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


Paul Beckman

Professor of Information Systems

Office Phone: (415) 338-6240

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Peggy Benton

Professor Emerita of Instructional Technologies

Office Phone: (415) 338-2508

Email: peggyb@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-6267

Email: bernardi@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 817-4399

Email: sbhat@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-2433

Email: bland@stars.sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-1326

Email: bblosser@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Effects of television on society

Educational media

Educational television

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Stanford University