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


Dennis Desjardin

Professor of Biology

Office Phone: (415) 338-2439

E-mail: ded@sfsu.edu

Dennis Desjardin is an expert on the evolution and biodiversity of fungi species and has discovered more than 200 new fungi species, including luminescent mushrooms.

Areas of Expertise:

Mycology (study of fungi)

Mushroom taxonomy

Toxic mushrooms

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Botany, University of Tennessee

Jane DeWitt

Associate Dean of Academic Planning

Office Phone: (415) 338-1895

E-mail: dewitt@sfsu.edu

The research in Jane DeWitt's laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms of heavy metal accumulation and transformation in higher plant systems from a chemical and molecular perspective. The goals of this research are to determine the change in speciation (oxidation state, geometry, coordination environment) that occurs upon accumulation of the metals by plants and to identify the biomolecules involved in metal complexation, thus providing insight into mechanisms of heavy metal tolerance in plants.

Areas of Expertise:

Bioremediation of chemical contaminants using plants

Heavy-metal accumulation in plants

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

Marc Dollinger

Professor of Jewish Studies

Office Phone: (415) 338-3160

E-mail: mdolling@sfsu.edu

Marc Dollinger is an expert in the fields of Jews and American politics, American Zionism and California Jews.

Areas of Expertise:

Jewish social responsibility

American Jewish history

American Jewish politics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles

Philip Dreyfus

Professor of History

Office Phone: (415) 338-1625

E-mail: pdreyfus@sfsu.edu

Philip Dreyfus is an expert on environmental history, particularly the growth and development of the San Francisco Bay Area and American perceptions and ideas about nature.

Areas of Expertise:

Environmental history of San Francisco

Modern history of California and the West

American labor history

Highest Degree: Ph.D., American History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Jim Dudley

Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Office Phone:

E-mail: Dudley@sfsu.edu

Dudley's areas of expertise include Criminal Justice, Policing, Special Operations (SWAT Homeland Security), Event Security, and Community Policing.

Areas of Expertise:

Highest Degree: Masters Degree Criminology from UC Irvine

Richard Dugdale

Adjunct Professor of Biology and Senior Research Scientist for the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

Office Phone: (415) 338-3518

E-mail: rdugdale@sfsu.edu

Richard Dugdale co-directs a phytoplankton ecology laboratory at the Romberg Tiburon Center at San Francisco State University. The main focus of the lab is to understand inorganic nutrient (nitrate, ammonium, phosphate and silicate) inputs and fluxes into the coastal ocean and estuaries and how these nutrients affect phytoplankton populations and processes. The lab is involved in a variety of projects around the world, exploring nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics and how they shape ocean primary production and global climate.

Areas of Expertise:

Biological and equatorial oceanography

Distribution and effects of nutrients on phytoplankton

Biological dynamics of upwelling along the Pacific Coast

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin

Clay Dumont

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Office Phone: (415) 338-7502

E-mail: cdumont@sfsu.edu

Clay Dumont is an expert on the historical and cultural conceptions of knowing and knowledge, and his work focused on the debates between scientists and Native Americans over the meaning of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of social science


The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA)

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon

Larry Eilenberg

Professor of Theatre Arts

Office Phone: (415) 338-1884

E-mail: leilenbe@sfsu.edu

Larry Eilenberg is an expert in contemporary theatre and comedy. He has worked extensively throughout professional theatre and formerly served as Artistic Director at The Magic Theatre, a major theatrical company in San Francisco. He also has taught a number of summer courses for the CSU Summer Arts Program.

Areas of Expertise:

Contemporary theatre


American playwriting

Highest Degree: Ph.D Theatre Arts, Yale University