Glenn Tsunokai, PhD



Glenn Tsunokai is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2003. His dissertation was a multidimensional perspective on Asian gangs in Southern California. Besides interning with a local police department’s Asian gang task force for roughly two years, Professor Tsunokai also surveyed approximately 105 self-admitted gang members about their life experiences.

Professor Tsunokai’s other research interests include disentangling the effects of individual SES, community effects, and race/ethnicity on various outcomes such as crime and delinquency, drug abuse, and medical treatment disparities. His teaching interests include race and ethnic relations, research methods, and stratification.

In his free time, Professor Tsunokai enjoys working on his cedar-log house in the woods.


Faculty Research Interests

Race and ethnic relations, methods, stratification

Selected Publications

McGrath, Allison, Glenn Tsunokai, Melinda Shultz, Jillian Kavanagh, and Jake Tarrence. 2015. “Differing Shades of Color: Online Dating Preferences of Biracial Individuals.” Ethnic and Racial Studies (forthcoming).

Tsunokai, Glenn, and Jake Tarrence. 2014. “Sexual Health.” In Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia, edited by Mary Danico. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.


Tsunokai, Glenn T., Allison R. McGrath, and Jillian K. Kavanagh. 2013. “Online Dating Preferences of Asian Americans.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 31(6): 796-814

Tsunokai, Glenn, Allison McGrath, and Lurdes Hernandez-Hernandez.  2012.  “Early Sexual  Initiation and HIV Awareness among Asian American Adolescents.” Journal of Asian American Studies 15:  271-297.

Tsunokai, Glenn, and Allison McGrath.  2011.  “Virtual Hate Communities in the 21st Century.” Pp. 34-53 in Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments, edited by Harrison Yang and Steve Yuen.  Hershey, PA:  IGI Global.

Tsunokai, Glenn, and Allison McGrath. 2011.  “Baby Boomers and Beyond:  Crossing Racial Barriers in Search for Love.”  Journal of Aging Studies 25:  285-294. 

Kposowa, Augustine, Michele Adams, and Glenn Tsunokai. 2010. “Citizenship Status and Arrest Patterns in the United States: Evidence from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program.” Crime, Law and Social Change 53:159-181.

Tsunokai, Glenn, Augustine Kposowa, and Michele Adams.  2009.  “Racial Preferences in Internet Dating: A Comparison of Four Birth Cohorts.”  The Western Journal of Black Studies 33:1-15.

Tsunokai, Glenn, and Augustine Kposowa.  2009.  “Explaining Gang Involvement and Delinquency among Asian Americans:  An Empirical Test of General Strain Theory.”  Journal of Gang Research16:1-33.

Kposowa, Augustine, Glenn Tsunokai, and James McElvain. 2006. “Race and Homicide in the U.S. National Longitudinal Mortality Study.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 4: 1-28.

Tsunokai, Glenn. 2006. “Immigration: Stereotypes and Myths.” In Encyclopedia of Contemporary U.S. Immigration, edited by James Loucky, Jeanne Armstrong, and Larry Estrada. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Tsunokai, Glenn. 2005. “Beyond the Lenses of the Model Minority Myth: A Descriptive Portrait of Asian Gangs.” Journal of Gang Research 12 (4): 37-58.

Kposowa, Augustine and Glenn Tsunokai. 2004. “Searching for Relief: Racial Differences in Treatment of Patients with Back Pain.” Race and Society 5: 193-223.

Kposowa, Augustine and Glenn Tsunokai. 2003. “Offending Patterns Among Southeast Asians in the State of California.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice 1: 93-114.

Tsunokai, Glenn and Augustine Kposowa. 2002. “Asian Gangs in the United States: The Current State of the Research Literature.” Crime, Law and Social Change 37: 37-50.

Kposowa, Augustine, Glenn Tsunokai and Edgar Butler. 2002. “The Effects of Race and Ethnicity on Schizophrenia: Individual and Neighborhood Contexts. Race, Gender and Class 9: 33-54.

Research Interests

  • Race and ethnic relations, methods, stratification