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

Spring 2019

46128SOSC 80W1SZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning
46129SOSC 82X1SZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Intermediate
46130SOSC 83Z1SZCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Advanced

Winter 2019

31779ICS 271SGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
31775POLI 171SGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power
36154POLI 17H1SHGrassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power - HONORS
35611SOSC 80W56SCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning
35612SOSC 80X56SCommunity Based Learning in Social Sciences - Beginning

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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