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Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi

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

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.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2668

E-mail: ria55@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-3152

E-mail: fastren@sfsu.edu

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

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.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6442

E-mail: natalio@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-3100

E-mail: bravery@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-1448

E-mail: javiel@sfsu.edu

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

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.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1571

E-mail: axler@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



Trigonometry and calculus textbooks

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

Mohammad Azadpur

Professor of Philosophy

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-3135

E-mail: azad@sfsu.edu

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

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.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2663

E-mail: cazocar@sfsu.edu

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

Sanjoy Banerjee

Professor of International Relations

Sanjoy Banerjee is an expert on South Asia, including the relationship between India and Pakistan, nuclear weapons in the region and the international politics of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1105

E-mail: banerjee@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Political and economic development of India

International relations in South Asia

Afghanistan conflict

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University

Carlos Baron

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts

A professional actor and story-teller, Carlos Baron is an expert in acting, directing and multi-cultural theatre. He has used SF State students in his productions that have been performed on and off campus.

Office Phone: Office Phone: (415)

E-mail: cbaron@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Latino theatre

Multicultural theatre

Latina/Latino studies

Highest Degree: M.A., M.F.A. Equivalency, San Francisco State University

Joseph Barranco

Associate Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy

Joseph Barranco is a theoretical physicist who uses 3D simulations to study how the spinning gas and dust around newly-formed star forms into new planets.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2450

E-mail: barranco@stars.sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

The formation of stars and planets

Vortex dynamics in the dust around new stars

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

Brian Beatty

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations

Brian Beatty is an expert on the design and delivery of HyFlex courses: educational classes that are hybrid, combining in-person learning with online learning.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6833

E-mail: bjbeatty@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Technology in the classroom

Online education


Highest Degree: Ph.D., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University

Matthias Beck

Professor of Mathematics

Matthias Beck works in discrete and computational geometry and analytical number theory. He is particularly interested in problems and applications connected with lattice-point enumeration in polytopes.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2119

E-mail: beck@math.sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Discrete and computational geometry

Analytic number theory

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Mathematics, Temple University

Paul Beckman

Professor of Information Systems

Paul Beckman is an expert in human performance, wireless networks and issues of social connectedness on task performance. In addition to his research, Beckman has worked as a systems analyst at Hewlett-Packard.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6240

E-mail: pbeckman@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Wireless networking

Human interface

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Management (MIS), Purdue University

Maziar Behrooz

Associate Professor of History

Maziar Behrooz is an expert on the modern history of the Middle East, particularly the social, political and intellectual history of Iran, including the present day.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1776

E-mail: mroozbeh@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Iran and Afghanistan: 19th, 20th, 21st centuries

History of Iraq, including current conflict

Arab-Israel conflict

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles

Emily Smith Beitiks

Associate Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Beitiks is an expert on disability justice and reproductive justice issues for people with disabilities, including sterilization and prenatal testing. Her dissertation, "Building the Normal Body: Disability and the Techno-Makeover," looked at cultural stories told about disabled bodies normalized with science and technology.

Office Phone: (415) 405-3528

E-mail: beitiks@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Disability justice

Disability and popular culture

Reproductive justice issues for people with disabilities

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American studies with disability studies emphasis, University of Minnesota

Peggy Benton

Professor Emerita of Instructional Technologies

Peggy Benton is an expert on the integration of computers, video and multimedia in classroom teaching and teachers' professional development, particularly how computer graphics and virtual reality can improve learning.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2508

E-mail: peggyb@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Use of computers and technology in teaching

Use of technology in teacher professional development

Digital video education

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University

Daniel Bernardi

Professor of Cinema

Daniel Bernardi is a noted media and cultural studies scholar with a focus on critical race theory, early cinema and the role of whiteness in film and television. His publications include "Narritive IEDS: Rumors, Islamic Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence," "Filming Difference: Actors, Directors and Writers on Gender, Race and Sexuality," and "Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future." He is currently studying the impact of rumor on counterinsurgency operations.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6267

E-mail: bernardi@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Gender and sexuality in the media

Popular culture

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles

Subodh Bhat

Professor of Marketing

Subodh Bhat is an expert in brands and brand management. He has commented widely in national media about corporate branding marketing choices and branding disasters.

Office Phone: (415) 817-4399

E-mail: sbhat@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Branding and brand management

Brand disasters

Indian entrepreneurs' success in Silicon Valley

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Marketing, University of Georgia

Roger Bland

Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy

Roger Bland is an expert on underwater acoustics who analyzes the songs and calling patterns made by blue whales and toadfish (plainfin midshipman).

Office Phone: (415) 338-2433

E-mail: bland@stars.sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Underwater acoustics

Blue Whale songs

Mating call of the toadfish (plainfin midshipman)

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Elementary Particle Physics, University of California, Berkeley

Betsy Blosser

Professor Emerita of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Betsy Blosser is an expert on educational television and its effects on society. In addition to her research, Blosser has taken students SF State students on international trips to film public service announcements for foreign non-profit agencies.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1326

E-mail: bblosser@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Effects of television on society

Educational media

Educational television

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Stanford University

Ali Borjian

Professor of Secondary Education

Ali Borjian is expert on effective teaching for children who are English language learners.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1838

E-mail: borjian@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Teacher education

School reform

Second-language acquisition

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Education, Stanford University

Scott Boswell

Assistant Professor of Cinema

Scott Boswell is a filmmaker and film instructor who has completed numerous shorts and the award-winning feature film "The Stranger in Us" (2010). Previously, Boswell ran The Factory, an Oakland-based short film production collective for urban teenagers. Boswell currently acts as the Production Coordinator in the Cinema Department, where he teaches classes in film production, directing and screenwriting. In his spare time, Boswell runs a feature screenwriting group and directs plays with San Francisco theater companies.

Office Phone: 415-338-6522

E-mail: sboswell@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Independent and fiction filmmaking


LGBT cinema

Highest Degree: MFA, Cinema, San Francisco State University

Karen Olsen Bruhns

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Karen Bruhns is an expert on the ancient cultures of Central and South America, and on the forgery of Precolumbian art and artifacts.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2046

E-mail: kbruhns@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Archaeology of Mexico

Mesoamerica and South America

Archaeology of gender

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

Gustavo Adolfo Calderon

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Gustavo Calderon is an expert in pre-Hispanic cultures and the history of Colombia.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7426

E-mail: gusto@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Spanish language and civilization

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Iowa

Melissa Camacho

Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Melissa Camacho is an expert in mass media and depictions of women in mass media with an emphasis on television. Camacho has commented widely in national media about contemporary television.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6526

E-mail: mcamacho@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Feminist issues

Cultural studies

Mass media with special expertise in television

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Mass Media, Michigan State University

Troi Carleton

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Troi Carleton is an expert on indigenous and endangered languages of the Americas and the history of the English language.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3156

E-mail: troi@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Disappearing languages

Social meaning in language

History of English

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin

Christopher Carrington

Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Carrington is a sociologist and sexologist focused on lesbian and gay family life and relationships, gay male friendship, gay male sexuality, sexual orientation(s), substance use and abuse among sexual minorities, and the relationship of work to family life for sexual minorities.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1466

E-mail: ccarring@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Gay and Lesbian Relationships


Families and Children

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rick Castaldi

Professor Emeritus of Management

Rick Castaldi is an expert on small businesses and has performed extensive research in the U.S. wind industry, including e-commerce, environmental sustainability, and international trade.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7482

E-mail: castaldi@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental technology

Small business and import/export

U.S. wind industry

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Strategic Management, Virginia Tech University

Nicholas Certo

Professor Emeritus of Special Education

Nicholas Certo is an expert on the inclusion of young adults with disabilities in education and the workplace.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2503

E-mail: ncerto@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Inclusion of disabled students in public schools

Independent living for young adults with disabilities

Transition from school to work

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Behavioral Disorders, University of Wisconsin

Anoshua Chaudhuri

Professor and Chair of Economics

Anoshua Chaudhuri is a health economist with expertise on health care systems and health financing in developing countries, particularly South Asia and the health of elderly people and children.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2108

E-mail: anoshua@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Health care financing in developing countries

Public health

Immigrant health in the United States

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington

Vivian Chavez

Associate Professor of Health Education

Vivian Chavez is an expert on community organizing for public health issues.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1307

E-mail: vchavez@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

New approaches to public health

Ethnic community health issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Yu-Charn Chen

Professor of Design and Industry

Yu-Charn Chen is an expert in computer-aided design and industrial technology. Chen has taught courses in electrical drafting, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electrical material science, and electrical technology. He previously was an electrical communications officer in the Chinese Air Force and has worked as a design engineer for several companies in the Bay Area.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1171

