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Kelly Mayhew, PhD

Dr. Kelly Mayhew is a professor of English, Humanities, and Gender Studies at San Diego City College, where she also coordinates the Honors Program, the Labor Studies Program, and the PATH Program (a Mellon Grant with UCSD aimed at encouraging more students to go into the Arts and Humanities). She has a BA in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an MA in English from San Diego State University, and a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is a Vice President and Executive Board member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931. Statewide, she is the co-chair of the California Federation of Teachers’ Labor and Climate Justice Education Committee. A long-time educator and advocate of youth, Dr. Mayhew also sits on the Steering Committee of the Center on Policy Initiative’s Students for Economic Justice Fellowship program. Dr. Mayhew was also a Board member of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice and a founding member of the San Diego chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

With Jim Miller and Mike Davis, Dr. Mayhew is the co-author of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See (The New Press, 2003, 2005) as well as co-author with Jim Miller of Better to Reign in Hell: Inside the Raiders Fan Empire (The New Press, 2005), and is co-editor with Alys Masek of Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (City Works Press, 2010), co-editor with Paula S. Rothenberg of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States 9th edition (Worth Publishers, 2014), and co-editor with Jim Miller of Sunshine/Noir II: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana (City Works Press, 2015). She is also a founding member of the San Diego Writers Collective, which created City Works Press (a progressive, all-volunteer non-profit publishing project that is housed at City College) in 2005, for which she serves as the Managing Editor.


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