News & Updates

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F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way explores how women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles.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increasingly the norm, this exhibition explores how women are choosing to express their discontent with prescribed and outdated binary gender roles.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.

Announcing: Humanities and Liberal Studies Assistant Professor Position

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Deadline extended until January 1!

San Francisco State University’s School of Humanities and Liberal Studies invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Humanities and Liberal Studies with expertise in Science, Technology and Culture beginning August 2017.

The School of Humanities and Liberal Studies houses several interdisciplinary programs including Humanities, Liberal Studies, American Studies, and California Studies. The School of Humanities and Liberal Studies is open to diverse pedagogies and research methodologies.

We seek a scholar-teacher who specializes in critical, historical, and cross-cultural studies of science and technology. The ideal candidate is familiar with a global range of historical and contemporary ideas and practices in science and technology.  We are looking for applicants who bridge scientific and humanistic fields of inquiry, and demonstrate an ability to teach and design courses that are interdisciplinary and comparative or transnational in scope. Ability to incorporate digital humanities into pedagogy preferred but not required.

The candidate should be prepared to develop and teach introductory and advanced courses on topics in science, technology, and culture, and to help integrate science and technology issues into several more broadly defined courses in the School.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as Science and Technology Studies (STS), History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, or a related field.

Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their area of specialization, and must be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching. We prefer candidates who have teaching and/or research experience with a large, diverse student body.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in STS studies; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; writing and publishing in one’s area of specialty; and participating in committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

Application process: Please submit a letter of intent, a current CV, and the names of three recommenders via email to by January 1. Requests for letters of recommendation [no more than two years old], writing sample, syllabi, teaching evaluations, and teaching philosophy will be made after the first round of review.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups. 


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 


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.