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


Gustavo Adolfo Calderon

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Office Phone: (415) 338-7426

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

Nicholas Certo

Professor Emeritus of Special Education

Office Phone: (415) 338-2503

E-mail: ncerto@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-2108

E-mail: anoshua@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-1307

E-mail: vchavez@sfsu.edu

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

Areas of Expertise:

New approaches to public health

Ethnic community health issues

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