E-mail: LIHJIUN@aol.com

Areas of Expertise:

Electronic engineering

Computer-aided design

Research and development in industrial technology

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Industrial Technology, University of Northern Iowa

Laureen Chew

Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies

A former public school teacher, Laureen Chew advocated for the bilingual programs in San Francisco Unified School District. Chew was one of the students at SF State who organized the 1968/69 student led strike for more faculty of color and ethnic studies curriculum.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1693

E-mail: laureenc@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Elementary education

Ethnic studies curriculum

Bilingual education

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, Columbia University

Jensen Chung

Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies

Jensen Chung is an expert in organizational leadership and communication.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7794

E-mail: jchung@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Concept of Chi

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo

Chris Clemens

Assistant Professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts

Chris Clemens is an experienced director, video editor and production assistant. He studies and teaches on the subjects of portrayals of sexuality and gender in the media and the effects of mass media on society.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0922

E-mail: cclemens@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Video production

Gender and sexuality in media

Mass media and society

Highest Degree: PhD, Communication and Marketing Communication, University of Connecticut

William Cochlan

Senior Research Scientist for the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

William Cochlan, whose research lab is at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC), is a biological oceanographer and marine microbial geneticist who studies how environmental changes affect the physiology of phytoplankton and bacteria. His recent research, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks at the effectiveness of iron enrichment on the oceans.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3541

E-mail: cochlan@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Marine biology and microbiology



Highest Degree: Ph.D., Oceanography, University of British Columbia

Sarah Cohen

Professor of Biology

With appointments at the Department of Biology, and at the Robert Tiburon Center (RTC), Sarah Cohen's research interests are in how ecological, behavioral and environmental features shape evolution and genetic systems in diverse organisms. Most of her work is in marine and estuarine settings.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3750

E-mail: sarahcoh@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Marine population biology

Coastal and marine conservation

Population genetics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Washington

Robert Keith Collins

Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies

Robert Collins is an authority on African and Native American cultures in the Americas as well as the ethnic identification of persons who are of both African American and Native American heritages. Collins is of African-Choctaw descent.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1054

E-mail: Rkc@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

American Indian Choctaw language and culture

American Indian cultural changes

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Roy Conboy

Professor of Theatre Arts

Roy Conboy is a Chicano playwright, director, and teacher, and is the head of the Playwrighting Program at SF State, teaching in both Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. His plays and those of his former students have been produced on stages across California and the United States.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1614

E-mail: rconboy@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Playwriting and contemporary theatre

Modern Chicano theatre

Business and production of playwriting

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Acting and Directing, University of California, Irvine

Jamal Cooks

Professor of Secondary Education

Jamal Cooks is an expert on the connections among education, popular culture and hip hop, particularly the use of hip hop to teach literacy in schools.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2065

E-mail: jcooks@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Using music and sports as a teaching tool in the classroom

Using hip hop in schools to teach expository writing skills

Highest Degree: Using hip hop in schools to teach expository writing skills

Jeff Cookston

Professor of Psychology

Jeff Cookston is an expert on father-child relationships, particularly during adolescence, and how families and children adjust during and after divorce.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2133

E-mail: cookston@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

How children adjust to divorce

Social constructions of fatherhood and parenting

Marital conflict

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Educational Psychology - Human Development and Education, University of Texas, Austin

Adrienne Cool

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Adrienne Cool is an expert on globular clusters (dense aggregates of stars) and the exotic types of star found within them, including binary stars (pairs of stars that orbit each other), blue stragglers and white dwarf stars.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6450

E-mail: cool@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Globular star clusters

White dwarf stars

Blue stragglers

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Astronomy, Harvard University

Carlos B. Cordova

Professor of Latina/Latino Studies

Carlos Cordova is an expert on South American countries and populations including settlement patterns, demographics and Latino emigrants from these countries in the U.S.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2419

E-mail: cordova@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Central American politics

Central American culture and society

Central American migration

Highest Degree: Ed.D., Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Sarah Curtis

Professor of History

Sarah Curtis is an historian who studies the role of women and religion in 19th century France. She can also comment on contemporary issues of religious freedom in France, such as government efforts to ban Islamic religious dress in schools.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2250

E-mail: scurtis@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

19th century France

Religion and the state

French education system

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, Indiana University

Anthony D'Agostino

Professor of History

Robert D'Agostino is an expert on the history of Russia, including the Russian revolution and the Cold War and the history of Europe during the World Wars.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7535

E-mail: dagostin@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

History of Russia

History of Europe: 1900 - 1949

Diplomatic history of the 20th century

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Rene Dahl

Professor of Child and Adolescent Development

Rene Dahl is an expert in the field of school age child development.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2056

E-mail: rdahl@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Elementary school age development

After school development programs

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology of Education, Stanford University

Yvonne Daley

Professor Emerita of Journalism

Yvonne Daley is an expert on investigative reporting, narrative journalism, ethics in journalism and reportage of environmental issues and policies.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7432

E-mail: ydaley@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Investigative journalism in the U.S.

Ethics in journalism

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Writing, Vermont College

Barbara Damashek

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Barbara Damashek is an expert in musical theatre. She is the author of many Musical Theatre pieces, most notably "Quilters," for which she was nominated for three Tony Awards, and which has been produced extensively all over the world.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1460

E-mail: damashek@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Musical theatre

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Drama, Yale University

Wei Ming Dariotis

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies

Wei Ming Dariotis is an expert on political and social issues involving Asian American mixed race and heritage and interracial relationships, and Asian American literary and cultural studies.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3494

E-mail: dariotis@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Asian American literature

Art and film

Critical mixed race studies

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

Juanita Darling

Associate Professor of International Relations

Juanita Darling is an expert on the relationship between media and society in Latin and South America and the role of media in social uprisings and independence movements.

Office Phone: (415) 405-3492

E-mail: juanitad@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Latin America and South America

U.S – Latin America relations

Mass media

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Harvey Davis

Professor Emeritus of Nursing

Harvey Davis is an expert on psychiatric care and mental health treatment.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1578

E-mail: hardavis@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Sleep disturbances

Alcohol and substance addiction

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Jerry Davis

Professor and Chair of Geography & Environment

Jerry Davis is an expert on geomorphology (the formation of landforms) and the interactions among soil, vegetation and river channels that form landscape. He is also an expert on the use of GPS and GIS in data collection and analysis of landscape and erosion.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2983

E-mail: jerry@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Watershed restoration

Natural resource management

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Geography, University of Georgia

Gail Dawson

Associate Dean of the College Liberal & Creative Arts

Gail Dawson is an expert in painting and new media. Dawson's work explores the interference of media with images, and time and motion. She works between mediums translating video to paintings and drawings, and paintings and drawings to video. Her work can be seen at her webpage linked below.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3118

E-mail: gdawson@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



New media

Highest Degree: M.F.A. Painting, University of Texas, Austin

Stephen John de la Cruz

Lecturer, Communication Studies

Office Phone: 415-338-1597

E-mail: sdlc@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Criminal Law, Civil Law, Constitutional Law

Highest Degree: J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

Brian De Vries

Professor Emeritus of Gerontology

Brian De Vries is an internationally known expert on bereavement and end of life issues and gay and lesbian aging.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3559

E-mail: bdevries@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Loss of spouses


LGBT end of life issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Lifespan and Social Development, University of British Columbia

Dennis Desjardin

Professor of Biology

Dennis Desjardin is an expert on the evolution and biodiversity of fungi species and has discovered more than 200 new fungi species, including luminescent mushrooms.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2439

E-mail: ded@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Mycology (study of fungi)

Mushroom taxonomy

Toxic mushrooms

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee

Jane DeWitt

Associate Dean of Academic Planning

The research in Jane DeWitt's laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms of heavy metal accumulation and transformation in higher plant systems from a chemical and molecular perspective. The goals of this research are to determine the change in speciation (oxidation state, geometry, coordination environment) that occurs upon accumulation of the metals by plants and to identify the biomolecules involved in metal complexation, thus providing insight into mechanisms of heavy metal tolerance in plants.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1895

E-mail: dewitt@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Bioremediation of chemical contaminants using plants

Heavy-metal accumulation in plants

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University

Marc Dollinger

Professor of Jewish Studies

Marc Dollinger is an expert in the fields of Jews and American politics, American Zionism and California Jews.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3160

E-mail: mdolling@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Jewish social responsibility

American Jewish history

American Jewish politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles

Philip Dreyfus

Professor of History

Philip Dreyfus is an expert on environmental history, particularly the growth and development of the San Francisco Bay Area and American perceptions and ideas about nature.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1625

E-mail: pdreyfus@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental history of San Francisco

Modern history of California and the West

American labor history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Jim Dudley

Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Dudley's areas of expertise include Criminal Justice, Policing, Special Operations (SWAT Homeland Security), Event Security, and Community Policing.

