Eight new faculty members join the College

Monday, September 10, 2018

Find out about the new faculty members joining the College of Health & Social Sciences in Fall 2018.

Leia BagesteiroLeia Bagesteiro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology 

Leia Bagesteiro graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and received her M.S. in solids mechanics - biomechanics in Brazil. She completed her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Surrey, U.K. She continued her studies on human movement analysis and motor control during a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State. Additionally, she spent eight months collaborating with M.D.s at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. During both fellowships, she used her technical skills in hardware/software engineering and data analysis to implement and run systems for recording human movements.

Begesteiro will be teaching KIN 485: Biomechanics. She is looking forward to meeting her students and helping them learn and love biomechanics, and hopes to make a positive difference in their professional and personal lives.

Angelica CamachoAngelica Camacho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 

Angelica Camacho’s current research is on the Pelican Bay California prisoner hunger strikes and the subsequent uprising of their families. She explores how the war on drugs and the criminalization of Latinx communities have contributed to the rise of the prison industrial complex in California. Her intellectual work aims to shift the dominant narratives of criminality that target and scapegoat communities of color into counter-hegemonic narratives that highlight social struggles for life and liberation.

She received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. She also earned a B.A. in both Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a 2015 Ford Dissertation fellow and recent Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Camacho is looking forward to engaging and mentoring students in the Criminal Justice Studies major and will be teaching CJ452: Criminological Theory this fall.

Carina GalloCarina Gallo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 

Carina Gallo has a global perspective on research and teaching. Her interdisciplinary research addresses historical and international trends in crime and welfare policy, with particular attention to how policies and laws intending to support underrepresented and marginalized groups have developed over the last century. She is currently working on a book exploring the roots of the Swedish victim movement. Gallo is also interested in how technology can globalize the curriculum and has led virtual international exchanges where students in different countries learn together in online classrooms. In addition, she has several years of professional experience as a social worker, policy evaluator, and leader in the non-profit community.

Gallo received a Ph.D. from Stockholm University and an M.S. from Lund University in Sweden.

This fall, she will be teaching CJ 450: Jails and Prisons. She is excited to join a vibrant and stellar academic community with a strong commitment to social justice. 

Ivana MarkovaIvana Markova, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel 

Ivana Markova has been a lecturer at SF State for more than 10 years, teaching textile science, research methods and consumer behavior courses. One of her passions is textile science — she enjoys spending time with her students in the textile laboratory in Burk Hall, where students test and analyze fibers/fabrics for their future use. Her most recent research explores topics in consumer behavior studies with the focus on media and the effects a variety of media platforms have on individuals’ body image.

Markova completed a doctorate degree in international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco in 2013.

Zubaida QamarZubaida Qamar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel

Zubaida Qamar has several years of research experience investigating the behavioral aspects of nutrition, and cultural and socioeconomic determinants of health in various communities. Her research interests include utilizing technology and community-based approaches towards the development of nutrition programs that aim to improve dietary behaviors in diverse communities and reduce the risk for chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in understanding factors associated with food insecurity among students and designing innovative strategies to prevent food insecurity. She has a strong commitment towards conducting research incorporating multidisciplinary approaches and collaborations to reduce health disparities in underserved communities. Additionally, she has served in various instructional roles in academia over the years and is interested in exploring pedagogical research to understand effective instructional practices.

Qamar received her M.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition at Texas A&M University, and her B.S. in dietetics/pre-med at the State University of New York, Oneonta.

This fall she will be teaching DFM 253: Nutrition in Health and Disease and DFM 353GW: Foodservice Systems Management-GWAR.

Aritree SamantraAritree Samanta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Aritree Samanta works in the areas of governance and collaboration in regional watershed systems, urban governance, and community resilience. Her professional work in India included projects in the areas of urban sustainability and climate change adaptation in low-income communities. In the United States, she has held fellowship and research positions with the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago and the Northeast Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C.

She received her Ph.D. in urban and public affairs from Cleveland State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work and economics, respectively, from the University of Delhi, India. She recently concluded her postdoctoral work at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.

Samanta will be teaching ENVS 300: Introduction to Environmental Studies in Fall 2018. She looks forward to being in a dynamic urban university and learning from students, colleagues and the greater SF State community.

Paige VirenPaige Viren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism 

Paige Viren’s research interests revolve around consumer behavior and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community-based tourism areas. She has worked closely with the Adventure Travel Trade Association examining adventure industry issues and trends. Additionally, her background includes a decade in eastern N.C. working with rural communities in developing sustainable community-based tourism as an alternative means of diversifying the rural economy.

She has more than 12 years of travel industry experience, providing her with valuable insight and understanding of the importance of translating research into practical application for community-based tourism. She has led study abroad programs to Australia and Fiji and was selected as the 2012-13 Outstanding Faculty Affiliate for the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University, as well as the 2015-2016 recipient of the University Scholarship of Engagement award. As a longtime participant and advocate of adventure travel, she believes these types of experiences promote cultural understanding, fulfill personal dreams, and encourage environmental sustainability.

Viren completed her doctoral work at Michigan State University and received her master’s degree in leisure and tourism studies and bacehlor’s in recreation and leisure studies at Bowling Green State University.

This fall, she will be teaching RPT 200: Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and RPT 340: Conference Event Planning and Management.

Andy Yao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology 

Andy Yao obtained a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in both areas of adapted physical education/activity (APE/APA) and exercise and sport psychology from Georgia State University and National Taiwan Sport University. His research focuses primarily on understanding the impact of social norms and significant others on the motivation of physical activity and perceived confidence in individuals with disabilities. Yao will serve as the coordinator of the undergraduate Adapted Physical Education/Activity programs in the Department of Kinesiology.

This fall, he will be teaching two courses -- KIN 536: Movement for Individuals with Mild Disabilities and KIN 539: Motor Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities. Yao is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues on research projects and creating a strong and well-known APE/APA program in San Francisco.