Dr. Sukari Ivester is an urban sociologist and social epidemiologist with broad interests in urban development, the social determinants of health, the politics of resistance, and urban history. With a specialization as a Brazilianist, she is currently exploring the social impacts of World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016. Her most recent publication explores FIFA and its policies of exclusion through the case of the Baianas do Acarajé at the World Cup 2014 in Salvador. In addition, Dr. Ivester is working on a comparative social historical project on urban slavery.
Dr. Ivester is the faculty leader for the Brazil Study Abroad Program and also serves as the campus faculty representative on the CSU system-wide Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP).
Dr. Ivester earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Ivester was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Ivester teaches Medical Sociology, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Travel and Tourism, Olympics and Urban Development, Research Methods, and Brazilian Society. She is active in the American Sociological Association, Urban Affairs Association, Latin American Studies Association, and American Historical Association.