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


Ali Borjian

Professor of Secondary Education

Office Phone: (415) 338-1838

Email: borjian@sfsu.edu

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

Areas of Expertise:

Teacher education

School reform

Second-language acquisition

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

Scott Boswell

Assistant Professor of Cinema

Office Phone: (415) 338-6522

Email: sboswell@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Independent and fiction filmmaking


LGBT cinema

Highest Degree: MFA, Cinema, San Francisco State University

Karen Olsen Bruhns

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Office Phone: (415) 338-2046

Email: kbruhns@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-7426

Email: gusto@sfsu.edu

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

Areas of Expertise:

Spanish language and civilization

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Iowa

Melissa Camacho

Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Office Phone: (415) 338-6526

Email: mcamacho@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-3156

Email: troi@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-1466

Email: ccarring@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-7482

Email: castaldi@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental technology

Small business and import/export

U.S. wind industry

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