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 neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas, I got involved in ethnographic research on local Chicana/o social justice grassroots organizations that merged art and activism while I attended the University of Texas in San Antonio. I moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz where I studied critical social theory.

I am currently teaching SOC 1 Intro to Sociology, SOC 35 Sociology of Marriages, Families and Intimate Relationships, SOC 28 Women and Men, and SOC 20 Social Problems. I am also working on several professional development and equity projects on campus including working with the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), De Anza Latinx Association (DALA), The Office of Equity (the Social Science and Humanities Equity Core team), UndocuAlly, and the Latina/o Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD) program for 2019/2020 academic year. When I am not working on these efforts I am enjoying my wonderful family and friends’ company.  I love teaching and building community because I believe healing and building up each other is how we can build a new society.


Classes I Teach

Fall 2019

02282SOC 13Introduction to Sociology
22247SOC 14Introduction to Sociology
24790SOC 351SMarriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships

Summer 2019

10960SOC 12Introduction to Sociology
00954SOC 13Introduction to Sociology

Faculty Info

Steve Nava, Ph.D.

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: navasteve@fhda.edu
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