Professor Peter Phillips

 Participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Contact Information:

Fall 2020 On-line
Office Hours 4-5 PM Tuesday on-line or by phone Phone: 707-486-3540

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Areas of Expertise:

Political Sociology, Sociology of Media

Academic Interests:

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017.  He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney 2006, editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism 1999 & 2004. His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite from Seven Stories Press August 2018. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff 2010 to 2017 originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega California with his wife Mary Lia.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 330: Sociology of Media
  • SOCI 380: Political Sociology
  • SOCI 371: Sociology of Conspiracies
  • SOCI 436: Investigative Sociology
  • SOCI 449: Sociology of Power

Selected Publications:

  • Phillips, Peter. 1994. A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club. University of California, Davis. Doctoral Dissertation.