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Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D

Professor of Sociology

Office: SBSB 4210

Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D

Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibáñez is a full professor in the Sociology Department at California State University San Marcos.  Dr. Clark-Ibáñez is Peruvian-Irish-American, born in Lima, Perú, and grew up in Northern California. She is a Latina scholar focused on the areas of immigration, education, and social justice. 

Early in her career at CSUSM, she was the recipient of Faculty Advocate Award from the Educational Opportunity Program and Student Support Services (EOP/SSS). She was the recipient of the CSUSM President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence Award (2014/2015) and the Department of Sociology’s Vencerémos Award (2016). Recently, Dr. Clark-Ibáñez was selected as the CSUSM nominee for the CSU Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship (2022).

From 2015-2017, Dr. Clark-Ibáñez was the Faculty Lead for the university’s US Department of Education Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions called PASO (Pathways for Academic Success and Opportunity), where she created and oversees culturally validating programs related to Latinxs in teaching, student mentoring, and faculty development. 

Dr. Clark-Ibáñez was the Faculty Director of the National Latino Research Center (2016-2020) where she worked on applied and community participatory research projects in our region on such topics as Latinx civic engagement, elders, youth empowerment, education, and incarceration. 

For 10 years, she was the advisor to STAND, a student club dedicated to issue of undocumented immigrants. She currently coordinates a regional listserve, Education Without Borders, to inform educators, students, and families about the latest on immigration at the local level and beyond. Dr. Clark-Ibáñez is a proud board member for the Universal Unitarian Refugee & Immigration Services & Education (UURISE).

She is the author of numerous articles on education, children, and immigration. She published a book with a collective of students and community members called, Undocumented Latino Immigrants: Navigating Their Worlds (2015). She and Dr. Richelle Swan recently published Unauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants (2019), which focuses on contemporary experiences of undocumented Latinxs in the United States. She currently collaborates with Dr. Carolina Valdivia (UC Irvine) on the Undocu-Research ProjectDr. Clark-Ibáñez also collaborates with Dr. Youwen Ouyang (Computer Science) on projects related to CS education, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and faculty development.

Dr. Clark-Ibáñez finished her term as the Chair of the Department of Sociology (2018-2021), which is home to 2400 majors, approximately 40 faculty members, four undergraduate programs, and a Sociological Practice Master of Arts program. Her current interests are in the area of Computer Science education as it pertains to women and BIPOC college students, and the delivery of culturally sustaining CS courses at the CSU and in community colleges. 




2015 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. Undocumented Latino Immigrants: Navigating Their Worlds. Lynne Rienner Publishers.

2009 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol and Richelle Swan. Spicing Up Sociology: The Use of Films in Sociology Courses. Wadsworth/Cengage Press.

Journal Articles

2017 Swan, Richelle and Marisol Clark-Ibáñez. “Perceptions of Shifting Legal Ground: DACA and The Legal Consciousness of Undocumented Students and Graduates.” Thomas Jefferson Law Review. (in press)

2008 Castellano, Ursula, Joseph DeAngelis, and Marisol Clark- Ibáñez. “Cultivating the Sociological Perspective Using Nontraditional Texts.” Teaching Sociology, 26 (3) July

2008 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol and Linda Scott. “Learning to Teach Online.” Teaching Sociology, 36 (1): 34-41.

2005 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. “Making Meaning of Ability Grouping in Two Urban Schools.” International Review of Modern Sociology, 31 (1) 57-79.

2004 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. “Framing the Social World with Photo-elicitation Interviews.” American Behavioral Scientist, 47 (12) 1507-1527.

2004 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol and Felmlee, Diane. “Interethnic Dating: the Role of Social Network Diversity.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, (2) 293-305.

Book Chapters

2011 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol; Fredi Garcia-Alverdín; and, Gricelda Alva. “A passport to education: Undocumented Latino university students navigating their invisible status,” pp. 497-513. In International Handbook of Migration, Minorities, and Education: Understanding Cultural and Social Differences in the Process of Learning, editors, Zvi Bekerman and Thomas Geisen. Springer Press.

2011 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. “Overview of Minorities in Higher Education.” In International Handbook of Migration, Minorities, and Education: Understanding Cultural and Social Differences in the Process of Learning, editors, Zvi Bekerman and Thomas Geisen. Springer Press.

2008 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. “Gender and being ‘bad’: Inner-city students’ photographs,” pp. 95-113. In Doing Visual Research with Children and Young People: Stories from the Field, editor, Pat Thomas. Routledge Press.

2007 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. “Inner-city Children in Sharper Focus: Sociology of Childhood and Photo-elicitation Interviews,” pp 167-196. In Visual Research Methods: Image, Society, and Representation, editor, Greg Stanczak. Sage Publications.

Essays / Reviews

2017 Review Essay on Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests by Lauren Heidbrink (2013, University of Pennsylvania Press) in City and Society.


2003 Clark-Ibáñez, Marisol. Lessons In Inequality: A Comparative Study Of Two Urban Schools. University of California, Davis.


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CSUSM Courses
Course Name Modalities
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology Face-to-face, fully online, auditoria
SOC 203 Child in Society Face-to-face and fully online
SOC 204 Relationships Across the Life Course Face-to-face
SOC 345 Latino Communities Face-to-face
SOC 361 Qualitative Methods    Face-to-face and fully online
SOC 403 Children’s International Human Rights Face-to-face and hybrid
SOC 413 Sociology of Education Face-to-face, online, service learning
SOC 495 Capstone in Service Learning Online and service learning
SOC 501 Professionalization Seminar Face-to-face
SPC 654 Sociology of Education Face-to-face
SOC 660 Teaching Sociology Face-to-face
ED 770 Qualitative Methods (joint doctoral program with UCSD)


Please click link below to view Marisol Clark-Ibáñez's CV

Curriculum Vitae 

Reports and Other Highlights

Cultivando la Lectura: Community Spanish Literacy Book for Latinx Elders (September 2021)

Cultivando Sabiduría Program Overview and Guide (September 2021)