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My research and teaching explore how gender and queer sexuality inform notions of nation, diaspora, and transnational belonging in a contemporary context of globalization. My research, writing, and teaching encompass a range of fields, including queer studies, feminist theory, transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, diaspora studies, ethnic studies, and Asian American/Filipina/o American studies. My writing has been published in the journals Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, the Review of Women's Studies, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics, as well as the edited collection, Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics. My research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the Teagle Foundation, the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, and the University of California Office of the President.
My first book manuscript, The Global Filipina Body: Gendered and Sexual Nationalisms in the Filipina/o Diaspora (under advance contract with the University of Illinois Press), “queers” the ubiquitous figure of the global Filipina body through an analysis of several figures of Filipina/o transnationalism - the Filipina "mail order bride," the "trafficked" woman, the Filipina/o American balikbayan (expatriate), and the cyborg - within Filipina/o American performance, video/film, and websites. The Global Filipina Body explores the political possibilities and tensions between diasporic support for revolutionary nationalisms and feminist and queer critiques of the nation. Offering a serious consideration of the political potential of revolutionary, diasporic nationalisms as a form of resistance to U.S. imperialism and capitalist globalization, The Global Filipina Body examines the gendered and sexual politics of representing the nation within Filipina/o diasporic cultural production.