School of Humanities and Sciences


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  • William Gow

    William Gow

    Lecturer, American Studies

    BioWilliam Gow is a San Francisco-based historian, educator, and documentary filmmaker. His major research interests include Asian American history, race and visual culture, and the history and culture of California and the Pacific World. His current book project, tentatively entitled "Performing Chinatown: Hollywood, Tourism, and the Making of a Los Angeles Community," examines the social, economic, and political contexts through which representations of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles were produced and consumed during the Chinese exclusion era. The book project draws on oral histories, archival research, and analysis of film and related visual culture.

    A proud product of San Francisco’s public school system, William holds an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Prior to entering his doctoral program, William worked as a public school teacher in California. He also served as a community historian with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) in Los Angeles Chinatown. His first documentary More to the Chinese Side (co-directed with Sharon Heijin Lee in 2003) was nominated for the Golden Reel Award at the Visual Communications Asian American Film Festival in Los Angeles. His writing and research have appeared in a variety of publications including Pacific Historical Review, Amerasia Journal, and the CHSSC's Gum Saan Journal.

  • Betti-Sue Hertz

    Betti-Sue Hertz

    Lecturer, American Studies

    BioBetti-Sue Hertz is a curator, educator and writer based in San Francisco working at the intersection of visual art, transcultural exchange and socially relevant issues. She is currently a lecturer in the American Studies Program, Stanford University and the Graduate School, San Francisco Art Institute. Hertz was director of visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008-2015), where she curated numerous large scale and solo exhibitions often focused on global art and political agency where she curated numerous large scale exhibitions often focused on global exchange and political agency including Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (organized in collaboration with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art); Dissident Futures; and Nayland Blake: Free!Love!Tool!Box!, which received an award from the International Art Critic Association; among others; and curator of contemporary art at San Diego Museum of Art (2000-2008). Recent highlights include: curator in residence, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai; public arts director, TLS Landscape Architecture for Shishan Park, Suzhou, China; project curator, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis; curator for Xiaoze Xie: Confrontation and Disruption at Stanford’s Gallery in Washington and Going Outside: Kunlin He and Yi Xin Tong at NanHai Art.

  • Elizabeth Kessler

    Elizabeth Kessler

    Lecturer, American Studies

    BioElizabeth Kessler’s research and teaching focus on twentieth and twenty-first century American visual culture. Her diverse interests include: the role of aesthetics, visual culture, and media in modern and contemporary science, especially astronomy; the interchange between technology and ways of seeing and representing; the history of photography; and the representation of fashion in different media. Her first book, Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime, on the aesthetics of deep space images, was published in 2012. She’s currently writing on book on extraterrestrial time capsules, as well as developing a new project on fashion photography.