Stephen Suh, PhD

Stephen Suh

Stephen Suh, PhD

External Member, SDSU
Assistant Professor, Sociology


Stephen Cho Suh is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at San Diego State University. His scholarly interests lie at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, migration, and culture, especially in relation to Asian Americans and the Korean diaspora. His current book project examines the culinary entrepreneurship of 1.5 and 2nd-generation Korean Americans in the U.S. and South Korea. He has works published in outlets such as Ethnicities, Ethnic & Racial Studies, the European Journal for Sport and Society, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Men & Masculinities, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. He is co-editor of Koreatowns: Exploring the Economics, Politics, and Identities of Korean Spatial Formation, published by Lexington Press. Having grown up in and around Los Angeles, Dr. Suh is an unabashed, if not sometimes problematic, fan of the Lakers and Dodgers. His current favorite food is green chili stew.

Featured Publications

Suh, Stephen Cho, Alex Manning, and Kyle Green. (2022). “Contesting ‘Lin’inality: The evolution of Jeremy Lin’s racial subjectivity.” In Steve Bien-Aime and Cynthia Wang, eds., Perceptions of East Asian and Asian North American Athletics. (London: Palgrave Macmillan). 291-318.

Manning, Alex, Stephen Cho Suh, and Kyle Green. (2021). “Discursive Footwork on the Hardwood: Players’ Negotiations of the NBA as a Contested Racial Arena.” European Journal for Sport and Society 18(3): 208-228.

Montez de Oca, Jeffrey, and Stephen Cho Suh. (2019). “Ethics of Patriotism: NFL Players’ Protests Against Police Violence.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport 55(5): 563-587.