Cynthia Boaz

Title: Associate Professor

Concentration: Strategic Nonviolent Action, Civil Resistance, Quality of Democracy, Political Communication and Media, Political Development  

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Davis

Office: Stevenson 2081

Phone: (707) 664-2589




Dr. Boaz joined the faculty of Sonoma State University in Fall 2008. Her expertise is in strategic nonviolent action, civil resistance, quality of democracy, and political communication and media. Her doctorate was granted by the University of California at Davis in 2003. She was on the faculty at the State University of New York at Brockport from 2004-2008. 

Dr. Boaz is an Academic Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a Washington DC- based human rights foundation that collects and disseminates knowledge on civil resistance. Her work with ICNC has sent her to conferences in India, Australia, Chile, Spain, and around the United States, including the annual Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, at Tufts University, where she has served as an instructor on four occasions (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012). She considers her interview with Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran to be a highlight of her work in this field. Dr. Boaz continues to work alongside notable veterans of the struggles in South Africa, Serbia, Burma, and the US Civil Rights Movement, including Rev. James Lawson. Dr. Boaz is a prolific writer and contributes analyses regularly to several news and commentary-based media, including Truthout, the Huffington Post, Common Dreams, Waging Nonviolence, and Open Democracy

At Sonoma State, Dr. Boaz is the Faculty Advisor for the award-winning Model United Nations club and class, which every Spring participates in the National Model United Nations conference in New York City, and is department Internship Coordinator for placements with non-profits and local advocacy groups and organizations. 

Dr. Boaz is also an affiliated scholar with the UNESCO Program in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain, where she has taught courses in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011 and advises graduate students. She is founding board member of the Sonoma Independent, a grassroots media organization.  She spent her Fall 2015 sabbatical in West Cork, Ireland. 


  • POLS 202: Issues in Modern American Politics
  • POLS 302: Social Science Research Methods
  • POLS 304: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 345: Model United Nations
  • POLS 391: Gender and Politics
  • POLS 431: Politics and the Media 
  • POLS 447: Nonviolent Strategies in International Relations
  • POLS 486: Democracy, Globalization and Human Rights
  • POLS 486: Gender and Geopolitics in Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • UNIV 150: Freshman Year Experience: Identity and Global Challenges