Dr. Theresa C. Suarez
Dr. Theresa C. Suarez
Assistant Professor of Sociology

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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.

1. Theresa C. Suarez, “Militarized Filipino Masculinity and the Language of Citizenship in San Diego,” in Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific, eds. Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), 181 – 204.

2. Theresa C. Suarez, “Teaching Race/ Ethnic Studies with GIS,” in CSU Geospatial Review, ed. CSU GIS Specialty Center (San Francisco: San Francisco State University, 2012).

Her research focuses on the traces of U.S. colonial history and contemporary U.S. militarization across Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, with special interest in the experiences of Filipinos.


Dr. Suarez is the campus board member to the CSU GIS Specialty Board.  She served previously as co-coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Minor Program (2009 – 2010); as vice-president of the Asian Pacific Islander Faculty/ Staff Association (2009 – 2010); and, as a member of the CSUSM Institutional Review Board (2011 – 2012).
Since 2008, Dr. Suarez has taught the following courses at CSUSM from an interdisciplinary perspective: Race/ Ethnic Relations; Inequality; Gender in Society; Race & Identity; and Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities. All 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.