Natalie Cox, graduate from the PhD in Anthropology and Social Change at CIIS, which focuses on postcapitalist cultures and prefigurative practices. Natalie Cox

PhD Graduate
Anthropology and Social Change

I came to CIIS from a very traditional anthropological research background, with a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MA from San Francisco State University. But the uniquely activist-oriented and interpersonal anthropology practiced at CIIS was like nothing I'd ever encountered before. No other anthropology program was so focused on conducting research with social justice as the true goal. When I enrolled in their PhD program, I was given the guidance I needed to pursue a dissertation project that was community-oriented, collaborative, and grounded in critical interdisciplinary theory and practice. My professors and mentors at CIIS created a truly one-of-a-kind program, and I am so glad that I got to experience it! Today I am a full-time professor at City College of San Francisco, and the lessons I learned from my time at CIIS now resonate in my classrooms. In addition to adopting a more critically engaged pedagogy, I am a proponent of equitable, inclusive, student-oriented teaching. In my free time, I am an immigration activist and frequent collaborator with the African Advocacy Network, an African-led immigration legal services agency in San Francisco.

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