Faculty


Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Department Chair
(415) 422-6046

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished...

Education:

BA, Barnard College | MA/PhD, Stanford University

Courses:

Glob Serv-Learn Sust Dev Semin, Glob Serv-Learn Sus Dev Intern, Glob Serv-Learn Res/Refl Semin, Econ of the Developing World, Latin American Politics, Ideas and Institutions, Change and Conflict, Special Topics in Politics, Latin American Politics, Directed Study, Expedition USF

Kathleen Coll

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5989

Kathleen Coll is a political anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and...

Courses:

Research Methods, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Immigration and Citizenship, Urban Politics, Urban Politics, Latino Politics in the U.S., Special Topics in Politics, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar, Special Topics, Special Topics

Robert Elias

Professor
(415) 422-6349

Robert Elias has taught in the Politics Department at USF since 1989. He founded the USF Legal Studies and the Peace & Justice Studies programs,...

Education:

MA/PhD, Penn State University | BA, University of Pennsylvania | Certificate, University of Strasbourg

Courses:

Human Rights, Law, Politics, and Baseball, Great Trials in America, Politics of American Justice, Political Power and Constitutional Law, Human Rights/Global Change, Fieldwork in Pub Int Org, Directed Study

Ken Goldstein

Professor
(415) 422-5662

Ken Goldstein is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and Faculty Director of the USF in DC program. Before joining the...

Education:

PhD, American Politics and Research Methodology, University of Michigan

Expertise:

Use and Impact of political advertising

Courses:

Quantitative Methods, Quantitative Methods and Big Data, Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs, USF in DC: Seminar, USF in DC: Research, Directed Study

Joaquin Gonzalez III

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5483

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III teaches international politics, Asian and Asian American social justice, migration, soft power, and public policy. Dr....

Courses:

Directed Reading & Research, International Politics of the Asia Pacific, Directed Study, Intro to Int'l Politics, Directed Study, Government and Politics of China and East Asia, International Politics of the Asia Pacific Rim, Filipino Pols/Justice, Directed Study, Filipino Politics & Justice

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4372

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata arrived at USF in 2007 as an ethnic minority dissertation fellow after completing a fellowship at the National Congress of...

Education:

BA with honors, San Francisco State University | PhD in Political Science, University of Chicago

Courses:

Special Topics in Politics, Literature & Political Thought, Politics & the Media, Special Topics in Politics, Public Admin Internship, Directed Study, Senior Pol - Honors Seminar

Filip Kovacevic

Adjunct Professor

Filip Kovacevic (PhD University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002) is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Politics, specializing in geopolitics, U.S....

Education:

PhD University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses:

Intro to Int'l Politics, Special Topics, Politics and Change in Russia/Neighboring States, Politics and Change in East-Central Europe, United States Foreign Policy, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

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, Research & Thesis Writing, Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs, Pub Affrs & Applied Demcr Thry, 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, Rsrch Methds for Urban Affairs

Max Neiman

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2617

Max Neiman has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and at the University of California, Riverside, where he is Professor Emeritus of...

Education:

MA & PhD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee | BA, University of Illinois, Chicago

Courses:

American Presidency, Lawmaking, Public Policy, California Politics, Public Policy: Drug Policy, Special Topics in Politics, Directed Study

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:

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

Shalendra Sharma

Professor
(415) 422-6452

Shalendra D. Sharma is a professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He also teaches in the MA program in the...

Education:

PhD, University of Toronto

Courses:

Intro to Int'l Politics, United States Foreign Policy, International Politics of the Asia Pacific Rim, Special Topics in Politics, Directed Study, Political Economy of Developing Nations

James Taylor

Professor
(415) 422-5063

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Ancient Epic: The Art of War, Conversation and Writing, Special Topics in Politics, Religion & Politics, American Presidency, African-American Politics, Politics of the '60s in America, Race, Equality & the Law, Public Policy: Punishment, Special Topics in Politics, Directed Study, Special Topics

Brian Weiner

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6861

Brian Weiner received his BA from Princeton University, and his MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He specializes in political...

Education:

BA, Princeton University | MA, University of California at Berkeley | PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Expertise:

Political theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory), American political theory, Public law

Courses:

From Baroque to the Enlightenment, Proseminar in Applied American Politics, Pub Affrs & Applied Demcr Thry, Early Amer Pol & Legal Thought, Modern American Political Thought, 1865-present, From Baroque to the Enlightenment, Politics of American Justice, Free Expression and the Constitution, Directed Study

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, Directed Study, Politics of Conflict and Peace, Special Topics in Politics, Politics of War & Peace, Feminist International Relations, Directed Study, Sociology of Peace and War

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 Conflict and Peace, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, Global Economic Justice, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Global Conflict Resolution, United States Foreign Policy, Directed Study

Contact Info

Department of Politics

Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 277 (415) 422-5820 (415) 422-2101