Department Chair

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John Zarobell is a professor and chair 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...

Education:
  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Fine Art, Hampshire College

Program Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

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On sabbatical 2022-2023

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...

Education:
  • UC Santa Cruz, PhD in Environmental Studies, 2011
  • UC Santa Cruz, MA in Environmental Studies, 2008
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Nora Fisher Onar is assistant professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include the theory and practice of international relations, foreign policy analysis, comparative area studies (Turkey; Middle East; Europe), political ideologies, gender, and history/memory. She received her doctorate from Oxford and holds master’s and undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Georgetown universities, respectively. She speaks five languages, has...

Education:
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil), University of Oxford
  • Master in International Affairs (MIA), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown...
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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 fortification, territorial inequality, and...

Education:
  • 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...

Education:
  • UC Berkeley, PHD 2000
  • UC Berkeley, MA 1993
  • Mount Holyoke College, BA 1991
Expertise:
  • 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...

Education:
  • 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...
Expertise:
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Feminist/Gender Studies (Critical Race Studies influenced)
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
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On sabbatical 2022-2023

Quỳnh N. Phạm is an Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, with a double focus on international relations and political theory. Her research and teaching interests include global inequalities, forms of violence, decolonization, and the politics of imagining Asia. Her scholarship attends to conditions of domination as well as subaltern endurance and dissent in the contexts of...

Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • MA, Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Political Science, Vassar College
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Sebastian Rubiano-Galvis is the 2022-2023 Gerardo Marín Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. His work studies environmental politics and the politics of knowledge and technology in Latin America. He examines how states and non-state actors produce knowledge about environmental problems and what they do with it, especially in contexts of injustice, violence, and inequality. His most recent work explores these questions through the case of...

Education:
  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management, 2022
  • Universidad de los Andes, MA in Geography, 2014
  • Universidad de los Andes, LLB (JD eq.), 2011
Expertise:
  • Global environmental politics
  • Science and technology studies
  • Political ecology
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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...

Education:
  • 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...

Education:
  • PhD, East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University
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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)...

Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis
  • JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University
  • BA, International Relations, Hamline University
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Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of the Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization. He served as the founder and first director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

A prominent specialist on U.S. Middle East policy, Professor Zunes has presented hundreds of public lectures and conference papers in both the United States and over a dozen foreign countries. He has traveled frequently to the...

Education:
  • PhD, Cornell University
  • MA, Temple University
  • BA, Oberlin College
Expertise:
  • Middle Eastern & North African Politics
  • Peace Studies
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Social Movements

Part-Time Faculty

Olivier Bercault specializes in 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 research on war...

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...

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

Adam Gorski is a senior data scientist at DocuSign. He specializes in predictive modeling, experimentation, and natural language processing. His education background is in economics, public policy, and data analysis.

Education:
  • Master of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, International Developmental Economics, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Economics, University of San Francisco

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...

Education:
  • PhD University of Missouri-Columbia