Professor Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez

Evelyn Rodriguez

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 257


Evelyn I. Rodriguez is a second-generation Pinay, who was born in Honolulu, raised in San Diego, and is now an Associate Professor for the University of San Francisco's Department of Sociology. She also is a faculty member in Critical Diversity Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from UC San Diego as a Sociology major/Ethnic Studies minor; and received her MA and PhD from UC Berkeley's Sociology program. She has taught Sociological Methods, Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society, People of Mixed Descent, U.S. Immigration and Settlement, and Community Organizing.

Professor Rodriguez studies race, ethnicity, immigration, gender, culture, families, and identity in the United States, the Philippines, and Latin America. Her first book, Celebrating Debutantes and Quincea├▒eras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities (Temple University Press 2013), used female coming-of-age rituals as windows into the lives of second-generation daughters and their immigrant Mexican and Filipino families. Her next book seeks to improve and enhance national conversations around race and race relations by listening to and amplifying the views of Latino and Asian American young adults on these issues.

Research Areas

  • Race, ethnicity, immigration, gender, culture, families, and identity in California, the Philippines, and Latin America
  • Coming-of-age rituals in Mexican and Filipino American immigrant families
  • Mestizo Filipino American families
  • Intersections of Filipino and Mexican histories and cultures
  • Use of interdisciplinary social science methods
  • Asian American masculinities


  • Department Chair, Sociology


  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Sociology, University of California, San Diego

Awards & Distinctions

  • USF Faculty Service-Learning Award, 2017