faculty profile

Chris Carlsson
Visiting Faculty
Interdisciplinary Studies

Chris Carlsson, director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco (shapingsf.org), is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. He has written two books (After the Deluge, Nowtopia) and edited six books, (Reclaiming San Francisco, The Political Edge, Bad Attitude, Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration, Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78, and Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20). He redesigned and co-authored an expanded Vanished Waters: A History of San Francisco’s Mission Bay. He has produced bi-weekly public talks since January 2006, now ongoing at 518 Valencia in San Francisco. He also conducts award-winning bicycle history tours. He has given hundreds of public presentations based on Shaping San Francisco, Critical Mass, and Nowtopia since the late 1990s, and has appeared dozens of times on radio, television, and the internet.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Attitude Adjustment Seminar, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, England, 1990
  • The Door is Always Open, Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, 1993
Selected Publications: 
  • Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today. AK Press, Oakland, 2008.
  • After the Deluge: A Novel of Post-Economic San Francisco. Full Enjoyment Books, San Francisco, 2004.
  • Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78. City Lights Foundation, San Francisco, 2011.