Kara Dellacioppa


(310) 243-3937





University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD – Sociology
Dissertation “Mexican Awakening in Postcolonial America: Zapatistas in Urban Spaces in Mexico City” Chair: Dr. John Foran


University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. – Sociology


San Francisco State University, CA
M.A. – Special Major: Chicano Labor Movements


San Francisco State University, CA
B.A. – International Relations


 Professional Experience:


California State University, Dominguez Hills,
Full Professor of Sociology

2008-2013California State University, Dominguez Hills,
Associate Professor of Sociology

California State University, Dominguez Hills,
Assistant Professor of Sociology

  • Race and Ethnic Relations, Modern Sociological Theories, Urban Studies, Globalization, Social Movements, Cultural Studies, Community Studies
2001 – 2003

University of California, Santa Cruz
UC Faculty Fellow Researcher

  • Department of Politics, UC Santa Cruz
  • Postcolonial States and Societies, The Cultural Politics of Race, Race, Labor, and Social Movements in a Global Context
1996 – 2001

University of California, Santa Barbara
Teaching Assistant

  • Sociology Department UC Santa Barbara
  • Introduction to Sociology, Chicano Studies, Culture, Research Methods



  • Memories of Fire: The Watts Rebellion and the Vietnamization of Law Enforcement and the National Security State in progress
  • Remembering the Watts Rebellion: Operation Chaos and the Infectious Logic of National Security February Truthout.org February 9, 2015, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29001-memories-of-fire-remembering-the-watts-rebellion-operation-chaos-and-the-infectious-logic-of-national-security
  • “The Promise and Pitfalls of Horizontalism as a Decolonial Practice – the Occupy Movement”. Globalized Labor versus Capital. Edited by Harry Vanden, under review. 2015
  • “Against Forgetting: The Phoenix Program and the Awakening of Historical Memory” Truthout.org August 7, 2014, http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/25428-against-forgetting-the-phoenix-program-the-war-on-terror-and-the-awakening-of-historical-memory-and-the-bureaucratization-of-evil
  • “The Promises and Pitfalls of Horizontalism as a Decolonial Practice: The Case of Occupy” Globalized Social Movements: Latin America, the Arab Spring and Beyond Harry E. Vanden and Peter Funke, editors under review
  • “Rethinking Resistance and the Cultural Politics of Occupy: From Port Shut Downs to May Day” with Sergio Soto and Alan Meyer New Political Science September 2013
  • Cultural Politics in the 21st century: Global Resistance and Community based Social Change in the Americas edited volume Kara Dellacioppa, Clare Weber, Eds. Palgrave. Jan 2012
  • “Introduction to 21st Century Resistance in the Americas” book chapter Cultural Politics in the 21st Century: Global Resistance and Community Based Social Change in the Americas Edited Kara Dellacioppa, Clare Weber, Palgrave 2012

  • “This Bridge Called Zapatismo: Transcultural and Transnational Activist Networks in Los Angeles” Latin American Perspectives January 2011

  • Encyclopedia entry “Zapatistas” Blackwell Online Encyclopedia of Sociology August 2011

  • Book review, “Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon with Latino Studies 2009

  • “This Bridge Called Zapatismo: Building Alternative Political Cultures in Mexico City, Los Angeles and Beyond” book Lexington Books September 29,2009

  • “The ‘Other Campaign’: The EZLN and New Forms of Politics in Mexico and Los Angeles,” New Political Science September 2008

  • “Transcommunality in the Heart of Empire: Zapatismo, Immigrant Rights and the US Social Forum” Transcommunal Cooperation April 2008 www.transcommunality.org

  • “Autonomy in a Poetic Voice: Zapatistas and Politics Organizing in Los Angeles” Latino Studies Vol. 3 No. 3 Nov 2005

  • “Zapatistas in Urban Spaces in Mexico City” Latin American Perspectives Vol. 32 July 2005

  • Mexico City” International Review of Modern Sociology Vol. 30. No. 2 June 2005

  • “Translating Indian Resistance: Zapatista Political Thought and Practice in Mexico City”   UC Santa Cruz Chicano/Latino Research Center Working Paper No. 37 Winter 2003

  • “Political Consciousness and New Social Movement Theory” Social Justice Vol. 30 No. 1 Winter 2003

 Conference Presentations:

  • Pacific Sociological Association 2015 Annual Meeting April 1-4, Long Beach CA panel presenter
  • “Operation Chaos, National Security and the Management of Dissent” Panel, Peace, War, and Militarism n-chaos-and-the-infectious-logic-of-national-security
  • Invited Talk, “Neozapatismo and Emerging Political Cultures in the Americas” Yale Summer Institute, New Haven, CT July 10, 2014

  • Panel Chair, “The Occupy Movement and Social Change in the 21st Century” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting Reno, NV March 21-24, 2013

  • Rethinking resistance and the Cultural Politics of Occupy” with Alan Meyer and Sergio Soto Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting Reno, NV March 21-24, 2013

  • Panel Presenter, “Occupy and the Potential for the Renewal of Working Class Resistance” Southwest Labor Studies Association Meeting, UC Riverside May 18-19, 2012 with Sergio Soto and Alan Meyer.

