Honors College Faculty and Staff

Leadership Team

Prof. Dana ZartnerDirector of Faculty Experience and Global Engagement

Professor Dana Zartner, JD, Ph.D.
International Studies Department

Dana Zartner is an Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. She received her BA in International Relations from Hamline University, her JD, with a concentration in international law from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Davis. Professor Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on the intersection of environmental justice and human rights. Her book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was released by Oxford University Press in 2014, and she has published articles on human rights and environmental topics in International Politics Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, Human Rights Review, and the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy Yearbook. 

Photo of Professor Heather Hoag Director of Student Experience and Community Engagement

Professor Heather Hoag, Ph.D.
Department of History

Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, 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. Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a comparative perspective the role of rivers in former British colonies. Her current project explores the history of marine fisheries in West Africa. From 2008-2017, she served as an editor-in-chief of the International Water History Association's journal, Water History. Since her arrival at USF, Prof. Hoag has been active in USF's African, Environmental Studies, and International Studies programs.

Monica DobladoProgram Manager

Monica Doblado
(415) 422-2427

Monica Doblado graduated from USF’s Theology and Religious Studies Department in 2013. Shortly after graduation, she was hired as the department's program assistant. As a staff member, she has participated in a number of important campus initiatives such as the "Islam at U.S. Jesuit Colleges and Universities" Conference, the Campus Climate Working Group, and the Racial Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Dialogue Series. In May 2017, she earned her M.A. in Catholic Educational Leadership from the School of Education. Her graduate studies focused on how mission and identity inform everything from curriculum development to hiring practices in Jesuit Catholic higher education.

photo of Program Assistant David Garcia at the USF campusProgram Assistant

David Garcia
(415) 422-5314

Faculty Chairs

Kimberleigh CoxFaculty Chair in Nursing

Professor Kimberleigh Cox

Kimberleigh Cox DNP is a dually board-certified adult nurse practitioner and adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, and certified public health nurse. Her specialty interests and NP work are in psychiatric mental health, addiction medicine, behavioral and community health of vulnerable populations, advocacy, and psychiatric consultation. She brings her clinical experience, interests, and enthusiasm for community and mental health to her teaching, service, clinical work, and volunteerism. Her focus is on integrating community and mental health in her courses to reflect real-world practice. Her passion is to educate future health care professionals to be well prepared to work with all persons and populations, in any setting, to improve access and care for those with mental health and population-health needs and reduce health disparities.

Karen FraserFaculty Chair in the Arts

Professor Karen M. Fraser 

Karen M. Fraser earned her PhD from Stanford University, where she studied both traditional Japanese art and the history of photography. Her research focuses on modern Japanese visual culture, with particular interests in Japanese photography from ca. 1860 through the 1930s, cross-cultural interactions and influences between Asia and the West, gender issues, and museum and exhibition history. Professor Fraser’s teaching experience includes survey and upper-level courses covering both traditional and modern Asian art; cross-cultural encounters between Asian and Western art; museum history and practice; the second half of the Western survey; and study abroad courses in Paris exploring the rich history of Parisian museums. As part of her teaching practice she has worked with students to develop class-curated exhibitions on various themes including Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, San Francisco ephemera, and women and the book arts.

Evelyn HoFaculty Chair in the Social Sciences

Professor Evelyn Y. Ho

Evelyn Y. Ho is a professor of communication studies, Asian Pacific American studies, and critical diversity studies, and a faculty chair of the Honors College at the University of San Francisco. Beginning with an understanding that communication is a cultural activity and that health care systems and beliefs are profoundly cultural, Professor Ho's teaching and research focus broadly on the intersections of health, culture, and communication, with a specific focus on the use and cultural meanings of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in marginalized populations. She has led and participated in grant-funded projects examining Chinese American dietary practices and health beliefs and patient education that integrates Chinese medicine and biomedicine. You can find that work at www.INCguide.org.Dr. Ho is currently co-editing the Wiley International Encyclopedia of Health Communication and has previously chaired both the Health Communication Division and the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Cary LaiFaculty Chair in the Sciences

Professor Cary Lai

As a graduate student, Professor Cary Lai performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the enzyme telomerase. Following graduate school, he worked in early-stage research at Genentech where he investigated the Hedgehog signing pathway and its role in tumorigenesis. Most recently, Prof. Lai served as the head of commercial operations at the biotechnology start-up company LakePharma.

Nicole NguyenFaculty Chair in Management

Professor Nicole Nguyen

Nicole Nguyen brings her diverse professional experience and impactful teaching to the School of Management's entrepreneurial community. After working as a banker and trader on Wall Street, she headed start-ups in Asia in the banking and consumer product industries for two U.S. multinationals. Nguyen has held various other senior executive positions in Asia and the U.S. in the fields of software development, travel & tourism, non-profit management, and international corporate training. She has been teaching and training students and business executives since 1999 in the areas of marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. As a global center of innovative commerce, applied technologies and progressive business, Nguyen feels San Francisco is flourishing with opportunities for students looking to generate new business ideas and develop competitive skills in business and management. Perhaps the greatest advantage is students of USF’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program have the chance to network with and pitch new ventures to Bay Area and Silicon Valley executives and investors.

Ronald SundstromFaculty Chair in the Humanities

Professor Ronald R. Sundstrom

Ronald R. Sundstrom is a professor of philosophy and a member of USF’s African American Studies program, who also teaches for the university’s Honors College. He is the humanities adviser for the SF Urban Film Festival and a co-convener of the Black Philosophy Consortium. Professor Sundstrom is involved with academic organizations seeking to build bridges between academic philosophy and public policy, such as the Public Philosophy Network, the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and the Philosophy of the City Research Group. His areas of research include philosophy of race, mixed-race identity and politics, political and social philosophy, justice and ethics in urban policy, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY 2008). His current book project is titled Just Shelter: Integration, Gentrification and Racial Equality (Oxford, forthcoming).