Asian American Studies

Gina Masequesmay

Gina Masequesmay
Office location:
JR 340


Dr. Gina Masequesmay

"Asian American Studies is important for the self-empowerment of students; contesting mainstream knowledge; and fighting for social justice for all, not just for some."

Dr. Masequesmay filed her doctoral dissertation in Sociology at UCLA in January 26, 2001. Three days later, she began her teaching career at CSUN. Her areas of interests are Vietnamese American experiences, the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality, and identity work.

Dr. Masequesmay and her colleague, Dr. Teresa Williams-Leon were awarded $45,000 from Ford Foundation to organize a second national conference on Asian American sexuality and sensuality called, "CrossTalk II: Embodiments of Asian Pacific American Sexuality".

She is consulting with Dr. Nhut Ho in engineering on a research project on automation and trust. Her current interest is on practicing peace and collective & individual healing.

Gina Masequesmay mirror photos 


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
  • B.A. Sociology, Pomona College, 1991


Scholarship Highlights

  • I contributed to “Ô-Môi” in Many Bridges, One River: Organizing for Justice in Vietnamese American Communities, edited by Thuan Nguyen and Vy Nguyen. Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center, 2017.
  • Introduction chapter on Vietnamese lgbt issues with coverage of the first lgbt contingent to the Tet Parade in Little Saigon. Masequesmay, Gina (2012). "Queering Tet," in Eunai Shrake & Edith Chen (eds.), Asian Pacific American Experiences: Past, Present, and Future. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, pp. 323-334.
  • Another co-edited book with Dr. Ana Sanchez Munoz, Dr. Tracy Buenavista, Dr. Eunai Shrake. It is a followed-up collection to Learning English / Learning America called Navigating the Great Recession, providing voices of resilience as immigrant families navigate economic hard times. It was published by Kendal/Hunt Publication in 2011.
  • My co-edited book with Sean Metzger: Embodying Asian/American Sexualities. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009. This work was originally inspired by a conference that I co-organized with Dr. Teresa Williams-Leon called "CrossTalk II: Embodiments of API Sexuality."
  • My entry on "Sexism" is out in the Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, edited by Jodi O'Brien. Sage Publications, 2008.
  • I have a book out that I have co-edited with Dr. Juana Mora, Dr. Eunai Shrake and Dr. Ana Sanchez Munoz. It is a collection of essays called Learning English / Learning America. It is published by Kendal/Hunt Publication.
  • A chapter I had written about critical ethnography and Ethnic Studies is published! "Methodological Intersections of Race, Sexuality and Ethnography" in Handbook of Research Methods in Ethnic Studies, edited by Timothy P. Fong. Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press, 2008.
  • “Building Allies: Linking Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Studies,” in Teaching about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Effective Activities, Assignments, and Strategies for Classrooms and Workshops, Edith Chen and Glenn Omatsu (ed.). San Francisco: Altamira Press. (2006).
  • Recipient of the 2004-05 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Dr. Masequesmay's CV