Richard Shapiro

Richard Shapiro is Vice President of Education and Public Policy at Pixatel, an organization that works with innovative e-education in socially disadvantaged sites through fostering public/private partnerships. Shapiro has been involved in creating emancipatory education, focused on social justice, ecological sustainability, and cultural diversity. Shapiro’s work focuses on the dynamics of othering, contemporary forms of racism, history of social thought, anthropology as cultural critique, and Euro/Anglo-Christian cultural dominance. Shapiro was Guest Faculty, School of Education, University of San Francisco, where he co-taught courses in anthropology and philosophy in 2013-2014. Shapiro served on the faculty in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at California Institute of Integral Studies as Chair and Associate Professor (2004-2011), Director and Assistant Professor (1997-2004), and Adjunct and Assistant Professor (1986-1996), co-creating a curriculum in postcolonial anthropology. He was Director of Humanities, New College of California (1985-95). A founding member of Todos: Sherover-Simms Institute for Alliance Building, Shapiro co-founded Jewish-Muslim Friendship Circle with Kashmiri allies (2009). Shapiro has a B.A. in Politics and Modern Society and Social Thought from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Shapiro advanced to candidacy in the anthropology doctoral program, New School, in 1983, and is currently a doctoral candidate at NCU. He is completing a book manuscript, Michel Foucault on Truth, Power, and Subjectivity.