Faculty


John Zarobell

Department Chair
(415) 422-4734

John Zarobell is the Department Chair of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Formerly, he held the positions of assistant...

Education:

PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley | MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley | BA, Fine Art, Hampshire College

Courses:

Special Topics, The World Since 1945, Research Methods, Colonialism and Empire, Postcolo Migration & Cities, Directed Study, BAIS Internship, European Cultures and Lives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Curatorial Studies Practicum, The World Since 1945, Introduction to Globalization, Urban Theories and Methods

Lindsay Gifford

Program Director
(415) 422-4135

Professor Gifford specializes in cultural anthropology of the Middle East, particularly Syria, the greater Levant, and Iraq. She has conducted fieldwork in Syria and Jordan and travelled extensively throughout Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Turkey.

Education:

PhD, Anthropology, Boston University | BA, Anthropology, CSU Northridge | graduate of Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School | graduate of Damascus University’s Arabic language program in Syria

Expertise:

Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Food: Culture, Class, Power and Change, Special Topics in Anthropology, Research Methods, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Culture, Identity & Social Chg, Research & Project Design, Refugees & Forced Migration, Special Topics

Olivier Bercault

Adjunct Professor

Olivier Bercault specializes in armed conflicts, refugee issues and international criminal prosecutions. He served in the emergencies program at...

Courses:

Human Rights and International Law, Governance, Rights & Justice, Special Topics

Lucia Cantero

Assistant Professor

Lucia Cantero is an anthropologist concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics and identity. Her areas of research include Latin America...

Education:

PhD in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University. | MA Social Sciences, University of Chicago | BA Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Courses:

Special Topics in Anthropology, Honors Thesis Seminar, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, History and Politics of Global Issues, Global Critical Social Theory, Research & Project Design, Special Topics

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Assistant Professor

Professor Dowd-Uribe’s research explores the social, agro-ecological and economic dimensions of food, agriculture and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.

Education:

PhD, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses:

The Global Economy, Global Food Security, Special Topics, Honors Thesis Seminar, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, History and Politics of Global Issues, Development & the Environment, Environment & Development, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Politics of International Aid and Development, Global Food & Water Security

Roberto Gutièrrez Varea

Professor, Theater
(415) 422-2071

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of...

Courses:

Perform & Cultural Resistance, Directed Study, Latin@ American Performance & Culture, Directed Study, Perform & Cultural Resistance, Latin@ American Performance and Culture, Cabaret Production, Workshop: Play Production, Directed Study

Dorothy Kidd

Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF
(415) 422-5061

Dorothy Kidd received her PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University. She has published in the area of political economy of media, media and...

Education:

PhD, Communication, Simon Fraser University

Courses:

Human Rights and Media, Human Rights and Media, Special Topics, Civic Media, Cultural Industries, Special Topics in Media Studies, Media Workshop, Directed Study, Alternative Media and Social Change

Christopher Loperena

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6914

Christopher Loperena is a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. Texas) and Associate Professor in the International Studies Department at the...

Education:

PhD, Social Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin | MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin | BA, International Studies, University of Chicago

Courses:

Intro to Anthropology, Special Topics, International Studies:Themes, Theories and Perspectives, Development & the Environment

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...

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

Courses:

Research Methods, Erasmus Community, Erasmus Community, Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs, Directed Reading, Ideas and Institutions, Change and Conflict, Politics & Society in Europe, Politics of War & Peace, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs, Research Methods for Urban Affairs

Jeffrey Paller

Assistant Professor
(415) 433-4590

Jeffrey Paller specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development. His research examines the practice of democracy and accountability...

Education:

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

Courses:

Directed Reading, Ideas and Institutions, Cities, Slums and Democracy, Global Economic Justice, Politics and Development in Africa, Politics of International Aid and Development, Special Topics in Politics, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar

Stephen Roddy

Professor
(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy is a professor of Modern and Classical Languages, received his PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in...

Education:

PhD, Princeton University

Courses:

Directed Reading & Research, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Chinese/Old Gold Mountain, Chinese Literature in Translation, Dir Reading & Research, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Japanese Literature in Translation, Naturalism in Japanese Literature, Dir Reading & Research, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

Sadia Saeed

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4673

Before joining the Department of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, Sadia Saeed held postdoctoral fellowships at the Maurer School of Law...

Education:

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

Courses:

Directed Study, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Introduction to Globalization, Global Inequalities and Social Justice, Sociological Theory, Current Issues in Sociology

Laleh Shahideh EdD

Assistant Professor

Education:

EdD, Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco, CA

Courses:

Introduction to Organization and Leadership, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Special Topics, Directed Study, BAIS Internship

Yaniv Stopnitzky

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4498

Dr. Yaniv Stopnitzky received his PhD from Yale University. His areas of specialization include environmental and development economics, with a focus...

Education:

PhD, Yale University

Courses:

The Global Economy, Directed Study, Principles of Microeconomics, The Global Economy, Directed Reading, Adv Applied Econometrics, Economics of Development

Annick Wibben

Professor
(415) 422-5058

Annick T.R. Wibben is professor of Politics and International Studies as well as the director of the Peace and Justice Studies program. She...

Education:

PhD, International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwth, UK | M.Soc.Sc., International Relations and European Studies, University of Tampere, Finland | Vordiplom, Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Courses:

Intro to Int'l Politics, Special Topics in Politics, Politics of War & Peace, Feminist International Relations

Dana Zartner

Associate Professor, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law
(415) 422-6193

Dana Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on environmental protections and human rights. Her primary interest lies...

Education:

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

Courses:

Writing Requirement, Comparative Law, Intro to Int'l Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Human Rights, Int'l Law & Organizations, Special Topics, Directed Study, Honors Thesis Seminar, Erasmus Overseas Program, Glob Serv-Learn Sust Dev Semin, Glob Serv-Learn Sus Dev Intern, Glob Serv-Learn Res/Refl Semin, Econ of the Developing World, Human Rights and International Law, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Special Topics, Directed Reading, International Law and Organizations, Human Rights/Global Change

Stephen Zunes

Professor
(415) 422-6981

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S....

Education:

PhD, Cornell University | MA, Temple University | BA, Oberlin College

Courses:

Politics of Social Movements, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, Global Economic Justice, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Global Conflict Resolution