As federal immigration policy focuses on violence and exclusion, community organizers in San Francisco have fought to not only defend but expand the substance of belonging and citizenship rights at the local level. Attention to specific policy campaigns and disputes over local governance highlights how working class communities of color and immigrant organizers continue the innovative protagonists behind this distinctive local political culture.
Kathleen Coll is an associate professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco. Her research and teaching focuses on immigration politics and policies, cultural citizenship, and grassroots community organizing in the US, and in particular, San Francisco. Her books include Remaking Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and New American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2010), Disputing Citizenship (with Clarke, Dagnino & Neveu, Policy Press, 2014) and Gendered Citizenships (with Caldwell, Fisher, Ramirez & Siu, Palgrave Press, 2009). Prior to joining USF’s Department of Politics, she lectured at Stanford, Harvard and CCSF, and received fellowships from Radcliffe Institute, Social Science Research Council, and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
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