Fátima Suárez

Graduate Student


Gender, Intersectionality, Families, Latina/o/x Sociology, Qualitative Methods



B.A., University of La Verne

M.A., London School of Economics and Political Science


My study, "Fathering Ideals: The Meanings of Latino Involved Fatherhoods," is the first systematic empirical study to analyze the social forces that shape, sustain, and undermine involved fathering for Latino men, and has been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Latino Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. For my study, I conducted 60 in-depth interviews with Latino fathers living in California. I pinpoint an emerging fatherhood ideal to which Latino fathers in my study subscribe. New characteristics defining this "ideal" include: balancing work and family, not having “too many” kids, being active in their children’s lives (especially their education), being attentive to their children’s mental health, being emotionally expressive and accessible, having greater communication with their families, incorporating Spanish and other Latina/o/x cultural traditions, and using alternative methods of discipline. The majority of fathers, however, cannot successfully achieve the new Latino father ideal due to structural impediments. Consequently, Latino fathers employ diverse, class-specific, strategies to try to accomplish an idealized classed notion of fatherhood. Overall, my study traces the effects of work and employment, the social construction of childhood, their relationships with their own fathers, and the institution of motherhood on Latino men’s involved fathering.


Theories of Gender and Inequality, Chicana/o/x Community, Methods of Cultural Analysis