Dan Brook

Department of Sociology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0122 USA

e-mail: brook@brook.com / tel: 408-924-2914





            University of California, Davis, Davis, California

                        Ph.D. in Sociology, June 1997

                        M.A. in Sociology, December 1995

                        HonorsUC Davis Fellowship - 1996 - 1997

                                        Second Place Winner, Society for the Study of Social Problems Essay Contest - 1997

                                        Department of Sociology Travel Grant - 1996

                                        GSA Travel Grant - 1996


            San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California 

                        M.A. in Political Science, May 1992

                        Honors:  Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement - 1992

                                        Johnson / Kolb Scholarship for Students with Disabilities - 1992

                                        Jenkins Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Political Action - 1992

                                        First Place Winner of CFA / LARC Student Essay Contest - 1991 - 1992

                                        Wasserman Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student - 1991


            Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

                        B.A. in Socio-Political Economy, May 1988

                        Senior Thesis: The Political Economy of Development in Mexico

                        Honors:  Arista Honor Society - 1988



          Instructor, San Jose State University, Spring 1997, Spring 2005 date

Instructor for courses in: Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Globalization; Social Change; Cities; Political Sociology; War and Violence; and Writing.

Advisor for Service Learning Projects.

                First Place Winner (“Tea Time”) of 2009 Global Lens Photo Contest.

            First Place Winner (“The Joy of Reading”) of 2008 Global Lens Photo Contest.

            Third Place Winner (“Buddha Tree”) of 2006 Global Lens Photo Contest.


          Instructor, City College of San Francisco, Fall 1994, Spring 2008, Spring 2010 -- date

          Instructor for courses in American Politics and Comparative Politics; Co-Instructor for a course in Political Action.

Advisor for Honors Projects, Service Learning Projects, and Independent Studies. Supervisor of research assistants.


          Instructor and Auditor, Excelsior College, Fall 2009 – Fall 2010

            Instructor and course auditor of online courses in Sociology.


            Instructor, Cañada College, Fall 2008

            Instructor for a course in Introduction to Sociology.


            Instructor, Santa Clara University, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

Instructor for courses in Social Problems; Advisor for Service Learning Projects.


          Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, Fall 2001 – Summer 2004

          Instructor for courses in: Environmental Sociology; Sociology of Work; Organizations;

Sociology of Education; Urban Sociology; and Social Change. Advisor for:

Service Learning Projects; Independent Studies; and Senior Theses. Supervisor of graduate student assistants.


          Lecturer, University of California, Davis, Fall 1997 - Summer 2001

Instructor for courses in: Social Problems; Social Stratification; Political Sociology; Corporations

& Society; Social Movements; Welfare; People, Work, & Technology; Occupations; Community Organizing;

and the Internship and Research Practicum. Advisor for: Independent Study courses; Honors

Programs; internships; service learning; and a student organization. Supervisor of graduate student assistants.


          Instructor, San Francisco State University, Fall 1991 - Summer 1992, Spring 1997, Spring 2001

Instructor for courses in: Cities in Global Society and Environmental Sociology. Co-Instructor for three courses in American Politics. Supervisor of assistant.


          Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis, Spring 1994 - Spring 1996

Teaching Assistant for: Corporations & Society; Social Inequality; Complex Organizations;

American Society; Social Welfare; and Collective Behavior.


          Instructor, California State University Hayward (CSU East Bay), Summer 1993

          Co-Instructor for a course in American Politics.


          Research Assistant, Institute for Food and Development Policy, Summer 1992

          Conducted research on the environmental effects of North American free trade.


          Research Assistant and Reader, University of California at Berkeley, Spring 1992

          Engaged in research and graded research papers for a course in the History of Mexico.


          Assistant Head Teacher, Child Study Center, San Francisco, 1990 - 1991

          Teacher of preschool children and supervisor of college interns in a multicultural, observational setting.


