About Me

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way, on a quiet day I can hear her breathing. -Arundati Roy

Cynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (South End Press 2003). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants' rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.

Classes I Teach

Winter 2019

CRNCourseSec.Title
31779ICS 271SGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
31775POLI 171SGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
35611SOSC 80W56SCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning
35612SOSC 80X56SCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning

Fall 2018

CRNCourseSec.Title
20537ICS 171SCritical Consciousness and Social Change
25059ICS 17H1SHCritical Consciousness and Social Change - HONORS
24773SOSC 80X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning
24838SOSC 82X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Intermediate
24774SOSC 83X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Advanced
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