PhD in Anthropology and Social Change

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Program Description

PhD in Anthropology and Social Change

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

Students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process with the support of talented faculty. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.

About the Program

Our program regularly hosts lectures, conferences, and workshops on variety of social justice issues that bring together scholars, activists and artists, both local and international. The program has its own book imprint—Kairos—with PM Press publishers. Anthropology and Social Change is affiliated with Benemérita Universidad Autónoma in Mexico, so students who are fluent in Spanish can continue their doctoral studies there. Our department is also a member of the HAU Network of Ethnographic Theory, an international network of research centers and anthropology departments

The PhD includes two years of coursework, plus exams and dissertation. Students may pursue a part- time program in consultation with their academic advisor.

Last updated March 2019

About the School

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California.

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an innovative, forward-thinking university based in San Francisco, California. Read less
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