          Teacher, ELS International, Bangkok, Thailand, 1989 - 1990

          Teacher of English as a Foreign Language to Thai people of various ages and professions.


          Teacher, Public School 225, Brooklyn, New York, 1988 - 1989

          Teacher of English as a Second Language to recent immigrant children.


          Teaching Assistant, Clark University, Spring 1988

          Leader of weekly group discussions that supplemented course work in classical sociological theory.


          Editor, John D. Blydenburgh, Worcester, Massachusetts, Spring 1988

          Editor of interviews for a social research project.



            JUSTICE in the KITCHEN (2012)

            Che Forever (Smashwords, 2009)

            An Alef-Bet Kabalah (Smashwords, 2009)

            Understanding Sociology, 3rd ed. (Redding, CA: Horizon Textbook Publishing, 2007) (co-authored)

Modern Revolution: Social Change and Cultural Continuity in Czechoslovakia and China

            (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005)



Was Prophet Isaiah a Yiddishe Mama?”, Tikkun Daily, September 24, 2012

breathe dot calm”, The Diary Mad, June 8, 2012

A Declaration of the 99%”, Jewish Currents Blog, December 8, 2011  An earlier version appears as “Need vs Greed”, Dissident Voice, November 11. 2011.

            “Eco Al Cheyt: Atoning for Our Environmental Sins”, Tikkun Daily, October 6, 2011

            “Modern Revolution in 2011”, OpEd News, September 4, 2011

            A Royal Gift”, OpEd News, April 29, 2011

            The Four Citizens: A Passover Meditation”, Tikkun Daily, April 15, 2011. Republished on Alternet and in various other media.

            Controlling Cholesterol & Beating Heart Disease”, OpEd News, November 30, 2010. Republished in Vegetarians in Paradise, March 2011.

Are You Taking Global Warming Personally?”, world.edu, October 27, 2010 (co-authored with Richard Schwartz)

LOVE for the Environment”, truthout, May 29, 2010 and in other media.

Natural and Unnatural Disasters”, Common Dreams, February 15, 2010

The Planet-Saving Mitzvah”, Tikkun, July/August 2009

 “Another Chanukah Miracle”, The Gantseh Megillah, December 2008 (co-authored with Richard Schwartz).

Earlier versions are published as “Another Miracle of Chanukah”, Tikkun, December 2005 and as

Moving Toward a New Miracle of Chanukah”, New Jersey Jewish News, December 2, 2004.

Courage, Cowardice, & John McCain” [review of John McCain’s Why Courage Matters], CommonDreams, October 17, 2008.

An earlier version was published as “The Courage To Be Courageous”, Dissident Voice, October 12, 2004

“Ten Commandments Regarding Animals”, Vegetarian News, Winter 2008. Expanded and published on All-Creatures.org, June 9, 2008.

Oil Wars: Fueling Both U.S. Empire and Ecocide”, Dissident Voice, August 20, 2007. Earlier versions were published as

Oil War: Fueling the Empire”, CounterPunch, April 17, 2003, translated and published as an English / Japanese version,

and also published as Oil Wars: Fueling the Empire”, Political Affairs, Fall 2004 (special issue)

New Element Discovered: Capitalisium”, Monthly Review Zine, August 1, 2007

Cesar Chávez and Comprehensive Rights”, ZNet, May 30, 2007. Republished in The Island Vegetarian, July-September 2007 and on the UFW web site.

The Warming Globe and Us: It’s More Than CO2”, Dissident Voice, May 1, 2007 (co-authored with Richard Schwartz).

Republished as “Global Warming is the Problem, Vegetarianism is the Solution” in SAFE Magazine, Fall/Winter 2007,

as “Another Inconvenient Truth” [cover story] in Animals Voice, Fall 2007, and as “Global Warming & Us: A Fork in the Road?”.

