About Sara Sutler-Cohen






American Indian StudiesCollege of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


Office Hours: 

Thursday: 12:30 pm-12:30 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

By Appt. New office: D110-A


At SF State Since:



Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D., is a Sociologist currently teaching in the American Indian Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a parenthetical notation in American Studies in 2005 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her dissertation on the phenomenon of Neoshamanism in the Northern California area.


Dr. Sutler-Cohen has been teaching courses in Popular Culture, Media Studies, and Religion as well as a breadth of Sociology courses for fifteen years as well as working in Educational Administration as a Department Chair and Division Dean; she was Programming Director for the American Indian Film Festival at Bellevue College up in the Seattle area for five years before returning to the Bay Area in the summer of 2012.


Her current research involves death, dying, and bereavement and heavy metal and socioeconomic class and is working on a book on touring heavy metal bands.

She is also a deejay on Metal Nation Radio and the Organizer for Legion of Steel Metalfest & Conference.