Faculty & Staff

Tel:(415) 422-5672

Deborah Benrubi

Library Liaison

Tel:(415) 422-5141

Novella Carpenter

Adjunct Professor

Novella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and The Essential Urban Farmer. She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan. She lives in Oakland where she runs GhostTown Farm, a 1/10 of an acre homestead with an orchard, honey bees, chickens, and lots of vegetables. 

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Lydia Fedulow

Program Assistant

Lydia B. Fedulow has been at USF since 2002.  She is currently the program assistant for the Urban Agriculture minor and the Media Studies major.  Prior to USF, she worked in the cruising industry in market research.

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Rachel Lee

Adjunct Professor

Rachel Brand Lee is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at USF, where she teaches the course Community Garden Outreach.  Rachel is particularly interested in social justice issues related to food and agriculture, and garden based learning.

Tel:(415) 422-2304

David Silver

Associate Professor

 David Silver is an associate professor of media studies and environmental studies and coordinator of the urban agriculture minor. David teaches classes on media history, social media production, and food and media, and is currently working on a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College. Fall 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Tel:(415) 422-2040

Carol Spector

Library Liaison

Tel:(415) 422-5755

Melinda Stone

Associate Professor

Melinda Stone, Ph.D. is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.  Fall 2015 office hours are Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tel:(415) 422-6087

Seth Wachtel

A + A Department Chair, Associate Professor

Seth Wachtel is the Chair of the Dept. of Art + Architecture and is Co-Director of the Garden Project Living-Learning Community at the University of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-4643

Rue Ziegler

Adjunct Professor

Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK.  Before coming to USF she taught at Cambridge and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her previous training and professional experience is in architecture and urban studies. At USF Ziegler teaches the Anthropology of Food and Anthropology and Global Health. In addition to teaching, she manages a research firm specializing in the history of land use in northern California.