Theresa C. Suarez, Ph. D
Theresa C. Suarez, Ph. D
Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: SBSB 4205
Phone: 760-750-4126
Dr. Theresa C. Suarez is Associate Professor of Sociology at CSUSM. Professor Suarez earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2008, and an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA in 1997.

Her scope of research examines the racialized militarization of gender, family, and migration. She is currently conducting a research study on how Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) programs influence the educational and career pathways for students upon graduation from San Diego County public high schools.

Academic Specializations
  • Asian American Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Filipino American Studies
  • Gender, Family, & Migration
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Transnational Studies
  • U.S. Militarization in the Pacific


Suarez, Theresa C. 2010. “Militarized Filipino Masculinity and the Language of

Citizenship in San Diego.” In Militarized Currents: Towards a Decolonized Future Asia and the Pacific, edited by Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho, 181 - 204. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

Suarez, Theresa C. 2012.  “Teaching Race/Ethnic Studies with GIS.” In CSU

Geospatial Review. San Francisco State University: CSU GIS Specialty Center.


Suarez, Theresa C. 2014. “Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community

Life.” In Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.

Suarez, Theresa C. 2014. “Filipino Americans.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of

Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Blackwell Press.

Suarez, Theresa C. “Filipino Daughtering Narratives: An Epistemology of U.S.

Militarization from Inside.” In Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Gender and Sexual Politics of Pacific Island Militarisation, Issue 37). Edited by Victor Bascara, Keith Camacho, and Elizabeth DeLoughrey. Australian National University Press.

Suarez, Theresa C. “(De)Militarizing Domesticity: Reconfiguring Marriage,

Gender, and Family among Filipino Navy Couples.” In Women, Gender, and Families of Color. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Curriculum Vitae
University Service
Current                   Member, Co-Curricular Funding Committee
                               Member, CSU GIS Specialty Center Board
'13-'15                    Member, Academic Senate
'12-'15                    Member, Faculty Mentor Connections, Faculty Center
'11-'12                    Member, Institutional Review Board
'09-'10                    Vice-President, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association
College Service
Current                  Co-Chair, Faculty Development Committee
'14-'15                   Member, Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative
'13-'15                   Member, Curriculum Committee, Native Studies Minor Program
'09-'10                   Co-Coordinator, Ethnic Studies Minor Program
Department Service
Current                  Member, Graduate Committee, MASP program
Current                  Member, RTP Committee

Since 2008, Dr. Suarez has taught the following courses at CSUSM from an interdisciplinary perspective. Most of her undergraduate courses integrate geospatial technology to advance critical research and analysis. Also, Dr. Suarez advises graduate students in the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice (MASP) degree program.

Upper Division Sociology
Asian American/ Pacific Islander Communities
Gender in Society

Qualitative Methods
Race & Ethnic Relations
Race & Identity

Advanced Seminars
Senior Capstone in Sociological Research 
Senior Capstone in Community Service