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Contact Information

Name: James Sobredo, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Office Location: Amador Hall

Email: Sobredo"at"

Office Phone: (916) 278-7566

Mailing Address: Ethnic Studies Department__6000 J Street__California State University__Sacramento, CA 95819-6043

Office Hours: See Current Semester Syllabus for Office Hours

SPRING 2018 Classes
ETHN 11: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, LIB 4021, 9 - 10:15 am
ETHN 114: Asian Americans & Globalization, LIB 3021, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
ETHN 119: Filipino American Experience, LIB 4021, 1:30 - 2:45 pm 




Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, UC-Berkeley, 1998.
Dissertation: From American "Nationals" to the "Third Asiatic Invasion":
The Racial Transformation and Exclusion of Filipinos (1898-1935)
M.A. Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1988.
Thesis: Arete and Moral Education in Aristotle's Politics
B.A. Philosophy, University of Washington, 1986.


"Filipinos in Barcelona," in {m}aganda: Reclamation, Berkeley, 2018. 

"A Time to Rise: Filipino Memoirs of Revolution," in Positively Filipino (January 2018).

"Filipino Americans: From 'Indians' to 'Asians' in America," in Introduction to Ethnic Studies, edited by Dale Allender and Gregory Yee Mark (Dubuque, IA: 2016).

“Research Experience in the Philippines: Challenges in Conducting Oral History Research in a Developing Nation,” in EDULEARN13 Proceedings (Barcelona, Spain: 2013), pp. 2287-2291.

"Meditations on Rizal: California to Spain," in Remembering Rizal: Voices from the Diaspora (edited by Edwin A. Lozada), San Francisco: Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc. 2011. 

"An Ethnic Studies Model of Community Mobilization: Collaborative Partnership with a High Risk Public High School" (with Gregory Kim-ju, Julia Figueroa, Gregory Yee Mark, James Fabionar), American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Special issue: Community Mobilization for the Prevention of Youth Violence) (March 2008, Vol. 34).

Giron Escrima: Memories of a Bladed Warrior (edited with Antonio E. Somera) (Los Angeles: Empire Books, 2006).


Documentary Photography

Prof. Sobredo is also a social documentary photographer who uses Sony mirrorless (fullframe & APS-C) and Canon fullframe DSLRs. When on assignment, he shoots primarily with Sony mirrorless digital bodies. He never leaves home without a Sony mirrorless digital camera. His graphics, photographs and articles have appeared in The New York Times, AsianWeek and magazines such as Filipinas and Pacific. He has had photography exhibits in art galleries and museums in San Francisco, Oakland and Stockon. His latest photography exhibit is MEXIPINOS IN STOCKTON (with Steven Montalvo), which was funded by a 2016 Stockton Arts Commission grant. A sample of his photographs of the Filipino community in Barcelona were recently publised in {m}aganda: Reclamation (Berkeley, 2018).


Immigration history, global migration of Asians, global migration of Filipinos, economic history and globalization, legal history (Supreme Court and Legislative history), oral history, social documentary photography, multimedia documentary


Asian American Studies Association
Asian Studies Association

Filipino American National Historical Society: Founding member Berkeley/East Bay Chapter
United Latino: Board member (2011-2012)
Bataan Legacy Historical Society
Friends of Rwanda

Important Announcements:
Call of proposals (due 29 June) on 5th International Conference on Genocide, 1-3 Nov. 2018 at Sacramento State University.  

SPRING 2018 Classes
ETHN 11: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, LIB 4021, 9 - 10:15 am
ETHN 114: Asian Americans & Globalization, LIB 3021, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
ETHN 119: Filipino American Experience, LIB 4021, 1:30 - 2:45 pm 

*African Diaspora Conference: 26-28 April, University Union.
*ETHNC STUDIES 50th Anniversary celebation: 
 Saturday, 21 April (11 am - 3 pm), University Union & Multurcultural Center
*Asian Art Museum, Philippine Art: until 11 March 2018. Link & Video to Exhibit HERE
*FIELD TRIP to Stockton's Little Manila, Mexican Heritage Center & Filipino American National Museum: MEET at the LITTLE MANILA CENTER at 12 p.m., Saturday, 3 March: Fieldtrip is from 12-2 pm
(1) Release Form (signature required), (2) Class Instructions/MAP, (3) Emergency Contact (required)
*NOTE: Parking is FREE on Weekends. 

Asian American Scholarship: due 21 April 2017
-Application Form

Social Documentary Photography: