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Sharon Elise, Ph.D

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Professor & Chair CHABSS Sociology
(760) 750-4165 Social and Behavioral Science Building 4202

About Sharon Elise, Ph.D

Sharon Elise, Ph.D. left a position in Women’s Studies at Fresno State to join the faculty of CSUSM as Assistant Professor of Sociology in Spring 1994. Her teaching and research center on critical race studies, Black Studies, Black feminism, Intersectionality, women of color and sociopoetics.  She has been active in the university and her discipline, and has held leadership positions in her department, college, academic senate, faculty union, and professional organizations. The full scope of her education, honors, awards, writings, and scholarly achievements is detailed in her Curriculum Vitae.

CSUSM Highlights

2012-2018: 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: Elected Program Director, Women's Studies Program
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

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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

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 "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, (Associate Professor, Modern Languages) who is incorporating notions of the racialization of language.

“African American Campus Community Study”

Ethnographic study based on focus groups and individual interviews with Dr. Abumaye and Dr. Walkington, examines the status and everyday experiences narrated by members of the campus community at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, revisiting an earlier (2003) study on student and staff perceptions conducted when the campus was predominantly white. 

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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

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

Curriculum Vitae

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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


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