Office Phone:

E-mail: Dudley@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: Masters Degree Criminology from UC Irvine

Richard Dugdale

Adjunct Professor of Biology and Senior Research Scientist for the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Richard Dugdale co-directs a phytoplankton ecology laboratory at the Romberg Tiburon Center at San Francisco State University. The main focus of the lab is to understand inorganic nutrient (nitrate, ammonium, phosphate and silicate) inputs and fluxes into the coastal ocean and estuaries and how these nutrients affect phytoplankton populations and processes. The lab is involved in a variety of projects around the world, exploring nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics and how they shape ocean primary production and global climate.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3518

E-mail: rdugdale@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Biological and equatorial oceanography

Distribution and effects of nutrients on phytoplankton

Biological dynamics of upwelling along the Pacific Coast

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin

Clay Dumont

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Clay Dumont is an expert on the historical and cultural conceptions of knowing and knowledge, and his work focused on the debates between scientists and Native Americans over the meaning of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7502

E-mail: cdumont@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of social science


The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA)

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon

Larry Eilenberg

Professor of Theatre Arts

Larry Eilenberg is an expert in contemporary theatre and comedy. He has worked extensively throughout professional theatre and formerly served as Artistic Director at The Magic Theatre, a major theatrical company in San Francisco. He also has taught a number of summer courses for the CSU Summer Arts Program.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1884

E-mail: leilenbe@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Contemporary theatre


American playwriting

Highest Degree: Ph.D Theatre Arts, Yale University

Linda Ellis

Professor Emerita of Museum Studies

Linda Ellis specializes in Eastern European culture and archaeology, having conducted archeological, anthropological and socio-political research in this region for over 30 years. Areas of expertise include Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria Romania, the Black Sea region and Roman Empire anthropology.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0599

E-mail: ellisl@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Eastern European culture

Eastern European archaeology

Museum collection and legal issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University

Kevin Eschleman

Associate Professor of Psychology

Eschleman is an expert on employee wellbeing and job performance. He studies how taking part in self-exploration and creative activities outside of the workplace may affect employee performance and resilience to stress.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1030

E-mail: kesch@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Employee wellbeing

Stress in the workplace

Deviance in the workplace

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Wright State University

Jose Ramon Fernandez Pena

Emeritus Professor of Health Education

Jose Ramon Fernandez Pena is the nationally recognized founder of the Welcome Back Program, an innovative program that helps medical professionals who immigrate to the U.S. obtain the necessary training and credentials to practice in this country.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0488

E-mail: jrfp@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Racial and ethnic disparities in health

Foreign trained health professionals

Health workforce development

Highest Degree: M.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico

Jason Ferreira

Associate Professor and Chair of Race & Resistance Studies

Jason Ferreira's teaching and scholarship focus on the history of radicalism within and across communities of color.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1645

E-mail: cheo@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Racial politics and inequality

Social movements / protests

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Mariana Ferreira

Professor of Liberal Studies

Mariana Ferreira is a medical anthropologist who studies the social causes of illnesses — how poverty, violence and displacement affect physical health. Her research includes Type 2 diabetes among indigenous peoples and the distribution of breast cancer in the Bay Area.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2046

E-mail: mariana@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Human rights

Indigenous people's rights

Diabetes among indigenous peoples

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Dawn-Elissa Fischer

Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Dawn-Elissa Fischer teaches courses on international Black popular culture, information technology and visual ethnography. She is an expert in studies of sound, music and social justice in international Black popular culture, including non-Black consumer interest in Black popular culture. Co-director of the Sound and Social Justice Commons, Dr. Fischer is also a founding staff member of Dr. Marcyliena Morgan's Hiphop Archive.

Office Phone: 415-338-1726

E-mail: def@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

International Black popular culture

Student success

Graduation/retention strategies

Highest Degree: PhD, Anthropology, University of Florida

Connie Marie Gaglio

Associate Professor of Management

Connie Marie Gaglio is an expert in entrepreneurship and the identification of opportunities in business and social influences that interact with business opportunity.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7490

E-mail: cmgaglio@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Opportunity recognition

innovation and social influences

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Psychology, University of Chicago

Marcela García-Castañon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Marcela García-Castañon is an expert in American politics, Latino politics, immigrant/immigration policy and politics, political communication and methodology. Her research explores notions of membership and citizenship development within immigrant communities and their connection to political and civic engagement. Her current work examines the political membership process of Mexican immigrants in the United States through familial, educational and pre-migration experiences. She has worked in radio and public relations.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2403

E-mail: mgcs@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Latino politics

Immigration and immigrant populations

Public opinion and voting behavior

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Washington

Sheldon Gen

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Sheldon Gen is an expert on environmental policymaking at the city, state and federal level, and education policy in San Francisco, particularly teacher attrition rates.

Office Phone: (415) 817-4458

E-mail: sgen@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental policy

Estimating the monetary value of environmental assets

Environmental justice

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Gretchen Lynn George

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics

My areas of expertise include: 1. Nutrition and weight loss in adolescents 2. Community and nutrition education, wellness 3. Macro and micronutrient metabolism, dietary patterns to reduce cardiovascular disease 4. Impact of the soda tax on the community 5. I have been a Registered Dietician since 2003

Office Phone: 415-338-3421

E-mail: glgeorge@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Nutrition and weight loss in adolescents; Community and nutrition education; wellness; Macro and micronutrient metabolism; dietary patterns to reduce cardiovascular disease; impact of soda tax on the community

Highest Degree: PhD Nutritional Biology with a designated emphasis in the Program in International and Community Nutrition,

Trevor Getz

Professor and Chair of History

Trevor Getz is an expert on how countries transition to post-conflict healing, particularly after ethnic conflict, and he also studies how societies collectively think about the past and portray it in museums and monuments.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7561

E-mail: tgetz@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

History of Africa

Colonialism in Africa

Apartheid and reconciliation

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies

Sam Gill

Professor Emeritus of Information Systems

Sam Gill is an expert in information systems, systems analysis and design and database management. During his career, Gill has worked as an IT consultant for a variety of companies around the world.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6240

E-mail: sgill@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Information systems strategy

Application modeling

Information technology architecture

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Information Systems, University of California, Berkeley

Mindi Ann Golden

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Mindi Ann Golden is an expert in the areas of aging, family caregiving, dementia caregiving, communication and aging. Dr. Golden’s research has focused on the experiences of caregivers for loved ones with dementia-causing diseases, grandchildren as caregivers, and communication at the end of life. Dr. Golden’s current book project focuses on how family caregivers experience and manage uncertainty.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3172

E-mail: mgolden@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Family caregiving

Dementia caregiving

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah

Ricardo Gomes

Professor of Design and Industry

Ricardo Gomes is an expert in sustainable and socially responsible design. He is also Director of the Design Center for Global Needs in the Design and Industry Department, a non-profit international research and development center dedicated to promoting responsive design solutions to local, regional and global issues such as: inclusive/universal design, health care, the aging, community development and sustainability.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2229

E-mail: ricgomes@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Global design and cultural identity

Socially responsible design

Universal design

Highest Degree: M.F.A. Design for Developing Countries, University of California, Los Angeles

Yukihiro Goto

Professor of Theatre Arts

Yukihiro Goto is an expert in Asian theatre techniques, specifically Noh, Kabuki, Butoh and Suzuki. In his classes, Goto teaches about the use of Asian theatre techniques in Western classics, introducing students to a fusion of the best in diverse acting traditions and diverse cultures.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1341

E-mail: ygoto@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Asian theatre

Theatre acting and directing

Asian acting

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Asian Theatre, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Geoffrey Green

Professor of English

Office Phone: 415-338-7414

E-mail: ggreen@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Modern and contemporary fiction and the other arts (opera, music, cinema, painting)

Literature and psychology

Literature in mass culture (noir culture, pulp fiction, history, politics; media, society, exile)

Highest Degree: Ph.D., English, University at Buffalo

Claudia Maria Guedes

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Claudia Maria Guedes is an expert in Elementary School Physical Education, Teaching Education in Physical Education, and History of Physical Education and Sport in Brazil.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2160

E-mail: cguedes@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Physical education

Physical activity and fitness for children and youth

Yoga for children and youth

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Physical Education, State University of Campinas, UNICAMP-Brazil and Post Doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley

Jason Gurdak

Assistant Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences

Jason Gurdak is a hydrologist and explores the interactions among the hydrologic cycle, human activity and climate that affect the quantity and quality of water resources. Since 2004, he has served as an expert member of a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) study to understand climate change effects on global groundwater resources.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6869