  • Panel Presenter, The Impact of Tourism on Mexico and the State of Oaxaca: From Displacement to Autonomy. With Jose Collazo, Globalization and Development Panel Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 2012

  • Organizer, author meets the critics, Cultural Politics in the 21st Century: Global Resistance and Community Change in the Americas Pacific Sociological Association, Annual Meeting San Diego March 22-25, 2012

  • Panel Presenter, “Liminal Spaces and Cultural Politics: From the Zapatistas to the Occupy Movement” Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference CSU Los Angeles October 28, 2011

  • Panel Presenter, “A New Vision for Community based struggle in the Epoch of Globalization” Panel Community Based Social Change in the Americas. Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference November 5-6, 2010

  • Chair/Discussant, “Challenges to Economic Development in Latin America” International Studies Association West, Los Angeles, CA, September 24-25 2010

  • Panel Presenter, “Postliberal Futures and Alternative Modernization: The Zapatistas, Globalization and Social Movements in the Americas” panel Global Governance, Globalization, and Political Response International Studies Association West Conference, Los Angeles, September 24-25 2010

  • Panel Presenter, “Zapatismo as a Theory of Social Change” UC Riverside Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American Studies, April 23, 2010.

  • Panel Presenter and Discussant, “Local Communities and Global Resistance: Social Change and Autonomy Struggles in the Americas” Panel “Local Resistance and Global Connections” Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, CA, April 9, 2010

  • Invited Lecture, “The Zapatistas and Immigrant Communities” Hampshire College. November 6, 2009, Amherst, MA

  • Panel Presenter, The Politics of the Impossible” Assessing the Impact of the Zapatista Movement on the Global Justice Movement” Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009: New Marxian Times November 4, 2009, Amherst, Massachusetts

  • Panel Chair, “Global Inequalities and Local Resistance” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting April 4-7, San Diego, 2009

  • “Crafting Global Alliances” panel Presenter Southwest Labor Studies Association Cal Poly Pomona May 16, 2008

  • “The Global North and the Global South: New Political Cultures in the Americas from the Other Campaign to the US Social Forum” panel presenter Ethnicity and Multinational Organizations Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Claremont McKenna College November 3, 2007.

  • “The Dilemmas of Global and Interdisciplinary Research in the Post Cold War Era” Panel Presenter and Organizer, New Directions in Feminist and Postcolonial Research, International Dimensions of Migration Conference April 13-14, 2007 California State University Pomona

  • “The ‘Other Campaign’: The EZLN and New Political Cultures in Mexico and the U.S.”, Panel Presenter, Social Movements and Change, Pacific Sociological Association Conference 2007 Mar 29-31, Marriot City Center, Oakland, CA

  • “Latina/o Community Activism in Los Angeles” Panel Organizer, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference 2006 Nov 3-4, California State University Dominguez Hills

  • “La Otra Campaña: Zapatismo and Transnational Politics” Panel Presenter, New Directions in Transnational Studies Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies 2006 Conference November 3-4, California State University Dominguez Hills

  • “’Zapatismo’ as a Global Political Vision’ Globalization and Local Communities panel presenter Pacific Sociological Association Los Angeles April 2006

  • “Re-visioning Transnational Political Change in Los Angeles and Mexico: The Case of the EZLN and Casa del Pueblo” invited lecture Representations, State Violence and Human Rights Pomona College. March 2, 2006

  • “Zapatismo as a Transnational Political Vision” Department of Sociology, Pomona College, Invited lecture, October 30, 2005

  • “Social Semiotics and Transnational Organizing: Zapatista Political Visions in Los Angeles” Refereed Roundtable/Collective Behavior and Social Movements, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting August 2004, San Francisco

  • “This Bridge Called Zapatismo” Pacific Council on Latin American Studies, Whittier College, November 9, 2003

  • “Zapatistas and Transcommunality” Mini-conference on Inter-ethnicity, Chicano/Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz May 9, 2003

  • “Building the Alter/Nation: A Meditation on Zapatismo, Race, and Nationalism in the Age of Globalization: panel presenter, Nations/Nationalism panel, American Sociological Association, Chicago, August 2002

