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Faculty

Tel:(415) 422-4376
albartlett@usfca.edu

Anne Bartlett

Associate Professor

Anne Bartlett received her Ph.D. from the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago. Bartlett has worked on Darfur related issues for many years. Bartlett's research interests center on identity, inter-ethnic violence and armed movements in Darfur. She also researches humanitarian intervention and its effects in the region. Her book entitled Insurgent Identities: Conflict and the Politics of Difference in Darfur is close to completion and is the result of over ten years of ethnographic research with the armed movements and the general population of Darfur.

Tel:
obercault@usfca.edu

Olivier Bercault

Adjunct Professor

Olivier Bercault specializes in armed conflicts, refugee issues and international criminal prosecutions. He served in the emergencies program at Human Rights Watch (HRW) and conducted research missions in numerous conflict areas: Eastern Chad, Darfur, Central African Republic, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka among others. During that period, he investigated and documented widespread and serious abuses committed by governmental forces, rebel and other armed groups. His research on war crimes, child forced recruitment and crimes against humanity ended up at the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Security Council. Olivier Bercault is currently consultant for HRW on the case against Hissein Habré, the international prosecution of former Chad dictator. HRW published recently his book “La Plaine Des Morts” (The Plain of the Dead), a study indicating Habré’s personal implication in the massive human rights violations in Chad during his rule. Olivier Bercault also served as deputy-head of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) where he directed the reporting effort of the UN regarding abuses committed in this country. Olivier Bercault practiced law previously in his native France and then worked for the Moscow Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Russian Federation. Mr. Bercault holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York as well as a degree in Private Law from the University of Paris.

Tel:
lecantero@usfca.edu

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia E. Cantero is a scholar interested in the politics of visual culture, race and consumerism in urban Brazil, especially on the cusp of mega-events. She is currently finishing her doctoral work in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University. Prior to that she received her Bachelors and Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She just completed a year-long lectureship at the University of Chicago.

Tel:(415) 422-6349
eliasr@usfca.edu

Robert Elias

Professor

Robert Elias has taught in the Politics Department at USF since 1989. He founded the USF Legal Studies and the Peace & Justice Studies programs. He coordinates the Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and the 4+3 Law programs, teaches in the Honors Humanities and BA/MA in International Studies programs, and is the Editor of Peace Review: An International Journal of Social Justice.

Tel:(415) 422-6046
ejfriedman@usfca.edu

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Professor

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She is currently exploring the impact of new global technologies on Latin American gender equality organizing.

Tel:422-4135
lagifford@usfca.edu

Lindsay Gifford

Assistant Professor

Lindsay Gifford holds a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology through UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University in 2009. Her research focuses broadly on the public sphere in the Middle East, with her current project looking into spatio-temporal patterns of violence in Baghdad since the inception of the 2003 US-led war and Iraqi refugee perceptions of and strategies toward those patterns internationally.

Tel:415.422.4365
gjgmelch@usfca.edu

George Gmelch

Professor

Dr. Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies tourism, sport, migration, and environmental anthropology with most of his fieldwork concentrated in Ireland, the Caribbean, and Alaska.

Tel:(415) 422-2378
ajhahntapper@usfca.edu

Aaron Hahn Tapper

Associate Professor

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. The founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, the only program in the world that formally links these two fields, his research and teaching focus on the intersection between identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups.

Tel:(415) 422-5141
kaisers@usfca.edu

Susana Kaiser

Associate Professor

Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department and the Latin American Studies program. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. from the Department of Communication at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and her B.A. in Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year.


Tel:(415) 422-4371
wanjiru@usfca.edu

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg holds varied research and teaching interests that include politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, transitions to democracy, and the role of communication technology in social action. She has published articles on women's movements in Africa as well as on the impact of U.S. anti-terror legislation on anti-terror legislation in Kenya. Dr Kamau-Rutenberg is the founder and executive director of Akili Dada, an international non-profit organization working to ensure that the next generation of Kenyan women leaders includes women from disadvantaged economic backgrounds.

Tel:(415) 422-5061
kiddd@usfca.edu

Dorothy Kidd

Chair, Media Studies Dept. Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF

Dorothy Kidd received her Ph.D. in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and social change and community media. She has also worked extensively in community radio production. Fall 2014 office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Tel:(415) 422-6914
cloperena@usfca.edu

Christopher Loperena

Assistant Professor and Co-Director

Christopher Loperena is an assistant professor of International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the African Diaspora Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include black and indigenous social movements in Latin America, race and gender, citizenship, environment and development, and anthropological research methods. Specifically, Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America Research Council (CCARC). He was the Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12) at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Loperena has also received fellowships and research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on his dissertation field research. 

 Chris also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program.

Tel:(415) 422-2413
lorentzen@usfca.edu

Lois A. Lorentzen

Professor

Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.

Tel:(415) 422-5624
santos@usfca.edu

Cecília Santos

Associate Professor

Cecília MacDowell Santos received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on gender and development, globalization, sociology of law, and Brazilian culture and society. Her research focuses on legal mobilization within and across national borders, violence, memory, and women's and human rights. She is interested in investigating how legal mobilization relates to politics and shapes the recognition of violence and subjects of rights on the basis of gender, race, class, and/or sexual orientation. This was examined in her book, Women's Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in São Paulo, and guides her current projects on transnational legal mobilization and human rights in Brazil and in Portugal.

Tel:(415) 422-5058
awibben@usfca.edu

Annick T.R. Wibben

Associate Professor

Annick T.R. Wibben received her Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and teaches for the Politics Department and the International Studies program at USF.
In her research, she specializes in (critical) security studies, international theory, and feminist international relations. Her book, Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach, was published in 2011 - see also her academia.edu profile.

Tel:(415) 422-6193
dzartner@usfca.edu

Dana Zartner

Assistant Professor, International Studies (BAIS) Program, Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law, MAIS Co-Director

Dana Zartner is an assistant professor in the International Studies Program, in addition to being an adjunct professor at USF’s School of Law. Professor Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, and her research specifically looks at the role of legal culture and different legal traditions in shaping legal processes, as well as the relationship between domestic and international law in the areas of human rights and the environment. Her book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was recently released by Oxford University Press. Dana also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program.

Tel:(415) 422-5485
smzavestoski@usfca.edu

Stephen Zavestoski

Associate Professor

Stephen Zavestoski received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the area of Environmental Sociology. Dr. Zavestoski's research areas include environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and co-edited Social Movements in Health (2005, Blackwell) and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements (2012, UC Press). 

Tel:(415) 422-4643
rziegler@usfca.edu

Rue Ziegler

Adjunct Professor

Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK.  Before coming to USF she taught at Cambridge and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her previous training and professional experience is in architecture and urban studies. At USF Ziegler teaches the Anthropology of Food and Anthropology and Global Health. In addition to teaching, she manages a research firm specializing in the history of land use in northern California.

Tel:(415) 422-6981
zunes@usfca.edu

Stephen Zunes

Professor

Stephen Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University, and his B.A. from Oberlin College. His teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, strategic nonviolent action, international conflict, and globalization. He offers courses for the Politics department,  the B.A. and M.A. programs in International Studies, the Peace & Justice Studies program, and the Middle Eastern Studies program, for which he serves as program director.