Garry Rolison, Ph.D.
Garry Rolison, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology

Office: SBSB 4214
Phone: 760.750.4148
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I joined the Sociology Program at CSUSM in fall 1996 as an Associate Professor.  Before coming to CSUSM, I served as an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, University of Oklahoma, and, UC Santa Barbara.  My research interests and publications are in the areas of Race/Ethnicity, Social Control and the Sociology of Black Americans.  I have been teaching courses on Black Communities, Race and Ethnicity, Sociological Theory and Media at the undergaduate level and Sociological Theory and Quantitative Analysis at the graduate level.

1990/02       Research Fellow, Center for Research on Multi-Ethnic Education
                   University of Oklahoma, Norman.

1986            Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
                   Dissertation:  "The Political Economy of the Urban Underclass:  Black
                   Subemployment in Post-Industrial Capitalism."

1983            M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

1978            A.B., Urban and Rural Studies, University of California, San Diego.


My research continues to explore the sociological dimensions of Blackness in the United States.  This focus extends to the construction of radial identity among the "Estelusti," freedpeople of the so-called Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma Territory and, such as myself, their descendants.  The increased control of Black bodies is another focus.  This research extends from sexuality to incarceration and health inequalities.  Finally, my third research interest focuses on the politics of race in the United States.

My most recent work includes:

Gonzales, Alicia M. and Garry Rolison.  "Social Oppression and Attitudes toward Sexual Practices."  Journal of Black Studies.  Vol. 35, No. 6 (2005):  715-729.

Garry L. Rolison & Kathy M. Rolison, "Freed People and Tribal Sovereignty:  The Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations after the Civil War," UCLA School of Law, 5th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium:  Race and Soverignty, Los Angeles, California, April 2011.

Garry Rolison & Sharon Elise, "Beyond the Post-Racial:  Government as Blackface."  2013 Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activities, CSUSM, April 2013.


I have taught extensively, delivering core coursework for both our undergraduate and graduate degrees.  As time permits, I also teach issues of media and race, as well as inequality.  In our Critical Race Concentration, I teach the African American Communities and Race and Ethnicity courses.