Cecilia Cissell Lucas


Office Hours and Location

100C Blum Hall, UC Berkeley
510-664-9858 • cecilialucas [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Office Hours, Spring 2014 Semester:
Mondays 1:00–2:45pm, and by appointment


Cecilia Cissell Lucas received her MA and PhD from the Social and Cultural Studies program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her interdisciplinary dissertation sits at the intersection of Education, Ethnic Studies and Performance Studies, and examines issues related to white U.S. citizens’ engagement with racial justice and decolonization projects. She also has a BFA in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and spent almost five years working as the Assistant Director of Albany Park Theater Project, creating original plays with an ensemble of youth and adult artists based on real-life stories from Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. She is currently working as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching in the Global Poverty and Practice Minor and Peace and Conflict Studies department, and developing a play based on her dissertation.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Social and Cultural Studies
University of California at Berkeley

Masters of Arts (M.A.)
Social and Cultural Studies
University of California at Berkeley

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Theater and Performance Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Projects and Publications


Courses Taught

GPP 196: Global Poverty and Practice: Reflection Course
This course is intended to provide students with a forum for reflection on the Practice Experience component of the Global Poverty and Practice minor. Lessons learned in the minor will be applied to the realm of public discourse through various forms of public scholarship. Issues of power and privilege, civic engagement, and tensions between tourism vs. travel and community service vs. engagement will be addressed. Students will also explore academic and professional post-graduation options.

PACS 190: Peace and Conflict Studies: Senior Seminar
In this final core course for Peace and Conflict Studies majors, students apply knowledge, methodologies and theories from the major to the development of a Capstone Project. Capstone Projects can take the form of a major analytical paper, conducting and analyzing original research, or engaging in and analyzing an internship/service work experience. Through the course, students also refine research and research design skills while critically analyzing methodological approaches, refine skills in proposal writing, giving presentations, peer review, and writing a comprehensive paper, and explore academic and professional post-graduation options.