Making Poverty History” [review of Scott Myers-Lipton’s Social Solutions to Poverty], CounterPunch, February 23, 2007

            “Don’t Have A Cow: It Will Help in Fight Against Global Warming”, JTA, January 22, 2007 (co-authored with Richard Schwartz).

Republished under different titles in various media.

            “Listening for a (Social) Change”, Political Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 10, November 2006. A different version

is published as Open Our Ears: Listening for a Change”, Jewish Magazine, No. 90, May 2005

            “Another Inconvenient Truth: Meat is a Global Warming Issue”, E Magazine commentary,

                        August 17, 2006. Republished in Sustainable Business Insider on November 15, 2006, EarthSave News in September 2006, and in various other media.

A shorter version is published as “Meat is a Global Warming Issue”, AlterNet, August 24, 2006 and republished in various other media.

            “Lag B’Omer & Vegetarianism: Making Every Day Count”, The Jewish Voice, June 2006 (co-authored with Richard Schwartz)

            “Review” of William Blum’s Rogue State, 3rd Ed., Tikkun, April 2006

“The Politics of Insurgency”, Political Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 3, March 2006.

Published online as “A Politics of Politics: Routine and Insurgent Tactics”.

“Praxis Journal” in Peter Kaufman, ed., Critical Pedagogy in Sociology

(Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 2002, 2006)

 Eco-Eating: Eating as if the Earth Matters”, Vegetarians in Paradise, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 2005.

A previous version is published as “Healthy Eating, Healthy Environment”, Laptop Lunch Times, October 2004

            “Tsunamis”, Political Affairs, Vol. 84, No. 4, April 2005

“Dreaming Reality in Sukhothai”, The Nation (Thailand), March 2005

The Next Generation”, Nonviolent Activist, September-October 2004

            “Nader and the Nadir of Democracy?”, Dissident Voice, August 7, 2004

 “Bombing Baghdad by the Bay?”, From the Left (ASA section newsletter), Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2003.

            An abbreviated version is published as A Call for Empathy: Rethink Pre-emptive Bush Doctrine”,

            Berkeley Daily Planet, Weekend Edition, April 4-7, 2003

Shocking and Awful”, Online Journal of Public Theology, 29 March 2003

Mass Rally, Sort Of”, CounterPunch, March 5, 2003

Celebrating Genocide!”, CounterPunch, November 26, 2002. Republished in

            La Voz del Pueblo Taino (The Voice of the Taino People),

            Vol. 5, Issue 4, October-December 2002, as “Thanksgiving - Celebrating Genocide”,

            Guerrilla Funk Recordings, November 17, 2004, and in other media. Translated as “¡Celebrando el Genocidio!”,

            ZNet, Spanish Section, February 2001 and into Korean as “Thanksgiving Day”, 2002.

An Open Letter to Barbara Lee”, CounterPunch, October 14, 2002

            “Human Education Should Be Humanistic: A Progressive Philosophy of Teaching”, The Sociology Shop, July 2002

            “Judi Bari and the FBI”, ZNet, May 27, 2002. Republished in Fifth Estate, Vol 37, No. 2 (357), Summer 2002.

Questions of Liberty”, Common Dreams, April 25, 2002

Israel, Palestine, & Justice”, Common Dreams, April 8, 2002. Republished as “Israel, Palestine and Justice

            in AlterNet, April 9, 2002; The Hutchinson Report, April 9, 2002; “Responsibility is a Two-Way Street”,

            Metroland, April 11, 2002; The Critical Voice; The Street Wall Journal, June 2002; and in other media.

 “Seeking and Speaking the Truth” [review of William Blum’s Rogue Nation], Socialism and Democracy,

            Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter-Spring 2002

            “The Ongoing Tragedy of the Commons”, Social Science Journal, Vol. 38, No. 4, November 2001

Democracy and Its Discontents”, Socialist Review, Vol. 28, No. 3-4, Fall 2001.

