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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, an MA in Ethnic Studies from UCSD in 2002, 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.


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.


  • 2020 Microcredential in Promoting Active Learning Online (Association of College and University Educators)
  • 2019 CSU Chancellor’s Office Quality Learning and Teaching Certification (SOC 495)
  • 2018 CSUSM Quality Learning and Teaching Certification (SOC 311 & SOC 495)

Upper Division Sociology

  • Asian American/ Pacific Islander Communities
  • Gender in Society
  • Inequality
  • Perspectives on Militarism 
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Race & Identity
  • Youth & Society

Advanced Seminars

  • Senior Capstone in Sociological Research
  • Senior Capstone in Community Service
  • Sociological Advocacy (MASP graduate-level course)


University Service

Current  Member, Institutional Review Board
2018-2019  Member, Disability Access Compliance Committee
2012-2017  Member, CSU GIS Specialty Center Board
2014-2015  Member, Co-Curricular Funding Committee
2013-2015  Member, Academic Senate
2012-2015  Member, Faculty Mentor Connections, Faculty Center
2011-2012  Member, Institutional Review Board
2009-2010  Vice-President, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association

College Service

2017-2019  CHABSS Faculty Secretary 
2014-2015  Co-Chair, Faculty Development Committee
2014-2015  Member, Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative
2013-2015  Member, Curriculum Committee, Native Studies Minor Program
2009-2010  Co-Coordinator, Ethnic Studies Minor Program

Department Service (select)

Current  Internship Coordinator
2016-2018  Member, Faculty Search Committees
2013-2018  Graduate Committee, MASP program 
2016-2017  Member, Faculty Search Committee
2014-2015  Member, RTP Committee

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