Faculty

Program Manager:

Kresten Froistad-Martin

Full-Time Faculty


Sarah Burgess

Program Director
(415) 422-6055

Sarah Burgess is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and Critical Diversity Studies. Working at the intersections of rhetorical theory, political theory, legal theory, philosophy, and gender and sexualities studies, she examines the rhetorical contours of recognition in order to understand the possibilities and limits of justice. She recently edited a special issue of Philosophy & Rhetoric that brought together authors from several disciplines to...

Education:

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

Rachel Brahinsky

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2667

Professor Rachel Brahinsky teaches in the Urban and Public Affairs graduate program, the undergraduate Urban Studies program, and the Politics Department. She earned a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley, where she focused on the human and social geography of cities, with an emphasis on the politics of race and place. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities, with a longtime focus on the San Francisco Bay Area...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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 grassroots community organizing in the U.S., with special emphasis on the Bay Area. Her book Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) is an ethnography of San Francisco immigrant women’s experiences and activism in the context of hostile national immigration, welfare, and labor policies. Her...

David Donahue

Affiliated Professor of Education; Director of Leo T. McCarthy Center
(415) 422-4293

David Donahue, the new director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Services and the Common Good, is also joining the School of Education as an affiliated professor of education. Prior to USF, he was at Mills College for 23 years as a faculty member in the School of Education, working in teacher education and the doctoral program, and most recently was interim provost. He is the recipient of Mills College’s two highest teaching awards: The Sarlo Award and the Metz Chair. His research...

Education:

PhD, Education, Stanford University, MA, History, Stanford University, MAT, Social Studies, Brown University, BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University

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 serving as Controller for the City and County of San Francisco for about 17 years, working with a range of public leaders from 1991 to 2008. He was also the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has been active in many governmental and finance groups and currently is a board member and Treasurer of both Greenpeace...

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 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. She has published three books, Collective Dreams: Political Imagination and Community, Punishment and Political Order, and with Margaret Kohn, Political Theories of Decolonization: Postcolonialism...

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

David Saah

Professor & 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, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems. Dr. Saah has participated in research projects throughout the United States and Internationally....

Expertise:

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

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 he teaches courses in urban planning and design, architectural and urban history, and architectural design. He was trained in urban design at UC Berkeley, and in architecture at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, from where he graduated with a gold medal for the best diploma thesis. Professor Sankalia's research interests cover areas of...

Education:

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

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 T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good. He was awarded the 2008 Sankofa Faculty Award from USF's Multicultural Student Services, USF's 2009 Ignatian Service Award, and was a co-winner of the 2010 USF Distinguished Teaching Award. His areas of research include political theory, critical social and race theory, and African American...

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 Barack Obama, which earned 2012 "Outstanding Academic Title" - Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. (Ranked top 2 percent of 25,000 books submitted and top 8 percent of 7,300 actually accepted for review by the American Library Association). Rated “Best of the Best.” The hardback version sold out in the U.S. and the paperback version was...

Education:

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

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 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. Professor Weiner also teaches Literature and Political Thought and Democratic Theory and Democratic Transitions. He is a member of the Honors Program in the Humanities, where...

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

Part-Time Faculty


Chris Carlsson

Chris Carlsson is a writer, San Francisco historian, professor, bicyclist, tour guide, blogger, photographer, book and magazine designer. He has written two books (After the Deluge, Nowtopia) edited six books, (Reclaiming San Francisco, The Political Edge, Bad Attitude, Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration, Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78 and Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20), and co-authored the expanded second edition of Vanished Waters: The History of San...

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 private investigator, a public speaker, a professor, and an advocate. (And as a business owner, he knows what a pain it is to hire consultants.) He has brought his skills to bear on behalf of educational entities, developers, ballot initiatives, health care institutions, sports franchises, telecom companies, non-profits, candidates for public office,...

Nicole Derse

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Derse joined the Obama for America campaign in March 2007 and worked as a Political Organizer in New Hampshire, where she developed statewide outreach programs for progressives, people of color, LGBT, and the faith community. She then worked in six different states during the primary, and spent the general election campaign as the Field Director in her home state of Wisconsin where she managed over 200 staff and nearly 70 offices. Nicole moved to Washington D.C. immediately after President...

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’s history. He brings more than fifteen years of experience in issue advocacy and political communications, having worked in and directed strategic communication campaigns in the state’s largest media markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento in addition to Washington, D.C. where he began his career on Capitol Hill. His combined experience...

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, 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 where he dealt with broadband Internet, cable television, and satellite issues. Fowler was Al Gore's national field director during the 2000...

Rebecca Gordon

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Rebecca Gordon received her PhD from Graduate Theological Union. Her latest book is American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. She publishes regularly at Tomdispatch.com, a project of The Nation Institute. Prior to teaching at USF, Rebecca spent many years as an activist in a variety of movements, including for women's and LGBTQ+ liberation, the Central America and South Africa solidarity movements and for racial justice in the United States. Her...

Education:

MDiv, Starr King School for the Ministry, PhD, Graduate Theological Union, BA, Reed College

Expertise:

Political philosophy, Theories of justice

Kevin Hickey

Adjunct Professor
(415) 336-7123

Kevin Hickey's career is built on helping youth and families achieve self-sufficiency. Kevin approaches his work with the belief that today’s problems require leaders to drive for impact in both direct service provision and public policy. Working with nonprofit service agencies and public policy advocacy groups, he currently serves as director of high school and bridge programs at Jewish Vocational Service and on the Board of Directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition, among other...

Education:

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

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 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. His skills come from more than 30 years' work as a communications consultant, an executive in...

Bikku Kuruvila

Visiting Scholar

Bikku Kuruvila, JD, MRP teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses committed to analyses of law across multiple social contexts. Specifically, Professor Kuruvila offers courses in human rights and global change; gender and the law; cities, inequality and the law; introduction to legal systems (with attention to the laws of business) or business law; employment discrimination law; state and local government law; public finance and public sector strategy. Professor Kuruvila has nearly 20...

Education:

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

Diana Negrín

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5662

Diana Negrín is a geographer, writer, and curator with a focus on identity, space, and social movements in Latin America and the United States. Her scholarship engages human and cultural geography, critical race theory, cultural studies, political ecology, and urban studies. Professor Negrín has taught various classes and advised students in USF's Migration Studies and Urban and Public Affairs programs since 2013.

Education:

UC Berkeley, PhD in Geography, 2014, UC Berkeley, BA in Latin American Studies and Literature, 2004

Expertise:

Critical Human Geography, Indigenous Studies and Decolonial theory, Political Ecology, Art and Cultural Studies

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 intersections of economic development, regional planning, workforce preparation, transportation and governance, and has published on topics ranging from the future of the corporate campus to the decline in middle-wage jobs to the emergence of a Northern California mega-region. He is on various regional boards and committees, including San Francisco’s...

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 University College, Kampala, Uganda. Welch has served on various city task forces and advisory committees on issues ranging from affordable housing, to financing to living wage. He has also served on either the campaign committees or as campaign manager of a number of citizen initiatives including the 1976 District Election Campaign, the 1986 growth...

Education:

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

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