  • “Reflections on Zapatismo and Wallerstein: presented Inter-ethnicity Conference, Chicano/Latino Research Center, UC Santa Cruz, May 17, 2002

  • “Zapatistas in Urban Spaces” Universidad de Guerrero/UC Santa Barbara Conference on Ethnicity and Poverty, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico March 21, 2000

  • “Zapatistas and Civil Society in Mexico” Latin American Studies Association 1998 Palmer House Hilton, Chicago September 26-28, Panel Chair and Presenter, “Mexico’s Modern/Postmodern Revolutionaries”


Awards, Fellowships, Grants:

YearAwards, Fellowships, Grants
March 2012TAP Grant
May 2008Emeritus Grant Faculty Legacy Fund
June 2007College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences Grant
June 2005RSCAAP CSU Dominguez Hills Research Grant
June 2004
RSCAAP CSU Dominguez Hills Research Grant
Spring 2000Graduate Affiliates Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB
Summer 1998Humanities and Social Science Grant, UCSB
Summer 1997Humanities and Social Science Grant, UCSB
Summer 1995Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy, SF State

University Service:

Watts Rebellion Commemoration Committee

SBS Committee 2012 to present

Search Committee University wide, Associate Dean College of NBS 2013

Search Committee University wide, AVP of Diversity and Equity 2013

Department Chair Fall 2012-

Barry Goldwater Scholarship Committee 2013-2014

Chair, Sociology Program Review Committee

Chair, Search Committee Sociology 2013-2014

Chair, NBS College Curriculum Committee Fall 2012

Academic Senate Representative Fall 2012-2013

Department Faculty Search Committee Fall 2012-2013

Interim Department Chair Fall 2009

Graduate Program Coordinator, Spring 2009-Spring 2012

Graduate Council Spring 2009- Fall 2012

Behavioral Science Committee Spring 2009 to present

Department RTP Committee Chair, Fall 2008-2009

Academic Senate Representative Fall 2008-2009       

University Curriculum Committee, Fall 2007- Spring 2009

Sociology Department Fall 2007, Curriculum Committee

Sociology Department Fall 2006, Search Committee

Sociology Department Fall 2006, Spring 2007 Curriculum Committee (Chair)

Sociology Department Spring 2006, Department Planning Subcommittee

Sociology Department 2006 Curriculum Committee

Sociology Department 2006 Graduate Committee

Faculty Mentor, CSUDH McNair Scholars Program 2005

Sociology Department, CSUDH Search Committee Chair 2004-5

Community Studies Search, Chair.

Sociology Department, CSUDH Curriculum Committee 2005

Sociology Department, CSUDH Search Committee 2005

Criminology/Justice Studies

Sociology Department, CSUDH Graduate Program Committee Spring 2004

Sociology Department, CSUDH Search Committee 2003-2004 Visual Sociology

Sociology Department, UCSB, Academic Search Committee, Race, Ethnicity, Nation 1997-8


 Academic Service:

Committee member, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Pacific Sociological Association

Reviewer for Gender and Society October 2003, Social Problems February 2007

Latino Studies June 2007, Gender and Society November 2007, Gender and Society June 2008

New Political Science July 2008, Sociological Perspectives August 2008

Bulletin of Latin American Research February 2009, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change April 2009, Review for International Journal of Feminist Politics September 2009

Reviewer for American Journal of Sociology, June 2012,

Reviewer for Studies in Social Justice, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, October 2013, Reviewer for Sociological Focus 2014


Master's Thesis Committees:

YearMaster's Thesis Committees
2013-2014Corina Diaz, CSUDH
2010-2011Diana Barahona, Jose Collazo (chair), Sociology, CSUDH
2009-2010Melissa Govea CSU Fullerton
2008-2009Val McElroy (Chair) Sociology CSUDH
2007-2008Jesse Kleis, Lydia Roberts, Sociology CSUDH
2006-2007Dick Dickson, Christina Alcoff (chair) Elmer Alfaro, Sociology, CSUDH



 Chuck Hohm, Professor, Department of Sociology California State University Dominguez Hills, Department of Sociology, 1000 E Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747chohm@csudh.edu

John Foran: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (805) 893-8199 foran@soc.ucsb.edu

Ralph Armbruster, Professor, Department of Sociology and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (805) 893-5709 ralpharm@hotmail.com

 John Brown Childs, Professor, Department of Sociology, College Eight, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, (831) 459-3373 jbchilds@cats.ucsc.edu

Enrique C. Ochoa, Department of History, CSULA (Martin Luther King Hall C 4066) California State University, Los Angeles 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles CA 90032-8223 (323) 343-3180 echoa3@calstatela.edu