CELASA — Politics — Urban Studies
Kathleen  Coll

Kathleen Coll

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Coll is a political 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 Bay Area. Her book Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010) is an ethnography of San Francisco immigrant women’s experiences and activism in the context of hostile national immigration, welfare, and labor policies. Her most recent book Disputing Citizenship (Policy Press, 2014) is the result of a seven-year collaboration with colleagues from the UK, France and Brazil and reflects her current interests in the efforts to regain local voting rights for non-citizens in the US and the domestic workers rights movement. Her first book, Gendered Citizenships, is a co-edited volume featuring ethnographic research on cultural citizenship and women of color in the US, UK, Brazil, and Central America.

Prior to joining USF’s Department of Politics in Fall 2014, Kathleen was a lecturer at Stanford and Harvard Universities, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, and a visiting scholar at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and Columbia University's Reid Hall in Paris. She particularly enjoys supporting students in their own politically-engaged research and community-based service-learning projects.

Teaching and research interests: immigration politics and policy, gender, citizenship, and grassroots social movements in the U.S.

Courses Offered
  • POLS 325 Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • POLS 392 Immigration & Citizenship
  • POLS 320 Urban Politics

Disputing Citizenship Co-authored with John Clarke, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino, and Catherine Neveu, Policy Press (2014)

“Citizenship acts and immigrant voting rights movements in the U.S.” Citizenship Studies(2012)

Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics Stanford University Press (2010)

Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture Edited with Kia Caldwell, Tracy Fisher, Renya Ramirez, Lok Siu, Palgrave Press (2009)

"'Yo no estoy perdida': Immigrant Women (Re)locating Citizenship" in Passing Lines: Sexuality & Immigration Edited by Brad Epps, Keja Valens Bill Johnson González (2005)

"Necesidades y Problemas: Immigrant Latina Vernaculars of Belonging, Coalition, & Citizenship in San Francisco, California"Latino Studies186-209 (2004)

Public Commentaries

(San) Franciscan values and due process for all Catholic San Francisco, September 11th, 2013

Equal rights for domestic workers San Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2011

S.F.'s Prop. D: Share the vote, for all our sake San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, October 19, 2010