Prof. Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Associate Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4372 Kalmanovitz Hall 249

Biography

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 Federal Indian law in general.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Kessler-Mata was a Fellow in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco (FPPA '01), and received her BA with honors from San Francisco State University (2000). She is Yak Tityu Tityu Northern Chumash and Yokut, married to a fellow UChicago comrade and has two children.

Education
BA with honors, San Francisco State University
PhD in Political Science, University of Chicago
Experience
Fellow, Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco (FPPA '01)
Research
Democratic politics
The normative dimensions of policy making
Negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments
Faederalism
Federal Indian law