a doctorate focused on Jewish Cultural Studies. She teaches Jews, Judaisms and...

Lois Lorentzen

Professor
(415) 422-2413

Professor Lorentzen's research and teaching interests include: immigration, environmental ethics, gender and religion. She has conducted research in El Salvador and Mexico.

Education:

PhD, Social Ethics, University of Southern California

Courses:

Erasmus Community, Erasmus Community, Erasmus Overseas Program, Directed Study, Research Seminar I, Research Seminar II, Migratory Mobility, Special Topics, Directed Reading

Sam Mickey

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Sam Mickey is an adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Francisco. He has also taught at...

Education:

PhD, Integral Ecology Track in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness, California Institute of Integral Studies

Courses:

Environment and Society, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Religion and the Environment, Environmental Ethics

Mark Miller

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6415

Mark T. Miller is Associate Professor of systematic theology and Associate Director of the St. Ignatius Institute. His interests focus on...

Education:

PhD, Theology, Boston College, 2008 | MA, Theology, Boston College, 2004 | BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1996

Expertise:

Anthropology, Soteriology, Political theology, Trinity, Christology

Courses:

Theories of Ethics, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, Directed Study, Mystery of God/Mystery of the Human Person, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Philippine Theology and the Revolutions, Ethics, Directed Reading, Philippine Theology and the Revolutions

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5837

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship...

Courses:

Commons: Land, Water and Air, Environmental Studies Internship, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Religion and the Environment, Hinduism, Community Internships, Directed Study

John Nelson

Professor
(415) 422-5093

As a cultural anthropologist, Nelson's research and publications explore the interaction between religion and politics in East Asia, with a current emphasis on global dynamics and rapid social change.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Directed Reading & Research, Society and Culture in the Contemporary Asia Pacific, Capstone Project, Directed Study, Japanese Religion & Society, Sacred Places, Sacred Times, Religion and Globalization, Japanese Religion & Soc, Buddhist Paths in Asia and North America (SL)

Vincent Pizzuto

Professor
(415) 422-5299

Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, is a Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He...

Education:

PhD (STD), 2003, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Courses:

Sacred Scripture, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Portraits of Christ: An Introduction to the Four Gospels., Christian Contemplative Practice I: Experience, Christian Contemplative Practice II: Mystical Theology, Special Topics, Directed Reading

Andrew Ramer

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Andrew Ramer, an adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, is also an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the...

Courses:

Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities

Esti Skloot

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6650

Esti Skloot grew up in Israel where she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received her teacher's credentials from the Hebrew...

Education:

BA, Music, Sonoma State University | MA, Creative Writing, University of San Francisco

Courses:

First Semester Hebrew, Second Semester Hebrew, Third Semester Hebrew, Dir Reading & Research

Tsering Wangchuk

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5419

Tsering Wangchuk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His areas of...

Education:

PhD, University of Virginia

Courses:

Intro to Buddhism, Himalayan Religions and Cultures, Buddhist Ethics, Special Topics

Maja Zuckerman

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6601

Maja Gildin Zuckerman works in the intersection of Jewish cultural history, anthropology, and social theory, with a focus on Jewish nationalism,...

Education:

PhD, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Southern Denmark | MA, Anthropology and Sociology (cum laude), Tel Aviv University | BA, Anthropology and Jewish Studies, Copenhagen University and Haifa University

Courses:

Ethics

Contact Info

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Kalmanovitz Hall 152 (415) 422-6601 (415) 422-3180