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
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Assistant Professor, International Studies (BAIS) Program, Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law
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).
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.
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.