Faculty & Staff Directory

Kaya Oakes

Office Address: 
M21 Wheeler Hall
Office Hours: 
M 2-4 PM and by appointment

Kaya Oakes teaches College Writing R1A, R4B, 110, 130 and 131 (creative nonfiction), and has been a lecturer in College Writing since 2000. She is the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books: 2015, Religion News Association best books finalist), Radical Reinvention (Counterpoint Press: 2012), and Slanted and Enchanted (Henry Holt: 2009, San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book). Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New Republic, SlateThe Guardian, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Sojourners, On Being, and many other publications. She is also a senior writer at Religion Dispatches, a contributing editor at Killing the Buddha, and a staff writer at America Magazine. In 2016, she was among agroup of international writers who traveled to the Vatican to study reporting on religion in politically tumultous times. At Berkeley, she was the recipient of an innovation grant and a faculty fellowship from the Mellon Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research, and a Lecturer Teaching Fellowship. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has done postgraduate work in writing and education at Berkeley. Her books are widely taught, and she travels frequently to colleges and conferences around the country to speak and guest teach, but she mostly enjoys spending time in her hometown of Oakland, California. 

Publications / Presentations 

Essays and journalism: https://muckrack.com/kaya-oakes-1

Books and biographical info: http://www.oakestown.org/