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 crimes, child forced
recruitment and crimes against humanity ended up at the International Criminal
Court and the United Nations Security Council. Olivier Bercault is currently consultant
for HRW on the case against Hissein Habré, the international prosecution of
former Chad dictator. HRW published recently his book “La Plaine Des Morts”
(The Plain of the Dead), a study indicating Habré’s personal implication in the
massive human rights violations in Chad during his rule. Olivier Bercault also served
as deputy-head of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance
Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) where he directed the reporting effort of the UN regarding
abuses committed in this country. Olivier Bercault practiced law previously in
his native France and then worked for the Moscow Regional Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Russian Federation. Mr.
Bercault holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York as well as a
degree in Private Law from the University of Paris.
Lucia E. Cantero is a scholar interested in the politics of
visual culture, race and consumerism in urban Brazil, especially on
the cusp of mega-events. She is currently finishing her doctoral
work in the Department of Anthropology and African American Studies
at Yale University. Prior to that she received her Bachelors and
Masters in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Her
work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow
Wilson Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. She
just completed a year-long lectureship at the University of
Lindsay Gifford holds a National Science Foundation
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology through UCLA. She
received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University in 2009.
Her research focuses broadly on the public sphere in the Middle
East, with her current project looking into spatio-temporal
patterns of violence in Baghdad since the inception of the 2003
US-led war and Iraqi refugee perceptions of and strategies toward
those patterns internationally.
Dr. Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San
Francisco. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies tourism,
sport, migration, and environmental anthropology with most of his
fieldwork concentrated in Ireland, the Caribbean, and Alaska.
Aaron J. Hahn Tapper is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate
Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and
Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. The founding
Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice,
the only program in the world that formally links these two fields,
his research and teaching focus on the intersection between
identity formation, social justice, and marginalized groups.
Susana Kaiser teaches at the Media Studies Department and the
Latin American Studies program. She earned her Ph.D. from the
Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at
Austin, her M.A. from the Department of Communication at Hunter
College of the City University of New York, and her B.A. in
Advertising from the Jesuit University of El Salvador, in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, her country of origin. On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year.
Chair, Media Studies Dept. Professor/Faculty Adviser KUSF
Dorothy Kidd received her Ph.D. in Communication from Simon
Fraser University. She has published in the area of political
economy of media, media and social change and community media. She
has also worked extensively in community radio production. Spring 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Gerard Kuperus main research interests are philosophy of nature
and environmental philosophy as well as the history of philosophy,
in particular Kant and Nineteenth Century philosophy. He is one of the co-founders of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT).
Assistant Professor and Co-Director
Christopher Loperena is an assistant professor of International
Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the African Diaspora Program in
Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he
also earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies. His teaching and
research interests include black and indigenous social movements in
Latin America, race and gender, citizenship, environment and
development, and anthropological research methods. Specifically,
Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles
over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal
tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has
collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal
Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America
Research Council (CCARC). He was the Cesar Chávez Fellow in Latin
American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (2011-12) at Dartmouth
College before assuming his position at the University of San
Francisco. Dr. Loperena has also received fellowships and research
support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American
Foundation. He is currently preparing a book manuscript based on
his dissertation field research.
Chris also serves as the Co-Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program.
Cecília MacDowell Santos received her Ph.D. in Sociology from
the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on
gender and development, globalization, sociology of law, and
Brazilian culture and society. Her research focuses on legal
mobilization within and across national borders, violence, memory,
and women's and human rights. She is interested in
investigating how legal mobilization relates to politics and shapes
the recognition of violence and subjects of rights on the basis of
gender, race, class, and/or sexual orientation. This was examined
in her book, Women's
Police Stations: Gender, Violence, and Justice in São Paulo,
and guides her current projects on transnational legal mobilization
and human rights in Brazil and in Portugal.
Annick T.R. Wibben received her Ph.D. in International
Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and teaches
for the Politics Department and the International Studies program
In her research, she specializes in (critical) security studies,
international theory, and feminist international relations. Her
book, Feminist Security Studies:
A Narrative Approach, was published in 2011 and her edited book Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics & Politics is forthcoming with Routledge later this year. See also her academia.edu profile for updated information.
Note: Prof. Wibben is on sabbatical until August 2016.
Associate Professor and Chair, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law
Dana Zartner is an Associate Professor and Chair of the
International Studies Department, as well as an Adjunct Professor
at USF’s School of Law. Professor Zartner
specializes in international and comparative law, and her research
specifically looks at the role of legal culture and different legal
traditions in shaping legal processes, as well as the relationship
between domestic and international law in the areas of human rights and
the environment. Her book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and
State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law
was published by Oxford University Press (2014).
Stephen Zavestoski received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the area of Environmental Sociology. Dr. Zavestoski's research areas include environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and co-edited Social Movements in Health (2005, Blackwell) and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements (2012, UC Press).
Rue Ziegler received her M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Social
Anthropology from Cambridge University in the UK. Before
coming to USF she taught at Cambridge and at Makerere University in
Kampala, Uganda. Her previous training and professional experience
is in architecture and urban studies. At USF Ziegler teaches the
Anthropology of Food and Anthropology and Global Health. In
addition to teaching, she manages a research firm specializing in
the history of land use in northern California.
Stephen Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University, and his B.A. from Oberlin College. His teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, strategic nonviolent action, international conflict, and globalization. He offers courses for the Politics department, the B.A. and M.A. programs in International Studies, the Peace & Justice Studies program, and the Middle Eastern Studies program, for which he serves as program director.