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 DeLoughreyAustralian 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.

University Service
Current                   Member, Academic Senate                              
                                Member, Co-Curricular Funding Committee
                                Member, CSU GIS Specialty Center Board
'11-'14                    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, Task Force on 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: Race/ Ethnic Relations; Inequality; Gender in Society; Race & Identity; Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities; Qualitative Methods; and, the Sociological Research Capstone (SOC 480, forthcoming). 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.