Kathleen Coll

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Kathleen Coll

Kathleen Coll lives in San Francisco, California. She is the mother of Daniela Sweet-Coll and Cecilia Sweet-Coll.

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. [1]


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.[2]


Stanford University


Jill Shenker Marh 8 2017.


— with Linshao Chin, Chelsea Boilard, Kathleen Coll, Lucia Lin at San Francisco City Hall.

Student activists Berkley

Jeff Chang April 26, 1989


THIS. 25 YEARS. Fam, please tag!!!! Also...Alfonso Salazar, Guillermo Rodriguez, Mark Min, Marco Firebaugh (RIP)... — with Elias Serna (over shoulder), Kimberly Papillon, Kimberly Papillon, Bren Gallegos, Angela Acosta-Salazar, Jimmy Herron Zamora, Rosalee Gonzalez, Elisha Miranda, Juana Garcia Nesta, John A. Perez, Gokusen Bendana, Guillermo Marin Ruiz, Edward Leroy Espinoza, Sumi Cho, Ana Lilia Barraza, Martha Torres, Ivette Iraheta, Marcos Estrada, Martha Elena Altamirano-Cervantes, Martin Flores, Frances Garcia, Angelica Barraza, Joe Filoso Huitzilopochtli, Rocio Toriz, Jerry Williams, Alison Genie Pineda, David Palumbo-Liu, Jose David Saldivar, Wilson C. Chen, Viet Nguyen, Elias Serna, Lalo Alcaraz, Rowena Robles, Fatima Angeles, Da Amboy, Davey D Cook, Katrina Koh, Kathleen Coll, Edward Yu, Phil Ting, Michael I. Berry, Rickey Vincent, Nolan Jones, Liam Kernell, Juliana Chang, Sheri Dunn Berry, Elaine Kim and Kathleen M. Newman at UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly.

Comrade's wedding


Erich Nakano, Michael Schmitz and Steve Phillips attended Kathleen Coll's wedding to Alejandro Sweet-Cordero.

Old comrades


Steve Phillips May 17, 2015.

Old friends (and, sadly, old ain't inaccurate). 30 years of friendship. #whatmatters — with Pierre Barolette, Michael Schmitz, Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, Stacey Leyton and Kathleen Coll at Bocanova - Oakland.


Steve Phillips February 9, 2014 near San Francisco, CA ·

Throwback Sunday!! Truly old skool, long-term, lifetime friends. #comrades — with Pierre Barolette, Stacey Leyton, Kathleen Coll, Cheryl Taylor, Amanda Kemp, Michael Jamanis and Georgina Hernandez-Clarke.

Stanford labor negotiations

Stanford daily June 2 1988.JPG

Several students wrote a letter to the Stanford Daily, June 2, 1988;

We are concerned that this year's negotiations be fair and visible to the Stanford community. Workers are an important part of the Stanford community and one that we respect. We see University support for open negotiations as the first step in administrative commitment to treating the union in a fair and just fashion.

Women's Center

In November 1988 The Women's Center pushed for a move from the Toyon Eating Clubs to the Old Union because of the center's current out-of-the-way location. Women's Center coordinator Sarah Bryer said the present location near Toyon is "out of the normal traffic patterns for students." According to Bryer, part of the center's purpose is to serve as a referral center and the current location hinders student drop-ins. "We're not able to serve our constituency as well as we'd like," she said. An Old Union location would alleviate that problem, Bryer said. She noted that other community centers — like the Chicano-Latino; gay, lesbian and bisexual and black communities — are located in or near Old Union and that it is a central location for students.

Women's Center staffer Karen Bernstein said that the Women's Center programs are so important that the new area "is going to have to accomodate" all of the existing programs. According to Bryer, the impetus for the move came from a Committee on Student Space report. Since it was released, the Center has been trying "to show the administration that there is lots of (Stanford) community support" for the move and to persuade University officials. The center circulated a petition favoring the move and collected "about 1,000" signatures, according to Bernstein.

In addition, ASSU senators Kathleen Coll and Julie Martinez and COP member Stacey Leyton have drafted a resolution in support of the move.[3]


To some students, recent events at Stanford (1989) serve as reminders that nationwide institutional racism exists, and that few people seem prepared to acknowledge or confront failings at the educational level. In light of the October defacement of posters at Ujamaa House and last year's Western Culture debate, the newly-formed ASSU Committee on Democracy in Education has spearheaded efforts to address issues of educational rights on campus. The question of democracy in education has long been a concern of students of color organizations. Last year, this question prompted the formation of the Students United for a Democratic Education which, under this year's Council of Presidents, has evolved into the Committee on Democracy in Education, an ASSU special task-force committee devoted solely to educational concerns. Issues addressed by the committee this year include the need for better recruitment and retention of minority students and the demand for a relevant multi-cultural curriculum. The group is also working toward fairer systems of tenure and financial aid. The committee was established, according to co-chair Kathleen Coll, to "make education more relevant to a changing society."

Since it was formed in September, the committee's membership has grown to nearly 40 students. To increase efficiency, the committee late last quarter split into two smaller work groups, one dedicated to the promotion of ethnic studies, the other designed to address student concerns about recent teaching assistant budget cuts. As their first project, the ethnic studies sub-committee coordinated a series of cross-campus dorm discussions to facilitate dialogues on racism and its links to education. Sophomore Hillary Skillings, co-chair of the ethnic studies group, said organized dorm discussions often help students "talk about the fear of talking," providing a peaceful atmosphere through which individuals can air issues they may have previously found uncomfortable to confront.

The TA sub-committee, led by juniors David Brown, a COP member, and Katherine Van Uum, has begun an investigation into the effects of recent TA budget cutbacks in the School of Humanities and Sciences. According to Brown, the cuts have left many students fearful that the general quality of education might suffer. In meeting with department chairs, the group has found that more often than not, budget cuts translate into fewer and larger class discussion sections, with fewer TAs readily available to aid students, Brown said.[4]

Peoples Platform

In 1989 Julie Martinez and Kathleen Coll were leaders of the Peoples Platform.[5]

Ear to the Ground Project

Ear to the Ground Project;

We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:

Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Kathleen Coll was among those on the list. [6]



  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 194, Issue 39, 17 November 1988]
  4. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 195, Issue 3, 3 February 1989]
  5. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 195, Issue 32, 6 April 1989]
  6. Ear to the Ground, About, accessed Nov. 12, 2015