Faculty & Staff

Tel:(415) 422-6601

Andrei Antokhin

Adjunct Professor

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

Tel:(415) 422-5971

Jorge Aquino

Associate Professor

Jorge Aquino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His specialties include Latin American theology and religious history, liberation theology, race theory and faith-based social movements. Additionally, Professor Aquino chairs the Chican@/Latin@ Studies minor. He is currently finishing a book on the Christian roots of racism in the history of the Americas. Dr. Aquino earned his Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.

Tel:(415) 422-5726

Stephen Black

Adjunct Professor

Stephen Black is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His interest is in the intersection between classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy, and religion, and their influence on the emergence and development of Christianity in the Later Roman Empire. Dr. Black is currently translating the homilies of John Chrysostom, a late fourth century bishop of Constantinople. He received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union in History with an emphasis in Late Antiquity and came to USF in 2001.

Tel:(415) 422-2912

Erin Brigham

Adjunct Professor

Erin Brigham is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her area of specialization is Catholic studies and Social Thought. Additionally, she is the faculty coordinator of research in the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Dr. Brigham received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and came to USF in 2008.


Jeremy Brown

Adjunct Professor

Jeremy Phillip Brown is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. His main areas of interest are Jewish philosophy and mysticism, Kabbalah, ethics, medieval Iberia, Sufism, Hasidism and contemporary Jewish thought.Dr. Brown received his received his Ph.D. from the Skirball department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and his B.A. in Religion from Reed College. He has taught as adjunct faculty at NYU and has worked as an educator throughout the New York and San Francisco Bay regions. In 2015-16, he will teach Zohar in Lehrhaus Judaica's Philosophy Circles.

Tel:(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube

Chair, Associate Professor

Lilian Dube is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. Her research and teaching include Feminist Theology from the margins, African Religions & Cosmologies and HIV/AIDS, Religion & Sexuality. She is the executive producer of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, 2012; the co-author of African Initiatives in Healing Ministry, UNISA 2011; the co-editor of Theology in the Context of Globalization: African Women's Response, EATWOT Women's Commission 2005 and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Lilian stands out as the first Black woman to receive a D.Th. (Missiology) from Stellenbosch University in 1999. In 2006, she joined the University of San Francisco after teaching internationally as a tenured lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and a visiting scholar at Birmingham University, UK. She was also a visiting professor at Northwestern University, and Columbia University in 2012. Lilian is a frequent guest-lecturer at Harvard Divinity School.     

Tel:(415) 422-2378

Aaron Hahn Tapper

Associate Professor

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. The founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, the only program in the world that formally links these two fields, his research and teaching focus on the intersection between identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups.

Tel:(415) 422-5555

James Hanvey

Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

James Hanvey specializes in systematic theology and Catholic Social Thought and Ignatian Spirituality. He received his doctorate from Oxford University on the Hegelian metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology and has taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London.

Tel:(415) 422-5176

Aysha Hidayatullah

Associate Professor

Aysha Hidayatullah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. She received a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara and arrived at USF in 2008. Her areas of specialization are Islam, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Feminist Edges of the Qur'an (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Tel:(415) 422-2314

Nate Hinerman


Nate Hinerman is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. His areas of expertise include death, dying, and aging, responses to human suffering, and special topics in philosophy of religion. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Coalition, and serves as a psychotherapist helping clients with experiences of loss. Dr. Hinerman also annually organizes local and international conferences on community-based models of hospice and palliative care. He received a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and came to USF in 2004.

Tel:(415) 422-6817

Daniel Kendall


Daniel Kendall, S.J., is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His interests are Scripture and Christology. In addition to his numerous publications, he is the Book Review Editor for Theological Studies. Fr. Kendall received his doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and came to USF in 1979.


Oren Kroll-Zeldin

Adjunct Professor

Oren Kroll-Zeldin received his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he also received an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation. Currently the Director of the Beyond Bridges: Israel-Palestine program with the Center for Global Education at USF and the Center for Transformative Education, he has led numerous study trips to Israel/Palestine. Previously, for a number of years he was involved with alliance building educational programs working with Jewish and Muslim youth in the Bay Area through Abraham's Vision.

Tel:415 422 6601

Rose Levinson

Adjunct Professor

Rose L. Levinson, Ph.D., came to USF in 2009, soon after completing a doctorate focused on Jewish Cultural Studies. She teaches Jews, Judaisms and Jewish Identities, alternating with Israel-Palestine Conflict through Film and Literature. Professor Levinson seeks to engage her students in ongoing critical discussion about such issues as the meaning of religion in contemporary life; the relationship of Judaism to changing realities in post-modern times; and the role of the artist in articulating and healing conflict. Her book, Death of a Holy Land: Reflections in Contemporary Israeli Fiction, uses the work of four Israeli novelists to illuminate the complexities of life in today's troubled Israel.

Tel:(415) 422-2413

Lois Lorentzen


Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.

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Sam Mickey

Adjunct Professor

Sam Mickey is an adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Francisco. His area of specialization is philosophical and religious perspectives on ecological issues. He co-edited Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era (SUNY, 2014). He has also taught in the M.A. program in the Engaged Humanities at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and he has worked for the Forum on Religion and Ecology, a multicultural and international project to work with religious traditions in efforts to cultivate a deeper understanding of environmental problems. Dr. Mickey received his PhD on the Integral Ecology track in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and came to USF in 2008.

Tel:(415) 422-6415

Mark Miller

Associate Professor

Mark T. Miller is Associate Professor of systematic theology and Associate Director of the St. Ignatius Institute.  His interests focus on anthropology, soteriology, political theology, Trinity, and Christology.  His doctorate is from Boston College with the dissertation title of "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication."  His undergraduate degree is in international studies, from Georgetown University.  Prof. Miller has taught at the Ateneo de Zamboanga, the University of Asia and the Pacific, Boston College, and Georgetown University.  At USF he teaches in Catholic Studies, Philippine Studies, and the Saint Ignatius Institute.

Tel:(415) 422-5837

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the multivalent meanings in the kolam, a women's ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India---The Kolam (Oxford University Press). Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests; and Twins and Hinduism in the California Diaspora. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States.

Tel:(415) 422-5093

John Nelson

Professor and Academic Director

John Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.  His areas of specialization are East Asian religions, contemporary Buddhism, cultural anthropology, globalization, secularism, and Asian Studies. Professor Nelson is the author of two books on Japanese Shinto, numerous articles, and a video documentary on Yasukuni Shrine. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (Brill, 2012) and has recently completed a book titled Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan,published by the University of Hawaii Press in fall 2013.  Professor Nelson received a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and came to USF in 2000.

Tel:(415) 422-5299

Vincent Pizzuto

Associate Professor

Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. (STD) in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium (2003). Pizzuto explores the relationship between New Testament exegesis and Christian theology as they impact some of the most pressing and controversial issues in our Church and society today. Pizzuto has published and presented internationally in the areas of New Testament christology, same-gender marriage, climate change, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative Christian spirituality. In addition to his teaching, Professor Pizzuto ministers as a priest in The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of California, where he and the community he founded (New Skellig) were received in December 2014. Pizzuto offers workshops, retreats and lectures on Christian contemplative practice, biblical spirituality, cosmic christology, gay/lesbian spirituality and Celtic Christianity.

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Andrew Ramer

Adjunct Professor

Andrew Ramer, an adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, is also an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of numerous books and articles including Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories. His primary interests are in multifaith engagement, the sacredness of the body, and our connection to the Earth. He has just completed a lyrical, apocalyptic story-cycle, When People Still Lived on the Earth, about how human beings destroyed this lovely planet, and what happened to all of us in heaven, afterwards.

Tel:415 422 6650

Esti Skloot

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor, grew up in Israel where she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received her teacher's credentials from the Hebrew Teachers' Seminary. She received her BA in music from Sonoma State University, and her MA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco. Prof. Skloot also directs Ulpan San Francisco, an intensive three-week, multi-level Hebrew-immersion program that is offered to the community each summer.

Tel:(415) 422-5419

Tsering Wangchuk

Assistant Professor

Tsering Wangchuk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His areas of specialization include the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, and history of religions. He has published articles with several peer-reviewed journals. He teaches classes on Buddhism and Himalayan religions and cultures. He is also the Blum Chair in Himalayan Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and came to USF in 2011.