Kale B Fajardo
Kale Bantigue Fajardo is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In graduate school, he focused on visual anthropology, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and Asian American Studies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University where he studied Southeast Asian Studies, feminist studies and human development studies. Fajardo's first book, _Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities and Globalization_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 and University of the Philippines Press, 2013) is an interdisciplinary transnational ethnography that analyzes the cultural politics of Filipino migrant and maritime masculinities in the local/global shipping industry and in the context of local/global neoliberal capitalism. He uses Philippine post-colonial theory, queer theory, and feminist theory to analyze the previously mentioned topics. In particular, Fajardo's book is concerned with how the Philippine state uses seamen (or the figure of Filipino seamen) to promote neoliberal economic policies and projects in Manila and the Philippine nation. _Filipino Crosscurrents_ is based on fieldwork conducted in Manila, Oakland, as well as on board an industrial container ship that voyaged from Oakland to Hong Kong (via Osaka, Tokyo, and Kiaoshung.) Fajardo continues to research Filipino migrant and male maritime cultures through interdisciplinary research.