The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement has Three New Tenure Track Faculty for Fall 2016

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is thrilled to announce the successful search and hiring of three new tenure track faculty members.  Please welcome these Professors to the PACE and SFSU family.

o26a9696César Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice Studiesin the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formally, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos. Originally from Daly City and South San Francisco, Cesar Rodriguez’ education began with his family, where he learned to pursue his education as a form of self-defense from his mother, as well as to practice reflexive criticism from his father. He has studied globalization through political economy, mass incarceration through history and geography, and culture through the disciplines of Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies. Generally, his work focuses on race, class & hegemony. In particular, he examines two prominent racial regimes in the US – the prison, and the border – as well as whiteness as a form of authoritarian populism.

o26a9772Autumn Thoyre is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formerly she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Colgate University. Her research into the politics of sustainable energy transitions focuses on energy efficiency and conservation, the “low-hanging fruit” of climate change mitigation. Using mixed methods and an expansive, critical perspective on energy efficiency and conservation, she aims to inform both academic debates about the natures and political economies of saving energy as well as policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and inequalities. As a Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her research into the politics of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs led to her completion of a Ph.D. in Geography. During her master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, she worked with colleagues from over forty countries to analyze environmental politics through interdisciplinary lenses. Emphasizing sustainability and social justice, she has taught courses in environmental policy, environmental conservation, energy politics, water politics, reproductive politics, human geography, and research methods.

dilara-yarbroughDilara Yarbrough
 is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Yarbrough was drawn to PACE because of the college’s emphasis on social justice and service learning. Her research focuses on gender, race and criminalized work in the production of marginality. She is particularly interested in how the experiences of sex workers, transgender people, and people experiencing homelessness illuminate the workings of systems that manage poverty. Her current book project draws on interviews and ethnography with people who have been homeless and worked in the sex trade to compare the effects of three different governmental responses to poverty: Criminalization, medicalization and harm reduction. Her other projects include a participatory action research study of the effects of the criminalization of homelessness in San Francisco and a study of transgender organizing against state violence in Istanbul, Turkey.



Funding the Next Generations Statewide Conference


p1030425The Promise of Local Dedicated Funds for California’s Children, Funding the Next Generation’s second statewide conference, was held Monday, May 9 at San Francisco State University.

Funding the Next Generation, a program housed in the College of Health and Social Sciences and in partnership with The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, started the initiative to promote local public funding streams dedicated to services for children, youth and their families. More than two years ago, it started a journey to capture the public’s growing understanding of the needs of children and the success of California’s local children’s funds in San Francisco and Oakland.

The group asked: Can local children’s funds become a way to ensure sustainable funding for services to children, youth and families? Can the creation p1030472of local children’s funds become a statewide movement? Join the conference to learn the findings and insights to date. Featured speakers included:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom, who as mayor of San Francisco oversaw the nation’s largest children’s fund, addressed his understanding of the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a local fund.
  • Celinda Lake is one of the nation’s leading political strategists and pollsters who is known for her cutting-edge research on social policies and has served as a tactician for candidates and issue campaigns at all levels of government. She discussed the ways to frame children’s issues within a political
    context, as well as the benefits of

For more information, visit or contact Margaret Brodkin, the founder and director of Funding the Next Generation, at (415) 794-4963 or email