Faculty Experts

From the discovery of new planets to the work of noted criminologists, SF State offers a wide variety of scholars who are the most distinguished in their fields. This directory identifies academics who possess insight and knowledge of diverse subjects and who are willing to work with journalists whenever possible. The faculty experts directory is compiled by the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications. 

If you need immediate assistance finding an expert, please call (415) 338-1665 or email pubcom@sfsu.edu


Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies, and Senior Scholar in the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies

Office Phone: (415) 405-2668

E-mail: ria55@sfsu.edu

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi is an expert on the Middle East. She is also very involved in the new Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) minor program. Abdulhadi is originally from Nablus, Palestine.

Areas of Expertise:

Palestine, Israel and the Middle East

Arab and Muslim communities transnationally, race and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality and feminist movements (in general and in global south in particular)

Arab Americans and Muslim Americans

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University

Fred Astren

Professor of Jewish Studies

Office Phone: (415) 338-3152

E-mail: fastren@sfsu.edu

Fred Astren is an expert on Judaism, Jewish history and Israel-Palestine issues.

Areas of Expertise:

Israel-Palestine issues

Islam and Islamic history

Jewish history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Nathan Avani

Professor Emeritus of Secondary Education

Office Phone: (415) 338-6442

E-mail: natalio@sfsu.edu

Nathan Avani is an expert on mentoring middle and high-school age youth and adults, and on the benefits of intentionally small schools for improved student learning.

Areas of Expertise:

Mentoring for youth and adults

Public school reform

Teacher preparation for secondary education

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Instructional Systems Development, Michigan State University

Bruce Avery

Professor of Theatre and Dance

Office Phone: (415) 338-3100

E-mail: bravery@sfsu.edu

Bruce Avery's expertise is in Shakespeare's life and work and teaching Shakespeare.

Areas of Expertise:

East Indian writers


Teaching Shakespeare

Highest Degree: Ph.D., English Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

JoAnn Aviel

Professor Emerita of International Relations

Office Phone: (415) 338-1448

E-mail: javiel@sfsu.edu

JoAnn Aviel is an expert on foreign policy analysis and Latin American foreign relations.

Areas of Expertise:

U.S. foreign policy

Latin American foreign policy

International organizations including the United Nations

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University

Sheldon Axler

Professor of Mathematics

Office Phone: (415) 338-1571

E-mail: axler@sfsu.edu

Sheldon Axler, a professor of mathematics, is the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering and author of textbooks on algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

Areas of Expertise:



Trigonometry and calculus textbooks

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Mohammad Azadpur

Professor of Philosophy

Office Phone: (415) 338-3135

E-mail: azad@sfsu.edu

Mohammad Azadpur is an expert on Islamic thought and ethics and is fluent in Persian.

Areas of Expertise:

Persian language

Islamic philosophy and spirituality

Modern philosophy

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Virginia

Cristina Azocar

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism

Office Phone: (415) 338-2663

E-mail: cazocar@sfsu.edu

Cristina Azocar is an expert on representation of race and diversity in the media, ethnic media, and the social and psychological effects of mass media.

Areas of Expertise:

Racial stereotypes in media

Public policy on role of media

Psychological effects of mass media

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor