Kathleen Coll

Kathleen Coll



Kathleen Coll is a cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and grassroots community organizing in the U.S., with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) an ethnography of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and immigrant women’s activism in San Francisco, a co-authored book Disputing Citizenship (Policy Press, 2014) and a co-edited book, Gendered Citizenships (Palgrave, 2009). Her research interests also include the domestic worker rights movement and campaigns for local voting rights for immigrants in US cities. 

Prior to joining USF’s Department of Politics in Fall 2014, Kathleen was a lecturer at Stanford and Harvard Universities. She has been the recipient of postdoctoral and visiting scholar awards at Radcliffe, Harvard, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and CUNY Graduate Center. From 1990 to 1998 she taught at DeAnza and City College of San Francisco and now serves as the Politics major advisor for transfer students. She particularly enjoys teaching community engaged learning courses and supporting USF students in their own community-based research and service projects.

Research Areas

  • Immigration politics
  • Citizenship studies
  • Gender and cultural citizenship 
  • Grassroots social movements & urban politics
  • San Francisco studies


  • Stanford, PhD in Anthropology, 2000
  • Stanford, MA in Anthropology, 1990
  • Stanford, BA in Anthropology 1989

Prior Experience

  • Lecturer, Stanford and Harvard Universities
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty Research Network, New York University
  • Public Policy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Social Science Research Council
  • Visiting Scholar, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and Columbia University's Reid Hall in Paris

Awards & Distinctions

  • Co-investigator/principal investigator for a community-led, multidisciplinary research collaboration with Mujeres Unidas y Activas, documenting MUA's history of base-building, leadership development and breaking the cycle of multigenerational violence. Research sponsored by Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation, 2000-2022
  • USF Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engaged Learning, 2021
  • USF Latinx Recognition Ceremony Faculty Award, 2017
  • Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity Faculty Award, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Cohen, A, Brahinsky, R., Coll, K. and Dodson, M. (2022) “’We Keep Each Other Safe’: San Francisco Bay Area Community-Based Organizations Respond to Enduring Crises in the COVID-19 Era.” Russell Sage Foundation J. of Social Sciences Special Issue on The Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in the United States.

  • Coll, K. and Ochoa Camacho, A. (2021) “Love in Times of Precarity: A Very Queer Politics of Immigration.” Frontiers Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol. 42, No. 2: 85-110.

  • Tudela Vázquez, M.d.P. & K. Coll (2019). “El trabajo que hace posible todos los demás trabajos: Mujeres migrantes en los EEUU promoviendo una ciudadanía de los cuidados a través de la economía social y solidaria.” In La economía social y solidaria en un contexto de crisis de crisis de la civilazión occidental: Alternativas ante la migración y la desigualidad de género en México, San Francisco, y Granada. Leila Oulhaj (Coord.), Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, México.

  • Hayduk, R. and Coll, K. (2018). “Urban Citizenship: Campaigns to Restore Immigrant Voting Rights in the US” New Political Science Vol. 40, No. 2: 336-352.

  • Mitchell, T.D. and Coll, K. (2017). “Ethnic Studies as a Site for Political Education: Critical Service Learning and the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights” for PS: Political Science and Politics. Vol. 50, No. 1.

  • Negrón-Gonzales, G., Abrego, L., & Coll, K. (2015). “Immigrant Latina/o Youth and Illegality: Challenging the Politics of Deservingness” Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators Vol. 9, No. 3: 7-10.

  • Clarke, J., Coll, K., Dagnino, E. & Neveu, C. (2014). Disputing Citizenship. Policy Press, Bristol, UK.

  • Coll, K. (2011). “Citizenship Acts and Immigrant Voting Rights in the U.S.” for special issue of the journal Citizenship Studies Questions de citoyennetés/Questioning Citizenship. 15(8): 993-1009.

  • Coll, K., 2010. Remaking Citizenship:  Latina Immigrants and New American Politics. Stanford U. Press, Stanford, California.

  • Coll, K., Ed. (2010). Tracing the Portola: A San Francisco Neighborhood Atlas. Book and Wheelworks Press, San Francisco. Collaboration with artists Kate Connell & Oscar Melara

  • Caldwell, K., Coll, K., Fisher, T., Ramirez, R. & Siu, L., Eds. (2009). Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture. Palgrave MacMillan, New York.