Cynthia Ganote, PhD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Cynthia Ganote is an assistant professor in sociology, and her research focuses on ways to address microaggressions in higher education with microresistance; diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom; race, class, gender, and sexual inequalities; critical and feminist pedagogies; and critical approaches to community-based research. She formerly served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and later as Director of Faculty Development, at Saint Mary’s College of California in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as a national consultant on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and has published in such areas as microresistance in the classroom, critical and feminist pedagogies, and ways to connect classroom learning with democratic citizenship. 

Research Areas
Race, class, gender, and sexual inequalities
Diversity, equity & inclusion in higher education
Microresistance as a way to address microaggressions
Qualitative research methods, including grounded theory and feminist in-depth interviews
Community-based research theory and practice
Inclusive dialogue in the classroom
Critical and feminist pedagogies

Teaching Areas
SOC 202 Social Problems
SOC 210 Race in the U.S.
SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality