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Postdoctoral Researcher, Southeast Asian History
Nanyang Technological University

I have spent the majority of my life in the Philippines, and I bring to my scholarship a lived fluency in the language and culture of Island Southeast Asia. I am particularly interested in the history of lower class movements throughout the region and their artistic and literary expressions and representations.


2010 – 2018, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D, South and Southeast Asian Studies

2006 – 2009, University of California, Berkeley
MA, South and Southeast Asian Studies

2003 – 2006, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, magna cum laude


2014. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
2010. Fulbright IIE Scholar, Philippines
2007. Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2006. Judith Stronach Prize for Poetry, UC Berkeley
2005. Haas Scholars’ Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2004. Center for Peace and Wellbeing Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2003. Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, UC Berkeley


“A Planned and Coordinated Anarchy: The Barricades of 1971 and the Diliman Commune,” Philippine Studies 66 no. 4 (2018): 481-516.

“Pamitinan and Tapusi: Using the Carpio legend to reconstruct lower-class consciousness in the late Spanish Philippines,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (June 2018)

“Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution revisited, a critique” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia (March 2018)

“Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: Martial law and the Communist Parties of the Philippines, 1959-1974” Ph.D Dissertation, South and Southeast Studies, UC Berkeley, July 2017

“Marxism and Philippine Theology” in Teresa S. Tadem and Laura L. Samson, eds., Marxism in the Philippines: Continuing Engagements (Manila: Anvil, 2010)

“Pasyon, Awit, Legend: Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution revisited: a critique” Master’s Thesis, South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, December 2010


Subcontracted Violence of the Personalistic State: Macapagal, Marcos, and the Remobilized Huk Mafia, 1961-1969
January 21, 2020. Return to Society: Demobilization and remobilization of former combatants in Southeast Asia and Africa, 1945-Present, KITLV, Leiden.

Cadre as Informal Diplomats: Ferdinand Marcos and the Soviet Bloc, 1965-1974
December 12, 2018. Conference on Strongmen and Networks: The Rise of Informal Diplomats, National University of Singapore.

Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: Stalinism, the Communist Parties of the Philippines and the declaration of Martial Law
October 19, 2016. Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley.

Globalization, the changing face of the Philippine bourgeoisie, and the strategy of the Communist Party of the Philippines
January 9, 2014. Tonan Talk, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.

Bernardo Carpio, Tapusi, and the construction of the ‘masses’ in Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution.
June 18, 2010. Engaging the Classics in Malay and Southeast Asian Studies Conference, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

The “semi-feudal, semi-colonial mode of production” in regional Communist discourse.
March 19, 2010. 2nd Mid-Year Conference for US Fulbrighters in SE Asia, Manila.

Teaching Experience

2018 , Lecturer, SF State University
2017 – 2019 , Lecturer, UC Berkeley
2007 – 2017, Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley

I taught eighteen undergraduate courses at Berkeley on various aspects of the history, culture and literature of Island Southeast Asia.

Specifically, within the South and Southeast Asian Studies department, I taught 120, The History and Literature of Southeast Asia; 10A, Cultures, Peoples and Polities of Mainland Southeast Asia, once; 10B, The History and Cultures of Island Southeast Asia four times; and R5A and R5B, reading and composition courses focused on the literature of Southeast Asia ten times. At SF State, I taught History 350, The Philippines and the United States.

  • Repeatedly taught classes ranging from 20 to 40 undergraduate students a variety of courses on the history and literature of Island Southeast Asia
  • Incorporated a strong research component in each course. Students were responsible to produce a ten page research paper at the end of the semester on an aspect of the history of the region.
  • Consistently received an average instructor rating of 6.5 (out of 7) from my students
  • Received the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award


Tagalog. Native fluency.
Spanish. High level reading and writing competency.

My entire CV is available as a pdf.