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


Barbara Damashek

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Office Phone: (415) 338-1460

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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

Harvey Davis

Professor Emeritus of Nursing

Office Phone: (415) 338-1578

E-mail: hardavis@sfsu.edu

Harvey Davis is an expert on psychiatric care and mental health treatment.

Areas of Expertise:

Sleep disturbances

Alcohol and substance addiction

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Gail Dawson

Associate Dean of the College Liberal & Creative Arts

Office Phone: (415) 338-3118

E-mail: gdawson@sfsu.edu

Gail Dawson is an expert in painting and new media. Dawson's work explores the interference of media with images, and time and motion. She works between mediums translating video to paintings and drawings, and paintings and drawings to video. Her work can be seen at her webpage linked below.

Areas of Expertise:



New media

Highest Degree: M.F.A. Painting, University of Texas, Austin

Stephen John de la Cruz

Lecturer, Communication Studies

Office Phone: 415-338-1597

E-mail: sdlc@sfsu.edu

Areas of Expertise:

Criminal Law, Civil Law, Constitutional Law

Highest Degree: J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

Brian De Vries

Professor Emeritus of Gerontology

Office Phone: (415) 338-3559

E-mail: bdevries@sfsu.edu

Brian De Vries is an internationally known expert on bereavement and end of life issues and gay and lesbian aging.

Areas of Expertise:

Loss of spouses


LGBT end of life issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Lifespan and Social Development, University of British Columbia