Keally McBride

Keally McBride


Department Chair
Program Director
Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 279


Keally McBride is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and is interested in issues of power and social change. Her recent research has focused on the dynamics of information technology within contemporary capitalism, but she has published books on punishment and policing, movements of decolonization, and colonialism and the rule of law. She teaches a broad array of courses that investigate local public policy, European politics, political economy, peace and conflict, and revolution.


  • Social change and revolution
  • European Politics
  • Political Economy

Research Areas

  • Contemporary Capitalism
  • Colonization and Decolonization
  • Policing and Punishment


  • Vice President, University of San Francisco Faculty Association
  • Co-Director, The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Book Review Editor, Theory and Event


  • UC Berkeley, PHD 2000
  • UC Berkeley, MA 1993
  • Mount Holyoke College, BA 1991

Prior Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Women's Studies, Tulane University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science, Temple University

Selected Publications

  • Mr. Mothercountry: The Man Who Made the Rule of Law, Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Political Theories of Decolonization, co-author with Margaret Kohn, Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Punishment and Political Order, University of Michigan Press, 2007.
  • Collective Dreams: Political Imagination and Community, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005.