I hold a Ph.D. in Physics from the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Rio de Janeiro, in 1991, under the advisement of Francisco Antonio Doria and Newton da Costa. After my Ph.D., I spent three years as a researcher at the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University.
My courses are broadly concerned with the relationship between contemporary culture and the history of Western philosophy, with particular emphasis on theories of the image, affect, porn studies, cinema, modernism/modernity, San Francisco, gender, sexuality, critical race theory, and political economy.
Steve Savage balances his work as an educator, author and recordist. Savage is an active producer and recording engineer and has been the primary engineer on 7 records that received Grammy nominations. Savage holds a Ph.D. in cultural musicology. His book Bytes & Backbeats: Repurposing Music in the Digital Age from The University of Michigan Press uses personal recording ethnologies to reflect and comment on the evolution of musical genre and the cultural impact of sound reproduction technologies.
I'm a professor in the Humanities program (now part of the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies, of which I am currently Director), where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on American culture, music and society; literary and musical modernisms; literary and cultural theory; and, when I get a chance, the culture and history of New Orleans.
Peter Richardson coordinates the American Studies and California Studies programs at San Francisco State Univerity. He has written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, the iconic Bay Area rock band; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the prolific Los Angeles author who also edited The Nation magazine from 1955 to 1975.
San Francisco Bay Area native actively researching local and California history, literature, art, architecture, natural history, the mind, the brain, theories of everything, and postmodern skepticism. Join me at the banquet of rational thought and creative expression; in the dance of the material and mystical; through the kaleidoscope of perception; to understanding and compassion for the self and society. And just a little snark.