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
2006-2007. She received her Ph.D. 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.
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 B.A. 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.