Politics Faculty

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) 422-6349

Robert Elias


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

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Associate 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).


Ken Goldstein


Ken Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and combines his academic training with an ear for real politics and an impressive set of political contacts and experience.

Tel:(415) 422-5483

Jay Gonzalez

Adjunct Professor

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III teaches international politics, Asian and Asian American social justice, migration, soft power, and public policy. He is the Director of the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program.

Tel:(415) 422-4371

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is an assistant professor whose research and teaching interests center on the politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, democratization, and human rights.

Tel:(415) 422-4372

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Assistant Professor

Mrs. Kessler-Mata's research interests include: democratic politics; the normative dimensions of policy making; negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments; the rights and powers of local government; and Federal Indian law in general.


Pawel Lutomski

Adjunct Professor

Pawel (Pavo) Lutomski was born in Poland and studied at the University in Wroclaw until March 1981, when he had to leave communist Poland for political reasons. He lived then in Berlin, Germany, and later in Sweden, and finally came to the U.S. in 1985, as a political refugee. He received his Ph.D. in German Studies (with emphasis on political and social theory) at Stanford. Because of his broader interests in international relations (and their legal aspects), as well as in comparative constitutional law, he also decided to acquire a legal education. In 1997, he received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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) 422-5867

Patrick Murphy


Patrick Murphy is a Professor in the Department of Politics. He is on leave for the 2013-14 academic year. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas-Austin. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience prior to coming to USF includes teaching as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Murphy also has worked for the RAND Corporation and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

Tel:(415) 422-6452

Shalendra Sharma


Shalendra D. Sharma, (Ph.D University of Toronto) is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He also teaches in the MA program in the Department of Economics and the Center for the Pacific Rim.


James Taylor

Chair, Associate 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. 


Brian Weiner

Associate Professor

Brian Weiner received his B.A. from Princeton University, and his M.A. and 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. He teaches courses in the areas of political theory, law, and American politics.

Tel:(415) 422-5058

Annick 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.


Jim Wiser


James Wiser received his B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. His teaching and research interests focus on the history of Western political thought with a special concern for ancient Greek and contemporary German political theory.

Tel:(415) 422-6981

Stephen Zunes


Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he serves as program director.