Kouslaa Kessler-Mata

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of San Francisco
California Truth and Healing Council

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata (yak tityu tityu Chumash and Yokut) is Associate Professor in the Politics Department at the University of San Francisco, where she has taught since 2007. She completed her BA in American Studies, with a minor in American Indian Studies, at San Francisco State University, and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers program at Phillips Academy and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco. Her book, American Indians and the Trouble with Sovereignty (CUP, 2017), examines the challenges facing tribal governments in working with state and federal actors. She teaches courses on public administration, political theory, as well as American Indian Politics. She previously worked for California Indian Legal Services and the National Congress of American Indians, and presently serves on the Governor’s California Truth and Healing Council and the American Indian Education Oversight Committee for the California Department of Education. She is on the Board of Directors for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center.

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