E-mail: jgurdak@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Water science and issues


Water resources

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines

John Hafernik

Professor Emeritus of Biology

John Hafernik's research focuses on evolutionary and ecological processes at the population or species level and conservation biology of insects. He is especially interested in the evolution of mating systems, isolating mechanisms, and interactions between insects and their animal plant hosts. Hafernik was formerly the president of the board of trustees of the California Academy of Sciences.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1740

E-mail: hafernik@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Evolution of insects

Ecology of insects

Conservation biology of insects and their relatives

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

Ann Hallum

Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy

Ann Hallum, a physical therapy professor, is an expert on the impact of parents caring for physically dependent, severely disabled adult age children.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2231

E-mail: glider@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Hip disorders

Walking aids for children with cerebral palsy

Caring for physically disabled adult children

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Counseling and Health Psychology

Andrew Hanami

Professor of International Relations

Andrew Hanami is an expert on U.S. foreign policy, including war strategies.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6438

E-mail: ahanami@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

U.S.-Japan relations

U.S. foreign policy

International security

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, Political Science

Grace Hardie

Professor Emerita of Nursing

Grace Hardie is an expert in acute asthma and other pulmonary afflictions.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0484

E-mail: ghardie@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Ethnic differences in asthma

Ethnicity and healthcare access

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Pulmonary Physiology and Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Diane Harris

Professor of Psychology

Diane Harris researches how family relationships and childhood experiences influence a child's relationship with food, their self image and risk for obesity. She is a clinical psychologist and has her own private practice working with adults, children and couples.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7064

E-mail: dharris@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Eating disorders in communities of color

Overweight children and children at risk for adult obesity

Psychology of individual's relationship with food and eating

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Psychology and School Psychology, University of Michigan

Jason Harris-Boundy

Lecturer of Management

Jason Harris-Boundy is an expert in organizational behavior, entrepreneurship and corporate strategy. He has consulted on leadership development with Fortune-500 executives as well as serving as a member of the board of several non-profit organizations. He has also published research on millenials in the work place.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0959

E-mail: jchb@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Leadership for creativity and innovation

Entrepreneurial thinking

Social entrepreneurship

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Management, University of Washington

Ron Hayduk

Professor of Political Science

Professor Hayduk is a nationally recognized expert on immigrant voting rights and the author of “Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting in the U.S.” He has conducted research and published about the impact of voting laws and procedures on voter participation, as well as election rules and administration.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1720

E-mail: rhayduk@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Political participation

Immigrant voting

Participatory budgeting in the U.S.

Highest Degree: Ph.D, City University of New York (CUNY)

Gerard Heather

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Gerard Heather is an expert on ethics and religion in U.S. politics.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1019

E-mail: gh@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

American politics

Role of religion in politics

Ethics in politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, Syracuse University

Bruce Heiman

Professor of International Business

Bruce Heiman is an expert on innovation in business, international business strategy and place marketing in which countries or regions market themselves to target audiences.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0596

E-mail: bruce.a.heiman@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

International business strategy and alliances

Innovation and creativity in business

Place branding/ public diplomacy

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Business and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Henderson

Professor of Geography & Environment

Jason Henderson is an expert on the geography and politics of transportation and land use in cities, particularly San Francisco, New Orleans and Atlanta.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2483

E-mail: jhenders@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Urban transportation

Conflict over urban space and car parking

Bicycle politics in San Francisco

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Geography, University of Georgia

Colleen Hoff

Professor of Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality

Colleen Hoff is a clinical psychologist with expertise on how relationship dynamics affect sexual risk among gay couples.

Office Phone: (415) 817-4510

E-mail: choff@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Sexual health

HIV/AIDS prevention

Sexual risk among gay male couples

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Barbara Holzman

Professor Emerita of Geography & Environment

Barbara Holzman is an expert on how plant species and communities react to natural and human disturbances such as fire and mining, and has conducted research on Lake Merced and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7506

E-mail: bholzman@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Natural resource management

Environmental issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley

Karen Hossfeld

Associate Professor of Sociology

Karen Hossfeld is an expert on Silicon Valley's immigrant labor force, particularly women in production jobs.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7059

E-mail: hossfeld@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Gender and society

Women workers in high tech

Labor organizing in immigrant communities

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

Ryan Howell

Professor of Psychology

Ryan Howell is an expert on the link between purchasing habits and happiness and how such factors as personality and an individual's approach to the past, present and future affect their happiness. His research suggests that people gain greater happiness from spending money on life experiences rather than material items.

Office Phone: 415 405 2140

E-mail: rhowell@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

The relationships among wealth, consumption and happiness

Factors that affect human happiness

Personality and happiness

Highest Degree: Ph.D, social/personality psychology, University of California, Riverside

Dina Ibrahim

Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Dina Ibrahim analyzes the post-9/11 visual framing of American television news representation of Arab and Muslim societies, as well as the psychological impact of television depictions on Jewish and Muslim audiences in the U.S. and Middle East. She has reported for the BBC World Service Radio in London, CNN in Atlanta and Cairo, National Public Radio in Austin, Texas, and United Press International in Cairo. She has co-produced an award-winning radio show on KPOO 89.5 FM in San Francisco and currently produces the show ArabTV that airs on San Jose Community Channels 15 and 27.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1528

E-mail: ibrahimdinaa@yahoo.com

Areas of Expertise:

Middle Eastern politics

Middle Eastern media


Highest Degree: Ph.D., Journalism, University of Texas

William Issel

Professor Emeritus of History

William Issel studies the history of the U.S. since 1900 and is an expert on the role of ethnicity, race, religion, and politics in American cities, particularly the city of San Francisco.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2250

E-mail: bi@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Modern U.S. urban history

Religion and politics in U.S. history

Civil liberties and civil rights in U.S. history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania

Russell Jeung

Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies

Jeung is an expert in Asian American Christianity and secularism; he also studies nonreligious Chinese in the United States. He is the author of "Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion Among the Latino and Asian American Second Generations" (NYU Press, 2012) and "Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches" (Rutgers University Press, 2005). He also co-produced the video documentary, "The Oak Park Story" (2010), about his organizing work in the Latino and Cambodian communities of Oakland, California. Currently, Jeung is working on a memoir about life in East Oakland.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7586

E-mail: rjeung@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Asian American communities

Community issues


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

Mark Johnson

Professor of Art

Mark Johnson is the director of the Fine Arts Gallery on the SF State Campus and during his career has curated art shows and written books detailing past and present Asian American art.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1017

E-mail: gallery@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Asian American Art History

California and Bay Area art history

Highest Degree: M.F.A., University of California, Berkeley,

Karen Johnson-Brennan

Professor Emerita of Nursing

Karen Johnson-Brennan is an expert on simulation equipment and training techniques for nursing students.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2315

E-mail: kcjb@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Nurse training and technology

Highest Degree: Ed.D., University of California, San Francisco

Venoo Kakar

Assistant Professor of Economics

Venoo Kakar is an economist with an expertise in macroeconomics, monetary policy, forecasting, macro-finance/banking and applied econometrics. Her research focuses on (1) the impact of monetary policy on the economy; and (2) exploring links between education, economic demography and economic growth. She is currently working on discrimination in the "sharing economy" of the housing market as well as on making google search data useful for better forecasting.

Office Phone: (415) 405-3461

E-mail: vkakar@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Monetary Policy


Highest Degree: Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Rachele Kanigel

Professor of Journalism

Rachele Kanigel is an expert on ethics in journalism, student press and multi-media journalism.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3134

E-mail: kanigel@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Newspaper and magazine editorial practices

Ethics in journalism

Highest Degree: M.S., Journalism, Columbia University School of Journalism

Santhi Kavuri-Bauer

Associate Professor of Art

Santhi Kavuri-Bauer is an expert in South Asian art and South Asian Art history. Kavuri-Bauer's research focuses on the preservation and representation of South Asian architectural monuments, and the implications of these activities on the construction of social identities, national memory, and political protest.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6511

E-mail: santhi@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Asian Art

South Asian History

Art History

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Art, University of California, Los Angeles

Sherry Keith

Professor Emerita of Social Science

Sherry Keith is an expert on international economic policies, including policies of the IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization and United Nations, and how they affect women.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1604

E-mail: skeith@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

International economic policy and women

Women and education

Women and environmental issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., International Development Education, Stanford University

Amy Kilgard

Professor of Communication Studies

Amy Kilgard is a noted performance artist with expertise in the intersection of directing, collage and communication.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2245

E-mail: akilgard@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Performance art

Solo performance

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Performance Studies and Theatre Directing, Southern Illinois University

Max Kirkeberg

Professor Emeritus of Geography & Environment

Max Kirkeberg is an expert on the geography of San Francisco neighborhoods and for the past 30 years has led a class that involves walking tours of the city.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1702

E-mail: gabemax@myastound.net

Areas of Expertise:

Cultural and regional geography of San Francisco


Highest Degree: M.S., Geography, University of Washington

Denise Kleinrichert

Associate Dean of the College of Business

Denise Kleinrichert teaches classes in business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business. Her broad areas of research include corporate-decision making and moral leadership. She has also investigated business practices of such companies as Starbucks and Wal-Mart. Kleinrichert is also the organizer of SF State's annual Business Ethics Week, one of the largest business ethics education efforts in the country.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1111

E-mail: dk@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Organizational Ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of South Florida

Michael Krasny

Professor of English Language & Literature

Michael Krasny, a KQED public radio talk show host, is an expert in 20th Century American literature.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2118

E-mail: mkrasny@kqed.org

Areas of Expertise:

American plays, novels and poetry

Highest Degree: Ph.D., 20th Century American Literature, University of Wisconsin

Catherine Kudlick

Professor of History; Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Catherine Kudlick is an expert on disability issues and has served as director of SF State's Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability since Fall 2012. She is the author of the book "Cholera in Post-Revolutionary Paris: A Cultural History," published in 1996.

