Faculty

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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 research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities. Her current projects are focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Tel:415-422-4110
slbrown3@usfca.edu

Sandy Brown

Assistant Professor

Sandy Brown serves as Faculty Director of the Master's Program in Public Affairs. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley, where her research focused on food systems and farm labor politics. She has also worked as a community-labor organizer, legislative advocate, and coordinator for local and state electoral campaigns in California. For more information on Dr. Brown’s publications and research click on her name above to visit her profile.

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Alex Clemens

Lecturer

Alex Clemens has twenty years of experience working for four elected officials in San Francisco and Washington DC, and is the founder of Barbary Coast Consulting, a communications, strategy, and public affairs firm based in San Francisco.

Tel:415-422-6163
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Corey Cook

Associate Professor

Corey Cook earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation considers the impact of race and gender on political representation and explores the contemporary significance of identity politics. His current research focuses on election results and political geography in California.

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nmderse@usfca.edu

Nicole Derse

Lecturer

Nicole is a co-founder and Principal of 50+1 Strategies. Nicole has over ten years experience running and winning electoral campaigns. She has worked at the grassroots level in San Francisco to elect community-based candidates and spearhead progressive initiatives like an increased minimum wage and mandatory paid sick leave for workers.

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dlfowler@usfca.edu

Donnie Fowler

Lecturer

Fowler has worked at the state and national level on the presidential campaigns of Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Wes Clark, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. He also worked as a Clinton White House staffer as a liaison to Congress for presidential appointments and as a presidential appointee at the Federal Communications Commission.

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Ken Goldstein

Professor

Ken Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He served as president of Kantar Media CMAG - a non-partisan Washington DC based political consulting firm that provides media intelligence and is the source of record on political advertising for campaigns, trade associations, and the news media. Goldstein has also consulted for the ABC News elections unit as a member of their election night decision team. Goldstein's reputation for unbiased and non-partisan analysis has made him a favorite source for politicians and the news media alike.

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Rebecca Gordon

Lecturer

Rebecca Gordon received her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union. Her dissertation in the field of Ethics and Social Theory focuses on the United States' use of torture in the post-9/11 period. Other interests include political philosophy, theories of justice including questions of race and gender justice, and their application in the world.

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khickey@usfca.edu

Kevin Hickey

Lecturer

Kevin Hickey serves as the Senior Manager of High School and Bridge Programs at Jewish Vocational Service, 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. Kevin Hickey was awarded the USF 2013-2014 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award.

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Clarence Jones

Visiting Professor

Clarence Jones served as speechwriter and counsel to Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1960 to 1968 as an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and in the Wall Street investment banking firm Carter, Berlind & Weill becoming the “first Negro” on Wall Street. He coordinated the legal defense of Dr. King and the other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference against the libel suits filed against them and The New York Times by the police commissioner and other city officials of Birmingham, AL. The Supreme Court ruling in this case – Sullivan vs. The New York Times – resulted in the landmark decision on the current law of libel. In April 1963, he drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bring about the end of demonstrations and the desegregation of department stores and public accommodations. In August 1963, he assisted Dr. King in the drafting of his celebrated “I Have A Dream” speech that he delivered at the March On Washington, August 28th 1963.

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lmkamer@usfca.edu

Larry Kamer

Lecturer

Larry began his career as a political campaign manager and consultant, working for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and Reps. Abner Mikva and Lane Evans of Illinois, and former California Lt. Governor Leo T. McCarthy. Today, he is a veteran public affairs strategist and an expert in the management of difficult, public-facing challenges that determine the future of reputations, brands, and careers. Mr. Kamer has been honored as a "PR All-Star" (Holmes Report), and as one of "America's Top 10 Crisis Busters" (PR Week). According to Corporate Legal Times, "Larry Kamer can stop any rumor." He won a Silver Anvil award, the PR industry's highest honor, in 2007.

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Larry Magid

Lecturer

Larry Magid advises leading public and private organizations to develop and achieve strategic public policy goals at the national, state and local level. Magid has served as Executive Director of City CarShare, Deputy Secretary for Transportation in the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and Executive Director of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA). In the 1990s Mr. Magid served as General Counsel and Director for Transportation Legislation for the National Governors Association, and as a policy analyst in the Clinton Administration's Office of Management and Budget.

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Chris Matthews

Guest Lecturer

Chris Matthews began his career working in the US senate. Then came his tour in the White House as a presidential speechwriter, followed by his front-row seat as top aide to the legendary Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. In the late 1980s, Chris switched to full-time journalism. He began his career on television in 1994. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC.  He has been on the air every weekday night since.

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fkneely@usfca.edu

Francis Neely

Lecturer

Francis Neely is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University. He specializes in American politics, political psychology, and quantitative methodology. His current research examines partisanship in the U.S. Neely led a two-year study of ranked-choice voting in San Francisco, in collaboration with Professor Corey Cook (USF) and the Public Research Institute (PRI).

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dnegrin@usfca.edu

Diana Negrin

Lecturer

Diana Negrín da Silva is a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco and the San Francisco Bay Area. Negrín received her doctorate from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wixárika Research Center, a non-profit organization that supports the study and defense of Wixárika culture and territory. Her research examines the production of racial discourses and practices in Mexico and the Western Hemisphere more widely, and builds on debates concerning migration, identity formation, urbanization, activism, and the construction of place.

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Kristin Stimpson

Adjunct Professor

Kristin Stimpson is currently finishing her PhD in Rhetoric and Language from the Communication Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin, where her dissertation focuses on the intersection between rhetoric, gentrification, and race in Austin, TX. She teaches courses on rhetoric, communication, and presentation skills.

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Kristin Stimpson

Lecturer

Kristin Stimpson is currently finishing her PhD in Rhetoric and Language from the Communication Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin, where her dissertation focuses on the intersection between rhetoric, gentrification, and race in Austin, TX. She teaches courses on rhetoric, communication, and presentation skills.

Tel:415-422-5319
rrsundstrom@usfca.edu

Ronald Sundstrom

Associate Professor

Ronald Robles Sundstrom is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He has published several essays and a book in these areas, including The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008). He continues to work on the social and political theories of American and European figures from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the topics of civic belonging and exclusion. He was a co-winner of the 2010 University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tel:415-422-6861
weinerb@usfca.edu

Brian Weiner

Associate Professor

Brian Weiner received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He specializes in political theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory), American political theory, and public law. Weiner was the recipient of the 2003-2004 University Distinguished Teaching Award. His book, Sins of the Parents: The Politics of National Apologies in the United States, was published by Temple University Press in 2005. The book examines the political and legal issues raised by recent attempts by the U.S. government to redress past wrongs.

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mccarthycenter@usfca.edu

Calvin Welch

Lecturer

Calvin received his M.A. in Political Science from Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda. 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.