Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp is Emeritus Professor, Sonoma State University (SSU). She has published two books and over 20 peer-reviewed articles in public health, law and history, anthropology and refugee studies. Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp has worked as Principal Investigator/Program Director at the Public Health Institute and as Threat Analyst at Facebook. Her research and writing are informed by her early career in Government Affairs at National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and Motorola.

Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp’s community engagement includes serving as an Advisory Board Member at the Adonis Musati Project, a refugee advocacy civil society organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. At the International Rescue Committee (IRC), she volunteered with the Anti-Trafficking team and also worked with the Immigration Program assisting with the Central American Minors (CAM) program and Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) clients. She was also a Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp received her doctorate in History and MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She earned a Masters of Philosophy in Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She also has a Masters in Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.