Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Department Chair
(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 American Indians in 2006–07. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago and serves in the Politics Department at USF as an assistant professor. Her research interests include: democratic politics; the normative dimensions of policy making; negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments; federalism; and...

Education:

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

Rachel Brahinsky

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2667

Rachel Brahinsky serves as director of the graduate program in Urban and Public Affairs. She also teaches in the undergraduate Urban Studies program. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching center around the challenges of race and inequality in the context of rapidly changing American cities. Her current projects are focused on the San Francisco Bay Area. View more information on Dr. Brahinsky’s publications and research.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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 grassroots community organizing in the U.S., with special emphasis on the Bay Area. Her book Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) is an ethnography of San Francisco immigrant women’s experiences and activism in the context of hostile national immigration, welfare, and labor policies. Her...

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, and now coordinates the Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and the 4+3 Law programs. He teaches in the Honors Humanities and the BA/MA in International Studies programs. He's a Pre–Law Advisory Program member and advises the Student Pre–Law Society. Elias has taught previously at Tufts University in Boston and France, the University of...

Education:

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

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 University of San Francisco, Goldstein was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the University of Wisconsin's Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He has...

Education:

PhD, American Politics and Research Methodology, University of Michigan

Expertise:

Use and Impact of political advertising

Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Professor
(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 Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizing, women's rights in Latin America,...

Education:

BA, Barnard College, MA/PhD, Stanford University

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...

Education:

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

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 focus in political theory, and is happy to be back in the Bay Area after teaching at Cornell University, Tulane, Temple, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has published three books, Collective Dreams: Political Imagination and Community, Punishment and Political Order, and with Margaret Kohn, Political Theories of Decolonization: Postcolonialism...

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

Jeffrey Paller

Assistant Professor
(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...

Education:

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

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 Barack Obama, which earned 2012 "Outstanding Academic Title" - Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. (Ranked top 2 percent of 25,000 books submitted and top 8 percent of 7,300 actually accepted for review by the American Library Association). Rated “Best of the Best.” The hardback version sold out in the U.S. and the paperback version was...

Education:

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

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 theory (from the ancients to contemporary theory), American political theory, and public law. He teaches courses in the areas of political theory, law, and American politics. Professor Weiner also teaches Literature and Political Thought and Democratic Theory and Democratic Transitions. He is a member of the Honors Program in the Humanities, where...

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

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 contributes to the Politics, International Studies, Gender & Sexualities Studies, Peace & Justice Studies and Legal Studies curricula. Before joining the USF faculty, she worked as co-Investigator (with James Der Derian) of the Information Technology, War and Peace Project infopeace.org at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown...

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

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. foreign policy, and globalization for the Politics department, the International Studies major, and the Peace & Justice Studies minor, as well as the Middle Eastern Studies minor, for which he has served as program director. He received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from Temple University, and his PhD from Cornell University. Prior to...

Education:

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

Part-Time Faculty


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. Gonzalez is the author of Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic Engagement (New York University Press) and co-author of Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, Faith in New Migrant Communities (Duke University Press).

Filip Kovacevic

Adjunct Professor

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

Doowan Lee

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-4372

Doowan Lee is a national security expert specializing in analytic methods and international security. As a faculty member and principal investigator at the Naval Postgraduate School for over ten years, he worked on sponsored and funded projects to support deterrence efforts with democratic governments against Chinese and Russian influence. Central to this work was a focus on how China and Russia exploit social media and communications information to undermine political processes. He has also...

Education:

BA, Korea University, MA, Simon Fraser, AM, University of Chicago

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 Political Science. Prof. Neiman is a part-time faculty member at the University of San Francisco, Politics Department. He is also currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Neiman teaches courses in the general field of American politics, particularly with respect to various...

Education:

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