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About Me

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

~ Paulo Freire


Born in a working-poor segregated neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas.  I embraced my sociological imagination at an early age and would soon discover the social sciences.  Though I studied psychology and philosophy at St. Philips Community College, I eventually changed my major to Chicanx Studies with an emphasis in Sociology as a junior at U.T. San Antonio.  It was then that I began researching local (intersectional and decolonial) Chicanx-led social justice grassroots organizations that merged art and activism and theories of power/knowledge.  Being able to apply the critical theories I learned to real social experiences was very exciting to me.

At the suggestion of an inspiring mentor and friend, Dr. Josie Méndez-Negrete, I moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz's Sociology Department where I studied Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, and theories of racial/gender/sexuality and national affect.  I started teaching in the Bay Area in 2004 and I've been teaching at De Anza College since 2010.


I most often teach SOC 1 Intro to Sociology, SOC 35 Sociology of Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships, SOC 14 Process of Social Research, and SOC 28 Sociology of Gender. 


I am currently working on several equity projects on campus with the following groups: De Anza Latinx Association, the Social Science and Humanities Equity Core Team, and the Latinx Empowerment at De Anza (¡LEAD!) mentoring and community engagement cohort program. 

Classes I Teach

Spring 2024

44547SOC 166ZIntroduction to Sociology
45935SOC 167ZIntroduction to Sociology
43857SOC 3501YMarriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

Winter 2024

35642SOC 101YIntroduction to Sociology
35641SOC 152ZIntroduction to Sociology
36201SOC 153ZIntroduction to Sociology
36202SOC 1401YThe Process of Social Research

Faculty Info

Steve Nava

Social Sciences and Humanities




Ph.D., Sociology, UCSC, 2010; M.S., Sociology, UT San Antonio

Office Hours

My office hours change each quarter, please email me for my updated office hours to set an appointment:

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