Mary Robertson joined the faculty of CSUSM as Assistant Professor of Sociology in fall of 2014. Her areas of interest include the sociology of sexualities, sex and gender, and inequalities. She uses qualitative methods and has expertise in both feminist and queer theories. She is interested in doing public sociology, which attempts to open a dialogue between the academy and the larger community in which it is situated. Dr. Robertson came to San Diego from Denver, Colorado, where she was born and raised. In a previous life she worked in the concert industry and has a strong passion for music of all kinds.
Spring 2014 Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
Winter 2005 B.A., Women’s Studies Individualized Degree: “Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Activism in a Global Context”
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Robertson’s dissertation, titled, “Coming Out and Coming Up: LGBT-Identified Youth and the Queering of Adolescence ” is a feminist ethnography of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth drop-in center that examines how young people discover, explore, and establish their sexual and gender identities. She is currently exploring how young people learn about same-sex attraction through counter-hegemonic forms of new media like Japanese animation and erotic fan fiction.
SOC 313 Race Ethnic Relations
SOC 315 Gender in Society
SOC 630 Critical Perspectives in Human Service Delivery
In the coming semesters Dr. Robertson will be re-developing SOC 307, Human Sexualities, as well as developing new courses in the area of the sociology of sexualities.