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

Fall 2022

27057ICS 271EZGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
27391ICS 27H1EZGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power - HONORS
27056POLI 171EZGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
27392POLI 17H1EZGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power - HONORS
24773SOSC 80X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Historical
24838SOSC 82X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Philosophical
24774SOSC 83X62ZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Sociological

Faculty Info

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Cynthia Kaufman




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  • B.A. Development Studies, U.C. Berkeley
  • M.A. Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By appointment.

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