Tel:(415) 422-6749

Carolyn Brown

Associate Professor

Carolyn Brown received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Davis. Her specialization is Shakespeare and Renaissance / Early Modern literature, from a feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, and /or political perspective.  She has published in several anthologies on Shakespeare and the following journals: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900; Texas Studies in Literature and Language; Studies in Philology; American Imago; Literature and Psychology; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; English Literary Renaissance; and Shakespeare Studies. Her forthcoming book is on Shakespeare and psychoanalytic theory, to be published by Arden Shakespeare.


Katherine Elder

Adjunct Professor

Kate Elder teaches courses in women's literature, law and literature, gothic literature, and contemporary literature. She has won awards for Teaching Excellence from USF and UC Davis. Her research interests include global cinemas, postmodern ethics, and the literatures of the Cold War. Her current project focuses on the representation of torture in contemporary American law and literature.


Winifred Ernst

Adjunct Professor

Winifred Ernst received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with concentrations in eighteenth-century and Renaissance literature.

Tel:(415) 422-6083

Eileen Fung

Associate Professor

Eileen Fung earned her PhD in medieval literature with a secondary expertise in Asian American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests lie in examining the intersection of literature and identity through cultural practices. She helped start the Asian American Studies program at USF and has served as both the co-chair and chair of the English Department. At present, she is the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.


Christina Garcia Lopez

Assistant Professor

Newly joining USF in Fall 2013, Christina Garcia Lopez holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a portfolio in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of North Texas and an M.A. in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds. Previous to joining USF, she held a lectureship at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests include: Latina/o and Chicana/o literature; Ethnic American literature; gender and sexuality; religion & spirituality; and borders of race, ethnicity, and migration. Her working manuscript, Social Violence, Social Healing: The Merging of the Political and the Spiritual in Chicano/a Literary Production, explores how Chicano/a narratives have reckoned with spirituality and religion in relation to social and historical trauma.

Tel:(415) 422-6837

Patricia Hill


Patricia Liggins Hill earned her Ph.D. in English from Stanford. She is the general editor of  the groundbreaking anthology, Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition. She has also published articles on Etheridge Knight and Francis Watkins Harper. She teaches African American Literature and curates student involvement in the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-4184

Dean Rader


Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture, and he teaches regularly in all of these areas. His most recent collection of poems, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of 2013. His scholarly book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film From Alcatraz to the NMAI, (University of Texas Press, 2011) won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship, and his 2010 collection of poems, Works & Days, won the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His edited collection, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry reached #1 on the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller List. His forthcoming collection of poems, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, will be published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. He is the recipient of USF's Distinguished Research Award for 2011, and he is funnier than his photo might suggest. 


Ana Rojas

Adjunct Professor

Ana Rojas holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from The University of California, Irvine, and an M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She specializes in Decadent literature and representations of feminine sexuality in late-nineteenth-century fiction. Her scholarly interests also include the first-year student experience in Jesuit higher education. Before joining the faculty at USF, she taught composition and literature at The University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania.


Patrick Schwieterman

Adjunct Professor

Pat Schwieterman earned BS degrees in Environmental Science and Plant Science at UC Riverside, and MA and PhD degrees in medieval English literature at UC Berkeley. At USF, he has taught courses on Middle English literature, children's literature, science fiction, and the Arthurian legend. His research focuses on the use of supernatural beings in constructions of cultural and political identity in medieval Britain. Other interests include medieval Wales, Old Icelandic and Old French, and the history of the English language.

Tel:(415) 422-6410

Tracy Seeley


Tracy Seeley earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  She publishes and teaches in the fields of 19th- and -20th- British Literature, with a particular focus on early Modernism and Virginia Woolf.  In addition, she teaches Literature and the Environment, and writes and teaches literary nonfiction.  Her book My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas was published in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Press, and was recognized as a Kansas Notable Book for 2012.  Her essay "Cartographies of Change" was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2011.  She is also the founding co-director the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-4748

Bruce Snider

Assistant Professor

Bruce Snider joined the department in the fall of 2013. He is the recipient of Wallace Stegner, James A. Michener, and Jenny McKean Moore Fellowships. He is also the author of the poetry collections Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is published in Best American Poetry 2012.

Tel:(415) 422-5106

Susan Steinberg


Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf, 2013), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2). She was the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals and magazines, and she has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. She has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, Ledig House, Yaddo, and NYU. She earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Brant Torres

Assistant Professor

Brant M. Torres received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Cornell University. He teaches American literature from the colonial period through the 20th century, LGBTQ literature, and literary theory. 

Tel:(415) 422-4298

Ryan Van Meter

Assistant Professor

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011). His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre, among others, and has been selected for anthologies including Best American Essays 2009. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he has also been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Tel:415 422 5298

Elizabeth Wing-Paz

Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth Wing-Paz has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Davis, an MA in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati, and a BA in English and Spanish from the University of San Francisco (Class of '90!). Elizabeth currently enjoys teaching Intro to Comparative Studies for the Program in Comparative Literature and Culture at USF. In addition to being an adjunct instructor at USF, she teaches introductory courses in Humanities and Philosophy for Berkeley City College.