Jeffrey Paller

Program Director
(415) 433-4590

Jeffrey Paller specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development, and his research examines the practice of democracy and accountability in urban Africa. He has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. He recently published the book Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa (Cambridge UP, 2019). His new project examines the contentious politics of African urbanization. He has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, National...


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Northwestern University

Karen Bouwer

(415) 422-6390

Professor Karen Bouwer enjoys teaching all levels of French and Francophone language, culture and literature as well as classes on African literature and film. Her research interests include Francophone African literature, African cinema and gender. Her book Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Associate Professor and Program Director, MA in International Studies
(415) 422-4551

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

Lilian Dube

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5031

Lilian Dube is an associate professor and former chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco where she started in 2006 after a decade of teaching at universities in the USA and UK and the University of Zimbabwe, with tenure. In 1999, she made history as the first Black woman to earn a Doctor of Theology degree from Stellenbosch University. She is the executive director of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, co-author of African...


DTh (Missiology), University of Stellenbosch, STM, Columbia University, Grad CE, University of Zimbabwe, MA, University of Zimbabwe, BA Honors, University of Zimbabwe, BA General, University of Zimbabwe

Heather Hoag

(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history. Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a...


PhD, History, Boston University, 2003


African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning

Kathleen Klaus

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Klaus’ research focuses on political violence, land rights, forced migration, and elections, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent book, Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making, is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. Klaus has conducted extensive research in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Malawi and has received support for her research from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, and others. Klaus teaches a range of...


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Smith College