Sonya Shah

Sonya Shah, MFA

Core Faculty
Bachelor's Completion Program

5th Floor
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sonya Shah, MFA, holds a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a Jacob Javits fellow.

She teaches by layering innovative pedagogies such as critical, transformative, collaborative and integral learning. Her interests lie in restorative justice, conflict transformation, the study of violence and nonviolent social movements and critical pedagogy.

Sonya Shah is also a senior facilitator at the National Association of Media Arts and Culture and runs a group at San Quentin with the Insight Prison Project. Her most recent essays have been published in The Alembic and Sou'wester. She has produced programming for KQED Public Radio and Television in San Francisco. Her documentary, Khmer Barbee (formerly Something between Her Hands) is distributed by the National Film Network and has screened in over seventy film festivals, conferences and colleges.


Today on Your Call: How does restorative justice work in California? >>

CIIS is playing our part to break the cycle of discrimination. We're giving formerly incarcerated men and woman a chance to earn their undergraduate degree through the Arc of Justice Scholarship Program in the university's Bachelor of Arts Completion Program. Our goal for this scholarship program is to raise $200,000 to fund 10 scholarships.
Please watch this video to learn more from CIIS professor Sonya Shah and a CIIS alum, Luis Aroche, who was formerly incarcerated.