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

Office: SBSB 4205
Phone: 760-750-4126
Dr. Theresa C. Suarez is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Race Studies concentration of the Department of Sociology at CSUSM. Professor Suarez earned a doctorate in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2008, and a master's degree 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.

In Review

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

Militarization from Inside.” In Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific (Special Militarization Issue), edited by Victor Bascara, Keith Camacho, and Elizabeth DeLoughrey. Australian National University Press.

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

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

Curriculum Vitae
University Service
Current                  Member, Academic Senate 
ember, Co-Curricular Funding Committee
                              Member, CSU GIS Specialty Center Board
                              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                  Member, Faculty Development Committee
Current                  Member, Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative
Current                  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
480 Capstone:  Comparative Sociology