Department Chair

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Nora Fisher Onar is Associate Professor and Chair of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. 

Her research interests include international relations theory, diplomacy, comparative politics / area studies (Turkey/Middle East; Europe; Eurasia), political ideologies, gender, and history/memory. She is also increasingly interested in the impact of technological change on international affairs. 

She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford and holds master’s and...

  • DPhil (PhD) in International Relations / Political Science, University of Oxford
  • Master in International Affairs (MIA), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • BS...
  • Empire/Post-colonialism
  • Religion and politics
  • History, memory and politics
  • Turkey/Middle East
  • EU/Europe

Program Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

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Brian Dowd-Uribe is an associate professor in the international studies department at the University of San Francisco. His current research explores the social, agro-ecological, and economic dimensions of food, agriculture, and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Specifically Professor Dowd-Uribe’s research examines whether and to what extent transgenic crops benefit small farmers, the role of decentralized water governance committees in mitigating water-related...

  • UC Santa Cruz, PhD in Environmental Studies, 2011
  • UC Santa Cruz, MA in Environmental Studies, 2008
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*On leave from Fall 2024 - Spring 2025*

Ilaria Giglioli is a scholar of migration, borders and racialization. A human geographer by training, she studies the creation, legitimization and contestation of borders, with a comparative focus in the Mediterranean and US southern border. In particular, she studies the social, political and economic processes that generate support for border fortification, as well as social movements that contest it. She also studies the relationship between border...

  • University of California Berkeley, PhD in Geography, 2018
  • University of Toronto, MA in Geography, 2010
  • University of Oxford, BA in Geography, 2006
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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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Jennifer Murphy is an assistant professor in the international studies department at the University of San Francisco. Jenny’s facilitating, curriculum development, and research are informed by ongoing investigations in the interdisciplinary humanistic social sciences. Her geopolitical area of emphasis has been the territorial conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco (1975-present), particularly the political organizing and quest for self-determination of the indigenous Sahrawi people in the...

  • Universitat Jaume I, Spain, European PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, 2010
  • Universitat Jaume I, Spain, MA in Peace, Conflict Studies and Development Studies, 2007
  • University of...
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Feminist/Gender Studies (Critical Race Studies influenced)
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
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Sadia Saeed is a historical sociologist with substantive interests in religion and politics, international human rights, and global inequalities. Her first book Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines the contentious relationship between Islam, nationalism, and rights of religious minorities in colonial India and Pakistan. It received the 2016-2017 Book Prize from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS). Her...

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • BSc (Honors), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Wei Yang Menkus received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches broadly in Chinese cinema in a global context, with special interests in film genre, spatiality, transnational practice, and the intersection between China and Hollywood. She is currently completing a book manuscript on film space in contemporary Chinese cinema.

Her teaching interests include Chinese cinemas, East Asian genre films, gender and visual culture, city...

  • PhD, East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University
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John Zarobell is a professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco. Formerly, he held the positions of assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His first book, Empire of Landscape, focuses on visual culture in colonial Algeria and was published in 2010. Art and the Global Economy, published in 2017, analyzes major changes in the art world as a result of globalization and facilitates a deeper...

  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Fine Art, Hampshire College
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Dana Zartner, JD, PhD is a Full Professor in the International Studies Department and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on the intersection of environmental justice and human rights. Professor Zartner’s first book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was released by Oxford University Press (2014)...

  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University
  • BA, International Relations, Hamline University

Part-Time Faculty

Olivier Bercault specializes in Human Rights, armed conflicts, refugee issues and international criminal prosecutions. He served in the emergencies program at Human Rights Watch (HRW) and conducted research missions in numerous conflict areas: Eastern Chad, Darfur, Central African Republic, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka among others. During that period, he investigated and documented widespread and serious abuses committed by governmental forces, rebel and other armed groups. His...

  • Columbia Law School, New York, LL.M., 2000
  • University of Paris X, France, Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Specialty of Private Law, 1984
  • University of Paris X, France, Master in Private Law...
  • Human Rights and Human Rights Law
  • Armed conflicts
  • Refugee issues and Refugee Law
  • International criminal prosecutions and War Crimes

Keli Dailey has been a journalist for 21 years. Some notable stops on her straight-news path include the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the TIME Asia bureau, and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Keli was awarded Stanford University's John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship in 2013. She also produces news comedy, including her "News Hangover" webseries supported by First Look Media and documentary-theater performances entitled "Surviving...

  • UC Berkeley, Master of Journalism, 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA in English and Bachelor of Journalism, 1996
  • Women and media
  • Media analysis
  • Live journalism performances
  • Digital storytelling
  • News satire

Filip Kovacevic is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Politics and International Studies. As a Montenegrin author, social justice activist, and geopolitical analyst, Prof. Kovacevic has lectured and taught across Europe, the Balkans, the former USSR, and the U.S., including two years at Smolny College, the first liberal arts college in Russia, operating under the auspices of St. Petersburg State University. He received fellowships from the Open Society Institute and the National...

  • PhD University of Missouri-Columbia