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Theresa C. Suarez, Ph. D

Theresa C. Suarez, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Sociology

Theresa C. Suarez, Ph. D

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.



My areas of research broadly stated are the racialized militarization of gender, family, and migration in the Pacific.

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 in 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. 2015. “(De)Militarizing Domesticity: Reconstructing Marriage, Gender, and Family Relations among Immigrant Filipino Navy Couples.” In Women, Gender, and Families of Color. (Vol. 3, Issue 2) Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Suarez, Theresa C. 2015. “Filipino Daughtering Narratives: An Epistemology of U.S. Militarization from Inside.” In Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, edited by Victor Bascara, Keith Camacho, and Elizabeth DeLoughreyAustralian National University Press.


Curriculum Vitae


University Service
'12-'17                    Member, CSU GIS Specialty Center Board
'14-'15                    Member, Co-Curricular Funding Committee
'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
'17-'19                   CHABSS Faculty Secretary 
'14-'15                   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 (select)
Current                  Member, Graduate Committee, MASP program 
'16-'17                   Member, Faculty Search Committee
'14-'15                   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

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