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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Tamara Casso, M.S.

Lecturer 1
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-8193
Office: MS 4.03.40

Research area: Qualitative Research Methods, PhotoEthnography, Visual Studies, Mexican American Communities, Border Studies, Latinas/Chicanas in the U.S., Identity Construction, Food and Culture

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  • Biography

    Tamara Casso earned a Master of Science Degree in Sociology in 2004 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She graduated summa cum laude. She has worked as a researcher and an evaluator on projects funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities, the Texas Education Agency and the City of San Antonio Metro Health, among others. She is a documentary photographer and the mother of four Texas sons.

  • Recent Courses

    Graduate

    • Teaching Assistant:  SOC 5033 Qualitative Research Methods

    Undergraduate

    • SOC 2013 Social Problems
    • SOC 2023 Social Context of Drug Use
    • SOC 3043 Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC 3263 Latinas in U.S. Society
    • SOC 3373 Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOC 3413 Sociology of the Mexican American Community
    • SOC 3433 Mexican Immigration and US Society
  • Recent Publications

    Invited Talk

    • Casso, T. D., "“A Taste For Mexico: Food in Transnational Culture”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Memorias de Mexico: Food and Food Memories in the Transmission of Mexicanidad”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Mentoring for Implementing Changes and Promoting Early Literacy Instruction”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Participant Family Data Collection: My Voice Matters/Mi Voz Cuenta”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“The Anatomy of Collaboration: The Value of Membership in the Community Leadership  Development Collaborative (CLDC)”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“National, Transnational and Border Identities: Identity Construction at the U.S.-Mexico Border"," American Studies Conference, American Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Making Connections-San Antonio: Children Do Better When Their Families Do Better, and  Families Do Better When They Live in Supportive Communities”," Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Social Network Mapping as a Method to Positively Influence Transformation of Low Income Communities: the Case of San Antonio’s West Side”," International Network of Social Network Analysis Conference, International Network of Social Network Analysis.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Asia SF”," International Visual Sociology Association’s Festival of Images, International Visual Sociology Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Poetry: A Voice for Social Reform in the New Millennium”," National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“The Semiotics of the TX/MX Border Crossing Experience”," National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Gang Girls”," National Women's Studies Conference, National Women's Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Child Development Assessment: Using Visual Documentation to Provide Context”," Southwestern Social Science Conference, Southwestern Social Science.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Gang Girls”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Outdoor Recreation and Leisure in Laredo, Texas: A Visual Perspective”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Women and Children’s Parks and Recreation Needs in Laredo, Texas”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.

    Poster

    • Casso, T. D., "“Enhancing the Quality of Teaching in Head Start: Collaborations to Help Teachers Earn Degrees”," Head Start National Research Conference, Head Start.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Mentoring for Implementing Change in Early Literacy Instruction”," Head Start National Research Conference, Head Start.

    Art Works in Publication

    • Casso, T. D. Border Kids Count: A Snapshot of Southwest Border Children: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Border Kids Count: A Snapshot of Texas Border Children: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds: American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D. In Pursuit of the American Dream: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections San Antonio.
    • Casso, T. D. Making a Difference One Family at a Time: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections San Antonio.
    • Casso, T. D. Navarro Academy Early Childhood Development Center: UTSA CAPRI and the San Antonio Independent School District.
    • Casso, T. D. Real Connections: People Connecting With Each Other and to Opportunities in Making Connections Neighborhoods: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Transformations of La Familia at the US-Mexico Border: University of Notre Dame Press.
    • Casso, T. D. UTSA Bilingual Baby Study: UTSA Mexico Center and University of Washington Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences.
    • Casso, T. D. Westside Education and Training Center: Finding Creative Ways to Combine Residents' Need for Good Jobs with Employers Need for Trained Workers: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    Art - Exhibition, Group

    • Casso, T. D. San Antonio as a Transnational City: Transnational Women at the U.S.- Mexico Border. San Antonio, Texas USA: Instituto de Mexico.
    • Casso, T. D. Transnational Women at the U.S.- Mexico Border: The UTSA Mexico Center.
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Evaluation Association
    • American Sociological Association
    • International Network for Social Network Analysis
    • International Visual Sociology Association
    • National Women’s Studies Association
    • Texas Evaluation Association