Clayton Dumont

Clayton Dumont

Contact Information

(415) 338-7502

Office Information: 

HSS 367C
Room Number: 
Also available by appointment.
Office Hours: 
Monday: 3:00-4:00
Tuesday: 3:00-4:00
Thursday: 9:00-10:00


Clayton Dumont, Professor of Sociology, has been at SFSU since 1991. He teaches sociological theory, the sociology of knowledge, environmental sociology, and a course on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. His book, The Promise of Poststructuralist Sociology: Marginalized Peoples and the Problem of Knowledge, was published by State University of New York Press in 2008. His current work focuses on furthering Tribes' efforts to control the future of approximately 120,000 of their ancestors designated by scientific institutions as "culturally unidentifiable."

Classes Offered Spring 2017

  • SOC 370 Classical Theories of Society
  • SOC 500 Sociology of Knowledge

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Poststructuralist Theory
  • The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • Affirmative Action


  • "Navigating a Colonial Quagmire: Affirming Native Lives in the Struggle to Defend Our Dead," in Accomplishing NAGPRA (2013). Oregon State University Press
  • "Contesting Scientists' Narrations of NAGPRA'S Legislative History: Rule 10.11 and the Recovery of 'Culturally Unidentifiable' Ancestors" Wicazo Sa Review 26(1) 2011