Legal Studies — Politics
Kouslaa  Kessler-Mata

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Assistant Professor

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata is a dissertation fellow at USF and is completing her dissertation in political theory at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on the rights of self-determination for American Indian tribes, and she was in residence 2006-07 at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. She received her M.A. in political science from Chicago in 2003.

Mrs. Kessler-Mata's research interests include: democratic politics; the normative dimensions of policy making; negotiating political boundaries between local and tribal governments; the rights and powers of local government; and Federal Indian law in general.

Mrs. Kessler-Mata serves as a board member for California Indian Legal Services and as a graduate student representative for the Race, Ethnicity and Politics organized section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). She is co-organizer of APSA's Working Group on Indigenous People, Politics and Tribal Sovereignty.

Prior to graduate school, Mrs. 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 enrolled in the Coastal Band of Chumash and is Yokut.