Full-Time Faculty

Tel: (415) 422-6726

Martin Claussen

Professor, Saint Ignatius Institute, Professor, History

Martin A. Claussen received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.

Tel: (415) 422-6402

Anthony Fels

Associate Professor

Anthony D. Fels received his Ph.D.from Stanford University. His areas of interests include American religious history; 19th century US; racial and ethnic groups in United States; American Indian.

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. 

Tel: (415) 422-4167

Jessie Hewitt

Term Professor

Jessie Hewitt specializes in the history of Modern Europe, particularly that of nineteenth-century France. After completing her B.A. at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Hewitt pursued graduate studies at UC Davis where she finished her Ph.D. in 2012. Her dissertation examined the emergence of new attitudes towards madness in the post-revolutionary period, paying special attention to the ways in which ideas about gendered behavior shaped doctors' interactions with their patients.

Tel: (415) 422-5412

Heather J. Hoag

Associate Professor

Heather Hoag, Ph.D., Associate Professor (History, Boston University, 2003) specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.

Tel: (415) 422-6300

Uldis Kruze

Associate Professor

Uldis Kruze received his Ph.D.from Indiana University. His areas of interests include Japanese and Chinese political history; U.S. diplomatic relations with East Asia.

Tel: (415) 422-6082

Julio E. Moreno

Associate Professor

Dr. Julio Moreno is an experienced educator, presenter, and commentator. Currently, he is an associate professor of Latin American History and serves as faculty director of the Sarlo Scholars Program, a global service-learning program managed by the McCarthy Center. He has served as director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas at the University of San Francisco. 

Tel: (415) 422-6074

Kathryn Nasstrom

Associate Professor, Department Chair, History

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) 422-6411

Elliot Y. Neaman


Elliot Neaman received a B.A. in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 1979, an M.A. in history and philosophy from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 1985 and his Ph.D. in history from Berkeley in 1992. His areas of specialization are Modern Germany, The Holocaust, Late Modern Intellectual History, post 1945 Global History, European Diplomatic & Economic History, and theory and methodology of the historical sciences. 

Tel: (415) 422-4378

Katrina Olds

Assistant Professor, History

Katrina Olds is a specialist in early modern Spanish history. Her research interests include Counter-Reformation visions of history and hagiography, the history of the book, and religious and intellectual exchange in Spain and the Americas. 

Tel: (415) 422-6422

Michael E. Stanfield


Michael Edward Stanfield grew up in San Diego along the U.S./Mexican border, a location that left him optimistic and curious about the other side. He completed his B.A. at UC Berkeley, an M.A. at San Diego State University, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. History has always been his passion and Muse, Latin America and the United States the foci of most of his investigations.

Tel: (415) 422-4377

Taymiya R. Zaman

Associate Professor

Taymiya R. Zaman teaches courses on ancient India, the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires, and modern South Asia and the Middle East. Her area of research expertise is Mughal India. She joined USF in the fall of 2007 and has designed the History Department's "Islamic World" emphasis.

Tel: (415) 422-4168

James Zarsadiaz

Visiting Scholar

James Zarsadiaz is this year's USF Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellow (Ph.D. candidate, History, Northwestern University). At USF, James will be teaching courses on U.S. history and on Asian Pacific American Studies. James' research and teaching interests include comparative urban/suburban studies, California & the U.S. West, oral history, and Asian American studies. His dissertation explores the relationship between suburbanization, Asian immigration, regional planning, and myths of the frontier in post-WWII Los Angeles.