Kouslaa Kessler-Mata arrived at USF in
2007 as an ethnic minority dissertation fellow after completing a fellowship at
the National Congress of American Indians in 2006-2007. She received her Ph.D.
in Political Science at the University of Chicago and serves in the Politics
Department at USF as an assistant professor. Her research interests
include: democratic politics; the normative dimensions of policy
making; negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments;
federalism; and Federal Indian law in general.
Prior to graduate school, Dr.
Kessler-Mata was a Fellow in the Coro Fellows Program in Public
Affairs in San Francisco (FPPA'01), and received her B.A. with
honors from San Francisco State University (2000). She is Yak
Tityu Tityu Northern Chumash and Yokut, married to a fellow UChicago comrade
and has two children.