Camille Suárez

Dr. Camille Suárez
Department of History


Camille Suárez is an Assistant Professor of History. She grew up in Los Angeles and received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In her work, she explores the historical production of race, space, gender, and citizenship within the frameworks of colonial and environmental histories. Her first book project asserts that the place we currently call California became a U.S. state through a colonial process. The book focuses on how Californios, Indigenous peoples, Black Americans, and Chinese immigrants negotiated and contested the production of racial relations and settler colonialism in the region.

Camille has begun work on a second book project, which is an environmental history of California. The book focuses on Indigenous land management, before and after colonization, and the impact of the importation of Euro-American agricultural practices, like the wine industry, on the environment and the state’s inhabitants. 

In the classroom, Camille is particularly interested in connecting course work to the experiences of her students and highlighting the multi-ethnic reality of U.S. History.