Tel:(415) 422-6894

Pamela Balls Organista


Pamela Balls Organista, has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her areas of research include health issues in underserved populations, ethnic minority psychology, community-based research, and preventive interventions.


Corey Cook

Associate Professor

Corey Cook earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation considers the impact of race and gender on political representation and explores the contemporary significance of identity politics. His current research focuses on election results and political geography in California.

Tel:(415) 422-6709

Candice Harrison

Assistant Professor

Candice Harrison joined the department in Fall 2008 after completing her Ph.D. 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. 


Monique Morris

Adjunct Faculty

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Dr. Morris is Co-Founder of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute and a consultant for a number of national social justice and civil rights organizations. She is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. Dr. Morris’ research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities are uniquely affected by social policies. Dr. Morris is the author of the book, Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), the novel, Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012); and a forthcoming book on the criminalization of Black girls in schools (The New Press, 2015).

Tel:(415) 422-6074

Kathryn Nasstrom


Kathryn Nasstrom, Associate Professor of History, teaches in the U.S. field and specializes in women's history, oral history, and civil rights history. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993 and has been at USF since 1994.

Tel:(415) 422-4454

Sonja Martin Poole

Assistant Professor

Sonja Martin Pole focuses on how marketing can be used to bring about social change. Dr. Poole guides her students to create innovative ways to interact with, add value and offer rewards to their target audience while keeping in mind the importance of marketing ethics, sustainability, corporate responsibility, multicultural markets, education, public policy, and social welfare.

Tel:(415) 422-5482

Stephanie Sears

Associate Professor

Stephanie Sears is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the African American Studies Program at USF. Professor Sears received her Ph.D. from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and Sociology. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and dance. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research examines the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation intersect and interact in complex and contradictory ways often simultaneously reproducing oppression and facilitating empowerment. These theoretical concerns and interdisciplinary approach formed the basis of her book, Imagining Black Womanhood, and drive her current research project on girlhood, identity, and dance.


Ronald Sundstrom


Ronald Robles Sundstrom is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He has published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008). He continues to work on the social and political theories of American and European figures from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the topics of civic belonging and exclusion. He was a co-winner of the 2010 University Distinguished Teaching Award.


James Taylor


James Lance Taylor received his graduate degrees at the University of Southern California (USC). His teaching and research scholarly interests are in religion and politics in the United States, race and ethnic politics, African American political history, social movements, political ideology, law and public policy, and the U.S. Presidency. He is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama.