Monika Hudson

Monika Hudson

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Malloy Hall, Room 235


Associate Professor Monika Hudson successfully blends professional experience in the public sector with deep community involvement, teaching and research. She brings to life USF's commitment to provide students with challenging academic programs, preparing them to activate positive change in the workplace and in society. Her fields of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, management and all aspects of public administration.

Professor Hudson's development as a teacher and researcher build on her background in public service and community development. Working within psychological and psycho-social frameworks, she has (along with two groups of scholars) studied the relationships between identity and health-risk behaviors of adolescents. She extends this work into studies of identity and workplace behaviors, specifically, examinations into the self-limiting behaviors of African-Americans and interplay of ethnic and gender identity in workplace behavior. Her work has led to two co-authored journal articles as well as a book chapter and a monograph.

As one of the USF's leading instructors providing undergraduates with service learning opportunities, she has actively brought on board more than 100 Bay Area organizations to participate in service learning programs. In addition, Dr. Hudson provides leadership for the Public Service Internship Program, in which students are given a scholarship or stipend to address areas of need in the community. She also directs the USF's Gellert Family Business Center to provide strategic and practical business knowledge to family businesses to promote successful next generation leadership.

Having served vital management and leadership roles in three California cities, Dr. Hudson brought about a number of economic development opportunities such as micro-enterprise and retail-and-service outlets to local residents - many of whom were under-resourced individuals whose neighborhoods lacked even fresh produce in their local stores. Her experience in the public sector, for government agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses—all positions that require deep community involvement—have helped Hudson developed a greater understanding of what each of the three sectors can actually accomplish, standing alone and working symbiotically.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational behavior
  • Management
  • Public administration

Research Areas

  • Relationships between identity and health-risk behaviors of adolescents
  • Self-limiting behaviors of African-Americans in the workplace
  • Interplay of ethnic and gender identity in workplace behavior


  • EdD candidate, Education, University of San Francisco
  • DM, Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • MBA, University of San Francisco
  • BS, Communications Studies and Political Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Awards & Distinctions

  • Team Innovation Grant, University of San Francisco, 2013

  • Blackboard Exemplary Course Award, Center for Informational Technology, University of San Francisco, 2012

  • University-Wide Ignatian Community Service Award, USF, 2011

  • University Service Award, USF School of Management, 2011

  • University-Wide Faculty Service Learning Award, USF, 2010

  • John Miller Mission Support and Advocacy Award, USF School of Management, 2009

  • Promising Young Educator Award, Ph.D. Projects Management Doctoral Students Association, 2007

  • Mandel School of Social Research Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, 2004–07

  • Board of Advisors, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship to Youth, San Francisco, 2012–present

Selected Publications

  • "Sisters of the Academy: Cultivating leadership and collaboration among Black women," Black Women in Leadership: Their Historical and Contemporary Contributions, Peter Lang, New York, 2013 (with Davis, D.J. and Chaney, C.)

  • "Ethics Case: What's Really Going On?" Electronic Hallway, 2012

  • "The protective role of identity consolidation against health risk behaviors in college-attending emerging adults," American Journal of Health Behavior,  2011, (with Schwartz, S. J., Forthun, L. F., Ravert, R. D., Zamboanga, B. L., Rodriguez, L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Filton, B. J., Kim, S. Y., Rodriguez, L., Weisskirch, R. S., Vernon, M., Shneyderman, Y., Williams, M. K. and Agocha, V. B.)

  • "Drinking game behaviors among college students: how often and how much?" American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse,  2010, (with Zamboanga, B. L., Schwartz, S. J., Van Tyne, K., Ham, L. S., Olthuism, J. V., Huang, S., Kim, S. Y., Forthun, L. F., Bersamin, M., and Weisskirch, R.) 

  • "Maintaining personal balance as a leader of a nonprofit organization," in K. A. Agard (Ed), SAGE Reference Series on Leadership, Thousand Oaks, CA, SAGE Publications, 2010

  • "Dirty laundry: An examination of self-limiting behaviors within African American communities," in C.W. Lewis & J.F.L. Jackson (Eds.), Black in America: A scholarly response to the CNN documentary,  Madison, WI: Center for African American Research and Policy, 2010