Faculty and Staff

Program Coordinator: Ana Urrutia-Jordana, urrutia@usfca.edu
Program Assistant: Krislyn Tanaka, ktanaka2@usfca.edu

Tel:415 422 5298

Lorena Borello

Adjunct Professor

Tel:415 422 5952

Patricia Cortés-Bodero

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, was born, raised, and mainly educated in the country of Mexico. She received a B.A. in Spanish from Escuela Normal Superior de Jalisco, and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Valle Atemajac.

Tel:415 422 2962

Rafael Dumett

Adjunct Professor

Tel:415 422 2913

J.F. García

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, was raised in South Texas, where he was educated in public schools before attending the University of Texas at Austin. There he studied music, literature, and languages. He received a doctorate in Classics at Princeton University with a dissertation on early Greek poetry and language.

Tel:415 422 6838

Maria José González-Salido

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and was a research assistant at UC Berkeley for three years. Maria has taught at USF since 1996.

Tel:(415) 422-6951

Karina Hodoyán

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Masters in Comparative Literature at San Francisco State University and her PhD from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Performance Studies.

Tel:415 422 2849

Dolores Isern

Adjunct Professor

Tel:(415) 422-6135

Pedro Lange-Churión


Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Latin American Contemporary Narrative and Critical Theory. His academic areas of specialization include Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory; particularly Psychoanalytic theory.

Tel:415 422 5763

Cassandra Millspaugh

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, received her B.A in Spanish from San Francisco State University. After spending a year working in Zacatecas, Mexico, she returned to the Bay Area and finished her M.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Prof. Millspaugh has been teaching Spanish at the University of San Francisco since 2002.


Nadina Olmedo

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages.  She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.  Her general area of expertise is Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies.  Her research interests focus on Gothic Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Emergent Horror Cinemas in the Hispanic World.  Dr. Olmedo also serves as the Associate Editor of Polifonia, Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. Before joining USF, she taught at Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, the University of Kentucky, and Campbellsville University.

Tel:415 422 2849

Shannon Raintree

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Professor, was raised in San Francisco and Hawaii. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Basque Country. She received her B.A. in Spanish, and her M.A. in TESOL at San Francisco State University.

Tel:415 422 6819

Mark Salfi

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, earned his M.A. in Comparative Literature at UC San Diego, combining interests in Spanish, English, Italian, film, and cultural studies. During and after his graduate career, he taught in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Literature at UCSD. Mark has been working as an adjunct professor at USF since 1997.

Tel:(415) 422-6720

Martha E. Schaffer

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her current research centers on medieval Iberian texts and manuscripts, in particular the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Tel:(415) 422-2224

Karyn Schell

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington. She also serves as the Spanish Language Coordinator. Her areas of interest include Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Pedagogy, and Theoretical Linguistics.

Tel:(415) 422-6043

Ana Urrutia-Jordana

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, earned her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Stanford University (1996). Prof. Urrutia-Jordana has taught at the University of San Francisco since 1996 and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.