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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, high honors

Professional Appointments

2019 – 2021, Postdoctoral Researcher
Nanyang Technological University

2017-2019, Lecturer, South and Southeast Asian Studies
University of California Berkeley

2018, Lecturer, History
San Francisco State University


Journal Articles

“‘We are Siding with Filipino Capitalists’: Nationalism and the Political Maturation of Jose Ma. Sison, 1959-1961,” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, forthcoming.

“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)

Book Chapters

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

Fellowships and Awards

2014. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley
2010. Fulbright IIE Scholar, Philippines
2008. Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2007. Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2006. William V. Power Graduate Award.
2006. Judith Stronach Prize for Poetry, UC Berkeley
2005. Haas Scholars’ Fellowship, UC Berkeley

Invited Talks

“The Rising Tide of Authoritarianism: Duterte, the Communist Party, and the historical lessons of the Marcos Dictatorship.” ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, 6 April 2020. [Talk Canceled]

“A Fleeting Alignment of Interests: the Communist Parties of Indonesia and the Philippines behind Sukarno and Macapagal at the Manila Summit of 1963.” History Department Seminar, National University of Singapore, 25 March 2020 [Talk Canceled]

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

Conference Activity

Papers Presented

“The Proletarian Global City: Maynila in Edgardo M. Reyes’ Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag,” Global Cities: Culture, Ecology, World Literature, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 11-12 June 2020.

“Redbaiting Rizal: The House Committee on Anti-Filipino Activities and the Noli-Fili Debate of the mid-1950s,” Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference [Conference Canceled]

“Subcontracted Violence of the Personalistic State: Macapagal, Marcos, and the Remobilized Huk Mafia, 1961-1969,”
Return to Society: Demobilization and remobilization of former combatants in Southeast Asia and Africa, 1945-Present, KITLV, Leiden, 20-21 January 2020.

“Cadre as Informal Diplomats: Ferdinand Marcos and the Soviet Bloc, 1965-1974,” Conference on Strongmen and Networks: The Rise of Informal Diplomats, National University of Singapore, 11-12 December 2018.

“Bernardo Carpio, Tapusi, and the construction of the ‘masses’ in Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution,” Engaging the Classics in Malay and Southeast Asian Studies Conference, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 18-19 December 2010.

“The ‘semi-feudal, semi-colonial mode of production’ in regional Communist discourse,” 2nd Mid-Year Conference for US Fulbrighters in SE Asia, Manila, 18-19 March 2010.

Campus Talks

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


Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University

The History of the Philippines from the 1896 Revolution to Duterte (2020: Summer)

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

The History and Literature of Revolution in the Philippines (2018: Fall)
Art and Nationalism in Island Southeast Asia (2018: Fall)
Revolution and Historical Imagination (2018: Spring, Summer; 2017: Fall)
The Saga and Struggle of History (2018: Spring)

Lecturer, San Francisco State University

The Philippines and the United States (2018: Fall)

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California Berkeley
[Instructor of Record]

Art in the “Unfinished Twentieth Century” (2017: Spring)
Art and Nationalism in Island Southeast Asia (2016: Fall; 2015: Fall; 2009: Fall)
The History and Literature of Island Southeast Asia (2015: Spring)
The History and Cultures of Island Southeast Asia (2008: Summer)


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

My entire CV is available as a pdf.