Program Director

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Patrick Murphy is the Faculty Director for the Urban and Public Affairs program. Patrick is particularly interested in public budgets and tax policy, with an eye toward fairness and sustainability. As a policy researcher, he has led a number of different applied projects for organizations such as the RAND Corporation, the University of Washington, and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He currently serves as the Director of Resource Equity and Public Finance for The Opportunity...

  • PhD and MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MPA, University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

Full-Time Faculty

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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...

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
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Kathleen Coll is a cultural 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 San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) an ethnography of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and immigrant women’s activism in San Francisco, a co-authored book Disputing Citizenship (Policy...

  • Stanford, PhD in Anthropology, 2000
  • Stanford, MA in Anthropology, 1990
  • Stanford, BA in Anthropology 1989

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...

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Keally McBride is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and is interested in issues of power and social change. Her recent research has focused on the dynamics of information technology within contemporary capitalism, but she has published books on punishment and policing, movements of decolonization, and colonialism and the rule of law. She teaches a broad array of courses that investigate local public policy, European politics, political economy, peace and conflict, and...

  • UC Berkeley, PHD 2000
  • UC Berkeley, MA 1993
  • Mount Holyoke College, BA 1991
  • Social change and revolution
  • European Politics
  • Political Economy
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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...

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

Tanu Sankalia is a tenured full professor in the Department of Art + Architecture, and coordinates the Urban Studies Concentration within the Environmental Studies Program. 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 and...

  • UC Berkeley, Master of Urban Design, 1999
  • School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994

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...

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

  • BA, Princeton University
  • MA, University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley
  • Political theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory)
  • American political theory
  • Public law

Part-Time Faculty

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...

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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...

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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 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...

Donnie Fowler has built a career in Silicon Valley, in national politics, and in the many places where they intersect. On the political side, he served in Bill Clinton's White House as a liaison to Congress and has staffed campaigns at the state and national level in seventeen states. This includes eight presidential campaigns and jobs ranging from lowly grassroots field staffer to national field director to campaign manager. In tech, he has started or worked at companies and organizations who...

  • University of South Carolina, JD, 1993
  • University of Virginia, BA in Government, 1990
  • Political organizing and campaign management
  • Advocacy, lobbying, and public affairs
  • Tech policy and business development
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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...

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

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

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.

  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Geography, 2014
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Latin American Studies and Literature, 2004
  • Critical Human Geography
  • Indigenous Studies and Decolonial theory
  • Political Ecology
  • Art and Cultural Studies

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...

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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...

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