Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (415) 338-7528
Office: Humanities (HUM) 551
Katherine A. Gordy teaches courses in political theory and Latin American Studies. 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 book Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice (Michigan, 2015) attributes the survival of Cuban socialist ideology to the existence of principles that are shared and negotiated in the state, academic, and popular spheres of Cuban society even when tested by hardship and shortcomings. Her peer-reviewed articles on Cuba, ideology and Latin American political thought have appeared in the journals Postcolonial Studies, Public Culture, and Alternatives. She has also contributed to the edited volumes How not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left (Lexington, 2011), Interpretation in Political Theory (Routledge, forthcoming 2016), and Comparative Political Theory in Time and Place (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016). 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.