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Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson is the acting director of the Hutchins Dialogue Center ((HDC), designed as an institutional home for dialogue at Sonoma State University. Through the HDC, facilitation of dialogue, design of curriculum, and training for faculty, staff and students can occur across all sectors and in many academic and community contexts.

Margaret has taught for eighteen years in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State and taught for eight years in the Freshman Year Experience Program. She has also organized activities in coordination with the Associated Students for pre- and post-dialogue discussions around complex issues and topics such as race, gender, politics, and sexuality via extracurricular events, lectures, films and workshops. In addition to her work as director of HDC and as a lecturer, she has served as the director of the Touchstones Discussion Group project and has trained over 1200 teachers in the Avid program to implement weekly dialogue seminars in public schools. Margaret has facilitated discussions in a variety of settings, including prisons, schools, and businesses and she has engaged in numerous community and intergenerational dialogues.

In her work, Margaret has witnessed how engaging in a model of dialogue can greatly improve human relationships and learning; allowing people with differing values and perspectives to find common ground by furthering their understanding of themselves and others.

Ph.D. Cultural Studies & English, Claremont Graduate University (2016)
M.A. Humanities and Social Thought, New York University (2008)
B.A. Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University (2007)

Professional and Personal Interests:

As an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher, Daniel's interests range from gender and environmental studies, to U.S. literature, popular culture, and queer theory. Throughout, his work is primarily concerned with exploring how culture, the life sciences, and the humanities organize our experience of the contemporary world. 

Daniel is currently Chair of the Cultural Studies Association's Environment, Space, and Place working group, and editor of the forthcoming issue of Women's Studies titled "Futures of Feminist Science Studies." His current book project, Looking for Wild California: Queerness, Ecology, and the Limits of the Human, synthesizes science studies, feminist and queer theory, critical race studies, and literary history to examine how popular interpretations of evolutionary and ecological thought have shaped our notions of "California." While examining the act of imagining California as a creative and political practice, Looking for Wild California pays particular attention to how nationalist and heterosexist approaches to gender, domesticity, and reproduction  have shaped humans' relationships with regional spaces and nonhuman lives since the state's colonization.

Selected Course Offerings:

LIBS 320D: Sex in the Body, Sex in the Mind
LIBS 320D: Animals
LIBS 201: Exploring the Unknown
LIBS 302: Intro to Liberal Studies

Selected Publications:

"Dangerous Playgrounds: Hemispheric Imaginaries and Domestic Security in Contemporary U.S. American Tourism Narratives," Journal of Transnational American Studies, 8.1 (2017).

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University.  New York, New York.
M.A.  International Affairs, Asian Studies, Columbia University
M.A.  Family and Community Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Office: Carson Hall 54

Professional and Personal Interests:

I’m interested in life course dynamics, especially life course transitions, and have researched and written about identities of youth and adolescents across cultures, especially in societies (Asian) that are changing and modernizing.  As an anthropologist, I naturally subscribe to the view that cultural differences are important, but as a mindfulness practitioner I also recognize that people are essentially the same regardless of their diverse beliefs.   If I had to choose, I would say our alikeness matters more than our differences.

Selected Course Offerings:

LIBS 201: Exploring the Unknown
LIBS 202: Challenge and Response in the Modern World

Selected Publications:

The ethnographer as youth's apprentice.  Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.  Vol. 11.

Are the Taiwanese Becoming More Individualistic as They Become More Modern.  In Harvard Studies on Taiwan:  Papers of the Taiwan Studies Workshop.  Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.  Vol. 1.  Harvard University.

"We like to have fun":  Leisure and the Discovery of the Self in Taiwan's New Middle Class.   Modern China.  Vol. 20, No. 4, Pps. 416-445.

The Semiotic Mediation of Identity.  Ethos.  Vol. 22, No. 1.  Pps. 83-119.

Schooling for success in a non-Western culture:  A case study from Taiwan.  Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education  Vol 4, No 2, Pps 109-120.