News & Updates

Dr. Ferreira wins national Human Rights Educator award

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dr. Mariana Ferreira has been named a winner of the 2017 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Established by Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) in memory of Ed O’Brien, a pioneer human rights educator, the Award honors both an individual and an organization making an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States.

Welcome Assistant Professor Peña-Guzman!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The School of Humanities and Liberal Studies is thrilled to welcome David Peña-Guzman as Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2017. Currently the Hecht-Levi fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins, David's research addresses key questions in philosophy of science, animal ethics and feminist bioethics. We're so excited to work with him on integrating these topics into our curriculum!

Professor Augsburg curates feminist art exhibit

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Opening Dec 17 at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco, F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way explores how women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles.

At a time when crude and rude discourse in the public sphere seems to be increasingly the norm, this exhibition explores how women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles.  F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way explores the range of responses women are faced with making when confronted with conflict within relationships. Can we reply in ways that lead to resolution and more love? Or is it important that women strive to win debates from which they were previously excluded? Since women have been silenced for so long, this exhibition aims to provide a platform for women to air their grievances in manners of their choosing while reminding the viewer that identity is fluid, relational, intersectional, performative and participatory. This exhibition aims to foster dialogue about where women position themselves centrally yet in relation to others. We are seeking works that confront traditional gender roles, express what a “woman” is today, and depict what a  woman’s life is currently really like.

For more information, click this link to the exhibit website.

Alumnus creates new Scholarship for MA student!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mediasophia President, George Anastasios Magalios is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship for a graduate student in the Humanities program at San Francisco State University. 

Nick Sousanis to join the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies!

Friday, April 01, 2016

We are extremely pleased to welcome Nick Sousanis to our full-time faculty beginning Fall 2016!


Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comics Studies at the University of Calgary, Nick received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Published a year later by Harvard University Press, Unflattening argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning. Before coming to New York City, Nick was immersed in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and culture site and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee.

At Columbian's Teachers College, Parsons, and the University of Calgary, Nick has developed and taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools, including, most recently, Comics as a Way of Thinking. We look forward to integrating his innovative curriculum into our Humanities and Liberal Studies programs.

Nick’s work has been featured with reviews and interviews in such places as The Paris Review, The New York Times, PrintMag, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher EducationPublishers Weekly, Microsoft’s Daily Edventures, and Russia’s Theory & Practice for the new possibilities for scholarship that it represents. (See full list here.) In addition to numerous academic conference presentations, he’s been featured in several academic gatherings around alternative scholarship, including most recently HUMlab/Umeå University in Sweden and the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC. He has given invited public talks at Stanford University, UCLA, and Microsoft Research (which also hosted an exhibition of the work), and keynote addresses at the annual conferences of the Visitor Studies Association and the International Visual Literacy Association. Recent comics include “Against the Flow” and “Upwards” in The Boston Globe, and The Fragile Framework, co-authored with Rich Monastersky for Nature.

LS Graduate in the news

Thursday, September 24, 2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson appointed Dr. Vincent Matthews, who has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from SF State, as State Administrator for the Inglewood Unified School District. The Los Angeles Sentinel has the story.

Celebrating Interdisciplinarity

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The most recent issue of Nature "probes how scientists and social scientists are coming together to solve the grand challenges of energy, food, water, climate and health. This special scrutinizes the data on interdisciplinary work and looks at its history, meaning and funding. A case study and a reappraisal of the Victorian explorer Richard Francis Burton explore the rewards of breaking down boundaries. Meanwhile, a sustainability institute shares its principles for researchers who work across disciplines. Thus inspired, we invite readers to test their polymathy in our lighthearted quiz." Check out the full story.

Richardson to coordinate American Studies, California Studies

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Peter Richardson is the new coordinator of the California Studies minor and co-coordinator of the American Studies BA and minor programs. His office hours are Tuesdays – Thursdays 5 – 6pm and by appointment, in HUM 336. Contact him at

Scholarship opportunities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Scholarships are available in the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies!

Beginning around September 1 on Academic Works, Liberal Studies majors will be able to apply for the Liberal Studies Student Organization scholarship ($500), and Humanities B.A. and M.A. students will be able to apply for Edward B. Kaufmann scholarships (varying amounts). Go to the SFSU Scholarship website for more information and to apply.