Associate Professor in History, Santa Monica College
I am a world historian who specializes in Filipino and CHamoru cultural history from the sixteenth century to the present. I completed my Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian History at UCLA in 2013. Informed by a global approach to ethinc studies and media studies, I approach the diverse pasts of Southeast Asia, Oceania, gender and sexuality, folklore, literature, and anthropology. I am currently revising my book manuscript based on my dissertation, tentatively titled The Epochs of Epics, among other projects.
An active member of the Filipino American community in Los Angeles, I serve as the Treasurer for the Filipino Cultural School, a K-12 cultural educational organization that seeks to educate the youth about their heritage. My lifelong engagement with our community spans television, print, online, and other fora.
At Santa Monica College I teach courses on East Asian, Latin American, Southeast Asian, US, and world history. In my previous posts at UCLA, CSU San Marcos, and Irvine Valley College, I have taught these and other lower and upper division courses related to the history of new media, Southeast Asian studies, and more.
Information on all of this and more, including my curriculum vitae, links to organizations with which I am affiliated, resources for students, and contact information, can be found on this site's various pages. All photographs displayed here come from my personal archive, the product of my travels in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere.