G Urban Affairs



Rachel Brahinsky

Assistant Professor

Rachel Brahinsky serves as Faculty Director of the Master's Program in Urban Affairs. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley; her doctoral research focused on the history of racial politics and re-development in San Francisco. Dr. Brahinsky's current research centers on race, gender and politics in American cities. 

Tel:(415) 422-6163

Corey Cook

Associate Professor

Corey Cook serves as director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and joined the university as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006 after having earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tel:(415) 422-5662

Kevin Hickey


Kevin Hickey serves as the Senior Manager of High School and Bridge Programs at Jewish Vocational Services, where he leads job placement and public policy advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth, families, and the unemployed. Kevin holds appointments on various public advisory councils and is active with Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. Currently, Mr. Hickey teaches courses on public policy and advocating for social change in the MNA and MPA programs. Kevin Hickey was awarded the USF 2013-2014 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award for his work at the School of Management.

Tel:(415) 422-6135

Pedro Lange-Churión

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Latin American Contemporary Narrative and Critical Theory. His academic areas of specialization include Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Urban Studies, Comparative Literature and Critical Theory; particularly Psychoanalytic theory.

Tel:(415) 422-5662

NTanya Lee


NTanya Lee comes to USF with 30 years experience as a community organizer, policy advocate, and social justice activist. She was the Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth, and continues to work in the fields of community organizing, urban policy, and grassroots electoral politics.

Tel:(415) 422-4379

Keally McBride

Associate Professor

Dr. Keally McBride joined the Politics department in Fall 2007. She received her graduate degrees at University of California at Berkeley with a focus in political theory, and is happy to be back in the Bay Area after teaching at Cornell University, Tulane, Temple, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Tel:(415) 422-5790

Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor

Tanu Sankalia is Associate Professor and Program Director of the interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is co-editing a collected volume of essays: Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island, forthcoming from the University of Hawaii Press. He is also completing a book manuscript called The Urban Unseen, which examines historical, theoretical and design themes related to interstitial spaces in San Francisco's historic urban fabric.


James Taylor

Chair, Professor

James Lance Taylor is author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama (2011). Between 2009 and 2011 he served as the president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). He is the newly elected Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches various courses in the areas of religion and politics, race and ethic politics, law and public policy, and African American politics. His current research is on the forthcoming book manuscript, Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and Black America. 

Tel:(415) 422-6087

Seth Wachtel

A + A Department Chair, Associate Professor

Seth Wachtel is the Chair of the Dept. of Art + Architecture and is Co-Director of the Garden Project Living-Learning Community at the University of San Francisco.

Tel:(415) 422-5662

Calvin Welch


Calvin Welch is the Program Director of the San Francisco Information Clearinghouse, a nonprofit, community-based technical assistance and advocacy organization specializing in affordable housing, community development, and land-use planning issues.