Faculty

Program Manager:

Kresten Froistad-Martin


Rachel Brahinsky

Program Director
(415) 422-2667

Rachel Brahinsky serves as director of the graduate program in Urban and Public Affairs. She also teaches in the undergraduate Urban Studies program...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Directed Reading, History of Urbanism, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs, Urban Field Study: SF Bay Area, Masters Capstone Project, Special Topics, Directed Reading, History of Urbanism, Masters Capstone Project, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Introduction to Urban Studies, Urban Field Course, Directed Studies

Sarah Burgess

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6055

Sarah Burgess is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and Critical Diversity Studies. Working at the...

Education:

PhD/MA, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley | MA/BA, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Courses:

Rhetoric & the Public Sphere, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Rhetoric of Law, Rhetorics of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality, Directed Project, Topics in Comm Studies, Communication Studies Internship, Special Topics, Special Topics

Chris Carlsson

Chris Carlsson is a writer, San Francisco historian, professor, bicyclist, tour guide, blogger, photographer, book and magazine designer. He has...

Alex Clemens

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Alex has served as a political aide, a community organizer, a media consultant, a campaign strategist, a policy wonk, a lobbyist, a mouthpiece, a...

Courses:

Lobbying and Governmental Relations

Kathleen Coll

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5989

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and...

Courses:

Research Methods, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Immigration and Citizenship, Urban Politics, Urban Politics, Latino Politics in the U.S., Special Topics in Politics, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Special Topics, Special Topics

Tenoch Flores

Lecturer

Tenoch Flores served as Communications Director for the California Democratic Party during three of the most successful election cycles in the Party’...

Courses:

Special Topics

Donald Fowler

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Fowler has worked at the state and national level on the presidential campaigns of Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Wes Clark,...

Courses:

Campaign Organization and Management, Lobbying and Governmental Relations, Directed Reading, Directed Study

Rebecca Gordon

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Rebecca Gordon received her MDiv and PhD from Graduate Theological Union. She is the author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-...

Education:

MDiv, Graduate Theological Union | PhD, Graduate Theological Union

Expertise:

Political philosophy, Theories of justice

Courses:

Leadership for Civic Engagemnt, Public Service and Community Engagement Capstone, Leadership for the Common Good, Ethics: Service Learning, Ethics

Ed Harrington

Lecturer

Ed Harrington brings a wealth of practical experience to the program, where he teaches our Urban Public Finance class. His background includes...

Courses:

Urban Public Finance, Special Topics, Urban Public Finance

Kevin Hickey

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5662

Kevin Hickey teaches Leading Social Change: Institutions and Policy in the Master of Nonprofit Administration program (School of Management), and the...

Education:

BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University | MNA, University of San Francisco

Courses:

Non-Profits and Public Policy, Nonprofit Management: People, Programs & Policies, MNA Special Topics, Special Topic

Larry Kamer

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

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...

Courses:

Special Topics, Leadership and Communication, Crisis Communication

Bikku Kuruvila

Visiting Scholar
(415) 422-6842

Bikku Kuruvila is a visiting scholar in the University of San Francisco School of Law and part-time faculty member in the School of Management....

Education:

JD, Cornell University | Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University | BA (Honors), Political Economy, Stanford University

Courses:

Human Rights, Women & the Law, Human Rights/Global Change, Special Topics, Business Law, Employment Law for Managers, Business Law, BSM Special Topic, Strategic Planning and Implementation, Writing Requirement, Local Government Law

Keally McBride

Professor
(415) 422-4379

Dr. Keally McBride joined the Politics department in Fall 2007. She received her graduate degrees at University of California at Berkeley with a...

Education:

Graduate degrees (focus in Political Theory), University of California, Berkeley

Expertise:

Political Theory, Feminist Politics and Theory, Citizenship and Globalization, American Political Thought, Theories of Justice, Comparative Western European Politics

Courses:

Research Methods, Erasmus Community, Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs, Directed Reading, Ideas and Institutions, Change and Conflict, Politics & Society in Europe, Politics of War & Peace, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs

Diana Negrín

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Diana Negrín da Silva is a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco and the San Francisco Bay Area. Negrín received her doctorate from the Department of...

Education:

Doctorate, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

Research Seminar III, Special Topics, Global Cities, Masters Capstone Project, Global Cities, Prospectus and Rsrch Practicum, Special Topics, Immigration and Forced Displacement, Immigration and Forced Displacement

David Saah

Associate Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab
(415) 422-4316

Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology,...

Expertise:

Ecosystem ecology, Landscape ecology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecosystem modeling, Natural hazard modeling, Remote sensing, Geographic information systems (GIS) , Geospatial analysis

Courses:

Accelerated Intermediate GIS, Special Topics, Directed Study, Methods of Environmental Monitoring w/Lab, Laboratory, Advanced Undergraduate Research, Special Topics in Analytics

Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5790

Tanu Sankalia is Associate Professor and Program Director of the interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies at the University of San Francisco where...

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India | Master of Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley

Courses:

History of Architecture I, Architecture Studio II, History of Architecture IV, Architecture Studio III, Portfolio Lab, Thesis Preparation Seminar, Special Topics, Introduction to Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Design, Special Topics

Ronald Sundstrom

Professor
(415) 422-5319

Ronald Robles Sundstrom teaches for USF's Philosophy program, African American Studies program, and the Master of Public Affairs program for the Leo...

Courses:

Social & Political Philosophy, Ethics for Majors, Advanced Social and Political Philosophy, Dir Reading & Research

James Taylor

Professor
(415) 422-5063

Professor James Lance Taylor is from Glen Cove, Long Island. He is author of the book Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to...

Education:

PhD, University of Southern California (USC) | MA, University of Southern California (USC) | BA, Pepperdine University

Courses:

Special Topics in Politics, Religion & Politics, American Presidency, African-American Politics, Politics of the '60s in America, Race, Equality & the Law, Public Policy: Punishment, Directed Study, Special Topics

Egon Terplan

Lecturer

Egon Terplan serves as the Regional Planning Director at SPUR, a Bay Area urban policy think tank and civic group. His work focuses on the...

Courses:

Urban & Regional Planning, Urban & Regional Planning

Brian Weiner

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6861

Brian Weiner received his BA from Princeton University, and his MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He specializes in political...

Education:

BA, Princeton University | MA, University of California at Berkeley | PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Expertise:

Political theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory), American political theory, Public law

Courses:

From Baroque to the Enlightenment, Proseminar in Applied American Politics, Pub Affrs & Applied Demcr Thry, Early Amer Pol & Legal Thought, Modern American Political Thought, 1865-present, From Baroque to the Enlightenment, Politics of American Justice, Free Expression and the Constitution

Calvin Welch

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Calvin received his BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Francisco State University and his MA in Political Science from Makerere...

Education:

BS, Interdisciplinary Social Science, San Francisco State University | MA, Political Science, Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda

Courses:

Housing, Community, Public Pol, Special Topics

Contact Info

Office of Urban and Public Affairs

Kresten Froistad-Martin, Program Manager

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5060