Revised and republished from “Theses on Democrats”, Today in Perspective,

Vol. 2, Issue 3, January 1997.

Review” of History as Mystery by Michael Parenti, Critical Sociology, Vol. 27,

No. 2, Summer 2001. Also published as “Resolving the Mystery of History”,

Z Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 2001 and as “Unraveling the Mystery of History”,

Jewish Currents, Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2001.

The Continuum of Collective Action”, Peace Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, June 2001.

 Revised and republished from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Working Paper Series, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2000.

             “A Note on the Journal (for courses with a service-learning component)” in Glenn A.

Goodwin and Martin D. Schwartz, eds., ‘Professing’ Humanist Sociology, 4th ed.

(Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 2000)

            “Deadly Humanitarianism”, From the Left (ASA section newsletter), Vol. 23, No. 2-3, Spring/Summer 1999

            “Revolutionary Rehearsal and the Case(s) of China”, Collective Behavior

                        and Social Movements Working Paper Series, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1999

Environmental Genocide: Native Americans and Toxic Waste”, American Journal

             of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 57, No. 1, January 1998. Republished in Rob White, ed. Environmental Crime: A Reader

            (Routledge, 2009).

            “Assassination, Banks, and Chiapas”, Critical Mass (ASA section newsletter), Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall 1997

            “Democratic Daydreams and Communist Party Nightmares”, Chinese Community

                        Forum, #9707, February 5, 1997

            “Comparisons of Coercion, Consent, and Change in China”, Chinese Community

                        Forum, #9703, January 22, 1997

            “The Beijing Spring and Beyond: Modern Revolution in China” in Colin Barker

and Mike Tyldesley, eds., Alternative Futures and Popular Protest II (Manchester:

Manchester Metropolitan University, 1996)

            “The History of Labor and the Labor of History”, Comparative & Historical Sociology (ASA section newsletter),

                        Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring 1996

            “The Great Transformation—Its Relevance Continues”, American Journal of

                        Economics and Sociology, Vol. 53, No. 4, October 1994

Review” of EcoPopulism by Andrew Szasz, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 1, 1994.

            Revised and republished as “Everyone’s Backyard”, Boston Book Review, Vol. 2,

            No. 4, April 1995.

“Toxic Trade”, Z Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1992. Revised and republished as

            “U.S. Factories in Mexico Cause Toxic Pollution” in Charles P. Cozic, ed., Pollution

            (Greenhaven Press, 1994)

            “What is Good?”, Contradictions, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1986



Chiang Mai, Thailand: J is for Vegetarian” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

The Vegetarian Soul of Seoul” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

broken glass” [haiku], A Hundred Gourds, June 2012

“white bird” [haiku], Notes from the Gean, March 2012

“finding friendship” [poem], Street Sheet, January 2012

“3 Haiku” [haiku sequence], Stephen Boyer, Filip Marinovich, and the Poets of OWS, ed. Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

“God” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, Winter 2011-2012

“November Ninth” [poem], Trevor Maynard, ed. The Poetic Bond (Willowdown Books, 2011)

            “Veg*n Out in Berkeley” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

            “Heeling the World, Healing Ourselves” [poem], OpEd News, November 26, 2010

            “Florence: Paradise Found!” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

            “In the Kitchen” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, Spring 2010

“Idolatry” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, Winter 2009-2010

Holy Haridwar & Righteous Rishikesh” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

“Justice, Justice” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, January-February 2009

San Jose, California: Vegetarian Vietnamese Valley of Heart’s Delight” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

“Jerusalem” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, November-December 2008

“personal papers” [haibun (short story ending with a haiku)], contemporary haibun online, September 2008

            “Rabbis” [haiku sequence], Jewish Currents, September-October 2008

            “deep relaxation” [haiku], Frogpond, Fall 2008

            “The Harvest” [photograph], Nancy Cary, ed. Hunger and Thirst (Sunbelt Publications, 2008)

            “Kyoto, Japan: New Treats in an Ancient Capital” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

            “Luang Prabang, Laos: Vegetarian Gem of the Mekong” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

                Buddha Tree” [photograph], 2008 SJSU Global Studies Calendar (May)

                Sparkling San Francisco: A Jewel in the California Crown” [article & photographs], VegDining.com

“Iraq Is Another Four-Letter Word”, Poems-For-All, #835, 24th Street Irregular Press, November 2007

“Real Social Security” [graphic], San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 8-14, 2007.

