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Name: James Sobredo, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus

Email: Sobredo"at"

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

Office Hours: None: Happily retired

After 20-plus years, Dr. James Sobredo is officially retired from Sacramento State University.
Aside from time with his wife Lou, he spends most of his free time doing what he loves most: long-distance backpacking (Camino de Santiago and the Pacific Crest Trail), relaxing on his sailboat in Sausalito, tapas-hopping in Spain (especially in the Basque country and Madrid), and photography (documentary and fine arts/landscapes). 

Maraming salamat, muchisimas gracias and thank you very much to the friends and colleagues at the University who smiled and expressed genuine joy and happiness when we greeted each other and chatted. 

Pax vobis/Metta









  Waves at Sunset, Basque Country, Spain. ©James Sobredo 2019


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 (42 MP fullframe & 24 MP APS-C) and Canon fullframe DSLRs. When on assignment, he shoots primarily with Sony fullframe mirrorless digital bodies using Sony primes and Canon L lenses. 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, Sacramento 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 published 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