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


Harvey Davis

Professor Emeritus of Nursing

Office Phone: (415) 338-1578

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Dennis Desjardin

Professor of Biology

Office Phone: (415) 338-2439

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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