Department of Political Science {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Katherine Gordy


Katherine Gordy

Assistant Professor

Contact Info:
Office: HSS 134
Office Hours: TH 11-1 & By appointment
Phone: (415) 338-7528

Katherine Gordy teaches courses in political theory. Her specific research and teaching interests are comparative political theory (Latin American and Caribbean political thought primarily), critical theory, and theories of history and ideology.

Her work has appeared in the journals Public Culture and Alternatives. She is currently working on a book that traces the interrelations between what she identifies as different “spheres” of Cuban political thought—political doctrine (official sphere), political theory (academic sphere), and daily practice (popular sphere)—in order to challenge accounts that treat Cuban socialist ideology as solely state-originated dogma or as necessarily in opposition to academic and popular forms of political thought.

Gordy received her Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Department of Government in 2005. Before coming to SFSU, she taught at Franklin and Marshall College, the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School and the Center for Worker Education, City College of New York. She was born and raised in New York City.

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