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


Jim Dudley

Lecturer in Criminal Justice

Office Phone:

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Email: 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

Linda Ellis

Professor Emerita of Museum Studies

Office Phone: (415) 405-0599

Email: ellisl@sfsu.edu

Linda Ellis specializes in Eastern European culture and archaeology, having conducted archeological, anthropological and socio-political research in this region for over 30 years. Areas of expertise include Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria Romania, the Black Sea region and Roman Empire anthropology.

Areas of Expertise:

Eastern European culture

Eastern European archaeology

Museum collection and legal issues

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University

Kevin Eschleman

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (415) 338-1030

Email: kesch@sfsu.edu

Eschleman is an expert on employee wellbeing and job performance. He studies how taking part in self-exploration and creative activities outside of the workplace may affect employee performance and resilience to stress.

Areas of Expertise:

Employee wellbeing

Stress in the workplace

Deviance in the workplace

Highest Degree: Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Wright State University

Jose Ramon Fernandez Pena

Emeritus Professor of Health Education

Office Phone: (415) 405-0488

Email: jrfp@sfsu.edu

Jose Ramon Fernandez Pena is the nationally recognized founder of the Welcome Back Program, an innovative program that helps medical professionals who immigrate to the U.S. obtain the necessary training and credentials to practice in this country.

Areas of Expertise:

Racial and ethnic disparities in health

Foreign trained health professionals

Health workforce development

Highest Degree: M.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico

Mariana Ferreira

Professor of Liberal Studies

Office Phone: (415) 338-2046

Email: mariana@sfsu.edu

Mariana Ferreira is a medical anthropologist who studies the social causes of illnesses — how poverty, violence and displacement affect physical health. Her research includes Type 2 diabetes among indigenous peoples and the distribution of breast cancer in the Bay Area.

Areas of Expertise:

Human rights

Indigenous people's rights

Diabetes among indigenous peoples

Highest Degree: Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley