Cynthia Tobar

Visiting Assistant Professor Social Science and Cultural Studies
Cynthia Tobar is an artist, activist-scholar, archivist and oral historian who is passionate about creating interactive, participatory stories documenting social change. She seeks to amplify stories of community care and power, expressed through socially engaged art and activism. Cynthia's work is primarily rooted in documenting the struggles of the Latinx immigrant community against inequity and discrimination in low wage industries and displacement due to gentrification in Brooklyn.

Cynthia has taught both Undergraduate and Graduate level courses at Pratt and has also taught Oral History for Wa Na Wari, a community art nonprofit centered on making and preserving Black cultural space and the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities. In addition to teaching at Pratt, Cynthia is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College, where she creates socially-engaged art programming, community-based archiving and storytelling projects that incubate spaces of culturally responsive memory-building to further advance community engagement with the Archives. She holds a Master’s in Information Studies from Pratt Institute and a Master's in Politics from the New School.


Mujeres Atrevidas (2023)