An earlier and different version is published in Journal of Creative Social Discourse, Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 1997

“Rosa Parks” [poetry], Political Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 5, May 2007

“Political Sociology” [syllabus], Sarah Sobieraj, ed., Political Sociology: Syllabi and Instructional Materials

(Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 2005)

            “Arboretum” [haiku sequence], Poems-For-All, #459, 24th Street Irregular Press, December 2004

            “Haiku Definition”, haikupoet.com (including an index of haiku definitions)

            “The Colors of War” [poem] in Jason Carpenter, Rekha Bala, and Ilana Urnansky, eds.,

                        Vanguard in the Belly of the Beast: Voices and Images of Protest (May 15, 2003)

            “Sociological Snippets”, The Sociology Shop. Also posted on Dear Habermas:

                        A Journal of Postmodern and Critical Thought, Vol. 16, No. 3, Feb. 24-March 3, 2003.

            “A Year of Spring” [and other poems], Poets Against War

            “Meatless in Mexico City”, Vegetarian Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, January/February 1996.

                        Translated into Spanish by Tais Thompson and republished as “Cena Vegetariana en la Ciudad de México

                        on the International Vegetarian Union Web Site (undated).




“Eating the Earth”, World Veg Festival and IVU Congress, San Francisco, CA, October 7, 2012

“New Year for Animals”, Go Vegan Radio, August 19, 2012

“Greening & Justicing Your B’nai Mitzvah”, Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco, CA, January 11, 2012

“ReFund Education for the 99%”, City College of San Francisco, November 16, 2011

A Delightful Dozen: My Top 12 Reasons for Being Vegetarian”, World Veg Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 3, 2010

            “LOVE for the Environment: Local, Organic, Veg*n Eating”, World Veg Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 4, 2009

            “The Planet-Saving Mitzvah”, Tikkun Phone Forum, July 27, 2009

            “Eating for Personal, Public, and Planetary Health, World Veg Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 4, 2008

            “Social Causes and Higher Social Costs of Rising Food Prices”, Wellness Central, San Francisco, CA, July 9, 2008

            Interview [“Thanksgiving”], KPFK (90.7 FM), Los Angeles, CA, November 20, 2007

            “Eating as if the Earth Matters”, World Veg Festival, San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2007

            “Factory Farms and Slaughterhouses as Sweatshops”, Sustainabilty Week, San Jose State University, April 19, 2007

            “A Sociology of Sustainable Development”, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, April 16, 2007

            “Eating as if the Earth Matters”, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, April 16, 2007

            Interview, KOPT (1600 AM), Eugene, Oregon, April 16, 2007

            Interview, KBOO (Inform Productions), Eugene, Oregon, April 16, 2007

            Interview, Wake Up America, April 9, 2007

Perspective [“Meat and Global Warming”], KQED (88.5 FM), San Francisco, CA, February 21 & 25, 2007.

Rebroadcast on the H2O Podcast (Vegan-Vegetarian Solutions for a Sustainable Environment).

“Facing the Facts about Food”, San Jose State University, November 6, 2006

“Social Stratification”, College of San Mateo, October 20, 2006

Interview [“The Meat of Global Warming”], WHUS (91.7 FM), Storrs, CT, October 12, 2006

            “Think Globally, Eat Locally”, San Jose State University, April 18, 2006

            “Hegemony”, San Francisco State University, October 6, 2004

“Philosophy and Practice”, University of California at Berkeley, May 14, 2003

                Interview [“India & Pakistan: Nationalism & Militarism”], KPFA (94.1 FM), Berkeley, California, June 1, 2002

            Interview [“Conference Against Racism”], KPFA (94.1 FM), Berkeley, California, September 8, 2001

            Interview [“Tax Policy”], KPFA (94.1 FM), Berkeley, California, May 26, 2001

Interview [“Electoral and Everyday Democracy”], KDVS (90.3 FM), Davis, California, October 25, 2000

            “Considering Chinese Communism”, University of California, Davis, October 19, 2000

            Interview [“Corporations & Globalization”], KDVS (90.3 FM), Davis, California, June 7, 2000

            Interview [“Environmental Justice”], KDVS (90.3 FM), Davis, California, February 22, 2000

            “Global Stratification: Causes, Consequences, and Constructive Criticism”,

                        California State University East Bay (Hayward), July 24, 1999

            Interview [“Political Forum”], KDVS (90.3 FM), Davis, California, July 10, 1999

            “Elements of Environmental Sociology”, California State University Fresno, April 20, 1999

            “Political Leadership in Cultural Context”, University of Richmond, February 9, 1998

            “Philosophies of Methodologies in Social Research”, San Francisco State University, November 13, 1997

            “Doing Social Research: Modern Revolution in Czechoslovakia and Beyond”,

Paper presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

on Social Change: Opportunities & Constraints, New York, New York, August 16-20, 1996

            “The (Re)Production of Velvet: On the Dynamics of Czechoslovakia’s Modern

Revolution”, Paper presented at the Second Regional Conference on

Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, Seattle, Washington, April 20, 1996

            “The Beijing Spring and Beyond: Modern Revolution in China”, Paper presented

at the Second International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest,

Manchester, England, March 26-28, 1996

            “Capitalism and Democracy”, City College of San Francisco, Spring 1995

            “All Politics is Local: California Government and Politics”, California State

University East Bay (Hayward), January 26, 1994

            “The Political Economy of Development in Mexico”, Clark University, Fall 1987



            Winner, 4th-10th Place [haiku and other poems], Vegetarian Week Contest 2011

            Recipient, Merit Award, VegFund, 2010

            Chair, OS JUSTICE, Or Shalom Jewish Community, 2008 - present

            Member, Parkmerced Sustainability Committee, 2007 - 2011

            Staff Photographer, Green Festival (San Francisco), 2007 – 2008, 2010

            Member, Religious School Committee, Or Shalom Jewish Community, 2007 - 2008

            Member, San Francisco Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, 2006 – 2008

            Volunteer, Rooftop Alternative School Library, 2006 - 2007

            Alumni Interviewer, Clark University, 2002 - present

            Author, “It’s Eco-Logical”, Lakeshore Elementary School Newsletter, 2002 - 2006

            Grader, Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, 2002 - 2004

            Trained Community Mediator, Community Boards, San Francisco, October 2001 - present

            Parent-Teacher, Playmates Cooperative Preschool, 2000 - 2001

            Referee, American Journal of Economics and Sociology and Critical Sociology, 1999 - present

            Faculty Advisor, Union for Social Advancement, UC Davis, 1999 - 2001

            Member, Socialist Review Editorial Collective, 1998 - 2001

            Freelance Editor, McGraw-Hill, Pine Forge Press, and W.W. Norton, 1997 - present

            Member, Board of Directors of Or Shalom Jewish Community, 1995 - 1996

            Copyeditor and proofreader, Or Shalom, 1995 - 1996

            Participant, Essential Information’s Summer Institute on Teaching Activism

(with Ralph Nader, Lois Gibbs, Howard Zinn, and others), 1994

Staff Photographer, Pastichio (Clark University Yearbook), 1986 - 1988




Food for Thought---and Action




The Vegetarian Mitzvah


No Smoking?



Daniel Brook