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


Sarah Curtis

Professor of History

Office Phone: (415) 338-2250

Email: scurtis@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-7535

Email: dagostin@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-2056

Email: rdahl@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-7432

Email: ydaley@sfsu.edu

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

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

Office Phone: (415) 338-1460

Email: damashek@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:

Musical theatre

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

Wei Ming Dariotis

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies

Office Phone: (415) 338-3494

Email: dariotis@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Office Phone: (415) 405-3492

Email: juanitad@sfsu.edu

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.

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

Jerry Davis

Professor and Chair of Geography & Environment

Office Phone: (415) 338-2983

Email: jerry@sfsu.edu

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.

Areas of Expertise:


Watershed restoration

Natural resource management

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