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Sharon Elise, Ph.D

Sharon Elise, Ph.D

Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

Sharon Elise, Ph.D

Sharon Elise, Ph.D. joined the the faculty of CSUSM as Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Spring of 1994. Her teaching and research center on her interests in critical race studies, Black Studies, Black feminism, Intersectionality, women of color and sociopoetics.  She has been active in the university and in her discipline, and has held leadership positions in her department, college, academic senate, faculty union, and professional organizations.  Dr. Elise continues to serve as Sociology Department Chair (since Fall 2012).  The full scope of her education, honors, awards, writings, and scholarly achievements is detailed in her Curriculum Vitae.

CSUSM Highlights
Since 2012         Department Chair
2014                  (1st) Recipient, President's Award for Inclusive Excellence 
                              and Diversity, California State University San Marcos
SP 2011-2013     (1st) Faculty Fellow for Diversity & Multiculturalism, 
                              Faculty Center
2005-present      Professor of Sociology
2007-2012          Elected (two terms) Graduate Coordinator MA in Sociological
                               Practice (MASP)
2006                  President's Award for Service Leadership, CSU San Marcos
2004                  Created Critical Race Studies Concentration in Sociology B.A.
2002-2010          Elected Coordinator, Ethnic Studies Program, three terms
2000-2001          Elected Program Director, Women's Studies Program
1997-1999          Program Director, Women's Studies Program, elected
1995-1996          Elected to Women's Studies Steering Committee
1995                  Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
1994                  Left Women's Studies at Fresno State University for 
                          Sociology, CSU San Marcos       


1990           Ph.D. Sociology, University of Oregon

                  Routes to Teenage Motherhood:  African, Native, and
                     European Americans

1992           Master of Science, Sociology, University of Oregon

1975           Bachelor of Arts, History, Third College, UCSD 1972-74

1974-75      Goucher College


"Black Borikua"

Continuing ethnographic work on representations of Blackness in Latino culture, language and identity.  Focus on Puerto Rico, working with sociolinguist Michelle Ramos Pellicia, (Assistant Professor, Modern Languages) who is incorporating notions of the racialization of language.

"Mopping Up"
Who does the service work of the University?  How is the feminization of this work linked to (d)evaluations of the work and those who do it?  This is participatory action research with the Women's Caucus of the California Faculty Association, based on ethnographic interviews with faculty (ultimately) across the CSU, conducted with Mary Jo Poole (Lecturer, Sociology).


Lower Division
GESS 101 Order & Change:  Multiple Perspectives
GESS 102 Order & Change:  Multiple Perspectives
Introduction to Sociology

Upper Division Sociology
Social Theory
Youth in Society
Families & Intimate Relations
Gender in Society
Race & Ethnic Relations
Social Change/Movements
Race Gender & Work
African American Communities

Advanced Seminars
Seminar in White Privilege
Colonialism/Post-Colonial Theory
Capstone:  Comparative Sociology
Critical Race Feminism
Critical Race Theory
Sociology of Education

Graduate Courses
Social Theory & Public Policy
Critical Perspectives in Human Services Delivery
Race-ing Research, Researching Race
Race and Identity

Women's Studies
Gender & Race in Contemporary Society
Feminist Theory
Black Feminist Thought



The Curriculum Vitae of Sharon Elise, Ph.D. may be found at the following link:

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Sharon Elise is a noted author, poet, and writer with her works having been featured in numerous publications.  Often a keynote speaker and presenter at conventions, annual meetings, special sessions and conferences, she also performs many of her works at both local and national venues.  A complete listing of her work is found in her Curriculum Vitae.  She shares some of her recent works in the links below:

You Lookin for Jesus?

Of Broke Glass and Green Grass