Office Phone: (415) 405-3528

E-mail: kudlick@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Disability and society

Disability history

History of epidemics

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

Volker Langbehn

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Volker Langbehn is an expert in German language and literature

Office Phone: (415) 338-7422

E-mail: langbehn@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

18th-20th century German literature and philosophy

Highest Degree: Ph.D., German Literature, University of Minnesota

Gretchen LeBuhn

Professor of Biology

Gretchen LeBuhn is an expert in ecology and conservation and director of The Great Sunflower Project, a national project to record bee pollination.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0729

E-mail: lebuhn@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



Climate change

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ming-Yeh Lee

Professor of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies

Ming-Yeh Lee is an expert on issues of related to race, class, gender in education, and comparative education.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1081

E-mail: mylee@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Adult education

Lifespan development

Comparative education

Highest Degree: Ed.D., University of Georgia

George Lee

Professor Emeritus of International Business

George Lee is an expert on the economy and business as it relates to China. Lee has published widely on economic development in China.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1038

E-mail: glee1@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

U.S./China economic and political relations

Free economic zones in China

International Business

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Economics, University of Hawaii

Mary Leech

Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences

Mary Leech is an expert on earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics and the geology of mountain belts. She is currently researching the formation of the Himalayas in India and Tibet and has conducted research in northern Norway, eastern China, and the Ural Mountains in Russia. She is also an expert on the geology of her native California.

Office Phone: 415-338-1144

E-mail: leech@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:




Highest Degree: Ph.D., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Richard LeGates

Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning

Richard LeGates is an urban planning expert whose work examines the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in social science research.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6176

E-mail: dlegates@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Urban growth management

City planning

Geographic Information Systems

Highest Degree: J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Chris Wen-Chao Li

Professor of Modern Languages & Literature

Chris Wen-Chao Li is an expert in Chinese linguistics and language change.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1034

E-mail: wenchao@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Chinese translation

Chinese Romanization systems

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Linguistics, Oxford University

Martin Linder

Professor Emeritus of Design and Industry

Martin Linder is an expert on design for the health care industry. Linder also serves as the executive director of the International Design Outreach Project (iDO), which promotes education through design in schools in the Bay Area.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6525

E-mail: mlinder@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Airport security explosive detection

Health care industry design

Seating design

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Industrial Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Karen Lovaas

Associate Professor and Chair of Communications Studies

Karen Lovaas is an expert in critical theory, rhetoric of gender, ecology and criminality and punishment.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1713

E-mail: klovaas@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Representation of prisoners in media

Representation of gender in media

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American Studies, University of Hawaii

Mary Beth Love

Professor and Chair of Health Education

Mary Beth Love is an expert on educating communities prone to particular heath problems including asthma and HIV.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2708

E-mail: love@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Health beliefs

Public perception of public health programs

Asthma and HIV

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Community Health Education, University of South Carolina

Amanda Lueck

Professor Emerita of Special Education

Amanda Lueck is an expert on visual impairment, particularly the effects of early brain injury on vision in children and its educational consequences.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3118

E-mail: amandal@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Low vision

Cerebral visual impairment

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

Sandra Rudnick Luft

Professor Emerita of Humanities

Sandra Rudnick Luft is an expert on the philosophy of history, the history of ideas and the philosophers Giambattista Vico, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2165

E-mail: srluft@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

16th – 20th centuries European thought

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History of Ideas, Brandeis University

Daniel Macallair

Lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies

Daniel Macallair is an expert on community correction programs and incarceration alternatives that provide rehabilitation for youth offenders.

Office Phone: (415) 621-5661 x111

E-mail: dmacallair@cjcj.org

Areas of Expertise:

Juvenile justice

Adult criminal justice policy


Highest Degree: M.P.A., San Jose State University

Leticia Márquez-Magaña

Professor of Biology

As a Professor of Biology and Director of the Health Equity Research Lab and SF BUILD project, Leticia Márquez-Magaña works with transdisciplinary teams of scientists, health professionals and policy makers to make changes aimed at achieving equity and inclusion in health and science.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3289

E-mail: marquez@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Educational and health disparities

Structural racism

STEM workforce development

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

Marc Martin

Lecturer of Communication Studies

Marc Martin is an expert in the fields of family, workplace, organizational mediation, arbitration and negotiation and meeting facilitation.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1597

E-mail: mamartin@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Conflict resolution

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Humanistic Psychology, Saybrook University

David Matsumoto

Professor of Psychology

David Matsumoto's work on emotion and facial expressions includes research that suggests facial expressions are innate. His research on how emotion can be used to incite hostility among ideologically-based groups is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Initiative.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1114

E-mail: dm@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Facial expressions of emotion

Non-verbal behavior and gestures

Cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Joseph McBride

Professor of Cinema

Joseph McBride is an internationally recognized film historian, journalist and screenwriter. He has written or edited 17 books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg and John Ford. He has written three books on Orson Welles, and co-wrote the part for and appeared as a film critic in Welles' film "The Other Side of the Wind." His book on screenwriting, "Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless" was published in 2012. His most recent book, "Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit," is the result of McBride's more than three decades of personal investigation into the 1963 Kennedy assassination and the fatal shooting that same day of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit. McBride served as a reporter, reviewer and columnist for "Daily Variety in Hollywood" for many years. His screenwriting credits include co-writing the cult-classic punk rock musical "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV. He has received a Writers Guild of America Award and four other WGA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and a Canadian Film Awards Nomination.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2169

E-mail: joemac809@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Film history


Orson Welles

Highest Degree: Ph.D. equivalency, San Francisco State University

Jason McDaniel

Associate Professor of Political Science

Jason McDaniel is an expert in urban politics and voting behavior, with a particular emphasis on the influence of contextual effects on political behavior. McDaniel frequently comments in the media on issues surrounding political elections and electoral reform.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2736

E-mail: mcdaniel@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Urban politics

San Francisco politics

California state politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern California

Jan Millsapps

Professor Emerita of Cinema

Jan Millsapps is an expert in online and digital cinema. Millsapps' films have been shown at the Smithsonian Institute and de Young Museum among others.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2518

E-mail: janm@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Digital cinema

Interactive cinema


Highest Degree: Ph.D. Composition and Discourse, University of South Carolina

Masahiko Minami

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Masahiko Minami is an expert in first and second language acquisition and learning and socio-cultural and computer-assisted approaches to language.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7451

E-mail: mminami@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Psycho- and socio- linguistics

Narrative and discourse

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

Julia Miyaoka

Professor of Decision Sciences

Julia Miyaoka is an expert in supply chain management, who worked in manufacturing and industrial engineering positions at Applied Imaging, Baxter International and Raychem Corporation prior to coming to SF State.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6082

E-mail: jmiyaoka@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Supply chain management

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Hafez Modirzadeh

Professor of Music

Hafez Modirzadeh is an expert in world music and jazz. An acclaimed saxophonist, Modirzadeh is an expert in ethnomusicology and has continues to develop an interdisciplinary musical approach he calls "Chromodal Discourse." From Tehran to Brown Universities, Chromodal theory has been presented within both musical and scientific academic arenas. Modirzadeh is a fixture on the national and Bay Area music scene and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0302

E-mail: fezmo@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

World music


Cross-cultural aspects of jazz

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University

Carlos Montemayor

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Carlos Montemayor is an expert in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Law.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1596

E-mail: cmontema@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Philosophy of Law and Human Rights


Highest Degree: Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University

John Monteverdi

Professor of Meteorology

Office Phone: (415) 338-7728

E-mail: montever@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Weather analysis and forecasting

California weather and climate

Severe weather

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Climatology, UC Berkeley

Ezequiel Morsella

Professor of Psychology

Ezequiel Morsella is an expert on how the brain uses consciousness to process requests for action and the difference between the conscious and unconscious circuits in the brain.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2198

E-mail: morsella@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



Working memory

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Psychology, Columbia University

Joanna Moss

Lecturer and Professor Emerita of Economics

Joanna Moss is an expert on international economics and globalization.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7515

E-mail: jgmoss@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



International trade

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Economics, New School for Social Research

Hideo Muranaka

Lecturer of Modern Languages & Literatures

Hideo Muranaka is an expert in Japanese calligraphy and Japanese arts.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3118

E-mail: muraoak@pacbell.net

Areas of Expertise:

Japanese language

Japanese calligraphy

Japanese art

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Jacob Needleman

Lecturer and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Jacob Needleman is a well-known authority on ethics, approaches to religion and American values, ideals and cultural criticism.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1596

E-mail: jacob.needleman@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of religion

American ideals

American values

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

Francis Neely

Associate Professor of Political Science

Francis Neely is an expert on American politics and political psychology, including how voters process political information, form attitudes and identify with political parties and candidates.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1522

E-mail: fneely@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Parties and partisanship

Election systems

Instant-runoff voting

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, State University of New York

Bill Nichols

Professor Emeritus of Cinema

Bill Nichols is an expert in contemporary American and foreign film. He can comment on trends and issues in cinema, as well as historical film movements. A widely-published author, Nichols has written 10 books about various aspects of cinema during his career.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6192

E-mail: billnichols99@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Recent U.S. and foreign films

Trends in American cinema

Post-war American film

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Theater Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Wade Nobles

Lecturer and Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

Wade Nobles is an authority on black family values and culture in the U.S.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6806

E-mail: drnobles@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Black culture in the U.S.

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University

Kathy O'Donnell

Professor of Marketing

Kathy O'Donnell is an expert in advertising and can comment on a variety of advertising issues, from Super Bowl ads to shopping behavior.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2281

E-mail: odonnell@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Shopping behavior


Highest Degree: Ph.D. Business, Kent State University

Kazunori Okada

Professor of Computer Science

Kazunori Okada has broad research interests in the areas of intelligent computing: computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data mining. He has been active in the research fields of medical image analysis, statistical data analysis, cognitive vision and face recognition.

Office Phone: 415-338-7687

E-mail: kazokada@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Intelligent computing

Medical image analysis

Face recognition technology

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California

Abdiel Onate

Professor Emeritus of History

Abdiel Onate is an expert on the modern economic, political and intellectual history of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6177

E-mail: onate@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Modern history of Latin America

History and culture of Mexico

Modern history of the Caribbean, including Haiti

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, El Colegio de Mexico

Ozgur Ozluk

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences

Ozgur Ozluk is an expert in spreadsheet engineering and applications of mathematical programming, which he is examining in relation to planning in oil refineries. He is available for interviews in Turkish.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2214

E-mail: ozgur@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Spreadsheet engineering

Revenue management practices

Applications of mathematical programming

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Operations Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Gary Pahl

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Gary Pahl is an expert on the archeology of China's walled settlements and on ancient writing systems.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3004

E-mail: gwpahl@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise:

Archaeology of China

Archaeology of California

Maya civilization

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Palmer

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Peter Palmer has 30 years of experience in organic pollutant monitoring and trace metal analysis and 12+ years of experience serving as a science advisor for the FDA.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1288

E-mail: palmer@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Monitoring toxic substances (heavy metals, pesticides, etc.) in air, water, food, and consumer products

Highest Degree: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry

Ayse Pamuk

Professor of Public Affairs & Civil Engagement

Ayse Pamuk is an expert on low-income housing policy, particularly in developing countries.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7045

E-mail: pamuk@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Housing policy

Urban policy and planning

Immigrant assimilation and homeownership

Highest Degree: Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Thomas Parker

Professor of Biology

Thomas Parker is an expert on the ecology and evolution of shrubs and trees in the Manzanita family, and is an expert on Chaparral, the scrubland vegetation that is common in California.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2375

E-mail: parker@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Plant ecology

Fire ecology

Manzanita (arctostaphyllus)

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ellen Peel

Professor Emerita of Comparative & World Literature

My areas of expertise include science fiction fantasy, speculative fiction, utopias, literature of the constructed body (robots, clones, vampires, eating disorders, Frankenstein, etc.), women's literature, world literature and literature in English, French, and German and narrative and feminist theory.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7036

E-mail: epeel@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Yale University, Comparative Literature

Erik Peper

Professor of Health Education

Erik Peper is an internationally recognized authority on biofeedback, self-regulation and stress management.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7683

E-mail: epeper@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Repetitive stress injuries

Stress management

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Psychology, Union Graduate School

Raquel Pinderhughes

Professor of Public Affairs & Civil Engagement

Raquel Pinderhughes is an expert on green collar jobs and how green jobs can lift low-income communities out of poverty. Her green collar job training program is being used across the U.S.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7520

E-mail: raquelrp@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Urban Studies

Environmental planning and policy

Sustainable development

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology, Graduate Center of New York

Michael Potepan

Associate Professor of Economics

Michael Potepan is an expert on jobs and employment in the San Francisco Bay Area, including analysis of job markets by industry and occupation.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2833

E-mail: mpotepan@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Employment and economics in San Francisco

Housing prices

Migration between metropolitan areas

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Davis

Ron Purser

Professor of Management

Ron Purser is an expert on organization development, particularly the application of Zen Buddhist mindfulness to management. He is also co-founder of Jazz@Work, a training program that uses jazz to teach managers about creativity, improvisation and innovation.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2380

E-mail: rpurser@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Organizational development

Creativity in the workplace

Application of Buddhist mindfulness practices to management

Highest Degree: Ph.D., organizational behavior, Case Western Reserve University

James Quesada

Associate Professor of Anthropology

James Quesada is an expert on the social production of disease and distress and has studied the health of day laborers in San Francisco and substance abuse among youth in California.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1633

E-mail: jquesada@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Peoples and cultures of Central America


Cross-cultural racism

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley

Isabel Quita

Professor of Elementary Education

Isabel Quita is an expert on science curriculum and instruction in elementary schools, particularly the teaching of science in multicultural settings.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3416

E-mail: quita@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Effective science teaching for English language learners

Informal science education

Use of computers in elementary science teaching

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Elementary Science Education, University of Illinois

Sonja Lenz Rashid

Associate Professor of Social Work

Sonja Lenz Rashid is an expert in adolescent and young adult mental health.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2459

E-mail: srlenz@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Substance abuse

Mental health of youth

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Social Work, University of California, Berkeley

Dina Redman

Professor Emerita of Social Work

Dina Redman is an expert on incarceration and criminal justice.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2458

E-mail: dinar@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Substance abuse

Emotional trauma

International social work

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Belinda Reyes

Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies; Director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute

Formerly a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, Belinda Reyes is an authority on immigration policy and the social and economic progress of racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Office Phone: (415) 405-7586

E-mail: reyesb@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Naturalization in California and the U.S.

Ethnicity in California

Ethnic diversity in public schools

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

Peter Richardson

Lecturer in the Humanities Department; Coordinator for American Studies and California Studies programs

My areas of expertise include California culture; San Francisco counterculture; political journalism in California, especially Ramparts magazine and Carey McWilliams; the Grateful Dead.

Office Phone:

E-mail: pkr@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

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

Johnetta Richards

Professor of Africana Studies

Johnetta Richards is an expert on African American culture and the history of Black women in America.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7589

E-mail: tatenda@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Culture of Zimbabwe

U.S. Black women

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American History, University of Cincinnati

Ben Ridgway

Assistant Professor of Cinema

Ben Ridgway has 13 years of professional experience in the academic world and as a 3D artist in the video game world, where he helped create games for Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. He has been making experimental animations since 1992 and his films have been showcased at film festivals worldwide and received numerous awards.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2169

E-mail: bridgway@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

3D computer graphics


Concept development

Highest Degree: MFA in Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts

Mark Roberge

Professor of English Language & Literature

Mark Roberge has an expertise in teaching English as a second language.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2059

E-mail: roberge@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

English composition

Education of immigrant children

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

Nina S. Roberts

Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Dr. Nina S. Roberts is an authority on race/ethnicity, culture and natural resources and is nationally known for her work regarding urban youth and women and girls outdoors. She is also Director of the SF State Pacific Leadership Institute.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7576

E-mail: nroberts@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Outdoor recreation and parks

National parks and protected areas

Race, class, and gender issues in natural resource management

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism, Colorado State University

Todd Roehrman

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Todd Roehrman is an expert on costume design. Some of his credits include productions for South Coast Rep., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival/L.A., the Mark Taper Forum, San Diego Rep., Intiman Theatre Co., The Matrix Theatre Co. and Pacific Dance Ensemble. He has received several Drama-Logue Critics Awards for his professional stage work.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7781

E-mail: roehrman@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Costume design and construction

Costume history

Highest Degree: M.F.A., Costume Design, California Institute of the Arts

Erik Rosegard

Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Erik Rosegard is an authority on the social psychological aspects of leisure and recreation, as well as wellness and quality of life issues.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7529

E-mail: Rosegard@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Play related to child development

Classroom teaching and learning

Community service learning

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Recreation, Parks and Tourism, University of Utah

Sandra Rosen

Professor of Special Education

Sandra Rosen is an expert on orientation and mobility -- helping people with visual impairments develop the skills needed for safe, independent travel.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1245

E-mail: srosen@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Orientation and mobility for visually-impaired people

Preparation of professionals who train guide dogs

Children with physical or sensory disabilities

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Cristina Ruotolo

Professor of Humanities

Christina Ruotolo is an expert in the fields of 19th and 20th century American and British literature, music and culture

Office Phone: (415) 338-3127

E-mail: ruotolo@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

American autobiography

European and American modernism in literature

Modern African

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

Caitlin Ryan

Director, Family Acceptance Project, Cesar Chavez Institute

Caitlin Ryan is a leading expert on the psychology and sociology of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Office Phone: (415) 522-5558

E-mail: caitlin@cpcug.org

Areas of Expertise:

LGBT youth and families

Sexual orientation

Bullying of gay youth

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Public Policy/Health Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Mohammad Salama

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures, Director of the Arabic Program

Mohammad Salama is an expert in the fields of Egyptian culture, languages and political history.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1338

E-mail: mrsalama@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Arabic language

Islamic culture

Arabic culture and politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh

Associate Professor of Health Education

Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on two interrelated strands: (1) Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and (2) the impact of policies and environments on health and disparities with a focus on obesity, maternal and child health, food, physical education policies and neighborhood conditions.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2840

E-mail: emmav@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Social inequalities in health

Racial/ethnic and class disparities in health

Highest Degree: Sc.D., Social Epidemiology, Harvard University

Jillian Sandell

Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Jillian Sandell is an expert on representations of race and gender in American culture.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1388

E-mail: sandell@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Women in popular culture

Masculinity in film

Hong Kong cinema

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

Joel Schechter

Professor of Theatre Arts

Joel Schechter is an expert on Yiddish Theatre, Depression-era theatre and the Federal Theatre Project. At SF State, he has planned and produced "The Congress of Clowns: A Conference on Comedy," coordinated the Circus Arts and Russian theatre workshops for CSU's Summer Arts program and SF State's collaboration with the San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Project.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1331

E-mail: jschech@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Yiddish theatre

Yiddish culture

Works Progress Administration

Highest Degree: Doctorate of Fine Arts, Yale School of Drama

Sanjit Sengupta

Professor of Marketing

Sanjit Sengupta worked in sales and marketing in India. He has published widely in his career about the marketing of technology.

Office Phone: (415) 817-4366

E-mail: sengupta@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Business-to-business marketing

Strategic alliances


Highest Degree: Ph.D, Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley

Scott Siegel

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Scott Siegel's research centers on issues related to the European Union, comparative European politics and international political economy. His first book, "The Political Economy of Noncompliance," published in 2011, explains why some EU member states violate European law more than others. His other publications include: Bearing Their Share of the Burden: Europe in Afghanistan" (2009) and "Weighing Macedonia's Entry Into NATO" (2010).

Office Phone:

E-mail: snsiegel@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

European Union

International law

Trade and monetary politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University

Roblyn Simeon

Professor of International Business

Roblyn Simeon is an expert in international business, comparative management and cross-cultural management. Before beginning his academic career, Professor Simeon worked on Wall Street and in Tokyo as a financial and securities analyst for American Express, Daiwa Securities and Swiss Bank. He is available for interviews in Japanese, French and Spanish.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6298

E-mail: rsimeon@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative management

Corporate governance

Business trends and issues in the U.S.

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley

Miriam Smith

Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Miriam Smith is an expert in media and Internet law and management of media. Prior to coming to SF State, Smith worked as a lawyer handling intellectual property cases.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1611

E-mail: tvsmith@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Intellectual property law

Internet law

Electronic media management

Highest Degree: J.D., Brigham Young University

Robert C. Smith

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Robert Smith is a nationally-recognized expert on African American politics whose research has examined comparisons between President Obama and President Kennedy, and the relationship between conservatism and racism in the U.S.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7524

E-mail: rcs@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

African American politics

National politics

U.S. presidency

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, Howard University

Dee Spencer

Professor of Music and Dance

Dee Spencer founded the jazz studies program at SF State and is a renowned composer, performer and vocalist who has played on stages across the world.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1566

E-mail: deejazz@aol.com

Areas of Expertise:

Jazz performance and improvisation

Jazz education

Jazz history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Education, University of San Francisco

Marc Stein

Professor of History

Marc Stein, the Jaime and Phyllis Pasker endowed chair in history, is an expert on constitutional law, social movements, and gender, race and sexuality. He is the author of "Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement" (2012), "Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe" (2010) and "City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia" (2000). Stein is also the editor-in-chief of the three-volume "Encyclopedia of LGBT History in America" (2003).

Office Phone: (415) 338-2982

E-mail: marcs@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

History of sexuality in the United States

Gay, lesbian and queer history

U.S. constitutional law

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania

Gaurav Suri

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Gaurav Suri is an experimental psychologist and a computational modeler who studies the brain mechanisms that shape motivated actions and decision making. He is the director of the Readiness, Activation and Decision-making Laboratory (RADLab) at SF State and teaches undergraduate courses in social psychology, neuro-economics, regression theory and decision making.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2167

E-mail: suri@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Decision making and psychological inertia


Emotion and emotion regulation

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Stanford University

Dean Suzuki

Professor of Music

Dean Suzuki produces and hosts "Discreet Music," a radio program featuring experimental, unusual and obscure music on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. As a music critic and journalist, he contributes to several publications, including Musicworks, Progression, Expose and Goldmine, among others.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1065

E-mail: dsuzuki@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Experimental classical music

Contemporary pop music

Experimental rock music

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Musicology, University of Southern California

David Tabb

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

David Tabb is an expert on national politics, particularly Latino politics and voting patterns. He can also comment on the role of the media and the internet on political campaigns and voter turnout.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2736

E-mail: dtabb@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

U.S. politics

California politics

Latino politics and voting patterns

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina

Charlotte Tate

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Tate is an expert on gender identity, especially transgender spectrum experiences; sexual orientation and identity; and racial and ethnic identity in the United States; as well as prejudice and discrimination regarding gender, sexual orientation and racial categories.

Office Phone: 415-338-2267

E-mail: ctate2@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Gender identity

Sexual orientation/identity

Racial and ethnic identity in the U.S.

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Social/Personal Psychology, University of Oregon

Patrick Tierney

Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Patrick Tierney is an expert on the economics of eco-tourism and sustainable travel and resort development.

Office Phone: (415) 405-0311

E-mail: ptierney@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Eco-tourism and sustainable travel

Tourism marketing

Trends in travel

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Recreation Resources, Colorado State University

Jassen Todorov

Professor of Music

Jassen Todorov is a world-renowned violinist, having performed on stages around the world. Born in Bulgaria, at 26 Todorov became the youngest musician to record all six violin sonatas of Eugene Ysaye. Off the stage, Todorov is an avid pilot, holding a commercial pilot's license.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7760

E-mail: todorov@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


Music theory

Music history

Highest Degree: D.M.A., Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York

Andrei Tsygankov

Professor of International Relations

Andrei Tsygankov is an expert on Russian politics and the relationship between Russia and the west.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7493

E-mail: andrei@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Russian foreign policy

Russian-American relations

Former Soviet Union

Highest Degree: Ph.D., International Relations, University of Southern California

Joseph Tuman

Professor of Communications Studies

Joseph Tuman, a well-known broadcast political commentator, is an expert on political rhetoric, the first amendment, and the rhetoric and symbolism of terrorism.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1813

E-mail: joetuman@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Gulnur Tumbat

Professor of Marketing

My areas of expertise include advertising, branding, brand management, services marketing, experiential marketing, customer experience design, experiential design, big design, risk marketing, risk consumption, adventure business, outdoor business, outdoor industry, extraordinary consumption experience.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1321

E-mail: gulnur@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: PhD, Marketing, University of Utah

Constance Ulasewicz

Professor and Chair of Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel

Constance Ulasewicz is an expert in the fields of sustainable fashion and clothing development.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1860

E-mail: cbu@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

History of clothing

Social psychology of clothing

Social entrepreneurship in fashion

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Textiles, Fielding Graduate Institute

Gerardo "Buddy" Ungson

Professor of International Business

Buddy Ungson is the Y.F Chang Endowed Chair in international business. He has authored more than 40 publications and five books about business strategy and global business.

Office Phone: (415) 405-3749

E-mail: bungson@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Business policy

Global poverty and developing economies

Business strategy

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Organizational Theory, Pennsylvania State University

Ilona Vandergriff

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

IIona Vandergriff is an expert on German language and linguistics.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1106

E-mail: vdgriff@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Learning and teaching languages

Communication with computers

German language

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

Daniel Vencill

Professor Emeritus of Economics

Daniel Vencill is an expert on macroeconomics, recession and commodity prices such as oil and gold, and he can provide analysis of the current U.S. economy.

Office Phone: (510) 655-3080

E-mail: dvencill@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:


The Great Depression

Commodity prices

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Economics, Stanford

Maria J. Veri

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

My areas of expertise include sports and culture, including gender, race, politics, history, and intersections between food and sports.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1746

E-mail: mjveri@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree:

Lucia Volk

Professor of International Relations and Middle East and Islamic Studies

Lucia Volk is an expert in post-Civil War Lebanon, efforts at rebuilding the state and the tension between ethno-religious and national identities. She also studies Arab refugees and migrants in Europe.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2468

E-mail: lvolk@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Middle Eastern studies

Politics of memory

Nation building after violent events

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, Harvard Universit

David Walsh

Professor of Kinesiology

David Walsh is an expert in the field of working with at-risk and underserved youth.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7856

E-mail: dwalsh@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Youth development

Physical education and activity

At-risk youth

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois

Kenneth Walsh

Deputy Chair and Lecturer of Criminal Justice

Former police officer with the New York Police Department.

Office Phone: (415) 405 4475

E-mail: kwalsh@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Crime, policing, race, investigations, social class and criminal justice issues, fraud, riots and constitutional criminal law.

Highest Degree: Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Linda Wanek

Professor and Chair of Graduate Physical Therapy Program

Linda Wanek is an expert in orthopedic physical therapy and movement dysfunction of the lumbar spine.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1939

E-mail: lwanek@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Adolescent back pain

Physical therapy in college settings

Back pain related to computer use

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Southern California

Rhonnie Washington

Professor of Theatre Arts

Rhonnie Washington is an expert in acting and directing. He also advises the Brown Bag Theatre Company on campus. Washington frequently appears on the stage in San Francisco as part of the highly praised experimental ensemble, Thick Description.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2057

E-mail: rhonnie@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:



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

Nicole Watts

Professor and Chair of Political Science

Nicole Watts is an expert in ethnopolitical and national movements; state-society relations; protest and dissent; and Kurdish politics and mobilization, particularly in Iraq and Turkey. She is the author of several books, including "Activists in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey," and the co-editor of "Negotiating Political Power in Turkey: Breaking up the Party." She is currently working on a book on politics and protest in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and has been conducting research there since 2009. Watts is associate editor of the peer-reviewed European Journal of Turkish Studies, and is a former co-director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies program at SF State.

Office Phone: (415) 405-2470

E-mail: nfwatts@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Kurds and Kurdistan

Kurdish politics in Iraq and Turkey

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Washington

Nancy Wilkinson

Professor of Geography & Environment

Nancy Wilkinson is an expert on issues and controversies surrounding water resources, particularly attitudes toward large dams and their impacts.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1439

E-mail: nancyw@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

California water resource history

Environmental attitudes and perceptions

Environmental history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon

Yumi Wilson

Associate Professor of Journalism

Yumi Wilson specializes in social media and branding, offering workshops to nonprofit leaders, lawyers, educators, students and others across the country. Among her clients were journalists from Consumer Reports magazine and four major news outlets in China. Wilson is a former news reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Associated Press, the San Jose Mercury News, the Modesto Bee and the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner. She is also the recipient of the Fulbright grant and prestigious Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship. Most recently, she worked as a corporate communications manager at Linkedin, where she traveled around the world, teaching hundreds of journalists, executives, and employees how to build their brand on LinkedIn. During her three-year tenure, Yumi devised training sessions in Belgium, Canada, New York, Chicago and many other places. She also specialized in profile optimization for high-profile politicians and celebrities, including Carly Fiorina, Oprah Winfrey, chef Mario Batali and Bravo host Andy Cohen.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1197

E-mail: ywilson@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Newspaper ethics

Racial issues

Social media and branding

Highest Degree: B.A., Print Journalism, University of Southern California

Michelle Wolf

Professor Emerita of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Michelle Wolf teaches courses in the areas of media literacy, electronic media and social issues, pedagogy, and qualitative audience research. Nine threads run through all of her classes and much of her research: body, class, disability, gender, generation, geography, race/ethnicity/whiteness, religion, and sexual orientation. She has been active in media literacy efforts and issues surrounding electronic media representations of disenfranchised groups since the 1970s, and she conducts qualitative research on media literacy, pedagogy, and the range and diversity of mediated images of groups without power. She is currently completing phase two of a 20-year research project on media, body image, and self-conception by focusing her research on bisexual, gay, and heterosexual men, and women with physical disabilities. An award-winning documentary featuring her early body image research was produced in 1999. In fall 2007 Professor Wolf was the first faculty member on the SF State campus to receive the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1334

E-mail: mawolf@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Uses and effects of electronic media

Media and identity construction/self conception

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Mass Communication Theory, University of Texas, Austin

Eva Sheppard Wolf

Professor of History

Eva Sheppard-Wolf is an expert on early American history, particularly the history of race and slavery.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7544

E-mail: shepwolf@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Early American life (up to 1830)

History of race and slavery in the U.S.

Emancipation of slaves in early America

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, Harvard University

Pamela Wolfberg

Professor of Special Education

Pamela Wolfberg is an expert on the social inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders and has developed a play therapy model for autistic children called Integrated Play Groups.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7651

E-mail: wolfberg@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Children with autism spectrum disorders

Social inclusion of autistic children

Peer relations among autistic children

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Education, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University

Yim-Yu Wong

Interim Dean of the College of Business

Yim-Yu Wong is interim dean of the College of Business and an expert in cultural differences in the work place and global management strategies.

Office Phone: (415) 338-2255

E-mail: yywong@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

International Business

Cultural differences in the workplace

Global strategic management

Highest Degree: Ph.D International Business, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Bernard Wong

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Bernard Wong is an expert on urban and economic anthropology, particularly the impact of globalization on family, entrepreneurship and the ethnic identity of Chinese communities in the U.S., Japan and the Philippines.

Office Phone: (415) 338-7518

E-mail: bernardw@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Chinese immigrant communities in the Bay Area

Ethnicity, family and kinship among the Chinese Diaspora

Anthropology of China

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin

Christian Wright

Professor and Chair of Psychology

Christian Wright is an expert on human resources selection tools, such as interviews, written tests and personality tests, and he studies issues surrounding job applicants faking answers on recruitment tests.

Office Phone:

E-mail: cwright@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Human resources selection tools

Training and performance appraisal

Job analysis

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida

Darlene Yee

Professor of Gerontology

Darlene Yee is an expert in the fields of aging and minority women's health in the U.S.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3558

E-mail: dyee@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Education in gerontology

Long-term care administration

Minority women's health and aging

Highest Degree: Ed.D., Health Education, Columbia University

Grace Yoo

Professor of Asian American Studies

Grace Yoo is an expert on Korean American life, particularly health issues.

Office Phone: (415) 338-3891

E-mail: gracey@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Medical Sociology, University of California, San Francisco

Lena Zhang

Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Lena Zhang is an expert in Chinese American media and multicultural communication, especially as it relates to new forms of technology.

Office Phone: (415) 338-1780

E-mail: lzhang@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Chinese and Chinese American media

Media aesthetics

International and intercultural communication

Highest Degree: Ph.D University of Georgia, Athens

Susan Zieff

Professor of Kinesiology

Susan Zieff's extensive research focuses on public policy involving physical activity and the socio-cultural aspects of sports and exercise, including San Francisco's Sunday Streets program.

Office Phone: (415) 338-6574

E-mail: susangz@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

History of sport and exercise

Social aspects of recreation

Public policy on exercise

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Human Biodynamics, University of California, Berkeley