Faculty Experts

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

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


Sanjoy Banerjee

Professor of International Relations

Office Phone: (415) 338-1105

E-mail: banerjee@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: Office Phone: (415)

E-mail: cbaron@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-2450

E-mail: barranco@stars.sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-6833

E-mail: bjbeatty@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Technology in the classroom

Online education


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

Matthias Beck

Professor of Mathematics

Office Phone: (415) 338-2119

E-mail: beck@math.sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Discrete and computational geometry

Analytic number theory

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

Paul Beckman

Professor of Information Systems

Office Phone: (415) 338-6240

E-mail: pbeckman@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:


Wireless networking

Human interface

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

Maziar Behrooz

Associate Professor of History

Office Phone: (415) 338-1776

E-mail: mroozbeh@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 405-3528

E-mail: beitiks@sfsu.edu

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.

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